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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Characters deliver...but the movie could be much better!
Fast and the Furious = Witty, action, family, attention catching, non intellectual entertainment. Anyone reviewing and giving this a low rating simply because it's not an epic drama should probably turn away from the series, as the series is not trying to capture that audience.

I myself went into this film expecting all the joys, jumps and rides I've come to expect based on the previous films. Whilst this is a "spin-off", it came across as a bunch of actors trying to cash in on the franchise. Whilst there is nothing wrong with that, the audience would come to expect corny comedy and action from these characters which the movie does deliver on. However the film itself is simply boring in comparison to anything in the Fast and Furious franchise. The actors have delivered on what is expected of them, however the story itself seemed well beyond far fetched (even for a Fast and Furious movie).

It seemed like a cross between a James Bond film, and Superman returns with a touch of sound effects from a Transformers movie.

It was nice to see a touch of culture thrown in with Samoa...then this was all destroyed by several "idiotic" scenes which followed which could have been done with a little more grace than to make Samoans simply look like brain dead barbarians that know only of family with the odd "smart" ball in the bunch.

Other than that, my 12 year old loved the movie. I on the other hand was simply disappointed.

If there is a sequel to this, I hope the producers engage a third party consultant to assist with what potentially can become a great franchise if done correctly.

Avengers: Endgame

Not actioned packed however...nice wrap up!
The bulk of the film is set five years after the events of Infinity Wars.

Ok let's start with the negatives: CGI of some of our favourite characters appear to be slightly on the poor side. The CGI is quite noticable in some scenes.

Secondly...It's very long and as a whole does not have much action. It is more dramatic. This is not a bad thing, however some fans may expect more action in this genre of film.

On a postive note, it brings the characters back together very well.

Unfortunately it appears this film too has become a victim of "feminism", with an unnecessary girl power "we got this" scene featuring Captain Marvel and a number of supporting female cast. Why unnecessary? Because viewers will note that Captain Marvel could have quite easily conducted the task at hand with little or no assistance.

The cast have done a great job with plenty of little cameo's from our favourite and not so favourite characters of the MCU. The film presents itself as a good wrap up to the 22 film series. Prepare yourselves for some laughs and for some tears.

Btw...there is no post credit scene so no need to wait till the end of the rolling credits.

If you have an opportunity, go watch the film at the cinemas as it is still worth the watch in a cinematic environment. Just make sure you go to the toilet before the movie starts due to the length of the film.

Happy watching!

A job well done to both producers and directors.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph bores the internet!
When the best part of a movie is the end credits, you know something is wrong!

Whilst trying to make his best friend Vanellope happy, good old Ralph makes a boo boo contributing to the unplugging of Sugar Rush Racer. Ralph and Vanellope embark on an adventure to acquire a part from the world wide web. As per what we expect of Ralph he creates more problems whilst trying to find a solution.

There are a few little quirks in the film. Vanellope enters Disneyland / Disneytown within the World Wide Web. My inner child definitely kicked into high gear, by seeing various characters from storm troopers to Disney Princesses. This short lived moment is probably where joy started and ended in the film for me. That is...until the end credits started!

The film and it's concept had much potential, however there is only so much extended depressed toned dialogue one can handle throughout an animated movie.

In Wreck it Ralph, Vanellope brought balance to Ralph's attitude and personality. However in Ralph Breaks the Internet we are faced with two main characters that appear to need a healthy dose of anti-depressants (even though I must admit Ralph does start off chirpy at the beginning of the film).

Unfortunately this film did not live up to the wonder of Wreck it Ralph. If great animation, bright colours and a boring dose of Ralph is all you're after then definitely go for it.

Signing off

Silly D

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

A touching finale to a wonderful series
Almost nine years we have waited for this dramatic conclusion. Was it worth it? Definitely!

There are moments when watching this film that I thought that it was getting a little slow paced for me. However at the conclusion, I had come to appreciate every scene knowing that those scenes contributed greatly to the emotional ending.

The movie itself continues with the journey of Hiccup and Toothless. Hiccup is now chief but his focus is divided between looking after his people and the saving of dragons that are still threatened by humans outside of Berk. Hiccup embarks on a quest to find "The Hidden World", however he only has stories and few notes passed on from his father to go by. He believes that moving all dragons and his people to this mystical location will be the safest bet for their survival, given that Hiccup has made Berk an enemy of many tribes by raiding and saving dragons from those that do not mean well.

As expected there is a new villain in this film by the name of Grimmel the Grisly. On a Villain meter this guy gets a solid 10. Cunning, ruthless, and hunter of dragons for the pure joy of it.

As Toothless meets a new mate, Hiccup is faced with one of the hardest decisions of his life. However is it one that he is willing to make?

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is nothing short of a work of art. Is it the best movie in the series? I would say that it is on par with the others as each film captures the growth of Hiccup and the bond between himself and Toothless in a particular point in time. However I can say that this film is easily the most emotional.

The supporting characters all play pivotal roles as Hiccup has grown to trust and rely on his dear friends over the course of the three films.

This movie is great for all ages. Dreamworks have done a wonderful job in creating a timeless classic. I would strongly suggest watching the first two installments before watching this film.

Signing off

Silly D

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