100 Word Review – Stardust (2007)

Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s (Coraline, Mirrormask) brilliant novel, prepare for a fabulous flight of fantasy.

Determined to prove his love by returning with a fallen star, Tristan (Charlie Cox) sets out into the land beyond the wall, unaware of the witches, kings and pirates waiting for him on the other side.

Dream-team Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) wrote and directed this seriously star-studded film. Clare Danes, Ian McKellen, Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro co-star to name just the best known. It’s fun, mostly family friendly, funny and completely fantastic in every sense of the word.

100 Word Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Initially sold to me as “Bond with jokes”, it’s so much more than that.

When his dad dies, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is visited by Harry (Colin Firth). Harry’s a Kingsman, part of a secret service and Eggsy might be just the recruit he’s looking for.

From dream-team Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust), it’s┬ámuch better than your average spy movie. The plot may be a tad predictable, but it’s full of genuine belly laughs and superb characters. Co-starring Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine, it’s a brilliant adaptation of Mark Miller and Dave Gibbons’ comic book.