Movies – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

March 28, 2014

Superhero films have been pretty poor lately.

For the past couple of years it’s been slim pickings in terms of good ones, with 2013 efforts like Man of Steel and Thor: Dark World failing to gain my approval due to weak plots and a running time mostly devoted to monotonous fight scenes.Captain_America_The_Winter_Soldier

Another long-term issue Superhero films have is that while the origin stories are usually sure-fire hits, the followups can leave a lot to be desired.

Undeterred though, I went along to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier the other day.

I really hoped it would be good…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – What’s It About?

To go into too much detail would spoil things, since unexpected events kick off fairly early on.

A non-spoiler version would be that Captain America struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – Who’s In It?

That guy who looks a lot like the Human Torch, Chris Evans, is back in the title role and is joined by – among others – Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, an incredibly old-looking Robert Redford, Jim Robinson off Neighbours, Abed off Community and everyone’s favourite liar, Emily Thorne (van Camp) from Revenge.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – How Highly Is It Rated?


With a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.5 on imdb from around 9,000 votes and plenty of four-to-five star reviews in the press, this is one Superhero movie that appears to have delivered in the eyes of the critics.

The worst review I’ve seen is a 3-star one from the Guardian.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – My Thoughts

Despite being jaded to the genre’s output lately, I have to say I enjoyed The Winter Soldier a lot.

Sure, it had the same problem to a certain extent as some of the poorer Marvel efforts – i.e. the last section was a large display of CGI destruction – but even that was done in a way that actually moved the plot on.

The biggest praise I could give it is that it had actually has a story to it where things developed that will ultimately affect the future of the Marvel Universe, both on TV and in the movies.

What are those developments? Well that would spoil the film for you, so I won’t touch upon them.

But if I was a viewer of Agents of SHIELD (and I’m not at the moment, though I’m sure I’ll go back to it at some point), I’d be interested to see where they go.

In terms of the plot, if I had one criticism though it’s that the whole thing hinges upon a bad guy telling Captain American and Black Widow the truth of their plans. If he’d kept his mouth shut, everything would have worked out for them.

More Relatable

I think beyond that what appeals to me about the Captain America franchise – in spite of him being a technically dull Superhero – is that it seems more grounded in reality.

With a plot about espionage, betrayal and conspiracy, I find that much easier to get into than the Thor films, which come across as dreary cod-Shakespearian twaddle masked by CGI and extravagant alien costumes.

Captain America is just more interesting for me.

And it’s probably easier to write an engaging plot for as well.

Acting & Characterisation

While the Captain himself is a little bit colourless as a leading character, Chris Evans does a decent job.

It’s the characters around him though – and the actors as well I suppose – who drive things forward a bit and although I doubt she’d work as well as the star of her own movie, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was a sensible choice to pair up with the Cap. It was also cool seeing Falcon make an appearance.

Robert Redford looked oooooold though, and was dressed and styled like a murderer from an early season of Columbo.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – Final Thoughts

I feel like I’m slightly hamstrung by my inability to discuss the plot much, but like I say, a lot happens, and it would ruin it to give away some of the exciting twists and turns along the way.

But in the absence of that, take this message away…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is – by the standards of Marvel films lately – a very good movie.

Definitely one to see.

Games: Guacamelee! Gold Edition Review

March 22, 2014

After completing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, I was after a new game to play.

I tried the critically acclaimed and much fawned over Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, but after a couple of hours’ worth of play it hadn’t grabbed me. It was too dark and dingy and it seemingly took forever to beat every single bad guy I came across. That might be fun for some people, but not me. More to the point, while it started out in a gloomy dungeon, I was hoping for some lovely visuals and a world akin to the Elder Scrolls game beyond that. Alas, when I was told that wasn’t going to happen, my urge to carry on fell by the wayside.

Next, I tried another highly regarded game I’d bought in the Steam Sale last year, Rogue Legacy. Again though, I just couldn’t really get into it; hell, I couldn’t understand what was going on. I died immediately, was replaced by a different character (a fun gimmick, but not one that has any real purpose) and then came back to find another castle with a different layout. And I died again. And repeat. So I moved on from that. Seemed to me like it was one of these Spelunky type games I can’t abide.

