The ‘Dirty Dancing’ is one baby that should’ve stayed in her corner.

Dirty_Dancing_2017.pngDirty Dancing is a musical re-imagining of the 1987 film.

What a film.

What a horrible barbarity.


I sat through this film for the cast: Abigail Breslin, who I’ve loved ever since I saw her in Little Miss Sunshine and Debra Messing, who was ever so brilliant in short lived and little known Smash as well as her Will & Grace. That and to support Australian’s in cinema, especially indigenous Australian’s in cinema, with director Wayne Blair. It may have the actors, but they lack the connection between the characters. With this unnecessary remake, it has no heart, class, taste, or magic.

Simply put, it just feels plain wrong. When the film gets it so right the first time, whats the point in continuing? If you want to relive the magic, watch the original. There’s no need to remake it for a modern audience or attempt to sequel it in the forgotten Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

Whatever ABC were looking for in remaking this movie because Colt Prattes’ Johnny Castle held no charisma or swagger of his character. Although Breslin is a formidble actress, and one that I clearly love, it’s so unfortunate that she’s so unsuited to this role. If they’d switched Breslin with Sarah Hyland, who plays Breslin’s sister, it might’ve been something different. And the dancing’s pitiful, lacking in every way.

This is just a painful imitation that you could tell would never work from the very beginning. The only way you’ll be able to un-see this film is to watch the original and remind you what a timeless, cheesy classic it is.

This is one baby that should’ve stayed in her corner.

Film-O-Meter: 2/10.


‘The Lego Batman Movie’ shows what parody’s should be like.

The Lego Batman Movie
 tells the story of a cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne who must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

This movie takes everything and rams it up to an insane, crazy level of comedy that’s new and fresh amongst the trash of other comedy that fill the screen. It’s silly, but it’s such imaginative fun.

In the decades that we’ve known Batman from the comics, The Lego Batman Movie references everything from the the cheesy 60s TV show and the the bam and kapow that pop up in the comics when characters hit one another along with more recent references in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. You name it, The Lego Batman Movie has it. The film mocks and praises everything that we love so much about the Batman universe though it often feels like they’re cramming so much one right after the other, you might miss something because you were too busy laughing at the previous joke.

Whatever DC or Warner Brothers have put out in the last few years, The Lego Batman Movie blows them all out of the water. Everything from the action to the animation to the humour and even the heart held tremendous strength. Despite the film looking like a marketing ploy to popularise the Lego brand further, it worked as a story and as a film entirely more than anything out in the marketplace at the moment, and more than many a superhero film that that has been released up until this point ever could.

This film proves that parody isn’t dead and honestly what it really should be like. Even though it’s marketed to be a kids film, it’s surely not as it appears to an audience of any age. It utilises the imagination of what can be done with Lego to it’s ultimate potential and produces such a good message for the younger generation you can’t find in much other content for the younger generation as well as a touching tribute to fans of the character.

What’s more frustrating is that The Lego Batman Movie proves that Warner Brothers is sitting on a gold mine of material but just don’t know what to do with it in their live action films, save for the Dark Knight take. It’s more of a reference to more recent years with the Zack Snyder helmed films. If they can take notes, maybe Justice League and the Batfleck could be a strong character and have more of an impact than what we saw of him in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

You don’t need a reason to go and see this film: just do it, whenever you have the time.

Film-O-Meter: 8/10.