Category: fantasy

REVIEW: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)

Most people seem to have encountered Journey to the West in one form or another. Most Australians my age will have first encountered Wu Cheng'en's legendary Chinese novel via its Japanese TV adaptation Monkey, which the ABC broadcast on a seemingly endless look during the early 1980s. More recent audiences might have seen it adapted by Hollywood in The ...

REVIEW: Aladdin (2019)

Homeless thief Aladdin (Mena Massoud) lives on the streets of Agrabah, until a chance encounter with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) throws him into a fantastical adventure involving an evil vizier (Marwan Kenzari), a magical cave, a flying carpet, and an all-powerful genie (Will Smith) charged with granting him three wishes. Disney are really going hell-for-leather ...

REVIEW: Shazam! (2019)

14 year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) keeps running away from foster homes while searching for the mother who lost him when he was a young child. Magically abducted by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou), he gains the ability to transform into a muscular, super-powered adult (Zachari Levi) whenever he says the wizard's name. What, honestly, ...

REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Four teenagers in detention find themselves sucked inside an old Jumanji videogame cartridge, receiving new bodies (played by Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black) and a life-or-death mission to save the fictional jungle nation from an evil archaeologist. Escaping the game means defeating the villain, and each of them only has three in-game lives ...

REVIEW: Jellyfish Eyes (2013)

There is a long, rich tradition of fine artists making a transition into filmmaking. It is, after all, just another medium for expression- and a primarily visual one at that. American painter Julian Schnabel made the jump with his excellent 1996 biographical drama Basquiat, before moving on to acclaimed films like Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell and the ...