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Fast Five Review: Doctor Who, Season 10

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Part One | Part Two
Science Fiction | Television Series | 2017
Reviewed by Michelle

It’s the tenth season of the rebooted Doctor Who, and from the outset, fans already knew that it’d be the last to star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. With companions Bill and Nardole by his side, this season sees the Doctor face new challenges – and old enemies.

1) Did you like it?

I’ve been a bit meh about the past couple of series of Doctor Who, to be honest. It’s tricky – I love Peter Capaldi, but never really thought that his version of The Doctor was fully developed. Sunglasses and a guitar are props, not character development. After the last season left me cold, I wasn’t too enthused about this season.

So what made me change my mind? The announcement that, for the first time ever, the Doctor’s next regeneration would be a woman, played by Jodie Whittaker.

Oh, and yes, I liked this series, by the way.

2) Why?

Bill and Nardole are great, and together with the Doctor, they make a great team.  This season allows us to see a different side to Capaldi’s Doctor as well – but it all feels too late. We’re just starting to get to know him when the season is over. It’s a real shame…

What’s not so great about this season? There are a few flat episodes. The weakest point is The Lie of the Land, a 1984-esque episode that centres around Bill’s mum (who, despite being a vital part of the episode is never given an actual name). There are also a few plot points scattered throughout the series that viewers of New Who might find unfortunately familiar.

But overall, this season is tighter and more entertaining than it’s been for a while. For the most part, it’s more restrained and there’s more of a feel of camaraderie between the Doctor and his companions.

dalek3) You’ll enjoy this television series if…

Actually, if you’re new to Doctor Who, series ten would be a great place to jump on board!

4) This television series made me think about…

As much as I’m looking forward to a female Doctor, I’m going to miss Peter Capaldi. But here’s to new beginnings and new regenerations.

5) Overall rating?

3-stars

Fast Five Review: Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast
Family | Musical | 2017

It’s a tale as old as time. Belle, a beautiful young woman from a quiet French village finds herself imprisoned in an enchanted castle, filled with talking (and singing) household objects who were formerly the castle’s staff – and, of course, a towering Beast, doomed to remain beastly forever until he finds true love. Oh, and also, he’s a prince. Surely you know the rest? This live-action remake of the animated classic from 1991 boasts an all-star cast as well as new songs and scenes that will delight fans – new and old.

1) Did you like it?

Yes. It’s an enjoyable film…but I have a few issues.

2) Why?

Why indeed? What’s the point of spending squillions of dollars remaking a classic film everyone loves, nearly shot-by-shot? Nostalgia, I guess – already the new version of Beauty and the Beast is the tenth highest-grossing film of all time. But…why? I was under the impression that this would be a more feminist take on the classic tale. Belle invents a washing machine. That’s feminist…how, exactly? Sure, there are new additions to the story, including a tacked-on scene to explain what happened to Belle’s mother, but this only introduces new plotholes to a story that – let’s be honest – was already full of them.

beauty-and-beast-2017-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000However, despite a little awkwardness, and excluding a few clunky scenes, the new version of Beauty and the Beast is a lot of fun. The CGI is beautiful, the songs are as catchy as ever…and the film’s climactic ballroom scene will melt even the heart of a wannabe film critic.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You grew up with the original film on VCR and played it until you knew all the words.

4) This movie made me think about…

Nostalgia. Disney are already working on a live action remake of The Lion King. There’s talk that a live action Dumbo (!?) directed by Tim Burton (!?!?!) might be next. Other titles being thrown around online for potential remakes are Mulan, Mary Poppins, Aladdin… I’d love to see Disney spend their resources telling new stories instead. How great was Moana?

5) Overall rating?

This was a tricky one to rate…

3-stars

Fast Five Review: A Cure for Wellness

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Thriller | 2017

Lockheart is a young executive, sent by the board of his company to a remote Swiss wellness spa to retrieve their errant CEO. The residents are all blissed-out, middle-aged former executives, who wear white and play croquet and tennis on the lawn – and drink a lot of water, which comes from a spring beneath the facility and is known for its healing properties. When he’s injured a car accident on his way back down the mountain, Lockheart seems to have little choice but to remain at the spa until he’s better. Things are about to get weird. Very weird…

1) Did you like it?

Yes and no…but mostly no. Let me explain.

2) Why?

Let’s start with the positives. A Cure for Wellness is a visually stunning film. Everything about the film’s setting is perfect – the impossibly huge castle with décor that looks like something from another era, the crisp colours, the stark white uniforms. It’s so incredibly elegant. And the film gets off to a really good start, too. It’s an inspired choice to make Lockheart such an unsympathetic character, and actor Dane DeHaan does an amazing job not only bringing him to life, but bringing the viewer over to his side, too.

acureforwellnessblogThe thing is, A Cure for Wellness is long. Way too long. The lingering tension that’s present in the first part of the film is dragged out until it’s stretched beyond all recognition. Then, there’s the film’s conclusion, with a “twist” that anyone could have seen coming miles off and a final confrontation that feels anticlimactic. What could have been a smart, stylish and supremely creepy movie – the cult classic it so desperately wants to be – is all, in the end, just a little silly.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

Maybe if you fast-forward through a few scenes in the middle? Or perhaps I’ve just got a short attention span, and you’ll love it? Watch it and prove me wrong!

4) This movie made me think about…

For what it’s worth, this film does have a few very unsettling scenes and images that eel-y stuck in my mind…

5) Overall rating?

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave…

3-stars

Fast Five Review: A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

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A Street Cat Named Bob
2016 | PG | Drama

James, a recovering drug addict and promising busker, is on his ninth life when he meets Bob, a ginger cat with nowhere else to go. Suddenly, James has a reason to get his life back on track. Based on a real-life story – and starring Bob himself – A Street Cat Named Bob is a heart-warming take of redemption and second chances.

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Fast Five Review: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

hacksawridgereviewHacksaw Ridge
2016 | War, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour.

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