April 19, 2011 Latest
Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Cinema films reviewed
film enthusiast Molly Harding, who was last year 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...
Winnie the Pooh (U)
Pooh Bear and familiar friends
are back for a new adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood as they
try to save Christopher Robin from the clutches of the monstrous
Disney has gone back to basics with this film, no CGI
or 3D glasses just good old hand drawn animation. A decision which
I feel has paid off, to change the way in which such a long running
cartoon is made would have been an awful one and taken away from
the warm nostalgia this film will bring both parents and older
children alike whilst still appealing to the new generation.
Along the way Pooh must also try and find a new tail for the ever
depressed and loveable Eeyore to collect the hunny
reward and feed his growling stuffed interior. All of the original
characters are back to help also including Tiger, Piglet, Owl
What makes this Winnie the Pooh film so special though is not
only is it brilliant for children it is also great for animation
fans alike. Not just because of its style but because of how the
book is brung to life as the characters walk across the sentences
and having letters displaced from the pages as tools or toys makes
it a joy for animation loving parents or older siblings. Its
not exactly edgy but its a nice quirky touch that makes
it all the more enjoyable for everyone.
Short and sweet 4/5
Source Code (12A)
Captain Colter-Stevens (Jake
Gyllenhall) has a time loop of eight minutes where he has to find
the bomber of a train which has already gone off to prevent a
second, much more serious attack using the new Source Code
technology. Whilst doing this he also is trying to figure out
what has happened to his real self and what the difference between
reality and the parallel situation he has been put in is.
Confused? There's no need to be, its one of those
films that you only need to be able to understand the basic plot
outline to keep up with the action. All it is is; soldier put
in someone elses body to try and find bomber and stop another
attack but he doesnt know what has happened to his real
self. When you think about this plot it is actually using a very
loose similar formula to Avatar with the injured man
in pod situation but for completely different purposes and the
outcome of completely different films.
Source Code is pure entertainment, a proper popcorn
munching film that keeps you guessing until the satisfying end.
Also as always theres the romance thrown in but considering
he has only meant to have know this woman for a matter of minutes
you can still sense the chemistry but arent sure what the
outcome of it will be
I think this is the definition of a good hearty film, its
one that although isnt going to be the best film youve
ever seen or knock on the door of the Academy but you will
be happy youve seen it and I wouldnt hesitate to recommend
it to anyone I know.
My favourite film of the week 4/5
Reluctant heir to the Easter bunny throne E.B. (Russell Brand)
runs/ hops away to Hollywood to follow his dreams of becoming
a drummer, there he meets slacker Fred and together they must
dodge bunny agents, The Pink Berets, and turn Fred
into the perfect human Easter bunny.
If I were to pick a film to go and see with a friend
it would not be a U rated film about bunnies, but in the same
breath this film is not aimed at me so therefore my personal opinion
is invalid. So Hop, its basically the Christmas
formula applied to Easter. There is lots of slapstick fun and
a colourful part Easter treat factory backdrop that will really
set young minds racing and bring all the magic of Christmas to
Easter for the toddler to tween generation. But be warned parents,
if you let your children watch this then you had better stock
up on some Easter baskets, oh the disappointment on their faces
if you dont!
There is absolutely nothing to offend anyone in this film, its
squeaky clean slapstick fun and even a great first film. Also
its the perfect cinema trip for the Easter holidays, as
for the parents, lets just say its, at the least, bearable.
Perhaps thats unfair as Russell Brand does make the most
of his floppy eared character and as shameful as it is to admit
it, I did laugh a couple of times as did my friend. Bizarrely
David Hasslehoff cameos which was rather amusing, his response
to the talking rabbit was Well my best friend is a talking
car, yes Hoff, that does make sense.
In all Hop is a colourful, clean and cute cinema trip
for the Easter Holidays, bound to make the kids laugh and you
smile 2.5/5 stars
Rio (U) 3D
Nerdy Macaw Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is whisked away from his comfy
life in Minnesota to Brazil where he and exotic macaw Jewel (Anne
Hathaway) are faced with the task of saving their race from extinction,
but many troubles arise when they are stolen by a scheming gang.
From the makers of Ice Age (which I walked out on
around the age of eight due to my hatred of cartoons and ice)
Rio is a bright Brazilian boogie! After previously
seeing Hop the prospect of another U rated animation
was not appealing for me but within the first few minutes, seconds
even, of the kaleidoscopic opening number I was in!
There is nothing out of the storyline norm in Rio
but because of the voices behind the birds and the summery samba
setting this is definitely a very credible and crazy cartoon.
The best animation Ive seen in a while - 4/5
Your Highness (15)
Brave and noble Prince Fabious (James Franco) must go on a quest
to rescue his love Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the hands
of evil plotting Lesaar. Along for the ride however is his rude,
underachieving black-sheep brother Thadeous (Danny McBride).
The trailer says it all. If you go and see this I think
you probably know what youre in for and this will only appeal
to fans of this particular humour. But this is not a spoof film
like the dreadful Meet the Spartans or Vampires
Suck its from completely different writers and also
is set in an alternate medieval fantasy world and is maybe slightly
As I was you may be surprised to see the likes of James Franco
and Natalie Portman putting on terrible British accents in such
a puerile film after their award successes but on the other hand
it does show they dont take themselves too seriously and
understand the nature of the film: it is what it is and
doesnt claim to be anything else other than a ridiculous
and silly film which is just a bit of harmless fun.
Illegal and unsafe drug NZT opens the large percentage of your
brain that usually does not perform and makes you a genius with
limitless possibilities. When struggling writer Eddie is offered
it by corrupt a former acquaintance he cannot resist the temptation
and is soon an entirely new and successful person, but nothing
runs smoothly in film land and he soon finds himself in some serious
This is completely bonkers but also very intriguing. Its
unique and the special effects were like nothing Id ever
seen before. Its not the pill to everyones idea of
a good film but there is plenty of action and a fast moving plotline
to keep you entertained anyway, sometimes though some of the plot
feels as rushed as Eddies mind and it could be easy to get
lost along the way.
There is excitement every time a clear pill is taken and its
one of those that you really dont know what the outcome
A brilliant idea very well carried off - 3.5/5
Read more of Molly's regular film reviews on Burnham-On-Sea.com