Skip to main content



Featured Post

Detective Pikachu Movie Review

Is Detective Pikachu the very best, like no film ever was? We review the first ever live action Pokémon movie
Should I Buy the Detective Pikachu?
Detective Pikachu could have been a disaster, but instead it's really a bit of a delight. A game cast, robust world-building, and a sharp script combine to produce a film that should appeal equally to new fans and nostalgia-driven millennials.
It's a low bar to clear, but this is the best videogame movie yet - by some way.





Stratton Review

Going Commando

Any film that has its star leave the production one week before scheduled shooting should come with a warning: ‘wasted time lies beyond this point.' Such is the case with "Stratton," as Henry Cavill - also originally attached as a producer - abruptly walked from the production due to creative differences and was replaced by Dominic Cooper ("Warcraft").

The fault with the film - which centers around a British Special Forces commando as he tracks down a former Soviet commando turned terrorist in possession of chemical weapons - is not in Cooper's performance as the title character; rather it is in the script itself. It seems as though writer Duncan Falconer was worried that playing off of just a few spy genre tropes wouldn't be enough, so he used them all: protagonist looking for revenge, antagonist looking for revenge, good guy bad guy personal connection, a mole in the agency... Nothing about the script has a feeling of originality and the viewer has trouble engaging as it lurches from one checked box to the next.    

Sadly, "Stratton" is as lacking in subtlety and story flow as it is in originality. In one scene, Stratton returns home from an emotionally and physically taxing mission only to find a Dear John post-it note attached to a hanger in his closet. It was so ham fisted that I actually laughed. Thankfully, this scene leads to the introduction of Ross (Derek Jacobi, "Murder on the Orient Express"), Stratton's boathouse-dwelling neighbor and father figure. Jacobi's limited time on screen brings the best acting and real moments of believable connection between characters. Despite Jacobi's quality, his scenes are for franchise world-building and add nothing to this particular script.

Despite these shortcomings, there are some positives outside of Jacobi's performance. Dominic Cooper does a fine job with the lead and, given more to work with, shows that he could be a legitimate action lead. Also, his character, Stratton, has an air of believability that is welcome. Franchises that this film was surely trying to emulate, like Bourne or Jack Reacher, have leads that seem to literally be able to do anything and take on any size force by themselves, but Stratton works within a defined military structure and always in a team.

We'll never know what the creative differences were that led to Cavill's departure, but maybe his changes would have been enough to warrant a sequel. As it stands, "Stratton" is probably done before it ever really gets started. While watching this in theaters is too much of an ask, there is enough here to not require a channel change were it to come on your TV in the middle of a lazy weekend.

View the original article here



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Nokia 7.1 Review

With Android One, great build quality and a sensible price the Nokia 7.1 is a winner in a crowded market. Here's our full review
Should I buy the Nokia 7.1?
The Nokia 7.1 is a familiar mid-range phone for the end of 2018: a notch, big bottom chin and dual cameras. But these cameras are pretty good, and the display is lovely.Its build quality is above average though, and with Android One on board and decent performance it’s an excellent mid-range phone with the advantage of three years of guaranteed security updates.

Nokia 7.1 Review: Hands-on

With Android One, great build quality and a sensible price the Nokia 7.1 could be a winner in a crowded market. Here's our hands on review By Henry Burrell | 5 hours ago
The Nokia 7.1 is a familiar mid-range phone for the end of 2018: a notch, big bottom chin and dual cameras.

Mark Zuckerberg Builds A Sleep Box For Wife To Have A Peaceful Sleep

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed his love and gratitude by making an innovative wooden ‘sleep box’ for his wife Priscilla to have a peaceful sleep at night. The American tech entrepreneur, took his Instagram account and showed off his invention that helps his wife to sleep peacefully through the night as she cares for their children. The invention is known as the sleep box and emits a faint light between 6 am and 7 am so, Priscilla Chan can know that their two toddler daughters are about to wake up, without the need to have to check her phone.

Disney Plus Release Date, Price, Exclusive Shows & UK Launch

Here's what to expect from Disney's upcoming Netflix rival Disney+, including when it's launching, how much it'll cost, and what you'll be able to watch on it
Disney is the latest company to wade into the film and TV streaming game with Disney+ - or Disney Plus if you prefer - a new streaming service that will let you watch all of the Mouse House's best and brightest in one place.

Like Fan Page