I rated The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) 8/10 #IMDb

A slightly odd mix of serious material, violence, love, and comedy. Despite looking like it was shot on VHS at times this was real fun to watch.

A formerly successful bodyguard is tasked with getting a wise-cracking hitman to The Hague by his former girlfriend who is an Interpol agent.

Brilliant chase scenes on canals and narrow Dutch roads. Some shockingly violent fight scenes. And some genuinely hilarious exchanges. This is worth watching.

I rated Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) 6/10 #IMDb

It has more of the effects and spectacle of ‘the fifth element’. It just lacks the stellar characters. Sure, valerian and laureline are credible sci-fi special agents but there’s not much to them in this. All other characters are similarly OK, if a bit lacking depth.

It is l o n g. With snappier editing, some of the simplicity of the characters might have worked OK. As it is, they all get a lot of screen time to show that there’s not much there.

Despite some reasonable moralising and an attempt to contrast the human vs Alien morals and methods, the story doesn’t have much sophistication. Which is a shame. I’d rather have fewer FX and a better story with deeper characters.

See it if you liked fifth element and want more Alien FX. It’s a simple story told with simple characters in a beautifully illustrated world at great length.

I saw it in 3D. Like all 3D movies it adds nothing but a few jazzy FX.

I rated Cars 3 (2017) 6/10 #IMDb

A bit obviously worthy compared to the first movie. Mainly enjoyable if a bit long and drawn out in places.

Lightning McQueen needs to give way to a new generation of racing cars. After a few false starts he does this on his own terms.

Some of the steps on this quest are funny (the wreck race), and some are poignant (catching up with Doc Hudson’s contemporaries).

After Cars 2, this is a return to form.