Movie reviews of Craig McKenzie

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

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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.

9 june

9 jun

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.

6 june

6 jun

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.

4 june

4 jun

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.

25 april

25 apr

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.

8 april

8 apr

Poster for Captain Marvel

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.

9 march

9 mar

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.

18 february

18 feb

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.

12 february

12 feb

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.

5 february

5 feb

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.

2 january

2 jan

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.

27 december

27 dec

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.

9 december

9 dec

Poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

2

The visuals are impressive enough and one or two characters stand out thanks to talented actors playing them but the lack of focus on anything and over reliance on unnecessary backstories are everything that’s wrong with franchise filmmaking.

18 november

18 nov

Poster for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

6

It’s really well paced, the performances are great, recreations of famous performances are excellently done and it hits the major beats that Queen fans would expect.

31 october

31 oct

Poster for Halloween

Halloween

6

A worthy sequel to the original Halloween that strips away all of the overly complicated elements to deliver a simplified take on the iconic franchise.

31 october

31 oct

Poster for Venom

Venom

4

Despite the many flaws I can’t say I was ever bored by Venom.

3 october

3 oct

Poster for The Predator

The Predator

2

An incoherent mess of a film with unlikeable characters, a disjointed narrative that has clearly been cut to the bone, terribly edited incoherent action and too much focus on uninteresting details.

21 september

21 sep

Poster for Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin

4

An underwhelming movie that misses more opportunities than it lands and fails to take advantage of its obvious strengths.

20 august

20 aug

Poster for The Meg

The Meg

6

An entertaining creature feature that is full of missed opportunities.

20 august

20 aug

Poster for Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp

6

An entertaining and fun entry into the Marvel Cinematic universe that makes for a good ensemble piece and delivers some creative action.

5 august

5 aug

Poster for Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

10

Expertly merges plot with action to create and well paced experience with incredible set piece moments...

29 july

29 jul

Poster for Steel Country

Steel Country

8

A compelling character driven story from the point of view of a protagonist with a less than traditional outlook.

17 july

17 jul

Poster for Three Summers

Three Summers

8

A charming film with engaging characters, plenty of laughs and a fun setup.

17 july

17 jul

Poster for Obey

Obey

8

An excellent character study with a strong supporting cast and impressive backdrop.

16 july

16 jul

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