Movies: The Imitation Game Review (or “Whatever Happened To Linear Storytelling?”)

November 23, 2014

Whatever happened to linear storytelling?

You know what I mean by that right? A story that starts at the beginning and moves forward until the end.

Whether it’s TV or film, it just seems like most writers or directors don’t want to present their tales in a natural order anymore.

In some cases, it’s a deliberate gimmick, in others it’s to mask the inadequacy of the script, but often it just feels like it’s done like that for the sake of it.

And that’s what it felt like with The Imitation Game; the new movie about cryptographer Alan Turing and his team’s successful attempt to crack the German Enigma machine in World War II.imitation

It takes place over three time zones – before, during and after the war – and jumps back and forth between them.

I could understand if it worked in such a way where it starts with him being brought in for questioning, flashes back to the story of how he cracked Enigma and then finished back in 1951, but that’s not what it does. It starts half way through the events of 51, goes back to the start of the war, jumps back to 51 for the beginning of the storyline there, then back to 1940, then to his school years in the 1920s and so on and so forth.

It felt unnecessarily jumbled and it could have been done slightly better.

The other issue with it was that it didn’t seem to know quite what it wanted to be.

Is it about cracking Enigma or is it about Turing and his struggles with homosexuality at a time when it was illegal? There’s no reason why it can’t be about both of course, but the two storylines didn’t feel particularly well connected, and ending up clashing towards the end.

But that’s not to say it wasn’t enjoyable, because it was. Indeed, I’d say it was a better movie than the movie I reviewed earlier this week, Interstellar.

What worked for it was that it was interesting and informative and also involved a high standard of actor. Naturally the likes of Cumberbatch and Knightley were at home playing period roles, but the most entertaining character for me was Charles Dance, who basically has his pick of “Bastard In Authority” roles thanks to him being pretty much the only good thing about Game of Thrones.

And unlike Interstellar, it didn’t out-stay its welcome.

So go and see it;  it’s definitely worth a watch.


Movies: Interstellar Review (or “Hollywood Blockbuster In Copying Red Dwarf Shock”)

November 18, 2014

There are a number of angles I could approach a review of Interstellar from; so much so that I could spend all day deliberating over the best one.

But I’ll try to just be as straight-forward about it as possible without going into so much detail that it’ll spoil things

Interstellar Review: What’s It About?

Flavour of the Month, Matthew McConaughey goes into space in a bid to find a new habitable planet for the at-risk-of-extinction human race to live on, seeing as Earth has decided to pack it in.

Thoughts – Is It Any Good?

To be blunt, it’s not great.

There are a number of reasons for this.

1. It Went On For Too Long

This idea that big budget movies have to go on for near on three hours these days really annoys me. As a trimmed down 110 minutes long this could have been snappy and enjoyable, but for long spells – especially ininterstellar3 the middle – it felt like a real slog.

What could have gone? Plenty.

Take for example the 45 minutes or so wasted on Matt Damon. What was the point? Was it just because Hollywood logic dictates that there has to be a villain placing a hero in peril at some point? Or is it that Damon has struck a deal with someone, somewhere to guarantee that he’s in everything these days?

2. You Knew From The Moment It Started That It Would End Happily

And that’s not just because all Hollywood blockbusters feel the need to have a happy ending.

You knew that it would have a happy ending because the very first people to appear in the film are people from the future who were young at the time the movie is set.

Once again, this is this notion that everything has to have a prolepsis scene at the start these days.

An adventurous director in 2014 would try to tell a story from a linear perspective.

3. The Last 45 Minutes Were Ridiculous

Even though I could get my head around what went on with the black hole, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t ridiculous. I can imagine plenty of people left confused. I didn’t though because…

4. It Was Clichéd

You’ll read plenty of people discuss how groundbreaking Interstellar was and how it touched upon new ideas. It didn’t. Not really. That’s not to say that it should be marked down hugely for it since almost everything is borrowed from somewhere else, but for a guy who watches Science Fiction type stuff regularly, I can identify where just about every main idea Nolan used came from, whether they be The Girl in the Fireplace, Red Dwarf or dozens of other sources.

The problem is that people will forgive all of this and proclaim it a masterpiece because it’s a Christopher Nolan film and there’s this Emperor’s New Clothes idea that he’s a genius.

