Movies reviewed this week: Trolls, Hacksaw Ridge, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Bollywatch: Rock On II (Starring Farhan Akhtar)
I have been wanting to see this movie for a while now because I’m a big fan of some of the actors who are voicing it, like James Corden (who plays Biggie, a very big troll), Anna Kendrick (Poppy, the princess of the trolls) and Justin Timberlake (Branch, a cranky troll survivalist).
Made by the creators of Shrek, another one of my favourite movies, Trolls is a fun movie for all ages. It’s got some great music – think Timberlake’s hit Can’t Stop The Feeling – and also some very funny jokes.
But the happy world of Troll Village is invaded by the evil Bergens, who kidnap Poppy’s friends to eat. Why do they eat them? Because the only time a Bergen can feel real happiness is when they eat a troll.
So Poppy and Branch set out to find her friends and along the way, find friendship and have lots of adventures. Poppy and Branch are very different characters. Poppy is bright and happy and is always singing and dancing. This is the exact opposite of Branch, who has lost his happiness and is now a grey colour. But this doesn’t stop them from working together to find the other trolls and save them from the Bergens before it’s too late. But disaster strikes when all the trolls, including Poppy, begin to lose their bright colours, just like Branch. It’s music and friendship that save them … but I don’t want to give away the ending, except to say that you will find your happy place with this movie!
Review by Cia Glover
It’s been a major comeback year for Mel Gibson whose latest directorial effort has to be one of his best since his Oscar-winning Braveheart. Hacksaw Ridge is a powerfully moving film about World War Two American Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who went to war without firing a bullet. Based on a true story, Doss served during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to go into battle bearing arms. What follows is a story of heroism in which he saves the lives of 75 men behind enemy lines, becoming the first Conscientious Objector to be awarded the Medal of Honour. A must-watch movie that also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths and Hugo Weaving.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is back at her magical best with this. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a British wizard, scientist and taxonomist who finds himself in New York in 1926, it is a rollicking adventure and fantastic supernatural story that is packed with brilliant special effects. Fantastic Beasts was actually a textbook studied at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter franchise, and Rowling has done very well to bring it to life. Another must-see film.
Rock On II
Eight years in the making, the sequel to Rock On!! has finally hit the big screen, with most of the original cast reunited for the second outing of this musical drama. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor and Purab Kohli, it has received mixed reviews, with a number of critics disappointed that it lacks the warmth and fun of the original. As the four friends reunite to relive their glory days from their rock band Magik, they find that time has changed them and music now comes from the heart, rather than driven by commercial success. In Hindi with Arabic subtitles.