If you enjoyed the surprisingly successful Jumanji reboot, you’ll have a lot of fun with this follow-up.
A rousing underdog sports story that only stumbles on the mat in its closing minutes.
Upgrade is a clever genre mash-up. The film merges the tropes of the traditional revenge flick with speculative sci-fi,
at once indulging in genre thrills and commenting upon them.
Watching Rampage, I came to two realisations.
One: I haven’t really liked a Dwayne Johnson movie for years.
Two: His movies all have the same problem. They’re not funny enough.
Jumanji’s fictional, fantastical setting lets the film really spread its wings in terms of silly action. It just needed to be funnier.
Either Baywatch or Dead Men Tell No Tales could have been good – well, passable – with screenplays content to be plain ol’ mediocre.
Moana wraps a Polynesian folk tale around a charming children’s film, populated with animal sidekicks and musical numbers. When these two threads are woven together well, the film sings like Disney’s best.