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Bad Moms

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We’ve previously had Bad Santa, Bad Grandpa, Bad Neighbours, now prepare for the Bad Moms. But can the antics of these bad moms provide good entertainment?

After suffering one completely awful day, over stressed and underappreciated mom Amy (Mila Kunis) suddenly snaps and quits the rigid PTA. Together with repressed stay at home mom Kiki (Kristen Bell) and slutty single mom Carla (Kathryn Hahn) the self confessed bad moms decide to let loose and start behaving badly.

Based on the trailer I didn’t have high hopes for this latest crude comedy. However I’m pleased to say that it was a movie that consistently had me chuckling away in my seat. If you’ve seen films like Bad Neighbours or Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates then you can imagine the sort of humour involved. While Bad Moms does involve many raunchy jokes it also takes some amusing swipes at the unrealistic expectations to be the perfect mother.

Even if, like me, you don’t have kids you’ll still find yourself relating and sympathising with the bad moms. While Kunis looks a bit too glamouress to convincely portray a stressed out mother she does make up for it by gamely throwing herself into the comedy. All the moms are good but the most memorable moments come from Hahn’s outrageous single mom and Christina Applegate’s mean mom.

Having already made over 100 million at the box office it wouldn’t surprise me if we end up with a Bad Moms 2 and this time around I’ll be looking forward to it.

Rating 3.5/5 -constantly funny with amusing performances

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Jupiter Ascending

The Wachowski siblings are a talented duo but they haven’t managed to produce a film as good as The Matrix. Their latest is a space opera adventure starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis that has been panned worldwide. Does Jupiter Ascending deserve all the criticism it’s getting?

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is an ordinary girl who cleans toilets for a living. Her life changes when she meets Caine (Tatum) an alien soldier, and realises she’s actually genetically identical to a dead alien queen and therefore is the owner of Earth. However the dead queen’s three devious children are all making plans against Jupiter. Can Caine save her?

Considering how many films are sequels, remakes or based on existing franchises you have to admire the Wachowskis for trying to produce something original. However when the end result is Jupiter Ascending it’s no wonder audience are rushing to see the latest Marvel movie instead. On the one hand Jupiter Ascending is never boring and there are some laughs to be had. Unfortunately none of it is intentional. Perhaps a bit more intended humour or some knowing winks at the audience would have been a bit bearable but everything is so serious that it’s hard to take the film seriously.

While some of the visuals are fine the script is poor with lines such as bees can tell if you’re lying and apparently they can also recognise royalty. I feel sorry for actors like Sean Bean (playing a bee/human hybrid Stinger Apini- yes it’s that kind of movie) having to be the one having to say such dubious lines of the film. Still at least he keeps a straight face while saying these lines. Him and Tatum look like they are trying to approach the film seriously while Kunis looks like she’s bored through most of the movie. Maybe because she’s constantly playing the damsel in distress throughout the film.

Then there’s the House of Abrasax family, who are the dead queen’s children. It seems as though the three siblings (Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton and Douglas Booth) were directed to ham it up as large as possible, with Redmayne the worst offender. Middleton’s Kalique is perhaps the most interesting of the three but unfortunately she’s the one we see the least. Instead we get Redmayne’s Balem hamming it up in his plots against Jupiter and Booth’s Titus in a bizarre quest to try to marry his mother’s clone. And no one mentions how creepy that is.

Despite its flaws I could see Jupiter Ascending become some kind of cult classic in the future for those who like it’s camp ‘charm’.  It’s just a shame because you can tell that those involved wanted it to be taken much more seriously than that.

Rating 2/5 – ridiculous and dumb but it’s never dull

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Oz The Great and Powerful

I loved The Wizard of Oz film. The music. The colour. Judy Garland. The Wicked Witch of the West. It reminds me of childhood. The scenes where Dorothy leaves Kansas-signified in black and white- and steps out into the Technicolor world of Oz is one of my favourite cinematic moments ever.

So it’s fair to say that this prequel had a lot to live up to. Expectations are high all around and with a budget of 200 million dollars this film needs to entice the audience who holds The Wizard of Oz fiercely in their hearts.

The story revolves around a con man named Oscar (James Franco), who is a magician in a circus travelling through Kanas. While trying to escape from some people he has wronged he finds himself in a hot air balloon which-due to a tornado-takes him to Oz. There he is believed to be part of a prophecy he will be the powerful wizard who will rule the kingdom and defeat the evil witch. Can this selfish man become a hero? And which witch is the wicked witch?

At first Oscar is a difficult man to like, which is kind of the point. It does make it hard in the beginning to warm to the character or care about his journey in Oz. However Oscar (and Franco) soon won me round. This is in part due to Franco’s performance and the camaraderie he has with his new friends. He has good banter with flying monkey Finley (Zach Braff) and China Girl (Joey King).

As for the witches poor Mila Kunis is left with an underdeveloped role of Theodora. I didn’t buy her character’s transformation from naive but good hearted girl; to full on wickedness. She also isn’t scary like the original character was which is shame as Kunis is a capable actress and deserves more to work with.  The other two witches Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Endora (Rachel Weisz) fare better. Weisz seems to relish the chance to go full on evil, while Williams manages to ground a character that is basically pure goodness personified. She comes across noble and brave without crossing over into bland or boring. She also has a nice, gentle chemistry with Franco.

There are some nice nods to the original film (such as having Kanas shot in black and white). It’s a treat for fans to spot the references without getting distracted from the plot. It may not be at the same level as the original film and (like most films these days) feels too long and drags in some scenes.

Rating 3/5-It may not be a classic but it’s a thoroughly enjoyable prequel. Which is more than I could have hoped for.

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