Impulsive Sherlock emerges in action-packed mystery-100 Word Review

Pierce’s riveting escapade narrates eccentric sleuth Holmes and his accomplice Watson as they battle black magic in this Victorian thriller. Downey Jr’s Holmes is erratic, belligerent and astute, however an unconvincing genius compared to Cumberbatch’s autistic prodigy. He’s well paired with Law’s level-headed Watson, and this camaraderie is central to the film’s charm. The Art…

Paddington: Charming and Delightful- 100 Word Review

King’s Paddington, based on the cartoons, recounts the delightful adventures of Paddington Bear. Paddington travels from Peru to London, searching for “home”. Here he befriends the Brown Family, but must avoid kidnap by the evil Taxidermist, Millicent. This uncomplicated plot is brought to life with quirky storytelling and amusing performances. Whishaw’s Paddington is cheerful, sensitive…

Austen Classic Revitalised in Elegant Rom-Com, reviewed in 100 Words

Wright’s take on Austen’s hilarious novel is charming, witty and elegant. Set in the Regency Era, it portrays the lives of the Bennet daughters, principally the vivacious Elizabeth who disregards the loveless economic marriages of her time. Knightley thrives as bold spirited Lizzie, Pike delivers as graceful Jane, Blethyn delights as frivolous Mrs Bennet and…

The Danish Girl: Tender portrayal of Transgender Woman’s quest for Identity- 100 Word Review

Hooper’s latest period piece is a touching yet lengthy depiction of a transperson’s journey from man to woman, based on Ebershoff’s novel. 1926, Dutch painters Einar (Redmayne) and Gerda’s (Vikander) happy marriage begins to breakdown after Einar discovers he identifies more with “Lili” (his character in their playful game of dress-ups) than himself. This quest for identity and the repercussions…

Finding Neverland a Beautiful Tale of Imagination and Love-100 Word Review

Forster’s adaption of Knee’s biographical play sensitively describes the whimsical J.M. Barrie, and the family that inspired Peter Pan. A poignant and sentimental story about the power of the imagination brought to life with tender performances, graceful directing and a wistful score. Depp was radiant as Barrie, Winslet charmed as his companion, and the children…

Harry meets Sally in 100 Words

Reiner’s ode to male/female friendships satisfies in a droll rom-com with witty writing. Attempting to challenge the principle that men and women can’t be “just friends”, Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) undergo a tumultuously comical relationship from prickly acquaintances to intimate confidantes to (gasp) lovers. Ryan shines as bubbly, outspoken, nit-picking Sally, brilliantly countered by…

Suffragette is Superb conclusion to 2015 cinema

Gavron’s tribute to the foot-soldiers of the British Suffragettes is gritty yet poignant, backed by a strong female cast and crew. It chronicles Maud’s intense and empowering journey from timid laundress to militant Suffragette in the face of brutal patriarchy. Mulligan humanises the dedicated Maud with righteous indignation, well supported by Duff’s tenacious Violet, Bonham-Carter’s…

Die Hard preserves Explosive Christmas Charm-100 Word Review

McTiernan’s action-packed flick has endured as a gripping holiday classic. When terrorists take over Nakatomi plaza with a Christmas party full of hostages, it’s up to NYPD cop John McClane to save the day. In typical James Bond fashion we despair over the unhelpful meddling of the FBI while routing for the underdog. Willis is…

Warm and Witty albeit Melodramatic- The Dressmaker in 100 Words

Moorhouse’s return is a hilariously caricatured depiction of small-town Australia with captivating performances, stunning costumes and witty writing. Performances were robust; from Weaving’s flamboyant Sergeant to Hemsworth’s striking larrikin, from Snook’s sassy Trudy to Davis’ hilariously cranky recluse. Winslet thrived as tenaciously brazen femme fatale Tilly, whose homecoming unleashes revenge upon the callously petty townspeople….

Heartfelt Aussie drama Oranges & Sunshine in 100 Words

Loach’s 2010 drama is a touching portrayal of Britain and Australia’s shocking undiscussed history. Based on her novel, Empty Cradles, It narrates social worker Humphrey’s (Watson’s) discovery of the secret forced immigration of thousands of poor British children to Australia between 1945-70. Her subsequent journey to reunite now adult migrants (Weaving and Wenham) with their…

Spectre reviewed in 100 words

Mendes’ Spectre falls short of Skyfall, however still pleases with stunning action sequences. The series has evolved with the times, featuring audacious females and a surveillance themed plot. The opening perfectly captured Bond’s style, ruthlessness and allure, with decent music by Sam Smith. The stunts were phenomenal, traversing Helicopter, Plane, and Aston Martin, while the…