I tend to find I don’t want to ever watch any of his movies again, so I’m not sure why he’s so revered.

Now none of this is to say that it was a bad film. The idea was interesting enough, it was visually top-notch and it also had a grand and impressive musical score from Hans “My Best Work Was The BBC Going For Gold Theme” Zimmer (which makes a change from the usual stuff from tired old John Williams).

I just didn’t think it justified the hype.

Or to put it another way, it was style over substance.

And like I’ve already said – and this is the main problem at the heart of it – it was just too long.

Give me the brisk 90 minutes of Gravity over this any day.


Doctor Who – Dark Water & Death In Heaven Review (or “Long Live Peter Capaldi”)

November 8, 2014

And so the latest season of Doctor Who draws to a close.

Compared against any season in the show’s history, this has more than held its own in terms of quality, but especially after how poor Matt Smith’s final season – excluding the late 2013 specials – was, it just seems all the better.

Still, if you’ll recall, the last review I did wasn’t exactly favourable.

Following a run of six quality stories in a row, they hit a brick wall with In the Forest of the Night.

So my hope was that the season would reclaim its consistency in the two-part finale, Dark Water & Death In Heaven.

Did it?

Doctor Who – Dark Water & Death In Heaven Review: What’s This One About?

The Master is back…and she’s a woman now!

And the Cybermen are back, and they don’t say much!!

And Danny Pink dies!!!

And Clara Leaves!!!!

Or Does She??????

And The Brigadier makes a comeback from beyond the grave!!!!!

Oh Em Gee!!!!!!!!

Thoughts – Storylines Wrapped Up, Even When They Didn’t Make Sense

It’s always a good thing to wrap up a story-arc, and to Steven Moffat’s credit, he did that on every count with this story.

Whether it was the mystery of Missy, the bits about dead people, the “Who left the ad in the paper/Who gave Clara the number” stuff, the “Am I A Good Man” question, the Danny Pink/Clara story or even giving a fitting send-off to a character whose actor died a few

To be fair, this Cyberman is more convincing as Nicholas Courtney than Sylvester McCoy in a wig was as Colin Baker

To be fair, this Cyberman is more convincing as Nicholas Courtney than Sylvester McCoy in a wig was as Colin Baker

years ago, this two-parter managed it.

And I liked that.

I especially liked the end to Danny Pink’s story. It was quite a shock at the beginning of Dark Water when he was killed off, but everything that followed it made sense to me, and the way he managed to save the day not only suited the writing of his character, but it also settled his issues with the Doctor and Clara. Powerful stuff.

No, Danny’s character and the romance storyline is not to everyone’s liking, but hey, that’s just tough. It appeals to me as much as the other elements of the show, but it’ll also appeal to people who are less interested in elements like the Cybermen.

Meanwhile, though it may be a bit cheesy, and though it may also not make a huge amount of sense that one Cyberman evaded Danny Pink’s orders, it was still a powerful moment to see the Doctor – and the viewer – get a chance to salute and say goodbye to the Brigadier. That was more emotional than it had every right to be.

But if I was to criticise anything about the wrapping up of story-arcs, it would be the one about how Missy had engineered it so that Clara and the Doctor would come together. Maybe I’m just missing something obvious, but I don’t think it was explained all that well. Yes, she did it, but why? Who knows.

And speaking of Missy…

A Female Master: Does It Set A Precedent?

First off, in spite of her suddenly becoming Scottish in the second episode when she wasn’t in the first, I thought that Michelle Gomez was excellent.

Unlike the terrible John Simms, she managed to combine being amusing with a large dollop of menace, and unlike any actor to play the part since Roger Delgado, she actually made the Master seem multi-layered and likeable.

But should she be a woman?

Well on the one hand, why not? It’s never been explicitly stated on TV that a Time Lord can’t change gender through regeneration. Indeed it’s been quite the reverse.

From an equal opportunities sense, why shouldn’t a woman be able to take on a role and make it her own, if she’s good enough?

But on the other hand, what it does is set a precedent. If the Master can become female then why not the Doctor? That’s what the tabloids have been after since the 1980s.

Well call me sexist if you like – even though I don’t think I am being – but I’d rather the Doctor didn’t become a woman.

I mean, I don’t think he ever will, because ultimately any casting of a female in the title role would be seen as gimmicky hot-shotting, but even beyond that, it just wouldn’t feel right.

