Category Archives: Film Reviews

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3What can I say, when I saw this at the picture I thought it was brilliant, Guy Pearce turns from a nerd to a nasty piece of work, menacing in an enigmatic way.  He is an excellent foil to Stark, we see Pepper turn into a real hero, intelligent and caring, someone who can stand up to Stark and not take any nonsense.

It was nice to see how the previous Iron Man films and the Avengers Ensemble were all pulled neatly together for this film, rounding up how and why things had happened and also to see the consequences of ones actions.

Sir Ben Kingsley was perfectly cast as the Mandarin, sinister when playing the ruthless killer, and even better when portraying a thespian and real ‘lovey’.  I loved him and just scene stealing performance.

The core cast were all well matched and Stark’s demons certainly came out to play, Robert Downey Jr is just too good, you can really feel for the character, you think he’s arrogant but really he’s a lost child, scared of loosing Pepper, he has a real vulnerability.

I’ll be getting this on DVD soon and am really looking forward to watching it again.

The Woman In Black

woman-in-blackWe watched this last night on Netflix – what a great film.

Essentially this is a 2 person show, Kipps and the ghost, with the majority of the scenes in and around the house and gardens – very spooky and atmospheric.

The supporting cast were all well rounded characters with their own stories to tell but Kipps was the one you were drawn too with a sad back story.

Basically, it’s the story of a lawyer coming to terms with the tragic loss of his wife and being left with supporting and remaining strong for his son.  His firm sends him to a remote location to sort out and prepare for its sale.

Unbeknown to him, a dark secret exists which neither his firm or the residents of the local village deems fit to tell him, but they do try to encourage him to leave without providing a reason.

As time passes, strange things happen and he see’s someone, he just doesn’t know who.  With some investigation he discovers the family who lived in the house had ‘stolen’ a child from a mother who was now seeking revenge on all mothers with some very sad consequences.

This is what I would call a proper ghost story, relying on your imagination which creates scenarios way more scary than CGI and special effects.

How it compares to the book I can’t say but compared to the stage version I saw in the West End it was equally brilliant and I enjoyed them immensely.

Daniel Radcliffe has certainly grown up, no longer Harry Potter but a versatile actor and I look forward to seeing his next project.

I would highly recommend this.