Movie Reviews – Luke Thexton

Ready Player One – 10/10

This movie is like a media/pop culture dream come true. The movie is set in the future where a genius inventor has created a virtual reality world called the OASIS. Everything seen in the OASIS is a direct reference to a video game, a movie or a TV show. The movie is all about a quest to find a hidden item in the OASIS. The winner get a big cash prize and complete control of the OASIS. It may seem like it’s just a movie for gamers but it actually features both male and female characters, so it’s suitable for all genders. It’s also a movie that has a philosophical question asking if we want to live in a fantasy or reality. But the question should be asked like this: Would you like to live in a fantasy world where you can do anything you can imagine but never make a impact on the world or live in a reality where your choices actually matter even when the world seems cruel and unforgiving? Now the movie does seems to answer this question for us, saying that it’s better to live in a reality because as the movie says “reality is the only thing that’s real”. But whether you agree with that statement or not we should all try our best to make the real world a little lest cruel and unforgiving.

Scoob! – 7/10

This movie is great for long time fans and new fans of Scooby Doo, since this movie operates as a origin story. But regardless if your an old fan or a new fan this movie is a lot of fun. It has great jokes, a heart warming tale and features cameos from some old TV shows, that some older viewers might remember, making this a perfect movie for any age to watch and enjoy!

Mulan 2020 – 10/10

Definitely the best Live Action Disney movie I have ever seen! While the other Live Action Disney movie’s may have some merit, none of them have the same passion as Mulan. The stories from the east side of the world, seem to have the most out of this world feeling to them. With Legendary Battles, Mystical Creatures and Heroic Heroes. And Mulan 2020 solidly check’s off all of those things. Even the slow moments are packed with energy. These scenes allow you to soak in the atmosphere that the characters are in. So you can feel and sense what their feeling. It’s also a really progressive story about going out and doing what you believe is right, even when everyone else is against you. I highly recommend watching this movie if you haven’t seen it yet.

The Kid Who Would Be King – 9/10

This movie pays homage to the ancient legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. If you haven’t heard of the legend don’t worry. The movie starts with telling us the legend of King Arthur and then jumps forward to the present day, where we meet a kid called Alexander Elliot. A kid who believes he’s just a normal, powerless, defenceless kid. But when he pulls a sword out of a stone he realises it’s up to him to defend his country against the forces of evil. Alexander recruits a team of students from his school to be his knights and to stop England from being taken over by an evil sorceress. This movie has great action and fantasy scenes throughout the movie and a does great job of combing a famous legend with the real world, proving that anyone can be a true hero.

 Shazam! – 9/10

This movie is more than just another DC movie. It’s actually a coming of age story about a orphan boy called Billy Batson. A kid who runs away from foster homes in an consent search for his mother. But when a man who is obsessed with power becomes a imminent threat, Billy is chosen by an ancient wizard and given the individual powers by six greek gods, to this stop this power hungry man. It’s got some fun jokes, great character development and an captivating story that makes you want more. FUN FACT: If you take the first letter from each of the gods names, mentioned in the movie you’ll spell out the title of the movie and the superhero’s name.

Frozen II – 9/10

Despite some people who say this movie isn’t good or not as good as the first one, most of the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes beg to differ. It also appears to be a much more mature story as it actually deals with more heavy themes and more character development. It delves deep it into the past and telling us what happen many years ago and showing where Elsa’s powers actually come from. It has many new songs and some great deleted scenes that would have added more substance to this movie. So despite what some people might say, this sequel still has a lot to give fans, who waited six years for it.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu – 10/10

Now in the past, movies based on video games didn’t have a good reputation of being good. But this movie is different. With a funny buddy duo and an intriguing mystery this movie is great for everyone, even if your not a Pokémon fan. This movie centres around a character called Tim Goodman, who moves to a place called Rhyme City and comes across a Pikachu who claims to be a detective. The two then set off an action filled adventure to find out the mystery of what happened to Tim’s father who mysteriously disappeared. So it’s got action mixed with comedy and mystery and is definitely a movie worth checking out.

Joker – 10/10

Now this where DC finally brought that darkness and tragedy that they so well known for. Instead of focusing on the heroes we instead watch a movie about the origin and life of Batman’s first and most famous villain: The Joker. We start the movie with a mentally ill man called Arthur Fleck. A man who’s living though a really tough life and we watch him every step of the way. Going from a man who’s just trying to survive the hard life of living in the city, and ending up with a man who’s mentally broken from the inside. Even after seeing this movie twice the shocking moments still come fast and loose. You don’t know when it’s going to happen and when it does your totally unprepared for it. This is something DC has never attempted before and they excelled at it. If you want to see the origin story of a famous DC villain than this is the movie for you.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl – 5/10

If you were child who watched this movie in 2005 than you might have enjoyed this movie. But it definitely doesn’t seem as good when your older. The story is basically about a boy called Max who dreams of two super heroes, Sharkboy and Lavagirl, who become real and they need Max’s help to save they home planet. It may sound interesting but the whole movie just ends up muddled. Most of this movie is just bad CGI and you see it constantly though out the movie. It’s also got bad acting, terrible special effects, the plot makes no sense and the message of the entire movie is completely lost. But to be fair it’s got this “so bad it’s good” charm to it that it’s worth at least one watch. But if you don’t want to waste your time on a movie that has very low quality, than I would recommend watching the sequel that came out in 2020. It’s called We Can Be Heroes and it’s available on Netflix. FUN FACT: The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl actually came from the dreams of the directors son. It’s true. Look it up.

We Can Be Heroes – 8/10

This movie is the sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl and has lot of easter eggs referencing it. But this movie actually features a lot more superheroes and the movie follows the kids of those superheroes. Including one of the kids being the daughter of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The story is that the earth is being invaded by aliens and when the superheroes get captured, it’s up to the kids to step up and save the day. Seeing how the kids interact with each other with their different superpowers work’s really well. They barley know each other and have come together as team to defeated the aliens and save their parents. It has a lot of good action, a diverse range of super powers and an overall satisfying conclusion. If your interested this movie is free and available on Netflix

Rating System




4/10—Worst than average


6/10—Better than average




10/10—Near perfect

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