It’s not wrong to say that the character of the Doctor is male, and that the dynamic of male Doctor, female companion works. Why change it?

The Cybermen: Best Seen But Not Heard

Meanwhile, the Cybermen are back.

When I heard that the finale would be a two-part story involving them I groaned with anguish. Why?!

The Pink Slip: In there just in case idiots hadn't worked it out yet

The Pink Slip: In there just in case idiots hadn’t worked it out yet

But to be fair, they were well handled here.

First of all, despite I think everyone watching knowing fine it was them in the dark water, it was written and handled with the right amount of pacing so that it still had the entertainment factor.

In the second episode, they were used the only way I think they can be these days – as silent back-up to a more charismatic villain.

In the 70s and 80s, the Cybermen only worked when they went against type. You all know I love the Christopher Robbie Cyber Leader, and have a soft spot for David Banks’ efforts too, but with the way the Cybermen are presented these days, that sort of character could never make a comeback.

So instead, Moffat went with Tobias Vaughn/Invasion Cybermen dynamic and presented them as mostly non-speaking background foot soldiers.

That worked better.

And let’s hope that’s an end to them for a long time, with the only exception being if they come back as Tenth Planet ones.

That would be awesome.

The Supposedly Offensive Subject Matter

I couldn’t believe it when I read that people had complained to the BBC about the subject matter of Dark Water.

Apparently, some viewers found the notion of the afterlife being presented as a con, while people from beyond the grave praying that they aren’t going to be cremated was deemed upsetting and offensive.

Give me a break.

The sort of people who do that just make me shake my head.

It’s a TV show. It’s fiction. Please take that piece of information in.

I’ve never understood how people can be so moved by a TV show that they feel they have to complain.

What is it I’m missing? Is it that some people are so entrenched in their beliefs of the uncertain (for that is what an afterlife is) that they can’t accept anyone having a differing opinion, or is it that by questioning it, it makes them question themselves and they don’t like it.

Either way it’s just bloody stupid. It’s like people who get scared by horror movies. The bad man with the knife is not coming out of the TV to get you, you fools.

Random Observations

  • Killing off Osgood was a bit of a shocker, but I liked it. What it did was give Missy some level of credibility, and it added some uncertainty as to the outcomes of the other incidental characters.
  • And I was more surprised that they killed off Kate, until I realised they hadn’t.
  • The Doctor’s freefall into the TARDIS was more than a little bit ridiculous, but it was still also fun.
  • And his line on the plane to Missy about how she’s always wanted to rule the world, and he managed it without even trying was fantastic.
  • I hope the long running references to the Doctor being the General of his own army now get rested for a few years.
  • Not only was it poor form for the Next Time trailer after In the Forest of the Night to include a scene from an episode two weeks later, but the “I’ve never been Clara Oswald” stuff was a total bait and switch.
  • Chris Addison is a bit of an over-actor, let’s be honest.
  • Clara, meanwhile comes across as a certifiable nutter at the start. I accept she was grief-stricken but what she planned on doing to the Doctor at the volcano was poor form.
  • And wouldn’t they be sweating a bit more if they were at a volcano? Ok, I know that they weren’t, but at one point we were supposed to believe they were.
  • Danny being a Cyberman was something I didn’t expect to see, but I liked it.
  • When Clara told him – without realising who he was – that the Doctor was the one she trusted more than anyone, it was a sad moment.
  • And by the way, having the camera zoom in on the name in his hand was unnecessary for anyone with a brain and reasoning skills.
  • Probably the funniest moment over the course of both episodes was the bit where you hear the scream of someone who has left their body to science.
  • I think we know that this is not the end for Clara, but even so, if it was, that would have been a nice way for her to go. Ultimately, she’s not going to be in the show for too much longer you wouldn’t have thought, so that would have been a nice point for her to bow out.
  • Does the Doctor still keep a spare key in David Tennant’s coat?
  • I don’t get why Dr Chang said something nice to Missy when she said “I’ll only kill you when you say something nice”. Why not tell her to piss off and then leave? Surely the worst that could happen was already going to happen?
  • Why didn’t Clara hear a crash or any sort of noise when Danny got hit by the car?
  • The notion that the Cybermen could turn the dead into more Cybermen is hokey, but I can live with it. It certainly made for some good visuals.
  • If the Cyberman had said “Nice to see you again” before shooting Missy, I’d have loved it.
  • I would have preferred it if Missy had turned out to be either Susan or Romana. They could have made that make sense easily.
  • Yay, it’s Santa Claus
  • Noooooooo, he’s played by Nick Frost.

