Fantastic Mr Fox
Source: Movie Magic Channel
This claymation interpretation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel features George Clooney as the voice of Mr Fox, a reformed chicken thief who loses the fight against nature and his desire not to disappoint his wife (Meryl Streep) when he plans one last heist. The richness of the animal characters is indicative of Dahl’s extraordinary talent and the subplot involving “sibling rivalry” between Ash (Jason Schwatzman) and Kristofferson (Eric Anderson) is both poignant and hilarious. Must see.
The Kings Speech
After all the hype, I expected pure unadulterated brilliance… and in fairness the acting is brilliant. Colin Firth is awe-inspiring, Helena Bonham Carter is charming and Geoffrey Rush, is well Geoffrey Rush but I didn’t think this tale of a man (who happens to be the king of England) forced to face and overcome his own limitations was anything more than quite sweet and in all honesty I was bored. I think I might be the only person in the world not wowed by this Oscar-winner, so don’t take my word for it.
Source: Movie Magic
With a twist on the usual outbreak style disaster movie, this post-apocalyptic road trip takes place once humanity has already lost the war against a zombifying super-plague sweeping the earth. Two brothers along with one of their girlfriends and an apparently random woman are of the last uninfected heading towards their childhood holiday home in the hope that they can use it as a base of operations. When one of them becomes a “carrier”, their relationships and inner humanity are tested to breaking point. Bleak and desolate this certainly isn’t one to watch if you’re feeling down but as “infection dramas” go it’s pretty powerful stuff.
Toy Story 3
Source: In-flight movie
I wanted to love Toy Story 3 and after seeing a hilarious trailer featuring Buzz’s conversion to Spanish and all the hype I thought maybe I might. But then I didn’t really “get” the preceding Toy Story films either so I don’t know who I was trying to kid. Don’t get me wrong as animated films go, this is pretty good, but I didn’t get a lump in my throat when Andy’s toys faced destruction… maybe if he’d have been the owner of a Catbus it might have been different. If you’re a Disney fan, you’ll adore this. If you’re a Miyazaki fan just watch My Neighbour Totoro again instead.