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Trumbo (2016)
Trumbo (2016)
Price: £3.45

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story, and incredible performances, well worth the two-hour runtime., 8 May 2016
This review is from: Trumbo (2016) (Amazon Video)
I first became aware of Bryan Cranston in his role as "Hal" in the long-running comedy series, Malcolm in the Middle. Even then, with the absurd physical comedy that his role demanded, it was clear that Cranston was a tremendous acting talent that for the early part of his career had gone mostly unrecognised by mainstream audiences, only really picking up small parts in TV and film here and there. While Malcolm in the Middle set the stage, it was his term as "Walter White" in the masterful series, Breaking Bad that truly established Bryan Cranston as a legitimate, and exceptionally talented, actor capable of making any role his own.

Fast-forward a few years after Breaking Bad, and he lands the role of Dalton Trumbo, a former Hollywood screenwriter, blacklisted due to his association with the Communist Party and his professed Communist beliefs. The role, quite rightly, landed Cranston his first Oscar nomination, but sadly, did not take the prize, losing out to the tough competition of Leonardo DiCaprio who, at that point, had received something like his 700th nomination, so it was about time he won something.

The film is set at the height of the Cold War and domestic paranoia in the United States of the purported Communist threat posed by the USSR to supposed American values. Believed to be a threat, Dalton Trumbo, and 9 others (together known as the Hollywood 10), are called before the House Un-American Activities Committee to testify about their alleged links with the Communist Party and the threat that they are alleged to pose to America.

Aside from the political establishment's involvement, there is also the Court of public opinion with which Trumbo must duel, but they are controlled by ruthless gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren), who forces the movie studios to act in blacklisting the Hollywood 10 from ever being hired again. Unwavering in his principles, Trumbo must turn to the only thing he knows and has any talent for, writing, but to sell his work, he must rescind any credit for the masterpieces he will ultimately be responsible for creating.

A fantastic film, but my only gripe is that, a film based around such a deeply political subject as the Cold War and the threat of Communism in post-war America, it's a shame the politics of it all wasn't dealt with more. It seemed like the arguments around freedom of speech, association etc. were deliberately ignored, or just briefly touched upon for fear of causing offence or being too politically divisive. Granted, a film entitled "Trumbo" is going to be more about the title character than the Cold War, but a man who risked his career, his family, and even his life for his principles, one would expect there would be more attention paid to his politics and precisely why he holds such strong beliefs.

Great movie, powerful performances all-round, and an intriguing historical story to tell. You all really should give it a look.

Price: £9.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air in an increasingly saturated film genre, 7 May 2016
This review is from: Deadpool (Amazon Video)
I wasn't an avid reader of the Deadpool comics, having only read the odd series here and there, I had a fairly good idea of who the character was and what he would need to be in a movie in order for him to satisfy the hardened Deadpool fanbase. The introduction of Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was, to say the least, very disappointing, but it gave us a glimpse of an actor who would be perfect in the role should the right script come along and should a studio have the courage to invest in a Deadpool movie that would be loyal to the source material.

7 years after that travesty, we finally got the film that Deadpool deserved, and I was lucky enough to experience it in IMAX on day one of its release. At the point it was released, the superhero genre was dominated by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and DC was in the process of establishing its own comic universe, so it wouldn't be an unfair assessment to say that all movie-goers were in the beginning stages of superhero fatigue. In order for Deadpool to be successful, it needed to not just be loyal to the comic book character, but needed to have the confidence to be able to introduce itself to an audience ignorant of the character and entertain them too.

The opening segment highway chase sequence of the film (including the opening credits) put me instantly at ease with its pitch-perfect comedic tone, as well as heart-racing, brutal action sequences the likes of which were a rarity even in the bigger budget action films. No doubt its R rating gave Director Tim Miller the freedom and confidence to make the film that audiences would really have wanted considering that, historically, R rated movies are not expected to be box office record setters, yet it was this exercise in creative freedom that ultimately made Deadpool the critical and box office success it turned out to be.