So would it be third time lucky with my next attempt, Guacamelee! Gold Edition?

Well considering I’m actually writing a review of it rather than dealing with it in the introduction of a different game’s review, you might be able to guess…

Games – Guacamelee! Gold Edition Review: What Is It?

The premise of Guacamelee! is simple; you play a Luchadore – a masked Mexican wrestler – on a quest to save his love interest from an evil Mexican Gentleman/Burning Skeleton.

So it’s a standard gaming storyline with a twist.

The game itself comes in the style of the Castlevania/Metroid games, mixing side scrolling platforming with action, and in this case, as a Luchadore, your weaponry is essentially punches, kicks and throws.


Guacamelee! is quite a short game, in that it only took me 6 hours to complete, but I liked that. Like I always say, some games go on too long, and being a budget title anyway, this offers a great deal of bang for your buck.

Give me colour like this over a gloomy dungeon any day

Give me colour like this over a gloomy dungeon any day

There’s no question it looks great, with the cell shaded animation style, and the Mexican theme is also pretty fun, allowing for some racially stereotypical music and dialogue to help you along your way.

The key to the game though is in the mechanics. It’s easy enough to immediately get into, but as the game develops, what comes with it is a rather sharp difficulty curve.

The further into the game you go, the more moves you are given to help you, but towards the end, the platforming/obstacles became a pretty intense exercise in skill and muscle memory, to the point where getting from one side of a room to the other brought with it a sense of achievement. It was tough, but not too tough.

The enemies you face become more challenging as well, with the final boss in particular being a hard nut to crack. Basically, you had to learn his moves to be able to block, roll and counteract them with yours.

After a long session playing this yesterday I thought I’d never manage to beat him, but I did it this morning, and I was happy with that; it felt like I defeated him with skill, rather than luck.

So the game was rewarding in that sense.

Guacamelee! Gold Edition Review: Final Thoughts

Here’s a game that looks great, is easy to get into, won’t consume your life and is both challenging and rewarding to complete.

Most of all, it’s fun, and that’s what I thought was missing with the other two games I tried before playing this.

Maybe at £11.99 it’s a bit steep, but I got it for 50% off so I was happy with that price.

Meat Idol 2014 – Putting The Mega Burger Box To The Taste Test

March 21, 2014

Stuart Reviews Stuff is usually a blog for TV shows, Films and

But today I’m going to write about something different, based upon the requests I’ve been getting from people on my own personal Facebook page.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy a Deluxe Burger Box from the good people at

Let’s face it; if you go to the supermarket, the chances are your only choices are beef, venison, lamb or pork, so it was interesting for me to try some of the more unusual animals in burger form.

Every day I’d be one of these boring sods who’d post a status update about what I’d just eaten, and – whether people were taking the piss out of me or not – I was asked to come up with a ranking of the worst meat to the best.

So brace yourselves, because here comes the most exciting list you’ll ever read.

It’s….MEAT IDOL 2014!!!!!

15. Wagyu Beef: If you’re going to sell it on the basis that it’s the “Caviar Of Beef”, then it should be the nicest beef burger I’ve ever tasted. It wasn’t; it was plain and ordinary.Baby-Alpaca-l

14. Zebra: Again, this tasted just like beef, which surprised me. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t nice, but it’s not what I was expecting/hoping for.

13. Springbuck: Once more, this is down towards the bottom of the list because it lacked any sort of distinctive flavour.

12. Goat: A nice taste, a unique taste, but a tough meat. And that’s not what you’re looking for in a burger.

11. Wild Boar & Apple: No issues, but not exactly exotic.

10. Crocodile: You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a pork/bacon burger. Difficult to tell when it was fully cooked, but enjoyable nonetheless.

09: Bison: Lean, but tasty. Unlike the Wagyu Beef, you felt you were getting something extraordinary rather than just a variation on a cow.

08:  Kangaroo: A strong flavour and a bit gamey. Lovely.

07: Llama: Delightful. A distinctive, slightly sweet taste.

06: Alpaca: Unsurprisingly, a bit like a Llama, but with an understated extra depth to it.

