Every Sunday, Gill delves into his archive of over 800 movie reviews and randomly selects three for your enjoyment! Here are this week’s…
Kung Fu Panda 2
The first Kung Fu Panda movie managed the impressive feat of being both cute and kickass, and its sequel follows this tradition perfectly. The action scenes in Kung Fu Panda 2 are wicked, the humour is upbeat and the heartfelt moments are genuinely heartfelt. What’s more, Kung Fu Panda 2 expands the world of its predecessor in a way that feels natural and totally epic, and I found it refreshing when compared to so many sequels that just repeat the formula of the first film. Kung Fu Panda 2 is better than most martial arts movies, so if you’re a fan of action, then you have no excuse not to watch it.
4.5 out of 5
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
I feel like this movie was unfairly maligned, because while it is undeniably dumb, the film never takes itself seriously and is actually quite a bit of fun. I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for Stephen Sommers’ pulpy action movies (see Deep Rising and The Mummy), but even so, if I had seen this when I was a thirteen year old boy – obviously the movie’s target demographic – then G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra might have been my favourite movie of all time. The cast is also worth mentioning, as Dennis Quaid and Christopher Eccleston are clearly enjoying themselves appearing in such a silly sci-fi flick, and in a seemingly impossible turn of events, Marlon Wayans isn’t annoying and at times is actually funny! Ray Park as Snake Eyes is particularly awesome, too, and any movie with a subplot that is just a series of fights between a white ninja and a black ninja deserves some form of accolades.
3.25 out of 5
Zombie (a.k.a. Zombi)
This is the perfect kind of b-movie. The gory bits are great, there’s enough nudity to keep things interesting without being TOO gratuitous (but still rather gratuitous), and everything that isn’t gory zombie fun or pointless boobie shots is unintentionally hilarious. Much like its titular monsters, it’s bloody and brainless, but it’s such fun that you really won’t care. A must-see for fans of the genre.
3.5 out of 5
See you next Sunday for three more thrilling short reviews!