For those who don't know, the story revolves around Wade Wilson, freelance Mercenary or 'merc with a mouth', is diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only a short time to live. Down on his luck, he is approached by a mysterious man who offers him the chance to have his cancer cured and to be given 'abilities he can only dream of'. What happens then is something you should discover for yourself, but it involves him becoming the masked 'Deadpool' on a mission to save his 'best girl' from the man who calls himself 'Ajax'. To be successful in his mission, he must turn to two lesser-known X-Men because, as Deadpool says, the budget couldn't pay for anymore of them.

From the first minute of the film to the last, the film is filled with belly laughs. It helps if you have at least a basic knowledge of the character, but it is not wholly damaging to the enjoyment you can get from it if you don't. It's fun, self-aware, and confidently carves out its own niche in an ever-growing genre of films. If it's still being shown in your local cinema, I would advise you try and see it ASAP. Or, if you can't afford the cinema experience, then this is definitely one for you to buy and watch over and over again.

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond [Blu-ray]
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Price: £6.99

5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Hope the World Ends Tomorrow, So I Don't Have to See Tomorrowland Again, 13 Jun. 2015
I'm always open-minded when it comes to films, especially those that may fall into the sci-fi genre. Well, you have to be when it comes to things like that, but even a suspension of disbelief couldn't make me enjoy this. Tomorrowland had a positive message to send out, but absolutely no clear idea about how they were going to promote that message.

What attracted me to this film? Well, it was the only thing that was on when I arrived at the cinema and it was either that or suffer a 2-hour wait for Mad Max. The trailers made it look like it would at least be fun, so in I went. It's Disney, so what you're going to expect are young and strong-willed characters who eventually save the day. If that's what you expect, then that's what you got, and this film was very Disney.

The film begins with a child version of George Clooney's character, Frank Walker, a bright-eyed genius child who invented a jetpack that doesn't quite impress David Nix (Hugh Laurie), a judge at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Ever the optimistic child, he pushes and pushes his idea, but the nasty adult isn't buying it. Frank is then approached by a girl, Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who gives him some sort of badge that allows him entry into the future, a place we come to know as Tomorrowland.

Fast forward a few decades and the film focuses on our main-main character, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), who is a bit of a vandal and we see her sabotaging the decomisioning of a NASA launch pad where her Father works. She, like all children in this story, is wide-eyed and exciteable about the possibilities.

She rejects the cynical adult mentality of the inevitability of decline etc. During one of her sabotaging adventures, she is arrested and, when being bailed out of the jail, she is given a mysterious pin which somehow found its way into her belongings. Touching this pin seems to transport her into this land of Tomorrow.

Determined to find out the truth of this pin and the land she saw that depicted her vision of happiness and wonder, she finds herself being chased down by homicidal robots until she is saved by Athena, the little girl who originally introduced Frank to Tomorrowland. It also turns out she's an arse-kicking robot from the future, but is in the past, or something, and needs Casey to help her save the world.

When we finally find ourselves into Tomorrowland for the purposes of the plot, there doesn't seem to be much driving the actual plot along. The supposed villain of the film's motivation and purpose is unclear, so we never really find ourselves thinking; "Oh, that guy's a dick, I can't wait until he gets his comeupence" instead, you wind up thinking "So, wait, who's the bad guy again?"

Let's be honest, we all know how this film ends. It's a Disney movie after all. Are they really going to surprise us with a movie where the bad guy wins for a change? There are a few great aspects to this film. The visual effects are truly stunning and the initial glimpses into the world of tomorrow do genuinely promote a sense of wonder and excitement, but there is no real hook that keeps you gripped. The story is uneven and fails to truly sell the point they are trying to make. The message is there, but it's a shallow one. We all have the power to change the world for the better if we all just stopped being so super-negative and lazy. Well, sorry, Disney. What was ultimately a glorified 2 hour commercial for your theme land in the Disney Parks failed to sell me on anything.

I'm sure the kids will love it, however.

Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More A Political Treatise, Than a Sci-Fi Thriller, 24 Jan. 2015
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I think it's inevitable when writing a book that was adapted into a very successful film to draw comparisons between the two. A common criticism of films adapted from books are how much of the original novel the miss out of the final movie, but this is mostly because a book that may take many hours to read, is difficult to condense into a 90-120 minute movie. This book isn't different to the movie because there's a hell of a lot missing, it's different to the movie because the book is more a political treatise than a sci-fi action novel. I have only recently read the book, but having seen the film many times over the years, I went into it with certain expectations.

Set in a utopian future in an unspecified time period, America has collapsed, humanity has spread out into the galaxy and is colonising planets, yet this society is militaristic, a society in which you can only gain 'citizenship' and the right to vote by signing up to military service. This world and the future in which it is set may be vibrant and intriguing, but the majority of the book was more about politics and philosophy than it was about Juan "Johnnie" Rico, the book's protagonist and the person whose first person perspective lends us the narrative framework for the story.

The story tells of how Rico signed up to the military with his best friend Zim and of his experience training, going to war, and rising through the ranks. This story, however, plays second fiddle to Heinlein's political and philosophical ideas. Told from the perspective of what Rico learned from his teacher, the respected, Mr. DuBois, there are lengthy chapters which seem to drift off into a philosophical arguments about human rights, political ideologies and the human condition. These are really interesting and to genuinely have you thinking, but I found myself also frustrated at reading these lengthy segments that I didn't really feel added anything to the story.

The relationships between Rico and his friends, family and fellow soldiers were all alluded to and nothing more. I never got the sense I really understood Johnnie as a character or what drove him to do the things he did or what really made him what he was. Arguably the best chapter of the book was when Heinlein actually stepped away from the philosophy and got to the action and drama in the final chapter of the book, but even then everything came across as quite shallow. Any threat Rico and his crew may have faced didn't seem important because Rico himself wasn't really that well developed as a character. I simply didn't care, and that's the book's major downfall.

In the midst of this great war between humans and alien 'bugs' I found myself thinking "So this Heinlein guy is pretty cool with the idea of fascism". It was a good read, even if it wasn't what I was expecting, but I would advise you look elsewhere if you want a legitimate sci-fi novel rather than a political thesis masquerading as such.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium series Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium series Book 1)

3.0 out of 5 stars A Book With So Many Threads, It Struggled To Keep Track of Them All, 11 Jan. 2015
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I can never say I don't enjoy a complex story. I love a story with a lot going on. Many different strands and many different characters that, to some degree, may all be brought together by the closing act of the book makes it intriguing. You genuinely don't know where the story will end up. This is one of those novels, but where others succeed, this one struggles to keep track of all the different stories to the point you're disappointed with the conclusion. It left so many unanswered questions, so many quirks and weird open threads that just left me wondering whether Stieg Larsson actually understood the characters he had created and their motivations.

The two main protagonists of the story are Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. Two exceptionally different people from two very different walks of life, but who are both exceptionally gifted people brought together in the quest to solve a decades old murder mystery. Mikael's career as publisher of political magazine, Millennium, is in ruins after losing a libel case following the publication of allegations about billionaire industrialist, Hans-Erik Wennerström. Following this case, he is invited to the home of Henrik Vanger, retired CEO of the Vanger Corporation.

An investigation into the life and background of Blomkvist has already been conducted by Salander, a brilliant but troubled researcher and hacker, and the investigation pulled up that Blomkvist was a man of conviction and ethics in his career. Seeing that his involvement in the Wennerström was out of character, Blomkvist is offered a job by Vanger to solve a decades old mystery that has plagued him and his family; who killed his Grandniece, Harriet? Following this the story turns mostly to Salander, offering us a glimpse into her troubled upbringing and current situation.

Salander was ruled to be legally incompetent as a child and put under the legal guardianship of Holger Palmgren, of whom Salander was very fond as he never treated her as incompetent and always showed her respect. When Palmgren suffers a stroke, he is replaced by Nils Bjurman. It is soon discovered that Bjurman is a sadist, who uses his position as Salander's legal guardian to abuse his power over Salander.

