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 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

8

These sequences are hypnotising thanks to how meticulously executed they are. They often boast beautiful visuals, brutal violence or exciting creativity too, creating a true spectacle of cinematic action. It’s some of the surrounding factors that stop this entry from excelling fully, namely some misplaced humour and poor character work.

17 may

17 may

Wine Country

8

The likeable cast excel in delivering the clever comedy provided whilst the screenwriters expertly balance this with the accompanying drama, overcoming a cinematic challenge that many struggle to achieve.

14 may

14 may

Poster for Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

5

The ambition of this project has to be admired and the attempts to please several different audiences is admirable. There are some excellent moments littered throughout this film but they’re all too fleeting to enhance the quality of the film as a whole.

12 may

12 may

Poster for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

8

The cast make for a captivating ensemble who brilliantly bring this real life horror story to the screen with Efron’s leading turn drawing almost all of the attention.

4 may

4 may

Long Shot

8

So whilst at times inconsistent with its tone of injecting comedy into its quite serious setting Long Shot takes just that, but it’s a long shot that pays off.

3 may

3 may

Poster for Tolkien

Tolkien

7

However, despite this and a slightly directionless beginning Tolkien does make for a satisfying cinematic journey when it arrives at the culmination of its narrative.

1 may

1 may

Poster for The Curse of La Llorona

The Curse of La Llorona

5

The solid main cast deserve better from their writers as the generic screenplay fails to inspire any actual scares or worthwhile family drama.

30 april

30 apr

Poster for The Fight

The Fight

8

So with the cast delivering performances of such a high quality across the board and the surprisingly involving screenplay The Fight packs more of a punch than you might have first expected.

27 april

27 apr

Poster for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

9

Avengers: Endgame is a shocking, joyful and heartbreaking triumph that will forever be a milestone of crossover and superhero cinema.

25 april

25 apr

Poster for Steel Country

Steel Country

7

With a strong emphasis on small town politics and paranoia this mystery won’t have the scale to intrigue some audiences but those willing to go with its slow burn will be satisfied come the credits.

22 april

22 apr

Poster for The Dead Center

The Dead Center

6

The solid foundations and creative potential The Dead Center harbours will be enough for some but its lack of character and originality will be its death sentence for many.

19 april

19 apr

Someone Great

8

It’s narrative impressively showcases relationships and romance through the lens of several different personalities, intensities and circumstances providing an entertaining and affecting entry into the genre.

19 april

19 apr

Poster for Support the Girls

Support the Girls

6

The greater focus on dialogue & characters rather than plot does have its benefits for the picture.

18 april

18 apr

Poster for Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

8

It truly captures and understands the reality for countless young people growing up today and tells their story in a hilarious, heartwarming and at times harrowing way.

18 april

18 apr

Poster for Thunder Road

Thunder Road

8

Thunder Road is deeply moving and darkly funny, it’s brilliantly unconventional tone won’t be for all audiences but those that do connect with it will relish in its touching drama and bizarre comedy.

16 april

16 apr

Poster for Wild Rose

Wild Rose

8

Rose-Lynn is a challenging and complex character to have at the helm of the narrative but she’s why it’s so good.

15 april

15 apr

Poster for Mid90s

Mid90s

8

Its remarkable authenticity is complemented by a superb cast of mostly unknown performers whose lack of fame serves the film very well. Blending difficult drama and effortless humour Mid90s establishes itself as a notable coming of age story and a strong start for Hill’s directorial career.

14 april

14 apr

Poster for Gloria Bell

Gloria Bell

8

Whilst not necessarily gripping, Gloria Bell still boasts a richly compelling tone, laced with natural humour and authentic drama.

13 april

13 apr

The Perfect Date

6

The Perfect Date is the latest in a long line of Netflix conveyor belt productions with its cookie cutter narrative ticking all the expected boxes. However, with its magnetic cast, Marono in particular, it avoids ever becoming a boring watch and offers enough to compel its audiences to a satisfactory level.

12 april

12 apr

Poster for Shazam!

Shazam!

8

Whilst as cheesy as they come, Shazam! fully embraces its genre truly feeling like it’s leapt off the pages of its comic book origins.

2 april

2 apr

Poster for Happy as Lazzaro

Happy as Lazzaro

6

Happy as Lazzaro is a well executed film boasting a truly curious narrative. It’s most certainly a complex film but for some it will be lacking in actual physical narrative with not a enough happening for them to fully engage with.

2 april

2 apr

The Keeper

8

Marcus H. Rosenmüller proves to be an incredibly safe set of hands for the directing of this powerful and poignant period piece.

1 april

1 apr

Poster for At Eternity's Gate

At Eternity's Gate

4

It’s not surprising that the only awards attention At Eternity’s Gate attracted was for Dafoe’s excellent lead performance. The film feels more like a practice sketch than a finished masterpiece.

29 march

29 mar

Poster for The Dig

The Dig

8

Delivering complicated chemistry between its characters the film weaves a compelling story of grief and justice, providing stimulating ethical debates in spades.

27 march

27 mar

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