05: Horse: Put it this way; people should have felt lucky to have this rather than beef in their Iceland and Tesco ready meals last year. Delicious.camel

04: Reindeer: I described it while I ate it as “A party in my mouth”

03: Camel: Fully flavoured and a lot softer and more succulent than you would imagine.

02: Elk: Fantastic. A Deep, strong and almost smokey flavour.

01: Rose Veal: This comes out on top because it had a great flavour, was juicy and crucially, was almost melt in the mouth soft. Superb.

So there you go. I’ve enjoyed eating all these burgers over the last couple of weeks, and – cooked on a George Foreman Grill – I also believe I’ve enjoyed a healthier diet as a result.

The Burger Box will set you back £59, and while that might seem a lot for burgers, there were 30 in all, and it kept two of us in food for a fortnight.

Definitely worth splashing out for, either just to try it or if you plan on having friends round in Barbeque season.

Movies: Veronica Mars Review (or “One For Older Viewers, But Probably Not New Ones”)

March 21, 2014

In my list of the Top 50 TV Dramas of all time, I ranked Veronica Mars at a respectable #28, so the news that a Kickstarter-funded movie was on its way in 2014 was welcomed by me.

Anyone who watched the show will remember that it didn’t exactly finish on a satisfactory note, with the show’s late cancellation meaning the last episode felt more like a cliffhanger than a conclusion.

But seven years have passed, so it’s not like they can just pick up where they left off. So how would they deal with that?

And then there’s the possibility that in a bid to satisfy all the fans, the film could end up just being one that wallows in nostalgia rather than seeks to work well in its own right.

The only way to find out if that was true was to watch it.

Veronica Mars Review: What’s It About?

10 years on from leaving school, former PI Veronica Mars has crafted a good life for herself in New York and is just about to start a new job working for a top legal firm.vmars

But when she finds out her ex boyfriend Logan has been accused of murder, she must go back to her home town of Neptune to prove his innocence.

Meanwhile, it just so happens that it’s her school’s 10 Year Class Reunion. What a lovely coincidence.

Oh, and for some reason, Neptune is also under the control of what seems to be a corrupt, almost post-apocalyptic police force. Ok then…

Veronica Mars Review: Who’s In It?

Pretty much everyone who was in the TV series and didn’t die, except for the Kane family. Obviously Kristen Bell stars.

Veronica Mars Review: How Highly Is It Rated?

It’s mixed. Wherever there’s an aggregate score based on votes, it does well, and that’ll no doubt be because of fanboys.

In the press meanwhile, some like it and others don’t.

Thoughts – Like An Extended Episode

Whenever a TV series gets made into a movie, you have to wonder whether or not it’ll work for new viewers. I suppose you could ask yourself who would bother to see a film based on a TV series they haven’t watched, but then I remember being forced to watch Serenity having never seen an episode of Firefly in my life. I found it boring and confusing; like starting to read a book from the middle.

And I guess that’s a bit of a problem with the Veronica Mars movie.

It’s been some time since I’d seen the TV show, so I can’t remember too much of it, and I’m certainly not a dyed in the wool fanboy, but I quickly got to grips with who the characters were and much of what I needed to know came flooding back.

Having said that, there’s no doubt that many of the cameos were unnecessary, and some of the plot was a bit tenuous.

I mean, why did the local Sheriff have to be the brother of the old one? What did that add to the film? And of all the characters who were in it, the only ones from the original series that actually needed to be there were Veronica, her dad and her ex boyfriend.

Having former classmates and friends drop in to say “Hi” didn’t add much.

Then again, this is a film that only exists because fans invested in it. So if that’s what they want, then it’s fair enough.

However, it does then set itself up as being something that is for the fans rather than for everyone. Really, in terms of pacing – and I suppose budget and production quality – this was just like an extended TV episode.

Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is up to you. I was fine with it.

The Plot

Where I would take an issue with Veronica Mars though is in the plot, or at least the sub-plots.

The Who-Dunnit storyline was good enough, but the angry, evil police stuff just made no sense. Characters were killed, others were shot and the whole point of it was…well I’m not sure?

And it wasn’t even that it was resolved either, which seemed weird.

Maybe they are setting themselves up for a sequel?

But that area was definitely lacking.