I won't explain much more of the story for fear of spoiling it. The two main characters are eventually brought together as Salander is employed as a research assistant to help in his task to discover what happened to Harriet. This is all well and good, but I found myself wondering whether this whole thing actually worked. Of course, it's well established in the novel that Salander is much more cunning than those around her give her credit for, and this is why she is brought in to assist as a researcher, yet I found myself struggling to understand the relationship between Salander and Blomkvist and how this 'worked'.

The relationship was never really explained. Within seconds of them meeting, this girl who had never let anyone get close to her without freezing up, was suddenly allowing Blomkvist to touch her and laughing along with her. The story touched upon the fact that he treated her 'differently' but this never really worked as an explanation. There was also a brief hint that Salander may have Asperger Syndrome, but again, this was only really left to a fleeting remark and not much else, so it was never really confirmed one way or the other.

The book overall dealt with very complex themes and ideas. It handled them mostly well and told a reasonably good story, the problem seems to be that the story started with this epic plan of telling a story about sexual abuse, financial fraud, serial killers etc. but there was very little conviction to keep it all going. The overarching thread of the Wennerström Affair that was the ultimate reason Blomkvist took up the job with Vanger in the first place was wrapped up in a rushed final few chapters.

The book was good, but could have been much better given the number of seeds that were planted in the early chapters. Sadly, not all of those seeds realised their fully potential.

Price: £3.98

3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Premise With Epic Consequences That Were Never Fully Realised, 5 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Damocles (Kindle Edition)
It's the plot of most sci-fi novels. We, the humans, are visited by an extraterrestrial race that either wants to exterminate us, enslave us, or anally probe us; but what would happen if WE were the aliens making first contact with another race on their home planet? That is, in a nutshell, the premise of this story. Humans have advanced technologically and we have colonised entire worlds throughout the galaxy but, strangely, have never encountered an advanced alien race. Well, that is about to change as a group of six Earthlings travel into deep space, following the co-ordinates of a signal that reached Earth believing it to be from the race that, in effect, planted human DNA on Earth.

The main character in this book is "Meg" who I couldn't help but imagine her being the Meg Griffin of the sci-fi world (Google It). She's really good with language, and she is brought on this mission with the sole purpose of building a communication bridge between the humans and whatever alien race they encounter. Due to a problem with their ship, the planet they are forced to land on is called "Didet", but they are forced to abandon ship sooner than they had anticipated and aren't able to gather enough data to make communication easy with the new race, or even to gauge how they would respond to the humans, it is literally a matter of life or death when they first land on the ground.

Loul Pell is the main Dideto character who is introduced as a kind of eccentric nerd obsessed with aliens. He wrote a report on the possibility of first contact with alien life which almost ruined his career, yet the report was adopted in full without Loul knowing, and he was dragged into the spotlight when the aliens landed. What we're delivered is a fascinating insight into two species, literally worlds apart, forming a common bond as they try desperately to understand one another and their own place in the grander scheme of things.

I would have rated this lower, but the redeeming points of the book managed to save it from being rated lower than three stars. There is a convincing reason that lands these people on this strange world, and it is a legit page turner when it comes to the point of first contact and your mind starts working overtime as you imagine the possibilities of how this would really work. After the first few chapters, however, the story started to become a bit of a slog and left so many unanswered questions I started wondering to myself "What the hell is the point?"

The universe in Damocles has hints dropped of something truly vast and exciting, something really epic that could have been the setting of a number of exciting novels in their own way, yet there was so much potential with very little of it fully realised. The ending, which I won't go into great depth about at the risk of spoiling it, was very bizarre and almost rushed, as if the writer herself became bored of the story and just wanted to finish it. She did finish it, and so did I (finally), but at the end I felt less like I had enjoyed a thoroughly good read and more like I'd just been forced to listen to a Nicki Minaj album.

Such a brilliant beginning, yet such a disappointing end. I would recommend people at least give it a go. The redeeming features help you get through, but there are much better sci-fi novels out there which you should probably try first.

