Movies: Bad Moms Review (or “Yay, Men Are Shit etc etc”)

November 9, 2017

I’m not really sure why I decided to watch Bad Moms, but I did…

Just in case it was good enough to justify going to see the sequel that’s currently out on the cinema…

But it wasn’t.

I’m going to try not to be too scathing because it’s not that bad a movie; it’s just that it’s the same Hollywood comedy you’ve seen 1000 times already over the past 15 years. It’s crude, it has the most basic and predictable plot imaginable and it’s another one of these rather preachy affairs that bluntly screams at you that women/mothers aren’t perfect.

Yes, we know they aren’t; it’s hardly a revelation.

Presumably the sequel will be exactly what this movie was, but instead of the three women rebelling against the PTA and their daily expectations as mothers, they’ll rebel against what’s demanded of them at Christmas time and by their own mothers, who of course they’ll come to realise in the end are just like them. And then they’ll probably all get drunk together. Yay, men are shit, etc etc.

And yet it was a decent enough movie to watch in the afternoon while playing games on my phone.

Or to put it another way, it’s not something you’d want to go to the cinema to see, but it’d pass the time on a plane.

Yeah…that’ll do.



Gaming: Nintendo Switch Initial Impressions

November 2, 2017

A quick update for those who asked me to review my recently purchased Nintendo Switch.

So far it’s terrific. Only three games – Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart and Mario + Rabbids (and I haven’t even tried playing that one yet) – but the machine works like a charm, is very user-friendly and has a comfortable controller.

Obviously Nintendo make some of the best games on the market and for that reason alone it’s worth buying.

There look to be some downsides, like a poor online mode and cumbersome third party support, but really¬†– much like the Wii and the Wii U before it – it looks like it’ll be a console that a lot of gamers will have as well as a PS4/Xbox One/PC rather than instead of.

But for portability, functionality and (first party) game quality, you’ll find value in a Switch.

Oh, and by the way, Mario Odyssey so far seems to deserve the hype. It’s sensationally good.