7th April 2015 | Films
SpongeBob SquarePants has been a stable for kids TV ever since it’s birth on Nickelodeon in 1999. One of the longest running kids TV series in history, there are very few people who do not recognise SpongeBob’s high pitched, excitable laugh from a mile away. We’ve endured it on TV for years, we’ve endured it in cinemas in 2004… and now he’s back on the big screen.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water tells the story of SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr Krabs, Sandy and the rest of the Bikini Bottom crew as they need to go behind the sea in order to rescue their sacred Krabby Patty recipe from Captain BurgerBeard (voiced by Antonio Banderas).
Whilst the characters remain faithful to the original animations under the sea, once they reach land they turn into superheroes ready to save the day. Their new, super outfits look fitting and are designed perfectly to ensure that the characters are still recognisable, although enhanced. Also, there superpowers are humorously exact to what you’d expect.
The team have definitely pushed the boundaries to create a fun, energetic kids film that will suit both adults and children alike – there’s even appeal for teens to go with some characters voiced by YouTube sensations Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee. But, there is one issue with the film that makes it a bit dry for viewing.
For a 92 minute long film, director Paul Tibbitt and Mike Mitchell leave it very late for the main plot points to come in place. When the film is titled ‘Sponge Out Of Water’, it surprised me that it’s not till very near the end of the film that the sponge does come out of the water. There are several points in the film where I felt ready to…
18th February 2015 | Films
The Backstreet Boys are back! The documentary film shows the five members of the band starting a new chapter in their life by reuniting and working on their 20th anniversary album titled In a World Like This and their brand new tour.
Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of is quite an intimate documentary but in a positive way as we can see the connection between the men throughout the film, especially when they go to visit their home towns and when they rehearse.
The film features old clips of the boy band from their past and it shows them reminiscing over their good memories but what really makes this film real is the band mates, not only talking about the good times, but also talking about the issues they faced when they were a part of the music industry at such a young age such as dealing with their manager treating them badly and him stealing their money.
It’s a documentary about a boy band but I think there’s too much talk and not a lot of music; so much talking makes it quite hard for the person who’s watching to pay attention non-stop.
If you are a Backstreet Boys fan then I hugely recommend this film however if you are only slightly familiar with them, then there is a chance that you might not find the documentary interesting and it will be hard for you to watch it from beginning to end.
BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW'EM WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF is in cinemas nationwide on 26 February followed by a special performance by the band broadcast live by satellite. Visit http://www.backstreetboys.com/international for more.
6th February 2015 | Films
Following the success of 2013’s Frozen, the impact of which we are still feeling today, the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios were under immense pressure to produce a new film that would test the boundaries and make a mint. It seems that with Big Hero 6, they’ve found their match.
Big Hero 6 tells the story of child prodigy Hiro Hamada and his relationship with plus-sized inflatable robot, Baymax, who was created by his brother before his untimely death. Whilst still battling with emotions of denial and loss, Hiro Hamada and a group of friends from his brother’s old Tech University, find themselves facing a new battle: a high-tech villain.
Disney’s latest animation effort should be applauded in all rounds – the animators and storytellers at the Animation Studios have successfully told a traditional young-beating-old, hero versus villain story but, this time, all of the protagonists are smart. Finally, there is a young-persons film out there whereby, upon leaving, everybody in the cinema wants to learn science and get into University, rather than pretending to be an Ice Queen or a Snowman.
The characters are real but the story feels even realer, making it almost impossible not to find yourself gripped at every moment. When Hiro’s brother dies, you cry; when you find out Callaghan is the evil man, you boo; when it ends, you applaud – but, it’s fine, because you’re not alone. Every single person in the cinema, no matter their age or gender, is going through the same rollercoaster of emotions.
Should we be surprised that this is the case, though? After all – Disney has gotten people of all ages singing to Frozen and laughing alongside Wreck-It Ralph within recent years, all of which had lower budgets.
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