Movie reviews of Craig McKenzie

These are all the movies and series that Craig has reviewed. Read more at: Kneel Before Blog.

Number of movie reviews: 118 / 118

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Sonic the Hedgehog

6

A competently produced and entertaining adaptation of an iconic video game character.

5 march

5 mar

Poster for Bombshell

Bombshell

6

The film boasts excellent leading performances and a competent exploration of the issue at hand but suffers from detailing too many perspectives meaning that it is overall lacking in detail.

8 january

8 jan

Poster for Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

8

A heart-warming coming of age story with a strong message about assumptions and tolerance that boasts excellent performances.

1 january

1 jan

Poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

2

An unsatisfying conclusion to the Skywalker Saga with messy plotting, misplaced humour and tedious subplots that does a disservice to what once was a thriving vibrant franchise therefore securing J.J. Abrams title as The Master of Mediocrity.

19 december

19 dec

Poster for It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two

6

It Chapter Two is a decent enough follow-up to its predecessor, but unfortunately not one that lives up to its potential, nor reaches the heights of primal dread previously induced.

17 september

17 sep

Poster for Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce

8

A well put together and beautifully shot character driven story that delivers a compelling take on the titular Robert the Bruce through the eyes of others.

2019.07.03

2019

Spider-Man: Far from Home

10

An excellent Spider-Man film that strikes the right balance between the characters and the superhero action while providing a strong arc for Peter Parker to follow.

2019.07.03

2019

Poster for End of Sentence

End of Sentence

10

A moving, expertly constructed character driven experience with a strong central dynamic and a really compelling story.

2019.06.28

2019

Poster for Stockholm

Stockholm

6

An entertaining and well acted comedic take on a hostage narrative that doesn’t entirely achieve what it sets out to do. Ethan Hawke delivers an engaging and energetic performance as the lead that combines nicely with the comedic take on the situation.

2019.06.22

2019

Poster for Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

8

A charming and amusing unconventional romance with an excellent setup, endearing characters and a showstopping Cello sequence.

2019.06.21

2019

Boyz in the Wood

8

An entertaining, hilarious and memorable start to the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival. The lead actors do an excellent job carrying the film with strong performances and excellent comedic timing...

2019.06.18

2019

Poster for Aladdin

Aladdin

2

A charmless, passionless chore bereft of energy and originality that fails to justify its own existence. There is no reason to watch this version when the animated original already exists as it does broadly the same things except worse and has a longer running time.

2019.06.17

2019

Poster for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

8

An entertaining and well put together cinematic experience that excels at world building while doing right by fans of the franchise.

2019.06.09

2019

Poster for Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

2

A joyless slog that suffers from a huge lack of focus ending the long standing X-Men film franchise on a whimper.

2019.06.06

2019

Poster for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

10

A beautifully crafted and immensely entertaining experiences that cements this franchise among the gold standard of western produced action cinema.

2019.06.04

2019

Poster for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

10

An incredible cinematic experience that delivers a satisfying finale to 22 films worth of build-up. It uses its long runtime well, delivers powerful character moments and strong fan service while delivering on the promise of an epic conclusion to everything that had come before.

2019.04.25

2019

Poster for Shazam!

Shazam!

8

A strong and delightfully self aware superhero origin story that has a lot of fun with the usual trappings that come with the setup and focuses the narrative on engaging characters.

2019.04.08

2019

Captain Marvel

6

Despite my misgivings Captain Marvel is a reasonable entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Strong performance can’t quite make up for a lack of narrative focus and easy to guess twists.

2019.03.09

2019

Poster for Happy Death Day 2U

Happy Death Day 2U

8

A strong sequel that completely changes direction from the first film and delivers a really entertaining sci-fi comedy that expands the universe in really fun ways.

2019.02.18

2019

Poster for Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel

6

A technically impressive, character driven experience that does really well with world building but fails to craft a truly engaging story.

2019.02.12

2019

Poster for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

10

A satisfying heartwarming conclusion to what can now be called one of cinema’s greatest trilogies.

2019.02.05

2019

Poster for Aquaman

Aquaman

6

A fun and engaging entry into the DC canon that makes great use of Jason Momoa’s obvious charisma and delivers some really creative visuals.

2019.01.02

2019

Poster for Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

4

. Individual elements such as Emily Blunt’s performance or some creative sequences work well enough but a dull story, unmemorable songs and a general lack of originality leave this feeling like a pointless sequel capitalising on audience nostalgia rather than standing out on its own merits.

2018.12.27

2018

Poster for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

10

An excellent film with great characters, an expertly crafted story, stunning animation and a clear love for Spider-Man in all his forms.

2018.12.09

2018

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