I rated Le Mans ‘66 7/10 on IMDB

www.imdb.com/title/tt1950186

Solid movie about a successful American and an understated Brit trying to give Ford Motors the innovation they asked for.

As an example of how firms beg for innovation and then resist it at nearly all costs this should be cut down to about 30 minutes and used to replace numerous ‘innovation’ and other training courses. Far more fun and possibly far more effective.

As a story, it is well told and engaging. Even better, it ends as it should.

Some terrifying racing scenes and vicious competition make for some very tense viewing.

I saw it in ScreenX. The extended scenes created immersion in the racing.

Well worth seeing.

I rated Charlie’s Angels (2019) 5/10 on IMDB

www.imdb.com/title/tt5033998

5 is perhaps too generous. But 4 seemed too mean.

I saw this at a Cineworld Unlimited preview.

Sadly, this film is a bit of a sprawling mess. It has lots of good film ingredients: a good cast; locations, locations, locations; easily identifiable villains and heroes; a light sprinkling of subterfuge; humour; and some glamour. Those things are spread all over the place though. And the characters are a bit…superficial. A shame, as the characters and their interaction made the TV series and the earlier movies.

There are some good touches of the TV series in the visit to the ‘stone quarry’. Unsure why ‘quarry’ is qualified, but it’s likely another idiom I’m missing. Great fun and pretty dirty fighting offset by some barely credible tension.

I won’t mention Patrick Stewart. No idea where his character was meant to be from.

Things are a bit grislier than the old TV show: impaling, some pretty rough fights, and some death.

It felt very long. Too long.

Go see frozen 2 instead. More credible story and stronger, more well-formed characters.

I rated Ad Astra 5/10

www.imdb.com/title/tt2935510

Slightly guilty at giving this 5/10. It has some really good high-concept sci-fi stuff, a sterling performance from Brad Pitt, and some persuasive effects. Why 5/10? Well, the backstory: dad’s missing/out of touch on Neptune; 16 years ago; drones haven’t found him but sending his son on a jaunt out there will? Mmm. Plus, moon-pirates in moon-buggies? Really? And a variety of nonsense scattered about. Brad’s dad is played hilariously by tommy lee Jones. Maybe being out at the edge has broken him, but his character doesn’t really work for me. The ending is also a bit of a non-event. Resolution, but not very…dramatic.

My enjoyment was also marred by a man-child in the front row who kept checking his huge, super-bright iPhone every few minutes, taking time to read and update his social circle. Well, that was when he wasn’t checking his super-bright Apple Watch. 🙄

Yesterday. Less drama than going to the shops

www.imdb.com/title/tt8079248

ugh. Tedious. I confess, I went to a preview showing and could tolerate no more than about 30 minutes.

The premise is suitably preposterous. But the characters? The writing? There’s NO DRAMA.

Maybe it’s the story, but the main character is a-charismatic. Now he does identify this as a reason he is not an instant star, but it got no better in what I could bear.

I wanted to find out what happened at the end. I feared ‘it was all a dream’ but I could not tolerate more undramatic drivel after Ed Sheeran turns up and there’s an unamusing T-shirt moment and ‘oh, come in’. Dire.

Maybe go and see it and find it amazing. I wanted to enjoy it despite ‘feel good movie of the summer’. The same director’s Slumdog Millionaire was ‘feel good movie of the year’ but I found it different: gratuitous and disturbing. This is different again, boring.

X-men: dark Phoenix – meh

www.imdb.com/title/tt6565702

It promised so much with Jean gray at the heart of the story.

Instead it is a dull mess. Sure, there are some neat events. And there are some defeats for some X-men which is a nice touch. Sadly, the relative absence of a story and some really poor lines combined with variable FX make for a sorry jumble that’s best avoided.

It was great to see quicksilver and nightstalker or whatever Kurt’s character is called do some neat stuff. Especially Kurt getting annoyed with the bad guys. On those bad guys, despite the tedious exposition by Jessica chastain’s character they were all a bit underused and lacked any real depth.

I was told that this is the last of this set of X-men movies. I hope whatever comes next is better.