REVIEW – Blade Runner 2049

Author’s Note: As per usual with a big blockbuster film, every possible care has been taken to avoid unnecessary spoilers. However, people have a different tolerance for spoilers so if you are someone who wishes to avoid every tiny detail or are particularly sensitive to spoilers, this is your advance warning.

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35 years. That’s how long fans of the classic sci-fi noir Blade Runner have waited for a sequel. It’s also how long fans of the Richmond football club had been waiting to return to the AFL Grand Final, but we don’t talk about that. We talk Blade Runner here. Bloody Richmond. Where was I? Oh yes.

Blade Runner 2049 is a brilliant piece of science fiction, filled with gorgeous imagery, philosophical quandries and open-ended interpretations. But, and I feel silly having to say this since you’ve all had a very long time to work out what Blade Runner is, I should stress that this is not a sci-fi action adventure romp. This is quieter, more noirish and certainly not a bombastic blockbuster. Apparently some people in my theatre weren’t aware of this yet. So now you know.

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I’M BACK! Another Bloody Critic reviews a lot of new releases (Baby Driver, Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes, Atomic Blonde, Wind River)

Hey there, Internet. It’s me. I’m back writing blogs, doing what I do. Some of you may know that I took some time to see if Another Bloody Critic could make it in a podcast form, but there’s no enough hours in the day to compensate for my atrocious podcast making skills to get a regular product out and about.

So, after taking a few weeks off, I’m back in the reviewing and returning to the text based format where it all began. There’s so many movies to catch up on, so here’s the briefest of brief notes on some of the movies currently in cinemas.

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REVIEW – Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

As always with these blockbuster reviews, every care is taken to avoid spoilers. However, everyone’s definition or tolerance of a spoiler is different, so if you are particularly sensitive to spoilers read ahead at your own discretion.

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Last week, I went and saw The Fate of the Furiousand during that viewing I was treated to what was essentially a big blockbuster that tried to deal with a lot of emotion regarding families – both adopted and real – that happened to have Vin Diesel in it.

Interestingly enough, this week, when I bought a ticket to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, I was treated to what was essentially a big blockbuster that tried to deal with a lot of emotion regarding families – both adopted and real – that happened to have Vin Diesel in it. This difference being that in this one, the emotion hit the mark a lot harder. Also this one stars a raccoon. And a small plant.

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REVIEW – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Hi again, just a friendly reminder that, like all my reviews, I have striven to keep my Rogue One review as free of spoilers as I can while discussing the movie. However, particularly for a franchise like Star Wars, people have different definitions of what is a spoiler, so if you are particularly touchy about spoilers, read on at your own risk, and may the Force be with you.

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Well folks, we’re here again. For the 2nd year in a row, and in what will most probably become a tradition for decades to come if Disney get their way, we’re celebrating Christmas by travelling to a galaxy far, far away to discover new stories in the Star Wars Universe. And I couldn’t be more stoked. You guys know me by now. I love Star Wars! Pew pew pew!

Previously, all of the Star Wars films have fallen within the saga, following the story of the Skywalkers as they continue their family drama and casually destroy countless lives in the process time-and-time again. But this year, Rogue One will follow some of the other people affected by the Skywalker mess, in the first ever live-action spin off Star Wars movie. But the question remains – is it any good? Well, the answer I’m going to give is – yes. It’s brilliant.

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REVIEW – Arrival

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Over the last week, roughly half of planet Earth appears to have been hoping for the aliens to arrive and take over, making any unpopular appointment of a human world leader completely moot. But, while it might sound nice in fantasy, it does raise the question – How would humanity cope if aliens were to arrive on Earth? Particularly if the aliens’ intentions were unknown.

This, rather clunkily, leads me to this review for Arrival. the latest film by rising visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) and an adaptation of the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. Coming into this movie, I really wanted to love it, and….. I liked it a lot.

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REVIEW – Star Trek Beyond

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Space. The final frontier. This is the 50th anniversary of the first ever voyage of the starship Enterprise. As always, her mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go…. into a pretty standard Star Trek adventure, really. I mean, it’s good, but it doesn’t exactly reach any heights that no man has gone before. There’s plenty to like about this movie, but there’s a benchmark it doesn’t quite hit.

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