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Ralph Breaks The Internet

By | Film Club

Release Date: 30th November 2018

Wreck It Ralph and his best friend Vanellope, go online to find a replacement controller for Sugar Rush, the colourful, candy-and-chocolate-themed racing game in which she competes. But soon enough, they lose their bearings and minds amid the labyrinth of the internet. From the off you’re quickly transported from the 8bit nostalgia to the horrifyingly vivid depiction of the World Wide Web. The internet’s many quirks like ad pop ups, social media and online shopping are hilariously accurate and incredibly relatable. Throwing online gaming into the mix quickly pushes Vanellope and Ralph’s friendship loyalties to the limit.

There’s no faulting this sequels many layers of references and familiar faces, from the likes of Disney princesses, Star Wars and the epic Marvel universe. Ralph Breaks The Internet is no wreck, thanks to several big laughs and some sweet messages about online behaviour that should connect with both kids and parents.

Reviewed by: David Thomson

Rated: 4/5 Stars


Robin Hood

By | Film Club

Release Date: 21st November 2018

Highly recommended film, we loved it.

The story is pretty consistent all the way through, with some relevance to the true legend of Robin Hood, but an added twist on the reasons for the crusades.  The setting was very good however costume was a little bizarre, medieval with a modern twist in places.

All the characters were believable and Jamie Fox made a fabulous side-kick, following in the vein of Morgan Freeman to Kevin Costner’s Robin.  I Loved Taron Egerton as the lead, still very kingsman-esk but in my opinion a fine Lord Robin of Loxley.

The age classification was pretty spot on, for modern films, although lots of moderate violence, very little blood, and not too much swearing as I recall.

This movie was a good watch, great on the big screen, will do equally well on television too.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.


Reviewed by: Emma Morris

Rated: 5/5 Stars

Nativity Rocks!

By | Film Club

Release Date: 23rd November 2018

The film is based on a poor, unloved Coventry in desperate need to prove itself as the ‘Christmas town of the year’ in a major national rock-opera competition. Just in time, in walks the guy to help the kiddies secure the prize, the supremely-irritating Jerry Poppy.

He announces that he is the brother of a character who featured in the previous Nativity films… the point at which you will probably realise that you can remember absolutely nothing about any of them.

The joke is that in a classroom of kids, he is the biggest kid of all!

Although he starts off being rather irritating, he actually becomes faintly endearing as he leads you towards converging coincidences and a let’s-go-home happy rock-opera finale. Adding to the poignancy of it all is that the film pulls in a refugee boy and his dad and promptly separates them… you know what will happen in the end.

Persuasively it also tells us that the boy who has got absolutely everything can also be the loneliest boy in the world if he hasn’t got the love and attention of his parents – beautifully played by Anna Chancellor and Hugh Dennis, distracted, busy and ripe for a little bit of emotional re-education.

There is a feeling that all the threads are shoehorned into the finale, but result is still a (slightly-premature) festive glow at the end of it all, a film which is content to be nice – nothing more, nothing less, just really, really nice.

Reviewed by: Alexis Pay

Rated: 3/5 stars


By | Film Club

Release Date: 9th November 2018

The original 2000 version of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is one of my favourite films.  I’ll watch it all year round!  So how does the 2018 version compare to such a highly rated classic?

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