Archive for December, 2012


Brave (2012)

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell

Starring Kelly McDonald, Billy Connelly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane


Princess Merida, railing against the traditions imposed upon her by her family and clan, runs away. Upon meeting a witch, Merida has one wish granted, with consequences she could not have foreseen but only she can resolve.

Disney by way of Pixar. Brave is a fairy tale more associated with the house of mouse, but told with the fresh approach of Pixar. Brave is a well-told, powerful story that focuses on family relationships rather than love, as Disney classics tend to do. Merida and Elinor (Merida’s mother) are the strongest characters, women who are not defined by the male characters, as traditional Disney princesses seem to and this approach makes for a new angle on an old story. The voice cast is excellent – as you would expect from Pixar – and it looks sumptuous, all vivid colours and vistas.


I love Pixar and Brave didn’t disappoint. If you like classic Disney, you’ll like this modern take on a fairy tale. If you like strong female characters, a funny and engaging story or just want to see a good film then Brave is for you. You might not love it like I do, but Brave is too good to not like at all.

The FriedGold rating – 9/10 – fortune favours Brave

If you like this then you might like:

The Princess and the Frog – Disney’s return to classic animation, with another strong female princess, is definitely worth a watch

Pacific Rim

I love big budget blockbusters that look like a rip-roaring adventure. I love Stringer Bell. I love Del Toro.

This trailer looks GOOD. Big aliens. Big robots. Big fighting. What more do you need?!


So how are we feeling about Star Trek into Darkness?

So over the last week we have had a teaser poster and a teaser trailer and what do we know about it. Still not much. Rumours are rife about who Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing and what about Alice Eve’s character who looks very nice in the bright blue uniform.

If you are lucky enough to catch the 1st 9 minutes of the film in front of The Hobbit IMAX showings you might just get a little taster of what to expect from these new (new used very lightly if you are to believe rumours) additions to the Star Trek universe.

Anyway in case you missed them here is the poster and trailer. Enjoy


Star Trek Into Darkness is out 17th May 2013

A new Man of Steel trailer

Yes Yes Yes.

Superman was always my favourite of the superheroes and this has never changed. Ok so the most recent instalments might have been a bit on the dodgy side but this latest version looks awesome.

Check out this new trailer and I think you will feel the excitement too.

Man of Steel is out 14th June 2013

The Five-Year Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

Directed by Nicholas Stoller

Starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Alison Brie


A year after meeting, Tom proposes to Violet. As they plan their wedding their lives place obstacles in their way, pushing them further apart while they watch their goofy friends make a success of their unplanned marriage.

The Five-Year Engagement has elements of romance and moments of comedy but however it may be packaged, it is not your standard rom-com. It is a well-realised drama focusing on the sacrifices that are made by couples. Segel plays Tom brilliantly, restraining his comedic talents and together with Blunt portray a couple that you know are in love and you just want them to be happy. While the story itself isn’t revolutionary, the approach is. The slow decay of the central relationship evokes a degree of pathos you don’t get in anything starring Jennifer Lopez, as you find yourself caring. It becomes uncomfortable in places where Tom and Violet make choices you wish they wouldn’t make but that you know they must. A film about the journey; a journey we will all make at some point in our lives.


The Five-Year Engagement offers a more heartfelt reflection on love than most films about relationships and I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say this is a good date night film – it tugs on the heart strings but there are few large laughs – but it is definitely worth watching with Segel and Blunt both excellent.

The FriedGold rating – 8/10 – a whole lotta love

If you like this then you might like:

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – equally engaging but alternative look at the nature of relationships