Category: Movie Reviews

“The Post” Review: Papers and Politics in a Post-Truth World

By Soh Ying Qi (18A01C)

Spoiler alert: you already know what happens in this film.

Not because it looks like standard Hollywood period-drama fare, comprising an ensemble cast led by established stars, a screenplay peppered with references to “the First Amendment right to free speech” and “Based on a true story” tacked onto the end of its trailer. But if I told you that in 1971 The New York Times and The Washington Post were sued in the Supreme Court of the United States for publishing a set of politically sensitive documents, you’d know the outcome of the trial before ever picking up a single history book.

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Thor: Ragnarok – Adapting Ancient Mythology in the 21st Century

By Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)

There is no doubt that Thor: Ragnarok is a ton of fun.

Director Taika Waititi married his eccentric energy with Marvel’s house style, enabling the “Marvel Formula” – filmmaking and storytelling style that puts emphasis on lightheartedness and spectacle –  to still stand despite the fact that this movie is the 17th installation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Spidey and the Future of Marvel

By Lynn Hong (18A13A) and Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)

Editor’s note: To enhance the clarity of the article, the writers have updated and refined their movie review and opinions on the future direction of Marvel on 21/7/17.

The third reboot of this popular franchise was met with a mix of anticipation and skepticism, but it has emerged as an enrapturing and competent love letter to fans of the beloved superhero. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a fast-paced, fun, and light-hearted take on the King of Marvel, presenting a dorkily endearing version of the superhero.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Franchises Tell No Tales

By Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (Directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg; with Jerry Bruckheimer as Producer) is the 5th installation in the 14-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean (PotC) franchise.

Many reviews before this one have already dissected the movie and discussed its many flaws. The storyline was convoluted, many of the characters were underdeveloped or underused, the visual effects were tacky and even irritating at times, and the jokes were either unfunny or overused. The movie had some redeeming factors, such as the tense moments between Captain Salazar and Captain Barbossa (portrayed by Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush respectively). Nevertheless, the film was filled with disappointments and flaws.

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