Monday, November 21, 2005

Wallace & Gromit - Case of the Were-Rabbit

We went to see Wallace and Gromit last Thursday (ooh! change from the normal Wednesday evening :-) and I certainly enjoyed it. It's pretty much up to Nick Park's usual Wallace-and-Gromit standard, perhaps not quite as good some of the earlier ones but very enjoyable none-the-less (although sometimes the jokes are quite bad puns, I still found myself laughing at them). It's better than the last big-screen outing, the chicken one (if I'm correct about that) which was a bit hit and miss for me - still fun but not quite enough there to come away fulfilled. W&G is definitely better. There's one joke that I half-saw coming but still almost made me cringe, one you couldn't have expected them not to make use of, considering the situation. You might guess which one I mean if you've seen it, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else.

He makes clever use of several other classic (but not necessarily good) monster movies and others throughout for extra laughs, except of course W&G's take on them is oh so surreal if compared out of context. Even more appropriate given that one of them has just suffered (well, we'll see when it comes out over here) a remake.

If you want to read up on it a bit more by all means check out the IMDB details and opinions or wherever you normally go.

Of course it's suitable for the whole family, he's always good at that and you may recognise a few famous voices if you're taking notice: Helena Bonham Carter (is she moving into the voice-over business full-time? this and the new Tim Burton one); Peter Kay; Ralph Fiennes as Victor. Experts may even recognise Baron Greenback of Dangermouse-series fame in there (although I didn't until I saw the imdb entry).

My flatmate Liz just got Descent on DVD recently, I've heard good things about it so I might have to review that when I get round to watching it. Oh, and Sin City too - saw that at the cinema but wouldn't mind seeing it again. For a start Jessica Alba's rather sexy, but I think also a very suitable movie for home DVD watching in bed late at night due to it's bold and film-noir-ish style. Liz didn't get into Sin City so much and I'm not that sure it's her kind of movie; I'm keen to see what Descent is like though.


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