Ready Player One
Ready Player One
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Where the Nerds Rule, 4 Jan. 2015
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It is often the case in stories that the hero of the piece will be the ultimate cool guy fighting against the odds to triumph. In this, the hero is someone you wouldn't expect. In fact, the heroes and the villains are people you wouldn't expect. This is a story set in a world where pretty much everyone escapes into a virtual world known as the OASIS. The year is 2044, the world is in chaos, the gap between rich and poor greater than ever and, essentially, humanity is doomed. For those humans who can, they use the OASIS as an escape in which they work and their children are educated.

The OASIS was designed and built primarily by eccentric game designing genius, James Halliday. He has passed away and in his will it is revealed that he has embedded an Easter Egg so deep in his game, the person who finds it will win Halliday's entire fortune and become the owner of the OASIS. Not surprisingly, every user of the OASIS wants to find the Easter Egg, which includes a huge corporation bent on seizing control of the OASIS so they can monetize it and make it only exclusively available to the rich.

Enter our hero of the story, Wade Watts. A kid with a troubled past who, like most humans of the time, uses the OASIS as a means of escaping the brutal reality in which he lives. He is an obsessive fan of James Halliday's, having studied everything about him, including everything that James Halliday was obsessed with, which mostly revolves around video games, movies and music of the 80s. Unsurprisingly, the story is absolutely packed with references to the 80s and all the awesomeness that the decade represents. For most, it will be a cool nostalgia, which is definitely one of its most appealing points, but for others who may not have grown up during that decade, some aspects may go over their heads.

My own personal perception of the novel was how sympathetic it was to the types of people who would spend their lives living in a world like this. It's common these days to snigger and laugh at people who use programs like "Second Life" where they develop their own virtual avatar and live a, well... second life. In this game they forge relationships, buy clothes, decorate their own homes and even have jobs. We tend to think of these people as lonely shut ins, but in Ready Player One you develop an understanding of the context in which an individual may feel drawn toward such a thing as the OASIS which offers them a better life filled with fun and adventure away from the insanity of their real world.

The only character we fully get to know is Wade, the supporting characters are mainly known as their avatars and through their interactions with one another. In fact, while the story is full of adventure and constant throwbacks to the 80s, I found that there was very little that made me care about them. Even Wade who, while we got to know a bit more about his back story, there was very little humanity to him to really get me behind him or what he was doing and to pull for him to succeed in the mission to find the Easter Egg.

Good read, definitely fun, even moreso if you get the constant references, but this may not be for everyone.

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra
There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra
by Chinua Achebe
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Account of the Birth and Death of a Nation, 11 Jun. 2014
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I'm only a recent discoverer of the work of Chinua Achebe, having worked my way through "The African Trilogy" of "Things Fall Apart", "No Longer At Ease", and "Arrow of God". These three novels told the untold story of colonial era Nigeria. Achebe is often referred to as the 'Father of African Literature', and after reading these three novels and now this book, I think this claim is possibly an understatement of Achebe's place in the grander scheme of things.

This book starts off as an autobiography of sorts, discussing Achebe's education during the colonial era and his excitement at Nigeria being granted its independence. This excitement soon turns to dread, however, when we come to the central theme of the book which is the birth of the nation Biafra, Achebe's place in that, and its war with Nigeria.

I won't go into the nuts and bolts of that conflict, as the story is best read from Achebe's account. What I found fascinating, though, is how, despite Achebe's position during that time, how impartial his account is. It is devoid of emotional rhetoric or partisan accusations. He merely presents the story from his point of view, telling of the things he experienced at the time, without any claims of being 'right' but merely pointing toward 'this is how I experienced it', which is a remarkable achievement considering precisely what he experienced.

The end of the book poses some very serious historical questions about the international response to the war between Nigeria and secessionist Biafra. Only 20 years after we said "never again" in response to the atrocities discovered to have taken place in Nazi Germany, did we see such atrocities occur on the African continent. The question of whether or not a genocide took place is still open for debate, but what isn't up for debate is that there was an unnecessary death toll from this conflict, largely due to international complicity in their approach to Biafra.

