I have just finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and so, naturally, I felt like re-watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I know I'm doing these films a disservice by watching them right after finishing reading the books, because the flaws of the film stand out even starker, but it is also interesting seeing what has survived the adaption process and what has been removed or changed. Well, mostly it's interesting... sometimes it's infuriating.
Creed III 2023
I enjoyed both Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018), and I was excited to see Jonathan Majors thrown into the mix. Creed III kinda works, but isn't quite as satisfying as the previous two films. There's a certain inevitability to the first hour, as Michael B. Jordan on directing duties manoeuvres the pieces into place. Then I found that the big climactic fight scene just didn't quite land for me in the same way that the previous two films managed.…
12 Years a Slave 2013
Oh dear. It would appear I have to adopt a rather unpopular opinion here - 12 Years a Slave is a remarkably average movie.
The story itself is good and interesting, but I feel like the movie just did not do a good enough job. Of course, Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a solid performance, and Michael Fassbender is reliably incredible, and Steve McQueen has an excellent eye for setting up shots, but otherwise this didn't really do too much for me.…
Thor is presented with a difficult challenge - believably incorporating a god into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has already been established. This task falls to director Kenneth Branagh, who devotes sufficient time to both Asgard, Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) home realm, and Earth, where he is exiled to. Asgard is depicted through a heavy use of special effects which creates a sense of wonder, but the story is steeped in relatable familial issues. When Thor disobeys his father, Odin (Anthony…