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36. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

My first trip to the cinema this year was to see The LEGO Batman Movie. After a few weeks of anticipation and trailer watching it was finally time for the opening weekend and I was very pleased that it delivered as much as I had hoped. Boasting a plethora of big name movie stars such as Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes but all eyes were on Will Arnett, who played the title character of Batman and voiced him brilliantly. The story was pretty cool and despite this being a kids film, it had a few adult themed jokes along the way which helped keep my enjoyment levels up. I would probably say that overall this is slightly better than the previous Lego Movie released in 2014 but there isn’t much in it at all, I think the recognisable comic book characters from the DC Universe helped sway it in LEGO Batmans favour. Highly recommend anybody to watch this movie, whether you have kids or not, as this is highly enjoyable and funny throughout. 8/10

37. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

The story of a depressed and devastated Peter (Jason Segal) who takes a trip to Hawaii to help forget about his recent break up with the title character Sarah Marshall, played by Kristen Bell. I had bought this a long time ago but then put off watching it until now because of the inclusion of Russell Brand, who I have never been a really big fan of, but he was surprisingly delightful in his supporting role of Sarah Marshall’s new boyfriend. Also including many other solid supporting stars such as Mila Kunis, Paul Rudd and Jack McBrayer this was a surprise movie that had plenty of laughs throughout. For me, Jason Segal is better suited as a supporting actor as he’s just not quite funny or charismatic enough to carry an entire movie but he did pretty well on this occasion. 6/10

38. Batman Forever (1995)

I’m pretty certain that I may have watched this many years ago as a kid, but can’t remember anything at all so I’m treating this as a first time viewing, plus after watching the new LEGO Batman movie only a few days prior I wanted to watch any Batman movie from the past that I hadn’t seen. Where do I begin with what was wrong with this movie? Val Kilmer probably put in the worst performance of any Batman portrayal that I have seen. He’s very bland as Batman and lacks any kid of charisma that Bruce Wayne is meant to have. Chris O’Donnell was equally as poor as Batman’s sidekick Robin and although Tommy Lee Jones did quite well as Two-Face, I just feel that overall he was wrongly cast and maybe should have chosen with a different actor for such a pivotal role. Jim Carrey as The Riddler was one of few redeeming qualities this movie had. For me his performance as the crazed Riddler was spot on and he was a wonder to watch as he had to carry large parts of this movie on his back. From memory this is probably the worst Batman movie that I’ve seen so far and I will not be revisiting this again. 4/10

39. The Big Short (2015)

Nominated for 5 Oscars and walking away with 1 victory I have been greatly anticipating The Big Short for a long time and this did not disappoint. Another movie which is full with a who’s who of stars including Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling among others. The ensemble put on a fantastic display of story telling as they depicted the real life story of The Wall Street Crash and the men who predicted the fall of the banks and went up against the banks to make money off of their greed and lack of foresight. Although Christian Bale was the actor who received recognition for his performance by being nominated for an Oscar, I felt that Steve Carell put on the better acting display and was more deserving of such recognition. This was an interesting insight to a piece of history that needs to be used as a learning experience so it can never happen again. Would highly recommend to anybody who has yet to see this truly great movie. 9/10

40. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

A classic horror-comedy from the eighties tells the story of two warehouse employees who accidentally release a toxic gas into the air which causes the dead to rise again. There has been many attempts over the years to combine horror and comedy together but very few actually succeed and pull it off. This is one of those rare times that the movie makers get it right with most elements of the movie and create a genuinely good movie that has stood the test of time. It’s a very tiresome scenario, zombies attack a group of bumbling teenagers, but Return of the Living Dead takes it and makes it work and makes it enjoyable to watch throughout. Laughs and blood a continual feature throughout I would highly recommend this to anybody who enjoys anything to do with the horror genre, you will not be disappointed. 8/10


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