The book, aside from this biographical account, is also scattered with a number of Achebe's poems which make this a wonderful book to own and read regularly. It is an informative insight into the early days of Nigerian independence and an assessment on their future which doesn't look very bright, yet Achebe still comes across as optimistic about what can be achieved, yet I think this falls more on the side of pure idealism rather than legitimate possibility.

A great read and I'd highly recommend it.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Heart-warming. The Perfect Combination, 24 May 2014
The makers of this film would have had to work hard to make this a failure. With such an epic ensemble cast, whether or not the film had a bad script, a terrible story or a combination of both, the cast would have made it great. Luckily, the film is a great one, with a great script, a great cast and a brilliant, albeit somewhat out there, plot.

The film focuses on 7 elderly people from very different walks of life who, for one reason or another, find themselves traveling to India to spend their final years in a retirement hotel. Upon arrival they discover that the hotel isn't what they expected, nor is India as a whole and, throughout the film we find each character learns some very real lessons about the lives they have lived and the lives they have ahead of them. The film is the perfect mixture of very British humour and some real heart wrenching moments. At the beginning, we see the main characters in their pre-India lives.

The stand out from these scenes is Muriel, a somewhat racist elderly lady in the hospital expecting a hip replacement, told she will have to go on a waiting list for 6 months or, if she wants the new hip sooner, they are 'outsourcing' some procedures, which finds Muriel soon on a plane to India to get her surgery much sooner than expected. Needless to say, this is her worst nightmare become a reality.

Upon arrival to India, the guests are greeted by the hotel's manager, the overly enthusiastic and ambitious, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel). Most of the film is very much a tale of a clash of cultures, we see some learn things from others and perspectives and ideals change dramatically. Relationships are formed and others broken apart.

It is a very tidy film, and somewhat predictable. I found myself guessing (rightly) early on in the film what would be the ultimate climax, but the predictability of the film didn't make it any less enjoyable and moving. Dev Patel manages to stand out in this already stellar line up of British talent and, I think because of that, I may be a bit in love.

Don't hold back. Watch this film. It won't change your life, but it'll provide you with some brilliant laughs and a few tears for the two hour runtime.

Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fond Childhood Memory, 24 May 2014
This review is from: Hocus Pocus (Amazon Video)
I remember the first time I saw Hocus Pocus. It was just released on VHS and I will have been 7 at the time. I remember being absolutely terrified of Bette Midler and the other two somewhat unsettling me too. 21 years later, the film still leaves the same impression on me as it did then. Bette Midler is as terrifying as ever and the story is still as fun as I remember it, though now I'm all grown up, I can not only appreciate the strengths of this film, but also its weaknesses. Keeping in mind, I'm reviewing this film now as a fully grown (almost) adult and not as the 7 year old who will have seen it originally.

The story opens introducing us to Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) Sanderson, three wicked witches who lured a little girl into their home so they may use her to cast a spell to make them young again. The young girl's brother follows her to the witches house, but is quickly caught by them and doomed to spend an eternity as a cat. Fast forward 300 years and we're introduced to Max (Omri Katz), a young kid who moved to Salem with his family from Los Angeles. On Halloween night, Max, his little sister, Dani (Thora Birch) and his school crush, Allison (Vinessa Shaw), venture into the Sanderson's old cottage. In trying to prove the stories of the witches wrong, Max lights a candle in the cottage, inadvertently resurrecting the witches to cause havoc on Salem once again.

What can I say, this film is an absolute classic. The special effects for the time were top notch, the acting was great and, while aspects of the story are somewhat cliché (Max's fish out of water/love story type thing), when the witches are resurrected it takes on a brilliantly new comic tone. The introduction of the witches to the 'new' world delivers some hilarious moments made all the more enjoyable by the individual performances of Midler, Najimy and Parker.

If you've not seen it already, you really have missed out on something special.

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