Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) (A Fitting End To The Trilogy?)

“You’re…you’re Caesar”

War for the Planet of the Apes was my most anticipated movie of 2017 (click here for my list!). Rise of the Planet of the Apes was enjoyable, if flawed. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a masterpiece. However, it’s a rarity that the final film of a trilogy is satisfying. The second film is usually superb, paving the way for disappointment in the third film. There are exceptions. I tried to temper my expectations for WFTPOTA. I skipped trailers and reviews. My fears of an unsatisfying finale were unfounded. It wasn’t flawless. The second act dragged towards the end. There are other little niggles, but they are unimportant. WFTPOTA has overtaken Logan as my favourite film of 2017 thus far. Continue reading

Review: Let Me In (2010) (I’d Rather Let The Right One In!)

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“Are you a vampire?”

I am sincerely against American remakes of foreign horror films. First they poached Japanese horror films (The Ring, The Grudge etc), now they’ve moved a little closer to home. ‘Let Me In’ is a remake of the 2008 Swedish horror film Let The Right One In (apointless name change!), and as always, something has been lost in translation. In general, American horror remakes tend to explain too much, show too much, and fail to capture the atmosphere of the original. And ‘Let Me In’ makes all of those mistakes, and a few more. I wholly agree with the director of ‘Let The Right One In’ when he said that “If one should remake a film, it’s because the original is bad. And I don’t think mine is.” And he’s correct! Continue reading