The Last Jedi – please come back George

The Force Awakens relaunched the Star Wars franchise. It was a typically smooth JJ Abrams soft reboot. Visually spectacular and occasionally conceptually ridiculous – I’m talking ludicrous mega-Death-Stars – it set the scene for the two that were to follow. This was to be the long awaited final trilogy of George Lucas’s extended saga. A…

Justice League: A DC coming of age story? (Part one)

DC properties have suffered in the past from a kind of pushy parent syndrome. Fans and critics alike have all had very clear ideas about exactly where past DC cinema has been deficient, and exactly how it might be improved. Their films have been said to lack levity. They have been said give a distorted…

Thor: Ragnarok – is Taika Waititi bound and gagged at Mavel studios?

Each director has brought something of himself to the Thor franchise. Kenneth Branagh brought a little of the theatre, Alan Taylor seemed to enhance that sci-fi element, and now Taika Waititi brings a touch of his indie comedy sensibility. Thor isn’t quite the hot property of – say – the Spiderman franchise, it has to…