Movie reviews of Hamish Calvert

These are all the movies and series that Hamish has reviewed. Read more at: HCMovieReviews.

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Poster for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

4

Simply tries to do too much, attempting to retell the classic Jungle Book story whilst also shedding light on lesser known elements. In trying to do both it fails to succeed with either sections of its narrative.

9 december

9 dec

Poster for The Possession of Hannah Grace

The Possession of Hannah Grace

5

It’s not a bad film, it just falls victim to the heavily trodden tropes of the genre, not so badly to be remembered as a low light for the genre this year, however neither does it achieve enough to elevate it to a memorable highlight.

9 december

9 dec

Poster for Dumplin'

Dumplin'

8

So whilst it’s maybe not going to get the title of pageant winner, thanks to its crowd pleasing story, likeable cast and positive vibes Dumplin easily rises to the top to walk away with the Miss Congeniality prize and deservedly so too.

7 december

7 dec

Poster for The Old Man & the Gun

The Old Man & the Gun

5

Even with Redford’s fine performance, supported well by turns from Spacek and Affleck and the rich style the film embodies through its music and visuals The Old Man & the Gun still falls far short of being anything overly memorable.

4 december

4 dec

Poster for Creed II

Creed II

8

A narrative that takes our characters to new places but that is so heavily influenced and dependent on the cherished past of these films makes for a compelling sports drama. Portrayed powerfully by a knockout cast they ensure that Creed II isn’t the installment that’s throwing the towel in on this long standing icon of franchise film.

29 november

29 nov

Poster for Robin Hood

Robin Hood

3

A truly bizarre collection of accents and ludicrous character writing don’t inspire the greatest of performances with several of the cast falling firmly flat...

23 november

23 nov

Poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

8

With this sequel, Rowling continues to amaze and mystify with her spellbinding story telling which holds such attention to detail and wonder.

14 november

14 nov

Poster for The Grinch

The Grinch

7

This animation will certainly serve its purpose for a new, younger generation offering them a fun and festive film which will be easily revisited year after year.

11 november

11 nov

Poster for Overlord

Overlord

9

Borrows and combines ideas we’ve seen before in numerous films from popular culture but does so to create an exhilarating wartime horror that won’t be easily etched from the minds’ of its audience.

9 november

9 nov

Poster for Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

8

The three main performers give life to the light and pleasant screenplay in a skillful way elevating the whimsical ideas into a fully fledged narrative fit for the film treatment.

6 november

6 nov

Poster for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

7

Its fairly standard and familiar story is consistently complimented by its animated action sequences which are amusing to no end.

5 november

5 nov

Poster for Widows

Widows

4

Instead of delivering an exciting heist story embedded in a dark crime thriller what Widows really offers is an under-cooked, tonally mismatched ensemble piece that’s never as good as its players.

1 november

1 nov

Poster for Mandy

Mandy

2

The film is a basic revenge thriller at its heart but one that lacks a captivating story to tell so instead overcompensates with ludicrous content which comes across as nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract from the many shortcomings the film presents.

30 october

30 oct

Poster for Wildlife

Wildlife

6

The narrative has the potential to develop into a fascinating family drama but it rarely ventures beyond the average only really excelling through the three central performances of its cast.

30 october

30 oct

Poster for Suspiria

Suspiria

8

Horror aside the film boasts a gripping narrative, albeit one which has issues with its bookends but nonetheless still making Suspiria feel like an unmistakable milestone of modern horror.

29 october

29 oct

Poster for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

9

The resulting narrative is an irresistible blend of comedy and drama all set to the unique and unmistakable sound of one of the most loved rock bands of all time – this is one night at the opera you won’t want to miss!

25 october

25 oct

Poster for The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

9

A gripping and involved, relevant piece of film-making brilliantly made accessible for a large audience, and the more people who see this film the better.

22 october

22 oct

Poster for Halloween

Halloween

9

This sequel carries a remarkable continuity to the original film whilst also working expertly as a modern interpretation of the story.

19 october

19 oct

Poster for Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

9

Intrigue, shock, tension, disgust, sympathy and suspense are only some of the many things this refreshingly original screenplay will make you feel.

10 october

10 oct

Poster for Smallfoot

Smallfoot

6

So while Smallfoot won’t leave a big impression with audiences it’s perfectly enjoyable in the moment.

7 october

7 oct

Poster for Malevolent

Malevolent

6

It’s got great foundations in terms of its writing, setting and performances but fails to fully build on these...

6 october

6 oct

Poster for First Man

First Man

2

Feels like Oscar bait in its truest form with the finished product almost entirely being a failure to launch.

6 october

6 oct

Poster for Venom

Venom

26

Problems with several aspects of the titular character, a narrative that fails to decide on or effectively juggle a mixture of tones and unconvincing performances...

3 october

3 oct

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

9

A remake well worth your time and one that could and should be celebrated across the board come awards season.

2 october

2 oct

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