I rated King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 6/10 #IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1972591

Not sure I’ve seen a great King Arthur film since Excalibur. I’m still waiting.

This is a laddish caper-like movie with strong touches of The Lord of the Rings. There’s a lot to enjoy. The unreliable accounts of antics in ‘Londinium’ to the black legs are amusing. The wheeling and dealing establishes Arthur as a king o’ the people. And some of the fighting and fleeing scenes are marvellous. But it is all in an overly long rambling jumble of action flick meets sword and sorcery via geezer culture flow.

The Mage’s animal magic is done well. Sufficiently so that it really suspends disbelief. The cuts and acting and effects could be a good reference for a future Judge Anderson PSI Division movie.

It’s long, it has some great moments, but it is no epic and is not legendary. See it if you’re passing.

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I rated Alien:Covenant 3/10 #IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316204

If you liked Prometheus then this might be your cup of tea.

To me this was just more lazy Scooby Doo in space pompous SciFi.

This unnecessary blah blah follows the events in Prometheus.

Pompous? When a supposedly human-like android walks robotically, speaks robotically, and has words like ‘ambulate’ in conversation with its creator it’s not a good sign. Using ‘Ambulate’ instead of ‘get up and walk’ is a signifier of pompous sci-fi if ever there was one. That’s the opening scene. It gets worse, so much worse, from there.

The crew of the big colonising ship ‘whatever it’s called doesn’t matter to you by now’ wake up to chaos. This follows a ‘neutrino storm’ that’s overpowered the grid or some tosh while ‘Walter’, a newer version of Prometheus’s ‘David’, had the charging sails out. By this time you know that most of these people are doomed and this is a lazy regurgitation of a lot of Alien.

It has all the face huggers, xenomorphs, crafty mad androids, and hopeless, poorly-trained, and highly unprofessional cannon-fodder/crew you’d expect.

I didn’t give it less than 3/10 because despite all the pompous nonsense, the woeful transparent plot, and limited characters it does have a few good moments of action and tension. But it just isn’t worth it for those alone.

Just ignore it and hope it and any subsequent drivel like it goes away.

I rated Miss Sloane 8/10 on #IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4540710

A political thriller with engaging characters and some suitably devious activities. Well worth seeing.

With most characters in this movie appearing morally flexible and involved in one of the greatest shows on earth there’s a lot to explore. Jessica chastain’s Miss Sloane is confident and generally composed. Only cracking convincingly in a few places.

The remaining cast is well put together. Mark Strong as a principled lobbyist (?) does very well. Especially in his difficult role of bringing Miss Sloane in and then dealing with some of the problems that arise.

The senators are played suitably sharply. John Lithgow does a great job as the morally compromised inquisitor. Spoiler? Come on, it’s a movie about politics that features people in power. Such characters can’t be anything but morally equivocal at best.

It zips along with its intrigue and entertains brilliantly. Go see it.

I rated Mindhorn 5/10

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4799064

Just as you’d expect. A great idea rendered amusing by being executed.

There are some edgily real things portrayed among the obvious humour and farce. Mindhorn’s faded acting career, strange confidence, and boorishness are persuasive.

At times the characters are oddly real. Windjammer played by Steve coogan is credible and obnoxious. And Simon farnaby is comical throughout. But then other parts are just like they’re out of the TV shows the movie parodies.

Amusing but its parody/reality mashup didn’t hit the mark consistently enough for me to really enjoy the whole thing. There are some very funny moments that redeem some of the more awkward bits.

Made for TV.

I rated Unlocked 5/10

 <a href=”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1734493″>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1734493</a&gt;

5/10 some good bits but let down too often to really work.

Noomi Rapace, John malkovich, Toni Collette, michael Douglas, and er yeah Orlando Bloom. How could it fail to be compelling? Well, there’s the lame opening dialog. The linear plot. Oh, and the entirely predictable betrayal. But put those aside and ignore the ‘tie it up right at the end’ wrapper and this is worth watching.

The setting is mostly meant to be grimy, gritty london. This works well.

The not quite as you expect ‘terrorists’ have more depth and interest than typical Hollywood 2D non-characters.

Overall though it’s OK but its weaknesses make it less than convincing and rather ‘made for TV’.

I rated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 9/10

<a href=”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198″>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198</a&gt;

9/10 just go see it

The family verdict was ‘better even than the first one’.

The opening scene is a cute and refreshing take on mega monster space battles. The focus on baby groot and mr blue sky creates a great counterpoint to the monstrous battle in the background.

The story is almost a Star Trek one of discovery. Sure, there are some long and weak bits here and there. And it gets slightly overwrought with gomora and her sister. Nonetheless, the less than reverent dialog and character interplay makes up for that. And some of the almost ridiculous events and characters make it rock along.

I saw it in 3D. It took nothing away from this entertaining and at times hilarious marvel event.