By Adam Ray Palmer
This feature does exactly what it says in the title. Some reviews of films, from over the weekend – basically.
No matter the genre, nor the year… I basically watch a streaming service, or a DVD, and do a little bite-sized reviews for you to agree or disagree to.
Out of the three, let me know which film you prefer!
Writer and director Rian Johnson followed up his Star Wars saga entrant with a Poirot-style whodunnit movie which boasted a cast of dreams. Knives Out stars (get ready) Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, LaKeith Stanfield, Don Johnson, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette and also Michael Shannon. If you think Johnson’s film is all about the bill and not the plot, think again.
Knives Out is an intelligent detective movie, one that is very difficult to actually get right. Rian ensures the audience is right there with him every step of the way; from start to finish. We are always slightly one step ahead of most the cast, which is something very difficult to deliver and also juggle throughout a two-hour caper. Johnson certainly has the talent to get it right, and the proof is in the pudding. Go seek it out.
Cineroom’s rating: 4.5 stars
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
When Jurassic World hit the big screen in 2015, it was like the dino-movies of old. It felt raw and nostalgic like Spielberg’s back in 1993. Flash-forward to 2018 with Fallen Kingdom, the prehistoric magic was just about still there. In this instalment, we follow the gang again as the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
This outing still has all the thrills needed to be a dino-epic, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype of the 2015 movie. Fallen Kingdom feels like a classic stepping stone to an enormous climatic trilogy movie (that has none other than Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill again). Don’t get me wrong, this is still enjoyable entertainment; and mostly down to J.A. Bayona dark and moody direction. On the whole, it’s a perfect Sunday chill film. Let’s just get ready for Dominion.
Cineroom’s rating: 3 stars
THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT
In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and writer Tim Talbott took Philip Zimbardo’s experiment and made it into a film with some top young talent including Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan.
The Stanford Prison Experiment is on the whole decent, but overly bloated. This film is heavily reliant on the key psychological sequences that prop this movie up. Thanks to Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan, the film has gifted actors getting the best out of the script. The power struggle between prisoners and guards is back and forth for 90 minutes, but it is difficult to get stuck into it as a viewer. The final 15 minutes really ramps up the tension, but it takes far too long to get there. I was excited to finally catch this film, but in the end, it’s a bit of damp squib.
Cineroom’s rating: 2.5 stars