MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Watts Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey jr, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Laura Harrier, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Zandaya, Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Hannibal Buress, Tyne Daly, Gwyneth Paltrow.   Young British actor Tom Holland (from the tsunami drama The Impossible, etc) is the third actor to play Spiderman and his alter ego Peter Parker in the past fifteen years. He steps into the shoes of Tobey Maguire, who played the web Continue reading

THE MUMMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alex Kurtzman Stars: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B Vance, Marwan Kenzai. Universal has launched a brand new franchise under the umbrella of Dark Universe, in which the studio plans to remake all of those classic monster movies from their vaults, like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman. Most of those monster movies from the 30s seem a little dated now, and the studio plans to drag them into the 21st century through CGI and modern cinema technology. The first film in this Continue reading

WONDER WOMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Patty Jenkins Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewan Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lilly Aspell. Marvel Studios have created their own universe in which their stable of superheroes tend to pop up in each other’s films, and for a long while they have had the edge over DC comics with their lighter touch. The Marvel films have usually been more colourful, with plenty of action and humour, while the films featuring DC superheroes have, of Continue reading

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg Stars: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Bruce Spence, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Paul McCartney. Pirates just want to have fun! This is the fifth instalment in the successful film franchise originally based on the Pirates Of The Caribbean theme ride at Disneyland, and the series has so far grossed over $3.7 billion at the box office, making it one of the Continue reading