Mini Film Reviews Volume 25

The New Mutant

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. This could have been amazing and I really like the set up to this film, unfortunately it doesn’t deliver and it becoming too weird and rather surreal. The casting is okay and the director Josh Boone mainly do romantic type of film and he does struggle with that type of genre.

My Feral Heart

Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship. On paper this should be life affirming and really hit you but instead of that you ended up a film with too many inconsistent, overall the film itself doesn’t really gel together and the ending is rubbish and really unnecessary. The acting is incredible especially Steven Brandon and Shana Swash as they are amazing and really convincing.

Penelope

A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with “one who will accept her as one of their own”. Christina Ricci is really good in her role and I really like the twist to this film, the main film isn’t quite there as it is too quirky and it can be too predictable and the supporting cast is just okay but never fantastic, it is definitely a massive let down.

Penguin Bloom

Sam Bloom a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a shocking, near – fatal accident leaves her paralyzed, her kids, her husband and the husband mother struggles to look after her. One day they found a Magpie and that changes the families life around. When I first see the trailer I thought wowed this could be amazing, but it wasn’t as it feel like a film on channel five or a one of programme over Christmas, the acting is okay and it doesn’t ring true.

Magical Adventures In The Forbidden City

Abigail lives in a city whose borders were closed because of an epidemic and Abby’s father was one of the sick. Going against the authorities to find her father, Abby learns that her city is actually full of magic. Too be honest with you I thought this going to be awful but actually it is rather good, the story is really good and it is poignancy and rather moving at the same time and Eddie Marsan and Tinatin Dalakishvili are excellent. The look of the film look really attractive and it never become overcomplicated, it can be a bit up and down in places.

Coco

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great – great – grandfather, a legendary singer. Definitely not one of the best PIXAR film as it not quite laugh out loud funny and not as memorable, the vocal talent is okay but not the best and overall the film is heart warming with some moving scene, it is imaginative with some good idea but it is too predictable and too safe.

Sound Of Metal

Keeping at bay his inner demons by devoting himself to art, metal drummer, Ruben, has been living for the moment for the past four years. Then, while on tour with his lead singer/ his girlfriend, Lou, Ruben realises that his hearing is rapidly deteriorating. This film is actually really good and it can be really moving in certain scenes, the supporting cast is excellent with the likes of Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci and Mathieu Amalric are absolutely amazing. I also like the story but I personally think Riz Ahmed is a tad bland as the main lead and the ending is anticlimactic.

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