Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Last Jedi - The Final(ish) Verdict

Hi folks, 

It seems I have quickly fallen off my 'must post more updates' wagon BUT I am a free bird for the next fortnight and so, between mouthfuls of high-sugar high-butter low-vitamin foods, I hope to get more scribbling done - and start off 2018 the way I mean to continue. 

Now the dust has settled a little on 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' I'd love to hear your thoughts. As you know the films had a very different response from critics and audiences - and so is DEFINITELY either the best or the very worst Star Wars film ever.

For me, it was... okay? Not a vigorous review I'll admit but the Star Wars films beyond the original trilogy aren't something that beats at the centre of my geekery heart. It was exciting in bits but the story structure was a bit wonky. 

Here are my pros and cons - with massive spoilers included. 

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Why 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Notting Hill' are completely different.

He shot to fame with frothy Richard Curtis comedies but following subsequent turns in 'Love Actually', 'Bridget Jones' Diary' and 'About a Boy', Hugh Grant just about turned up for a series of much lesser rom-coms ('Did you Hear About the Morgans?', 'American Dreamz', 'Music and Lyrics'). 

In the 21st century his most passionate and high-profile role seemed destined to be that of of anti-press-intrusion campaigner - but recently he seems to be enjoying his time on screen again.

Hugh will soon be seen in a dramatic role in 'A Very English Scandal' and turned in what I think is a career best performance in 'Paddington 2' (Check out my review here). 

With that in mind, I thought it timely to revisit the charge most often levelled at 90s hey-day Hugh Grant - that he always played the same part, one that was essentially himself.


Here's why Charles ('Four Weddings') and William ('Notting Hill') are different...