Category: fantasy

REVIEW: Tale of Tales (2015)

A queen eats the heart of a sea monster in order to magically bear a child. A vain king's attempts to seduce a beautiful young woman are manipulated by a pair of elderly sisters. A father's obsession with an enormous flea brings his own daughter to ruin. These three fairy tales, all originally adapted by ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns, thrown into a race against the Spanish to discover and claim the fabled Fountain of Youth. It is a race that will see him reunited with former lover Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and rival pirate Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), as well as bring him face to face with Edward "Blackbeard" ...

REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Walt Disney Pictures has developed an immensely lucrative franchise in recent years adapting and recycling its classic animated features into live-action films. Following in the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book comes perhaps the most ambitious of them all: a live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, one of the ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

With Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) now controlling the Flying Dutchman and its monstrous captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the age of piracy seems set to violently end. That is, unless the united pirate lords - including Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), the recently resurrected Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the recently deceased Jack Sparrow (Johnny ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

When the East India Trading Company arrives and takes over Port Royal, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are forced to track down Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and force him to give them his enchanted compass. Sparrow, however, is busy running from Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) - the supernatural ferryman of ...

REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Seven years after escaping the Ice Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) and after helping to defeat the wicked Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), the huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) is dispatched on a new quest when Ravenna's magic mirror is stolen. Eric's hunt to retrieve it brings him face-to-face with Sara (Jessica Chastain) - a wife he thought ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

A governor's daughter (Keira Knightley) and an apprentice blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) are drawn into a desperate battle against Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and his crew of cursed, undead pirates. Their only help is the deranged pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), except he does not seem to have decided on which side he is going ...

REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016)

Talented surgeon Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) suffers irreperable damage to his hands in a car crash, ending his career in the process. When conventional medicine fails him, Strange follows a lead to Kathmandu and to an organisation of sorcerers defending the world from inter-dimensional attack. Marvel Studios represent the great commercial success story in ...

REVIEW: The Monkey King 2 (2016)

Soil Cheang's 2014 fantasy The Monkey King adapted the early chapters of Journey to the West, depicting an out-of-control Sun Wukong being tricked by the villainous Bull Demon King to rampage through heaven. As punishment, Wukong was trapped underneath a mountain for 500 years. The Monkey King 2 picks up five centuries later, as Wukong is rescued by, and then ...

REVIEW: The Monkey King (2014)

After a failed demonic attack on Heaven, the rebuilding process inadvertently creates a supernaturally powerful monkey. After growing up to become the powerful but mischievous Monkey King (Donnie Yen), he finds himself manipulated by the vengeful Bull Demon King (Aaron Kwok) to challenge heaven and the authority of the benevolent Jade Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat). Produced ...