Blunt Reviews Presents: Absolutely Anything (2015)

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Considering the cast list and the fact this was written and directed by Terry Jones, a living legend of comedy, this film should have been a lot better. It’s disappointing because I like the concept, I just wanted more from it. The majority of this film is based upon a sense of humour that consists of nitpicking and being incredibly pedantic about specific word choices, which as a student studying linguistics I admit I found funny. For about ten minutes. After that the film becomes incredibly annoying and repetitive and becomes a film to endure rather than enjoy.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Aliens (1986)

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I can’t lie, Aliens is great and I will forever respect and enjoy it. On a technical level this film is brilliant, and visually it holds up even thirty years later. However, what I dislike is that it removes the original vision Ridley Scott created in 1979. Instead of Scott’s delicate and chilling approach, this sequel feels like James Cameron charging into the room shouting “BANG! BANG! MARINES! CHIN-UPS! EXCITEMENT!” which for me makes the film less interesting. Don’t get me wrong, this is a masterclass in action film making, but it lacks the substance of good sci fi horror.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Special Correspondents (2016)

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This isn’t the best work from solo writer and director Ricky Gervais, and it’s proof that he’s at his best when collaborating with Stephen Merchant. Ultimately it doesn’t amount to an awful lot, and it is absolutely suited to a limited release through Netflix. If this were a cinematic release it wouldn’t have been received well, and would have ended up on the scrapheap with Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying. It clearly doesn’t pack an emotional punch as much as other Gervais pieces, which combined with the absence of well written jokes makes for a rather hollow film.