Doctor Who – Dark Water & Death In Heaven Review: Final Thoughts

You could argue that the resolution of this episode is slightly anticlimactic, but when you build up a threat as big as the one in this story, I suppose it was always going to be.

So I don’t consider that a problem.

Indeed, I thought this was a fine story, and one of the best finales to a Doctor Who season in a long time.

The absolute best? No, probably not. Bad Wolf & The Parting of the Ways and The Stolen Earth & Journey’s End probably pip this, mainly because the emotional impact centred around characters bigger and better than Danny Pink, but it was still very good.

Even the Cybermen were used well, and that’s saying something.

Roll on Christmas, I look forward to seeing what happens next.

Peter Capaldi’s First Season: Final Thoughts

So there you go, a season with 11 stories and only two of them were what I would consider to be poor.

The Best Doctor. No Question

The Best Doctor. No Question

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Steven Moffat has turned things around and has done a great job this year.

But what of the star of the show?

I think I speak for almost everyone – because there are bound to be some people out there who disagree – when I say that Peter Capaldi has been nothing short of excellent.

Playing a different kind of Doctor than we’ve ever seen, he’s been a breath of fresh air for the show.

I’ll lay my cards on the table now and say it; based upon these performances, Peter Capaldi is the best Doctor.

And as I write this and prepare to release my second Stuart Reviews Doctor Who book, I think it’s superb that we’re in a situation now where 51 years into the show’s existence, it’s got its best ever leading man in the title role.

Will his stories make him the highest rated in terms of that? You’ll have to read my rankings to find that out. But even if they don’t; even if there are Doctors out there whose stories are more consistently high on my list, that doesn’t change the notion in my eyes that he’s the best one we’ve ever had.

Long may he reign.

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Stuart’s Movie Catchup: Death Wish and Death Wish 2

November 8, 2014

Here’s a movie I’ve always thought about watching – and often reference in jokes seeing as its embedded in popular culture – and yet have never bothered to give it a try.

But such was the level of mindless enjoyment that I got from watching the first one, I actually ended up watching both Death Wish and its 1982 sequel, Death Wish 2.

Death Wish Review: What’s This One About?

A mild-mannered architect turns badass vigilante when his wife is murdered and his daughter is brutally raped by Jeff Goldblum and his pals.

Death Wish 2 Review: And What About This One?

The same mild-mannered architect turns badass vigilante when both his housekeeper and his daughter are brutally raped and murdered; this time by Laurence Fishburne and his chums.

Have They Held Up Well?

Obviously not from a creative standpoint.

Sure, there aren’t any special effects to consider, but at the same time, we’re talking about 1974 New York and 1982 Los Angeles. Those places and times have not aged well.deathwish

And the music is very much of its time too, and that’s not a good thing.

But from a writing and directorial direction, it’s perfectly acceptable. Indeed, the rape scenes are actually more graphic than you would imagine from that era.

And Are They Any Good?

The first film is mindlessly brilliant.

Charles Bronson is one of these actors who you are slightly amazed exists; he delivers all of his lines in a stunted, hammy way and he’s got the face of a haggard Mexican burrito vendor, and yet against all the odds, he’s a leading man in Hollywood.

But I think that makes him more endearing. You kinda think “Aw, well done you for getting the part”.

He also, in spite of his flaws, has a serious badass vibe going. He’s the quiet killer you don’t mess with.

As a story, the first one is remarkably good – even though the middle act is simply Bronson going out and murdering random people for kicks – and it has a logical and acceptable ending.

The second one isn’t nearly as well written, but still quite fun.

Beyond the setup, it wasn’t in the same league as the first, and you’ve got to imagine that the next three films would be increasingly more silly, offering diminishing marginal returns.

Having said that though, I did read that Death Wish 3 – shown below – is one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies of all time, so I’ll definitely give it a go.

Ultimately, if all you want is to see a dodgy actor kill muggers and be portrayed as a hero for doing so, then this is well worth your time and will give you a good laugh.

Indeed, Death Wish as a whole can probably be summed up by this video…

Awesome.

