December 28, 2010 Latest
Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Cinema films reviewed
film enthusiast Molly Harding, who was recently nominated for
the national award 'Young Film Critic of the Year', reviews the
latest crop of films showing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema in Victoria
Street this week...
Gullivers Travels (PG)
Jack Black takes on his usual slacker 'School of Rock' type role
as Gulliver, a seemingly prospectless person who works in a newspaper
mail room. To try and win the heart of journalist Darcy he embarks
on a trip to the mysterious Bermuda Triangle hoping to bag a good
story and the girl of his dreams, encountering just a few small
issues on his way!
All finicky criticisms aside, Gulliver's Travels is a
fab, funny, family film which is hard to fault for its entertainment
value. Complete with familiar faces taking on roles as finger-sized
folk, what's not to love? Gulliver's fake, far-fetched tales of
his role in his normal sized life fool the people of Lillyput
and he soon becomes the hero, much to the disgust of jealous General
Edward (Chris ODowd, IT Crowd).
With the film's romantic sub-plots and consistent crowd-pleasing
gags I don't think anyone going to see Gulliver's Travels will
be disappointed. How could you better spend an hour-and-a-half
of your time than watching a tiny man controlling a giant robot
giving Jack Black a wedgie, or grimacing in slight disgust as
Gulliver extinguishes a palace fire with his own urine? No I couldnt
think of anything either, so grab your coats and get over to the
Ritz straight away and watch this pocket-sized 3D picture. Big
laughs, little people - 4/5 stars
Little Fockers (12A)
'Meet the Parents' is back with its third installment, supposedly
about Pam and Greg's young twins Henry and Samantha. But, no,
this is more about the ongoing rivalry between Greg and father-in-law
from hell, ex-CIA agent Jack.
There is no real need for this addition to the franchise.
The whole Focker joke isn't really that funny anymore and I think
everyone was probably already satisfied with the last two hilarious
helpings. Most of the film's potentially funny parts are shown
in the trailer and it's extremely predictable all the way through.
Only Owen Wilson and flirtatious pharmaceuticals rep Andy (played
by Jessica Alba) manage to salvage the film some credibility.
Especially Owen Wilson, as Pam's ex successful, spiritual Kevin,
who causes cracks in the Focker's marriage. Also, the absence
of Barbra Streisand and especially Dustin leave a gaping hole
that could have been filled with laughs and shenanigans.
So, maybe I am being a little harsh, but I just expected more
and personally felt let down by the overall predictability and
generally disappointing happenings of 'Little Fockers'. Sorry,
but its only 2.5/5 from me.
Read more of Molly's regular film reviews on Burnham-On-Sea.com