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Toy Story 4; A World of Toys that Still has a Story to Tell.

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It’s been a good nine years since Toy Story’s third instalment had been released. A film that was once universally regarded to be the definitive and beautifully bittersweet capstone of the genre-defining Toy Story films. But, knowing Disney’s habit of capitalising on its more nostalgic properties as of late, the release of a fourth instalment to this beloved franchise was, more or less, to be expected, albeit with relative scepticism of its quality compared to its predecessors. With a new director, Josh Cooley at the helm along with writers leaving the project due to ‘creative differences’, and an almost 2-year delay of the film due to other projects, such as The Incredibles 2, audiences were nervous that Toy Story 4 was doomed to fall short of their expectations set by previous instalments. After all, what could a new instalment possibly add after such a final and near-perfect conclusion? Did we really need to know what happened to Woody and Buzz next?

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu: A Relentlessly Fun Love Letter to the Pokémon franchise

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I have always been a casual fan of the Pokémon franchise. I enjoyed the show as a kid, I still play many of the games to this day, and I even briefly got on board with the Pokémon GO craze that came about in 2016. That being said, while Pokémon, to this day is still a big hit with younger audiences, I’ve always acknowledged it’s older demographic as being a rather niche market. Which is why I never would have expected a film concept as ‘shockingly’ outrageous as Pokémon: Detective Pikachu to be greenlit. Pun intended.

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Bumblebee: Transforming a Tired Franchise

By | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi | One Comment

During its rather explosive 11 year run, the Michael Bay-helmed Transformers film franchise hasn’t exactly developed a particularly stellar cinematic legacy, with most productions being widely regarded as crass, noisy, explosion-filled, soulless Hollywood drivel with no shortage of puerile sophomoric humour and scantily clad girls draped over car bonnets. For the longest time, this was the status-quo for this franchise, to the point that I’d stopped caring about investing my money in seeing these films at the cinema by the time ‘The Last Knight’ rolled around. This simply boils down to the fact that since 2009, the mere act of watching Bay’s transformers films, with all their typical tempestuous bombast, incoherence and shameless product placement was in itself an exhaustive and mentally-draining endeavour in and of itself. This speaks volumes of the sloppiness and utter creative emptiness that Bay had invested into these films, and the knowledge that a big budget Hollywood media franchise is comfortable to reduce itself to such a state is utterly soul-destroying for modern cinema as a whole.

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