Mini Film Reviews Volume 40

Nowhere Special

When John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, is given only a few months to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for his 3-year-old son, determined to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. I really wanted to like this and it got a good story but unfortunately it feel like a one of TV drama, it’s hard to have sympathy for these characters and it not memorable enough.

The Tender Bar

A boy (Jr) seeks a replacement for his father, who disappeared shortly after his birth, and bonds with his uncle Charlie and the patrons at a bar in Long Island. Normally I’m really into coming-of-age type of film so I thought this would be amazing, but it wasn’t and it seems to be too safe despite it got a good cast, this film doesn’t really wowed you and none of these characters are likeable and overall it doesn’t impact on you.

The Tiger Rising

When 12 years old Rob Horton discovers a caged tiger in the wood near his home, his imagination runs wild as his life begins to change in the most unexpected ways. Such a shame as this got potential but it doesn’t really hold your interest, it has got pacing problems and it is rather uneven, the bonus thing is Queen Latifah is silently really good in her role and the other casting is rather bland, it could have been better if it haven’t got those flaws.


A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worth to become a real boy. Well this isn’t the best Disney film whatsoever but it do have some nice moment in this film, it got a fantastic soundtrack and the animation itself look gorgeous and it is rather simple, the thing is, it definitely lacking the charm and it can be slightly safe.

23 Walks

A gentle, sweet, funny, romantic story of love in later life following a couple in their sixties, Dave, and Fern, who get to know one another over the course of 23 dog walks. This isn’t perfect by any means and it doesn’t really gel together, it can be really patchy but the final third of this film is really touching, Dave Johns and Alison Steadman performances is absolutely amazing and that is the key to this film.

The Great Mouse Detective

In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl’s toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world’s answer to Sherlock Holmes. Actually this is really good film with a rip – roaring adventure film, the vocal talent is superb and brim with comic one liner and overall this is enjoyable. It can be rather dark and it struggling with the balance of the lighter moment with the darker aspect, despite that it is an intriguing watch.


After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife. Definitely a feel-good type of film that is well intentioned, it has got nice moment and it can be really moving at the same time, it can be absolutely hilarious. It also can’t decided which age range it aimed at and it can be a little inconsistent, it doesn’t really reach the height of other PIXAR films, it still a likeable film.

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