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Summary:  Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  31st March 2022 (Australia),24th March 2022 (Thailand), 1st April 2022 (UK), 22nd April 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: N/A

Country: USA

Director: Pierre Perifel

Screenwriter: Etan Cohen

Cast: Awkwafina (Tarantula (voice)), Richard Ayoade (Professor Marmalade (voice)), Zazie Beetz (Diane Foxington aka The Crimson Paw (voice)), Alex Borstein (Police Chief Misty Luggins (voice)), Marc Maron (Snake (voice)), Anthony Ramos (Piranha (voice)), Craig Robinson (Shark (voice)), Sam Rockwell (Wolf (voice)), Lilly Singh (Tiffany Fluffit (voice))

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), G (Thailand), U (UK), PG (USA)

OUR THE BAD GUYS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Bad Guys Review:

It is often said that cinema needs something fresh. In a world where it often seems that it is Marvel vs DC or a reboot from the past it is very, very refreshing when something like The Bad Guys comes along. This may be an animated film but it is well written, comical yet somehow still manages to pack a real action punch.

Based on the books written by Aaron Blabey (whom many would remember as an actor from the iconic Water Rats) the film centres around a crime gang headed by criminal mastermind Wolf (voiced by Sam Rockwell – Moon). Also in the gang is the untrustworthy Snake (Marc Maron – Almost Famous), the cyber hacker Tarantula (Awkwafina – Crazy Rich Asians), master of disguise Shark (Craig Robinson – This Is The End) and the muscle Piranha (Anthony Ramos – In The Heights).

The gang are unified not only by their skills but also by the fact that they are all outsiders due to the fact that they terrify the humans they share the city with. Still they live relatively happy lives due to the amount of loot they have managed to acquire with their numerous heists.

However their lives are turned upside down when the brand new Mayor Diane Foxington (Zazie Beetz – Joker) announces that she is going to take down the crew. Determined to prove her wrong they decide to go after the elusive gold statue that is about to be awarded to the city’s hero Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade – The IT Crowd).

Directed by Pierre Perifel (Bilby) The Bad Guys is unlike any animated film that you have ever seen previously. The film’s crime storyline feels like it is for adults yet somehow  the screenwriter, Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3), manages to make this family friendly. So family friendly in fact that this is a film that will be enjoyed by all family members of all ages.

It is obvious that the film pays tribute to films like The Fast & The Furious and Oceans 11 yet at the same time has a voice that is very much its own. The film mixes comedy with action seamlessly well while also managing to draw in some classic heist tropes into an animated setting.

The characters themselves are all interesting and it is very easy to see that each audience member is going to find themselves ‘barracking’ for a character that they want to see as their favourite. Added to that is the fact that Cohen is a smart enough screenwriter to give each character their own personality and uniqueness, something that is often let fall by the wayside when it comes to the animation genre.

The plot itself is full of twists and turns that draw the audience in and keep them guessing from start to finish while the action sequences themselves make you feel like you are watching a Japanese animated film. Those sequences are bright, entertaining and above all add a suspense to this film that lifts this film above many of the other family films we have seen released over the past few years.

The Bad Guys is one of the biggest surprises of 2022. This breath of fresh air is a reminder that there is still creativity when it comes to animation. With such a creative plot and memorable characters this is one film that deserves to become its own franchise.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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THE BAD GUYS is a new original film from DreamWorks Animation.  

Based on a New York Times best-selling book series from Australian author Aaron Blabey, THE BAD GUYS is an action-filled caper film for families and everyone in between. 

Packed with stellar voice performances from an all-star cast, THE BAD GUYS is destined to be an all-audience movie when it releases on 31st March 2022! 

Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as TheBad Guys.

In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet—becoming model citizens.

Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys—dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron, GLOW), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson, Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians), aka “Webs.”

But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good.

Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade, Paddington 2), an arrogant (but adorable!) guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed. Along the way, though, Mr. Wolf begins to suspect that doing good for real may give him what he’s always secretly longed for: acceptance. So when a new villain threatens the city, can Mr. Wolf persuade the rest of the gang to become … The Good Guys?

The film co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) and Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

Based on the blockbuster Scholastic book series by Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel (animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature-directing debut. The film is produced by Damon Ross (development executive TrollsThe Boss Baby, co-producer Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (associate producer, The Boss Baby). The executive producers are Aaron Blabey, Etan Cohen and Patrick Hughes.

Summary: 
A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 15th July 2021 (Australia), 30th July 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Edson Oda

Screenwriter: Edson Oda

Cast: Zazie Beetz (Emma), Alvaro Cortez (Fernando), Eliza de Azevedo Brown (Amanda (8 Years Old)), Winston Duke (Will), Sammie Edgington (Young Amanda), Sterlin English (Rick (14 Years Old)), Tony Hale (Alexander), Geraldine Hughes (Colleen), Arianna Ortiz (Maria), David Rysdahl (Mike), Bill Skarsgard (Kane), Perry Smith (Anne), Lisa Starrett (Amanda), Erika Vasquez (Luiza), Benedict Wong (Kyo)

Running Time: 124 mins

Classification: M (Australia), .R (USA)

OUR NINE DAYS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Nine Days Review:

Nine Days is not an easy film to watch. I also get the feeling it is a film that is going to divide audiences, I could tell that from the Media Screening that I attended where half the people were sitting in bewildered silence during the end credits while the other half were already singing the film’s praises.

I’ll be first to admit that Nine Days is a slow-burn but once you connect with the film you will find that it takes on all the aspects of a well-written thriller.

Directed by first time feature filmmaker Edson Oda Nine Days tells the intriguing story of Will (Winston Duke – Black Panther) whose rule it is to decide which unborn souls are right to be sent out into the human world.

Will spends his days watching the POV cameras that show him how the souls that he has previously chosen are living their lives while occasionally talking to his friend Kyo (Benedict Wong – Doctor Strange) who always seems to be worried that Will is over-working and not enjoying life.

Things take a tragic turn though when one of the souls that Will watches over dies in an accident that may or may not be suicide. As that sinks in followed by the fact that he is watching another struggle under the weight of constant bullying Will realises that perhaps the souls that he is sending out into the world are not cut out for it. Despite Kyo warning him not to Will decides to be tougher on the next candidates despite knowing that any soul not selected will be wiped into oblivion.

To make matters worse one of the souls that Will is interviewing this time around is like no other. The free-spirited Emma (Zazie Betz – Joker) instantly bonds with both Will and Kyo but while Kyo feels that she is the perfect candidate Will disagrees and feels other candidates are better options.

I found that once I got my head around this world that Edson Oda has created the tension in the film rose completely. Early on I found my head filled with questions like ‘why is this guy watching all of these screens’, ‘how does this world work exactly’ but once I let that settle I was able to finally concentrate on what was important – and that was really a soul (ie a person) basically begging to be allowed the opportunity to live.

Once I was able to focus on that I was then able to let the suspense wash over me. This maybe a slow burn that takes a while to play out but it also packs the emotional tension of a well-crafted thriller. The two pronged suspension comes from not only seeing which soul Will will ultimately chose but also what will happen to the bullied soul that is cracking under the pressure.

There are moments of true beauty with Nine Days – some of the scenes that depict Emma learning by life while being encouraged by Kyo are enough to bring a tear to your eyes – so are the moments where Will tries all he can to make the discarded souls last few moments something special and calming.

Aside from the amazing visuals created by Oda and his cinematographer Wyatt Garfield (Beatriz At Dinner) the other powerful force with this film are the amazing acting performances of Winston Duke, Zazie Betz and Benedict Wong. The trio all deliver powerful performances and the scenes that they share together are truly striking.

Nine Days is a stunning visual film with a deep conscience. This film will make you cry, it will make you a laugh but above all it will make you think about just how precious life really is.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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