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Dad’s Army

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Dad's Army

2016Duration unknown
Overview

A cinema remake of the classic sitcom Dad's Army (1968). The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

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Director Oliver Parker
Runtime Duration unknown
Release Date 5 February 2016
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Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
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Which star will I draw for this film?  I’m totally spoilt for choice, I just hope these actors travelled separately when they made this because if there had been a terrible bus crash we would have lost half the great and the good of British acting.  Michael Gambon, Tom Courtney, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Bill Paterson, Annette Crosby, Julia Foster and more

Okay, it was a silly predictable story but it was warm and funny in a nostalgic and bare bum sort of way.  I was hoping that there would be cameos from some of the original cast and it made me smile to see Ian Lavender in a role far removed from the original (stupid boy) Pike.  I rushed to Google after the movie to see if I had spotted correctly that the original vicar, Frank Williams was also included (in the parade scene right at the end).  Apparently they are the only two surviving cast members.

Definitely worth a watch if you can remember the original and are willing to get into the spirit of a 1970s sitcom.

Victor Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein

Discover the origin of the monster and his creation.

20151 h 49 min
Overview

Eccentric scientist Victor Von Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

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Director Paul McGuigan
Runtime 1 h 49 min
Release Date 25 November 2015
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Movie Status
Movie Rating Very bad
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“You know this story….” is the opening line and indeed we do.  After more than 30 films based on Mary Shelley’s book nobody can have escaped without knowing the story of the mad genius, the lightening bolt and the awful twitching of the stitched together body parts.  So with no surprises in the storyline what else did this film have to offer? Impressive, if gloomy, CGI of  Victorian London, Daniel Radcliffe as the deformed clown, Igor and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton’s Sybil) as the token woman/love interest.  Andrew Scott plays the detective hunting down Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy).  Scott is better known for his role as Moriarty in Sherlock and there was a strange double take with him now playing a Victorian detective, had he morphed into Sherlock himself?

There was overacting  galore and not even the saving grace of some humanity from the monster, he was just that.  A monster.

“Two hearts, two hearts…” shouted Frankenstein in the final fight scene to remind Igor to stab the monster again.  I’m afraid this film didn’t have one.