My Other Catchup Reviews So Far

Alien
Jaws
Robocop
The Terminator
Tron

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Stuart’s Movie Catchup – Jaws Review

November 6, 2014

Some of my friends have reacted in disbelief at some of the films I’ve never seen.

Today for example, I got a text from my best mate saying he was “disgusted” that I hadn’t seen Terminator before this week. Charming.

And when I said that I hadn’t seen Jaws before? Well there was a collective groan of exasperation from all corners. I was even told that my “Film Buff license had been revoked”.

Well Jaws is one of these films that I’m sure I have seen bits of; obviously I’m aware of the music, the setting and the lines “You’re going to need a bigger boat” and “Smile, you son of a bitch”, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ever sat down to watch it.

Until now…

Jaws Review: What’s This One About?

A large fish disrupts a local economy and pays for it with its life.Jaws

Jaws Review: How Does It Hold Up?

It holds up well. Here you’ve got a film that is reasonably old – almost forty years in fact – and remains incredibly influential to this day.

Dozens, probably hundreds of films have been spawned from the Jaws formula, and though the gore, cheesiness and titillation have been ramped up to the max in the likes of Piranha 3D or Lake Placid, they lose the credibility of this, the father of the genre.

Yes, the shark could be better realised today, but it’s still believable thanks to how well it’s shot, and John Williams’ iconic musical score will never go out of fashion.

Jaws Review: And Is It Entertaining?

Again, yes it is.

Like I said above, you can compare it to flashier, modern examples of its genre and you realise you’re watching a more entertaining movie overall.

You can keep your man-eating Piranhas, your zombie squirrels or your giant alligators, this one lone shark (hey, that reads like loan shark) carries more of a threat and feels more dangerous than any of them. And I can say that watching it now for the first time.

The reason for that is that Jaws is played seriously, it’s directed seriously and therefore you take it more seriously.

And it’s also well written – unsurprising since it’s based on a best-selling book – and engaging; it doesn’t feel gimmicky and it has a certain amount of depth to it that the knock-offs don’t.

It’s also performed well, with the three main acting leads all turning in stirring performances. The film could very easily have tailed off towards the end with three men on a boat searching for a shark that rarely appears, but it’s a credit to Sheider, Shaw and Dreyfuss that they actually made that into the most enjoyable part of the entire thing.

But as a first time viewer, what I found most interesting and entertaining about it was to see the little things that are so iconic and influential today. For example, the scene with the old fisherman at the town meeting saying he can catch it has been redone so many times in popular culture and I had no idea it was from this.

And now I do. I feel slightly more complete.

Overall then, this is another hit in my catch-up season, and is the movie I’m most inclined to seek out the sequel to at the earliest convenience.

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Alien
Robocop
The Terminator
Tron

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Stuart’s Movie Catchup – Tron Review (or “What The Hell Was That?!”)

November 6, 2014


Tron Review: What’s This One About?

Erm…

Wanking material for early 1980s computer programming nerds?

Beyond that I just don’t know

Tron Review: How Well Does It Hold Up?tron

Probably worse than anything else made ever.

And that might not sound fair, but it is true. I can appreciate that at the time the CGI will have appeared groundbreaking and the computer programming terminology was much more relevant than it is now, but in 2014, everything about it is out of date.

Based on the standards of CGI we accept now, it looks unacceptable, and the general population’s understanding of computing and gaming has moved on so much that the stuff spoken about here may as well have been in a foreign language.

Tron Review: But Is It Entertaining?

No, it’s not.

I managed to fall asleep twice watching it. Once at 11pm at night after a long day’s work and then again between the hours of 9am and 10am. I can accept falling asleep last thing at night, but first thing in the morning? That takes some doing.

It’s essentially the movie version of a local anaesthetic. I’m still trying to emerge from my groggy state while I write this.

Even allowing for the confusing terminology, it’s still a crap script that has no flow to it at all. I’m not quite sure of the motivation of the mainframe or the guy who owns it in the real world, I didn’t understand why characters died and then with no explanation came back, the ending made no sense, and probably most confusingly, I didn’t get why it was even called Tron.

As far as I could see, Tron was a supporting character who didn’t actually do much. It’s like if Star Wars was called “Chewbacca” or The Lion King was called “The Adventures of Pumbaa”.

