The Great Wall is a fun slice of daftness

Reel Reviewer cinema column, by Jason Day.

Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal combine for a surprisingly fun slice of daftness in The Great Wall (out now).

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Pictures courtesy of Universal

The pair play warriors for hire in medieval China, who take on dragons that threaten to eat mankind.

It’s Jason Bourne meets Game of Thrones then, but despite the completely ridiculous story full of pithy platitudes, a few smart ideas escape.

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These include a rainbow army divided into colours, creating a stunning precursor to the UN peace keeping taskforce.

It features eye-pleasingly stunning set pieces too. For more about the film, visit bit.ly/greatwall2017.

Here’s a rundown of the best of the rest this month…

Logan (out now): A revisionist X-Men with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in hiding, looking after Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), until a new baddie comes to town.

Dancer (out now): This documentary looks at the controversial Russian dancer Sergei Polunin, who questions his existence and commitment to his art. Fans of classical ballet may lap this up as much as Polunin’s fans.

Kong: Skull Island (out now): Tom Hiddleston leads a group of explorers to the titular isle, fighting monsters and legendary gorilla Kong, who is none too happy they are traipsing over his turf.

Beauty & the Beast (released March 17): Disney’s live action version of their 1991 animated hit stars Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as the narcissistic Gaston in this handsomely mounted romantic epic movie.

The Lost City of Z (March 24): Charlie Hunnam stars as the real-life British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a fabled city in the Amazon jungle in the 1920s. Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson round out the cast.

Ghost in the Shell (March 31): Live action outing for the Manga animated film. Scarlett Johansson stars as a cyborg policewoman tracking down a dangerous computer hacker. The visuals look stunning but don’t mistake it for the reboot of Bladerunner, which is out later this year.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This article was first published in the March issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. You can read the full digital edition by clicking here.

 

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