Veronica Mars Review: Final Thoughts

So on the whole, I’d say that this was fine; not spectacular, but watchable and fun.

What it is, is a love letter by the fans to themselves. Since they are the ones who paid for it, I suppose it would be asking t0o much for it not to be heavy on the nostalgia.

As such – in spite of the studio’s attempt to make it something for everyone by providing a brief summary of the entire plot of the TV show narrated by Bell  in the first minute – I would say that you should only bother with this if you’ve seen and enjoyed the TV show.

If you haven’t, then watch the TV show first and then watch it.

Games – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review

March 17, 2014

The Donkey Kong Country games have never been ones that have particularly grabbed me over the years, but then I think part of the problem with them – and with some of Nintendo’s other offerings like Yoshi’s Island and Kirby – is that Nintendo are trying their best not to replicate the mechanics of the 2D Mario games, and so the gameplay can suffer as a result.TropicalFreezeBoxLarge

However, with that said, I decided to try out the series’ newest offering, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

I wasn’t expecting anything amazing going in, but since my brother bought it, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Interestingly, this game only managed to get a 7/10 review over in Eurogamer and naturally, this raised the ire of the fanboys, who were aghast that anyone would dare mark down a Nintendo game of such heritage 

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review 

I’ll split this into what worked and what didn’t; the Good and the Bad.

The Good

It’s Tough: As gamers, I think we’re going a bit soft. It would seem that game developers often hold our hands through games so that if we’re not good enough to beat a level, they’ll make it so that we’re invincible and can’t possibly lose. This is both a good and a bad thing I suppose. On the one hand, if you pay out your hard-earned cash to buy a game and it’s too difficult for you to actually experience it to its fullest, that’s not a good thing. But on the other hand, making things too easy removes the challenge. Well DKC is challenging.  As the game progresses, it gets tougher to beat and with each life you lose it becomes more frustrating. But then, when you actually complete it, you get a greater sense of achievement. If you need to, you can buy items with the coins you collect that make the game a bit easier, like extra hearts or balloons that save you from falling to your death, but these by no means make completing the level a foregone conclusion like the Invincible Mario does.

It Looks Nice: As you would expect from a Nintendo game, it’s got very nice graphics that you enjoy looking at. Also, those graphics port over well onto the Wii U Gamepad, if ever you find yourself unable to play the game through the TV (and that happened plenty of times for me incidentally).

Boss Battles With Depth: The boss battles at the end of each land are ones you have to approach tactically. They are all different and in their own way they are all tough.

Variety of Gameplay: Not every level is the same, which sounds obvious, but is quite unusual for a 2d platform game. Instead of controlling Donkey Kong through every level, sometimes you have to play as him in a “vehicle” like a Rhino, a mine cart or a flying barrel. This breaks the experience up a bit and keeps things fresh.

A Good Length: Not only are the levels quite long (the ones on New Super Mario Bros U only need one checkpoint, DKC levels have 4 or 5) but the game itself as a whole doesn’t drag on forever. If a game is too long – like the Windwaker Zelda game – it can start to frustrate you. This seemed a decent length.

The Bad

Unreasonable Unlockables: In each level, you need to collect jigsaw pieces and the letters K O N G. Only if you get them all in one go (and this is where the game suffers compared to Mario, because in Mario you could at least go back) can you unlock the extra stages contained within each land. I have to be honest and say that while it’s good that the levels are long, I have no desire to go back and play through them all again to collect stuff, so I’m just going to have to be content with not being able to play a good quarter of those stages contained within in the game.

What’s The Point Of Cranky & Diddy Kong?: Each time you stumble across a barrel, you have a choice of having Cranky, Diddy or Dixie Kong join you. Each has his or her own special move. Cranky has a pogo stick that allows you to jump higher, Diddy has a jetpack that lets you hover for a bit, and Dixie has a combination of the two. With her, you can reach higher places and hang in the air for longer. So what happens is, every time you get the choice, you take Dixie. The other two are just pointless.

No Wii U Pad Innovations: For a Nintendo published game on a Nintendo produced console, it’s frustrating that the developers never bothered to make use of the Wii U Gamepad’s screen, other than just as a screen to watch the game on. Even a game like Rayman Legends – a third party title – heavily makes use of the Gamepad’s abilities. That felt weak.

