Film Review: Rocketman

A true story based on the life of musician Elton John and directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman is a fantasy musical that follows John (Taron Egerton)’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). The inspirational story, set to Elton John’s most beloved songs, shows the transformation of a shy piano prodigy with unloving parents (Bryce Dallas Howard and Steven Mackintosh) to an international superstar – including all of the drugs, drink, sex, and pressuring manager (Richard Madden).

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Film Review: Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom

Directed by J.A. Bayona, Fallen Kingdom sees the return of Jurassic World bigwig Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) as Isla Nublar’s previously dormant volcano is now very much active. With the de-extinct residents in serious danger of being wiped out all over again, Claire – who now heads up a dinosaur protection group – convinces a reluctant Owen to help mount a daring rescue mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

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Film Review: Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Directed by David Lowery and a reimagining of Disney‘s 1977 musical family film of the same name, Pete’s Dragon follows the adventures of an orphaned ten-year-old boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a giant, green dragon. For years, old wood-carver Mr Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), a forest ranger, these stories are little more than a folk tale… until she meets Pete, living in the woods with no family or home. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father, Jack (Wes Bentley), owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about his dragon.

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Film Review: Jurassic World

The fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World is a science fiction adventure directed by Colin Trevorrow. Set 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, a new theme park has been built on the original site and is again set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar. Everything is going well under the control of Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who invites her nephews Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) for a free trip. But when Claire is pushed by Masrani (Irrfan Khan) to create more scares and thrills, the park’s newest attraction – a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine, the Indominus Rex – doesn’t want to play nicely. When the dinosaur escapes containment and goes on a killing spree, the only hope of saving the island is dinosaur trainer Own (Chris Pratt).

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Film Review: 50/50

(Published in Issue 4 of my publication In Retrospect)

Directed by Jonathan Levine, 50/50 is a comedy-drama loosely based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser. When 27-year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) goes to the doctors about back pain, he finds out that he has a rare type of spinal cancer, and must undergo chemotherapy in order to reduce the tumour. His best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) attempts to take his mind of his life-threatening illness with alcohol, medicinal weed and sex, whilst his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) slowly starts becoming detached. As part of his recovery, Adam must also see an inexperienced psychologist Katherine (Anna Kendrick) and befriends two older chemo patients receiving treatment alongside him. But will his struggles overpower his determination to beat cancer? Or will the help of a seemingly irrelevant part of his treatment convince him to stop being selfish?

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Film Review: The Twilight Saga 3 – Eclipse

From Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, the third film adaptation from her novel collection, Eclipse, is directed by David Slade, who has already dabbled in the vampire franchise with 30 Days of Night. Eclipse, living up to the Saga’s bad criticisms, churns morals to its younger audience and disappoints with changes from the original film and cast. But it’s not that bad, it’s just not one to charm its haters.

Eclipse follows the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who must finally choose between her glittering vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf phasing best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) as the two most important people in her life must work together to fight and protect her as an army of vampires form to destroy the Cullen family.

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