Thursday, 31 July 2008

Film Review: The Incredibles (2004)

Every now and then, I’ll chuck in a film review of something I’ve watched either on TV, at the cinema or on DVD.

I caught this on TV the other day and quite liked it.

Mr Incredible, a Superhero, is sued after saving a man attempting to commit suicide. Lawyers force him and all other Superheroes to live the rest of their lives under their ‘secret identity’. He now lives under the name Bob Parr with his wife Helen, formerly Elastogirl (another Superhero) and their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack the baby. It turns out, not surprisingly, that the kids have superpowers too. As you can imagine, Mr Incredible is less than satisfied working in insurance and yearns for some excitement, and boy does he get it!

I’ll not say too much more in case you haven’t seen it yet. I thought it had a good strong story, although I could have done with a little less of the kids’ bickering. Nice performances by all the cast, particularly Brad Bird for his portrayal of Edna ‘E’ Mode who designs and makes the costumes for all the Superheroes. I believe she even appeared in the following years Oscar ceremony!

Good all-round entertainment: 7.5 out of 10

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Saturday 26th July: The Weather! (A Short Rant!)

So here we are in the UK having a bit of a 'heatwave'. It really annoys me when you get some smug git telling us how 'wonderful' the weather is going to be for the next 5 days and how everyone will be absolutely loving it! Guess what, they won't! There are some of us out there who are not designed for hot weather and find anything above 22 degrees centigrade quite opressive! We can't all afford air conditioning (certainly couldn't afford to run it these days!) and we can't all afford to go jetting off around the planet to find somewhere a bit cooler. Not that I would... I quite like this planet (more on that another day) and I'd like it to be habitable for at least a couple more aeons!! So if, like me, you're not too enamoured with hot weather, next time you see the smug weather git telling you how 'wonderful' it's going to be, write to the BBC, ITV or whatever channel you happen to be watching and point out the error of their ways!