Final Thoughts

To sum up then, while Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a fun and challenging game that has some depth to it, I found the lack of Gamepad innovation disappointing, and the way to unlock the hidden stages so unwelcoming that I had to make peace with never playing them.

You could do worse than this game, but it’s fair to say that on the whole, there are better titles available for the Wii U. Like its predecessors, it just hasn’t won me over as much as some of Nintendo’s other offerings.

On an honest scale of 1-10, 7 is more than a fair score.

Jonathan Creek Series 5 Review (or “Could They Recapture The Magic?”)

March 14, 2014

If you’ve read my Top 50 TV Dramas article series – available to view in the Index section of the site – you’ll see how highly I rate Jonathan Creek.

Without question, it’s one of my favourite TV shows of all time.

So it came as good news to me that there would be a new season of the show this year. Of course, it wasn’t a long season – running for only three episodes – but it was still a season, and that was to be cherished after a mere three episodes in total over the last 10 years.

Whenever a show like this comes back after a reasonably long absence, you do have to wonder if it could still hit the right notes, especially when you consider there had been another cast change – Sheridan Smith and Stuart Milligan were not returning, leaving Creek’s wife, played by Sarah Alexander, to be his sidekick – and the magic advisor to the series and inspiration for so many of the mysteries, Ali Bongo, had long since died.

I decided to wait until the season ended before reporting back with my opinions.

Jonathan Creek Series 5 Review: ThoughtsCreek

I should preface this by saying that at the same time as these episodes have aired, I’ve been watching the show from the very beginning, so no doubt my opinions will be influenced by that. However, I’d say that was a valuable thing. If you watch an episode of one of your favourite TV shows after only getting three new episodes in the past decade, you might be inclined to look at it with an unnaturally positive outlook.

Comparing the old shows with the new ones I think gives a greater sense of perspective.

And though it pains me to say it, that perspective leads me to the conclusion that Season 5 just hasn’t been that good.

But why is that?

Well, there are some obvious problems, and I’ll break them down into bullet points for you…

  1. Messing With The Format: Whether it was the first episode operating like a Columbo – i.e. it was a “How Solved It?” rather than a “Who Done It?” – or whether it was the change from Creek being a magician’s assistant living in a windmill to a stuffy marketing executive solving minor mysteries in somewhere like Midsomer, it just didn’t work so well. Jonathan Creek is at its best when the mystery is the main event, but this time around, David Renwick seemed to want the mystery to be a side attraction to the comedy show he really wanted to write, and that leads me to…
  2. It Was Written Like A Half Hearted Episode of One Foot In The Grave: Just watch the interactions between Jonathan and his wife Polly, and the way they seem to land themselves in awkward situations and you just feel you’re watching an episode of Renwick’s other big show, One Foot In The Grave. Sarah Alexander’s character especially is written and performed almost exactly like Annette Crosbie’s Margaret Meldrew. Now sure, on the one hand that led to some humorous moments, but it didn’t suit the show we were actually watching, and the actors were neither able to, nor supposed to play it like it was a sitcom. Why? Because Jonathan Creek is not a sitcom. Some of the set pieces – like the bit from last week’s episode where Jonathan accidentally helps the burglars – was copied straight out of One Foot. I was just sitting there waiting for him to accidentally kill a tortoise or find a wig inside a loaf of bread.
  3. No Chemistry Between The Leads: Sarah Alexander’s character worked in her debut episode because she wasn’t playing Alan Davies’s sidekick. The idea of the wife who has tried to domesticate Jonathan while Joey leads him astray was great. Having her drain the life out of our hero to the point where he doesn’t seem interested in the mysteries just made the whole thing feel flat. You didn’t even get the impression the characters liked each other, although considering they’re married, maybe that’s realistic, eh?
  4. The Mysteries Were Weak And Took Too Long To Get Going: When the legacy of the show includes clever tricks that kept you guessing until the reveal – as was the case in episodes like Jack In The Box, The Black Canary and…well…almost all the episodes  – stuff like how a man wrote down a lottery number years earlier, or how a watch got into someone’s bed just seemed limp. And more to the point, they took far too long to get going. In the second episode, The Sinner & The Sandman, nearly half the episode was gone, wasted on “hilarious” town hall meetings and stuff involving a vicar’s wife thinking Jonathan was talking about wanking when he wasn’t, before they even started the mystery. I think this was the poorest point of all.

