Ben has written 282 reviews for films during 2019.

  • xXx



    Some enjoyable action and not a terribly crafted story. The main character is overly macho and boring, with no likeable arcs. The script is under written and the whole narrative is nonexclusive. The direction didn’t faze me as much as others and it was surprisingly scenic.

  • Nerve



    This doesn’t really make sense, but it’s majorly entertaining. Franco and Roberts have fantastic chemistry and are the best parts of the film. The side characters were horribly written and the majority of the supporting cast gave bad performances. It’s visually over the top, it took a while to get used to the neon colour scheme. I personally enjoyed the ending though I can see why some found it to be blunt.

  • The Good Night

    The Good Night


    Minorly funny, fully amusing comedy with a great cast. Freeman manages to carry the script well and Simon Pegg is hilarious. The story becomes quite repetitive and the direction isn’t strong. The characters are given interesting backstories which help carry the script.

  • War Dogs

    War Dogs


    Sometimes funny, but always annoying. Todd Phillips adds a nice touch as the film is eye catching and visually engaging. The characters are written badly, screened poorly and the leads have no real chemistry. The story seems cliched, in part due to the voice over which is done poorly.

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


    This was hard to get my head around, but after watching some plot explained YouTube videos, I have managed to somewhat understand this amazing story, although I could still do with a rewatch. Gary Oldman is great, his character is very reserved and confined. The whole ensemble give compelling performances from Mark Strong to Tom Hardy, Colin Firth to Benedict Cumberbatch. The story has so many small elements and it is told in an unconventional manner, leading to some head…

  • Fences



    Davis and Denzel give fantastic, reaching for Oscar performances. The family element is everything, but the story isn’t told in the most swift manner. The characters have meaning, and are all well developed. It’s a fitfully plot, as it is full of conversation and conversation only, some character decisions are quite blunt. Denzel directs this well and really gives his all in his performance. The ending was touching, and the script was really admirable.

  • Missing Link

    Missing Link


    Brilliant work from Laika and Butler yet again. This is a fun, adventure film with a talented cast and a well told story. The animation is extraordinary and I was really engaged by the story. The story is exciting and moving, bringing a fresh feel to the genre. The characters really stood out, they were well developed and charming. The villains felt a bit silly, but they managed to keep our protagonists strong. An elegant, touching and engaging 90 minutes of fun.

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7


    Another really fun entry to the Fast franchise, the film is filled with over the top action and silly one liners. It manages to be emotional when it needs to be and I was impressed with how well they managed to deal with the production problems. The family element doesn’t always work, but it can manipulate our emotions easily. This may be the weakest film writing wise from the franchise, but it’s probably the strongest, direction wise. Wan does a fantastic job with the action scenes, which I enjoyed, they were stupid and shot well, as well as just being really bloody cool.

  • Cold Pursuit

    Cold Pursuit


    I quite enjoyed Cold Purusit, it had a lot less action than I expected, but the acting and setting really kept it going for me. The direction was good, the main fault was the conventional story it did feel like a classic revenge story, although different routes were taken.

  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light


    This was such a delight, I enjoyed all aspects of the filmmaking, it’s a very stylish film with lots of smart qualities. The colour scheme and shot selection was appropriate for the tone of the film, and everything was paced very well. All the performances were charming and the story was a simple one told in a fabulous way. The music complimented the story brilliantly and the film gives off a delightful buzz. Serious topics are dealt with well, and…

  • The Thing

    The Thing


    I absolutely love everything that Carpenter managed to do with The Thing. The claustrophobic feeling, the long eerie shots and the amazing practicals. Kurt Russell is superb, I love seeing this fantastic ensemble solving such an intriguing mystery in a sole location (exactly my type of film). This was a complete blast, I was satisfied by the ending as I was taken in by the superb story. All the characters are superbly drawn out, despite me having a bit of confusion with the identities (it was hard remembering all them names).

  • Mr. Bean's Holiday

    Mr. Bean's Holiday


    Unfortunately this doesn’t work with anyone outside the target audience and I’m not even sure what the target audience is. Willem Dafoe steals the show and Rowan Atkinson does all he can to save the awful story. Nothing is really funny or charming, like previous elements of “Bean”.