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Fast Five Review: Space Dandy (2014)

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Review by Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

It’s a fun sci-fi parody. I enjoyed the first couple of episodes, but it goes for 2 seasons, which in my opinion is a bit much…

2. Why/Why not?

Space Dandy does what it says on the box – he’s a dandy guy: in space! Dandy is a vain, girl-chasing bounty hunter who travels the galaxy looking for new alien species to capture for cash. He travels with an adorable and put-upon robot assistant, and an alien who looks like a cat. There are plenty of puerile and absurd laughs to be had, if that’s what you’re into. The creators have clearly watched a lot of shows like Blakes 7, The Jetsons and UFO (or their Japanese equivalents). The more trashy, low budget vintage sci-fi you’ve seen, the funnier you’ll find this.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

You’re really into anime and want to know how Japan would do a show like Red Dwarf (not that this is anywhere near as brilliant as Red Dwarf).

4. “This series made me think…”

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched much anime, and I just don’t understand all its tropes and quirks anymore.

5. Stars out of five?

2.5

Fast Five Review: Interstellar (2014)

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Review by Lukas

1. Did you like it?

It was alright.

2. Why/Why not?

Interstellar was trying to be too clever for it’s own good and so attempted to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes with special/visual effects and a lacklustre act 2 climax. Just because your name might be Christopher Nolan does not mean you are given rite of passage to make purposefully illogical movies for the sake of the almighty dollar. Although I’m sure that many people are very fond of Chistopher Nolan’s previous works, I think one’s standard should remain high rather than riding the coat tales of past successes. I’d like to think others would believe the same ethos.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You don’t care about plot holes, logic. So if you like Transformers, you’d probably like it.

4. “This series made me think…”

That producers should not be allowed into the edit suite, just to speed up a movie, effectively removing key scenes that tie a story together.

5. Stars out of five?

Let’s face facts, I’m not going to watch this again in a hurry.
2.5 stars

Fast Five Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Reviewed by Celia

1. Did you like it?

Yes.

 

2. Why/Why not?

It was fun and I enjoy the story. It does go totally over the top in moments, which might make some people cringe, but made me laugh.

 

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You liked the other movies.

 

4. “This series made me think…”

It didn’t really make me think, it is total escapism which is why I enjoyed it.

 

5. Stars out of five?

2 and a half.

Fast Five Review: Belle (2013)

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Reviewed by – Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

Belle (Dido) is the daughter of a Navy Admiral and a slave woman.  When her mother dies, the Admiral takes responsibility for her but is called away to service, so he leaves her in the care of her great-uncle, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.  Not fully accepted into the society her birthright ought to afford, she flounders with no sense of belonging; forbidden from attending social events as a full member of the family, but too high born to dine with the servants.  Dido’s uncle, the Chief Justice, must rule on the case of the Zong, whose details are slowly revealed throughout the film.  The crux of which is to decide whether the killing of 142 slaves on a ship to save water was a dumping of ‘cargo’ or a massacre.  Dido begins to challenge her uncle’s ideas by asserting the inequalities in her own life.

Overall I enjoyed this film, however I was hoping for more vivid characters.  Her cousin Elizabeth with whom she was meant to be very close was often distant.  This was perhaps meant to imply the complications of Dido’s station in life, but I didn’t feel that this was overly clear.  The early pacing in the film was slow, but once it got going it did find it’s footing.

3. “You would enjoy this film if…”

…you like dramatisations of history.

4. “This film made me think…”

…that I would like to know more about the real Dido Elizabeth Belle and the history of the Zong case.

5. Stars out of five?

2.5