But surely it wasn’t all bad?

No, it wasn’t, of course it wasn’t. In the main, I enjoyed all three episodes, but there’s no doubt that the overall quality had declined, especially when directly compared to the older shows.

Can it be turned around? I would say so, but it needs to get back to having Creek solving proper mysteries. It’s fine that he’s moved on with his life and is an older, married man now, but you can still retain the essence of what made it good in the first place.

Let’s hope it’s given a chance to do that, and considering it still gets very high ratings by today’s standards and there’s an appetite from all concerned to make it happen, I’d like to think it will.

What did you think? Let me know.


Movies: Non-Stop Review (or “When Did Liam Neeson Become The Ultimate Bad-Ass?”)

March 2, 2014

As a sub-genre of certain types of films, there’s something I’ve always enjoyed about plots that take place on a form of moving transport.

So it’s either a coincidence that I’ve enjoyed the likes of Strangers on a Train, Snakes on a Plane, Flight Plan, Air Force One, Red Eye and even that made-for-TV effort about some ninja monks on a train headed for Lourdes, or the claustrophobic nature of it adds to the appeal.

Either way, I was looking forward to seeing the latest movie of its kind, Non-Stop.

Non-Stop Review: What’s It About

A US Air Marshall is sent a text message on a transatlantic flight to London saying that unless $150m is wired into his account, someone on the plane will die every 20 minutes.

Naturally, the Air Marshall has to stop the culprit, but who is it?

As the tagline says, “146 Passengers, 146 Suspects”

Non-Stop Review: Who’s In It?

Non-Stop stars the former serious dramatic actor turned ultimate bad-ass, Liam Neeson as the inevitably flawed US Air Marshall.Non Stop

The rest of the cast hardly matters beyond that, does it?

Ok, it’s also got Julianne Moore as the age appropriate woman Neeson gets to have sex with after the end credits roll.

Non-Stop Review: How Highly Is It Rated?

Though it only gets a 55% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Non-Stop gets a creditable 7.6/10 on imdb from just short of 6,000 votes and reviewers seem to be giving it a solid 3 stars.

Non-Stop Review: Thoughts

This year I’ve gone to a fair few “Oscar-Worthy” films, like the dreary 12 Years A Slave, the empty Mandela and the overly long Wolf of Wall Street, and yet it’s the ones that will never win any awards – like Last Vegas – that I’ve enjoyed the most.

And you can add Non-Stop to that list now too.

I thought it was terrific; a simple and fun movie to watch.

It’s easy just to say that because of what it is – a relatively short, high energy popcorn flick starring Hollywood’s only convincing Action Hero – it’ll be enjoyable no matter what, but it was also pretty clever.

The mystery of who is sending Neeson the text messages about the deaths is not an easy one to solve, and – without spoiling it – the way the people keep getting killed off is also not what you’d expect.

So I was hooked all the way through and was kept guessing until the end.

And sure, there were plenty of clichés, like the way Neeson’s character is so typically “damaged”, and the way there just so happens to be a little girl travelling on her own who he must protect, but there’s nothing wrong with clichés if they aren’t done to the detriment of the plot.

Star of the show was obviously the leading man himself, and while I can’t quite put my finger on exactly when Liam Neeson transitioned into this hardcore tough guy bad-ass character, I love that he has. I can’t remember the last time he was in a film I didn’t enjoy.

The only criticism I would have of the whole thing was that when the culprit is revealed, his – or her (I want to keep you guessing) – reason for doing it seems more like a political statement from the writer/director than a creatively satisfying motive. It’s understandable, but underwhelming.

Non-Stop Review: Final Thoughts

So I’ve kept this review short, sweet and without too much depth.

And I think that nicely reflects the subject matter.

Non-Stop will never win any awards, and a couple of years from now it will largely be forgotten about, but the difference between it and the more “worthy” films that have come out this year is that in the future, you’ll stumble across this on TV and you’ll actually want to sit down and watch it again.

Well worth your time.