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 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.

3 july

3 jul

Poster for Spider-Man: Far from Home

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.

3 july

3 jul

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.

28 june

28 jun

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.

22 june

22 jun

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.

21 june

21 jun

Poster for Boyz in the Wood

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...

18 june

18 jun

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.

17 june

17 jun

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.

2018.10.03

2018

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