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Animation, Reviews

Brave Shows Pixar Hasn’t Lost Their Touch

Comments Off 05 August 2012

"BRAVE" (L-R) MERIDA and ANGUS. ©2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

"BRAVE" (L-R) MERIDA and ANGUS. ©2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Pixar's Brave was finally released in Ireland a few days ago well over a month after its US release. For the last month I've had to deal with US based friends talking about how great it was, while I couldn't see it over here!

So was it worth the wait? Well I'm impatient by nature anyway, but yes, it definitely was.

Starring the voice talents of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters, the film is great fun right from the beginning.

Unlike some Pixar / Disney titles the animated film was rated PG by their Irish Film Board, as it does have a slightly darker side.

The story centres around the young princess Merida, who has the most incredible head of red hair you're likely to see on a big screen this summer. Merida's mother wants her to behave like a princess, while the young girl is much happier embracing her wilder side. (She's a dab hand with a bow and arrow!)

“BRAVE”   (L-R) LORD MACINTOSH and his son, YOUNG MACINTOSH; MERIDA, WEE DINGWALL and his father, LORD DINGWALL; LORD MacGUFFIN and his son, YOUNG MacGUFFIN; QUEEN ELINOR and KING FERGUS.  ©2011 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

(L-R) LORD MACINTOSH and his son, YOUNG MACINTOSH; MERIDA, WEE DINGWALL and his father, LORD DINGWALL; LORD MacGUFFIN and his son, YOUNG MacGUFFIN; QUEEN ELINOR and KING FERGUS. ©2011 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

As the story unfolds there's plenty of action, laughs, magic and even a few tense moments. But being a Pixar / Disney production there is, of course, a happy ending :)

Definitely a film that children of all ages will enjoy - I know I did.

Title: Brave (2012)
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Release Date: 22 June 2012 (USA)

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Comedy, Reviews

Today’s Special

Comments Off 28 January 2012

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I hadn't heard anything about "Today's Special", so I didn't have any crazy expectations for it. Some critics might have picked holes in it, but I really enjoyed it.

The film centres around an Indian chef, Samir (Aasif Mandvi), who is working as a sous-chef in a restaurant. While he might be a good chef technically his boss feels that he lacks "flair". So Samir quits intending on heading to France to improve his skills. Before he can leave his father, who runs a traditional Indian restaurant, falls ill and Samir ends up taking over the restaurant to help out the family.

As the story unfolds Samir meets a taxi driver , played by Naseeruddin Shah, with a colourful past who takes over cooking in the restaurant and exposes Samir to a completely different style of cooking.

The film is a mixture of comedy and "feel good" drama and is best described as "good fun".

Well worth grabbing on iTunes (or Netflix - if they have it)

 

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Action, Reviews

The Green Hornet

Comments Off 15 May 2011

 

Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in The Green Hornet

Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in The Green Hornet

 

 

Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet is one of the worst films I've seen this year.

Yes there are a few amusing bits, but most of the gags simply aren't funny. And I'm not even sure if The Green Hornet is meant to be a comedy.

What the film does have, however, is some really cool gadgets and gizmos. The car, the black beauty, is a true work of art.

 

The Black Beauty - The Green Hornet

The Black Beauty - The Green Hornet

 

 

It's just  a pity that the car and other special effects feature in such a lack lustre film. And if you do get your hands on the DVD (or bluray) don't listen to the commentary by Seth Rogen - you'll hate the film even more!

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Comedy

Just Go With It

Comments Off 14 April 2011

just-go-with-it.jpgAdam Sandler's comedies can be either incredibly funny or quite painful to watch. When the cast and the script work well, however the results are practically comic genius.
In the case of Just Go With It I found myself laughing out loud. Between Sandler and the other cast's antics and a quite clever script (in parts) you will be entertained.

Sandler plays a plastic surgeon who has been his "marriage" to seduce women for 20 years. When he finally meets a woman that he could actually have a real relationship with (Brooklyn Decker) he gets caught up in his own web of lies. Next thing he knows he's managed to gain a wife (Jennifer Aniston) as well as two kids.

It's laugh out loud funny in parts, though predictable.

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