Weekly movie reviews

This week’s reviews include the hilarious Ted, the nostalgic 3 Men and a Baby, the popcorn friendly The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the thought-provoking Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and the bloody Ironclad.


Ted (2012)

I’m not usually a fan of vulgar comedies, finding them unintelligent and frankly not very funny. However, there’s something about vulgarity when it comes from Mark Wahlberg (see The Departed) and a CG teddy bear that just works. The cast are all on top form and the surprise cameos are well worth it. Probably the funniest film I have seen all year, this is a must for anyone that can handle it.

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3 Men and a Baby (1987)

When watching a film for the first time in about 15 years I worry that it is going to be rubbish and I’ll ruin that nostalgic feeling I had. Thankfully, while 3 Men and a Baby is no masterpiece, it is still an entertaining and funny film that works. It has aged in places (the once cool mural looks awful now) but Tom Selleck’s moustache is as dominant as ever!

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

I remember seeing this film when it first came out and thinking it was awful. Well, 9 years on and it’s not as bad as I remember it. It’s a bit all over the place but the action is well done and the characters are fun. It starts off well enough so it’s a shame that the final third is pure stupidity. Worth a watch but maybe not another repeat viewing. Popcorn fluff that doesn’t offend too much.

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

When I heard that Oliver Stone was making a sequel to his 80’s classic Wall Street I shuddered and decided to pay it no interest. So when I found time to catch up with it I was pleasantly surprised. It’s different and similar to the original in surprising ways with a stellar cast and an actually interesting story. Douglas needs to star in more movies, LeBeouf however needs to star in less.

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Ironclad (2011)

In this reality, after the Magna Carta is signed the King of England employs some Norsemen to reek revenge on his nation and take back his throne. The key to his coup is Rochester castle which is defended by less than 20 men. Can they hold out? With James Purefoy’s Templar and his massive sword of course they can. Unoriginal, cheesey but mildly entertaining regardless.

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  1. I didn’t like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps too much. On an unrelated note – I love Boiler Room and Glengarry Glen Ross, too amazing shows. I hope LeBeouf grows up in his next movie Lawless (with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman – these 2 will be great in it) but I just hope Shia doesn’t just scream his way through this one cos I think he is still talented.
    You can check out a preview trailer for Lawless on my site. Link in my name

    • Hardy and Oldman are the big draws for me in Lawless. LeBeouf is someone I’m hoping just blends into the background. Why he is a A-list actor at the moment I don’t know!

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