My feelings whilst watching Tron. What the hell was that?!

My feelings whilst watching Tron. What the hell was that?!

I think probably the most frustrating and unconvincing aspect of the whole thing was that the actors – dressed as they were in artificially discoloured dodgy grey t-shirts and ill-fitting body stockings – quite obviously didn’t have the first clue as to what the lines they were speaking meant and seemed uncomfortable throughout.

And when they don’t believe in it, you don’t believe in it either.

I can only imagine how confused and frustrated parents and grandparents were taking their kids to see this when it hit the big screen.

To give it some credit, the only scene that seemed decent was the one with the bikes; you know, the only scene anyone ever talks about in relation to Tron? But I suppose I appreciated that slightly because of its status in modern popular culture rather than its actual quality.

Apart from that, it’s a big, big thumbs down.

If you want to see a film like this that actually makes sense, watch the immeasurably better Wreck-It Ralph instead.

And if you want to experience how I felt watching Tron, watch this video…

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Alien
Robocop
The Terminator

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Stuart’s Movie Catchup – Robocop (1987) Review

November 5, 2014

Now here’s a film I’m not even slightly familiar with. Yes, I’ve obviously heard of Robocop, but unlike Alien and The Terminator, I can assuredly say I haven’t seen even the smallest of snippets of it.

Indeed, the only time I’ve ever seen Robocop in action was when he saved Sting from the Four Horsemen at a WCW event in 1990.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

Even as a child who totally believed in the authenticity of wrestling back in the early 90s, that came across as some right hokey shit.

Robocop Review: What’s This One About?

At some point in a future that looks an awful lot like 1987 America, a police officer – the toughest human being to have ever lived – survives being shot at point-blank range with a shotgun 63 times, offering no more than a cry of anguish for his troubles. When that

Someone got paid to come up with that logo

Someone got paid to come up with that logo for the end of the movie

gets followed up with a bullet to the temple, it still doesn’t kill him immediately.

Rather than being treated as a medical marvel, the local Emergency Room attend to him with such apathy that he dies around 30 seconds after he arrives.

But all is not lost; this policeman’s corpse is selected to become Robocop, a robotic bobby with no human body parts other than a face – which makes you wonder why they didn’t use a robot entirely – and ideally no memory (although they cock that bit up too).

Oh, and Robocop is able to withstand even more bullets from point-blank range than he did when he was human. He’s unstoppable!!!!!!

So watch out villains of “Future Detroit”, he’s coming after you.

Robocop Review: How Does It Hold Up?

From an artistic point of view it doesn’t hold up well at all.

Not only is no effort made to make this look like anything other than 1987 Detroit, despite it being set at some point in a not-very-dystopian future, most of the effects – with the only exception being the Robocop suit – seem really cheap these days too.

In terms of being “futuristic”, the only thing I noticed was that at one point someone uses what appears to be a DVD, but that’s really it.

It even has a bit where two rapists decide they want to take a pair of scissors to their intended victim’s apparently hefty amount of pubic hair. Seriously. It doesn’t get much more 80s than that.

But I suppose credit should be given for predicting Detroit’s future bankruptcy!

I think though that the main reason it doesn’t hold up artistically is because it seems very cheap. I mean, look at the logo they use at the end of the movie for goodness sake?

This, meanwhile is the movie's poster. Slightly better, I'd say, even though Robocop isn't red in the film

This, meanwhile is the movie’s poster. Slightly better, I’d say, even though it makes it look like Robocop has a red helmet

The thing is though, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad…

Robocop Review: But Is It Entertaining?

In direct contrast to Alien, Robocop looks shit, but is actually pretty entertaining in a light-hearted way.

Whether it’s the ridiculousness of Murphy being shot as many times as he was, the way the guy in the office was killed by the ED-209, the cringey scene where the ED-209 falls down the stairs or just the acting in general, this is so laughable that it wouldn’t even make the cinema in 2014. It’s the sort of film that the humourless would disregard as poorly made, but as far as I’m concerned it’s charmingly silly, even if that might not have been the intention.

Running just north of 90 minutes, it doesn’t get old and in spite of the aforementioned flaws, actually flows pretty well.

So it’s enjoyable and is the sort of film I’d watch again at some point.

A surprising thumbs up.

My Other Catchup Reviews So Far…

The Terminator
Alien

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