A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that nonstop hilarity isn't enough. Genre fans will adore the relentless barrage of silliness, as wordplay, sight-gags, film references and elaborate jokes pile on top of each other. But it's all rather exhausting, because the story is simply too slippery for the audience to hold onto.
When we catch up with Batman (again voiced by Will Arnett), he's revelling in his lonely life surrounded by his huge collection of gadgets in the cave under Wayne Manor, where his only companion is his sardonic butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes). But an encounter with the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) gets him thinking about his solitude, and new commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) wants to work with him rather than let him do everything on his own. Then he inadvertently adopts the orphan Dick (Michael Cera), just as the Joker puts into motion a nefarious plan to unleash an army of bad guys on Gotham City.
The film pings from one crazed action set-piece to the next, packing comical touches into every image and each line of dialogue. The audience has little choice but to hold on for the ride, and since it's impossible to see every gag that flies at us, this is clearly a movie that requires multiple viewings. The problem is that the story and characters aren't very inviting. Arnett's gruff whisper is genuinely hilarious, especially in his postmodern flights of fancy, but Batman is a preening idiot, really. Dawson, Cera, Fiennes and Galifianakis are more likeable, but are sidelined in the story. And the sprawling, mega-starry supporting cast offers a continual stream of solid laughs. But it's all so frantic that the sentimental themes in the story never get a chance to resonate before the script makes fun of them.
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In a clear echo of Frozen, this Disney animated adventure centres on a fiercely independent young woman who doesn't follow the rules, doesn't need a man and sings songs of empowerment. But this story is set in the lush South Pacific, with deep blue seas, verdant rainforests and fiery volcanoes. And that gives it a fresh blast of energy and culture that more than makes up for the lack of proper tension in the rather formulaic story.
On a remote island, Moana (voiced by Auli'i Carvalho) is the daughter of the pragmatic chief (Temuera Morrison) and his sensitive wife (Nicole Scherzinger). Feeling like the sea is beckoning her, Moana is always in trouble, because the islanders are terrified of the dangers in the ocean beyond the reef. But Moana's grandmother (Rachel House) encourages her to follow her yearnings, revealing that Moana is the promised one who will travel to find the exiled demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and return the Heart of Te Fiti to its rightful place, restoring life to the islands. Even though she feels inadequate, she heads off on her quest. And when she meets up with the arrogant Maui, she realises that this is going to be even harder than she thought.
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For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, with whom he made E.T. nearly 35 years ago. Another story of an unlikely friendship, this film is even more wondrous and earnest, and also much more reliant on effects. But it's also hugely involving, with a terrific cast and of course a delightful story with a wry sense of humour.
It's set in a timeless London, where Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) lives in an orphanage. One night she spots a stealthy giant (Mark Rylance) prowling the city streets, so he grabs her and takes her back to Giant Country so she can't reveal his secret existence. As she gets to know him, Sophie discovers that he's an outcast in his own community, half the size of the nine giants (including Jemane Clement and Bill Hader) who live around him and bully him mercilessly because he doesn't eat human beans. This has earned him the nickname Big Friendly Giant, which Sophie shortens to BFG as she accompanies him into a colourful parallel world in his job collecting dreams and nightmares. Then when the bullies' threats grow stronger, Sophie comes up with a plan to get help from the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and her staff (Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall).
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Jemaine Clement plays a giant in the newest version of Roald Dahl's story The BFG. The Flight of the Conchords actor is cast as human munching giant The Fleshlumpeater in the film. The premiere of 'The BFG' at The El Capitan Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 21st June 2016
It's been six years since the TV show ended, but Jemaine and Bret might be about to make the leap to the big screen.
Get ready for some great news, quirky comedy fans – ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ is coming to the big screen! The cult comedy is being adapted for a movie version, according to co-creator Jemaine Clement.
In an interview with entertainment website IndieWire last Saturday (August 14th), Clement revealed that he and his on-screen collaborator Bret McKenzie were working on a movie script, although there was no clear deadline for the project at this moment in time – or indeed whether it will even see the light of day.
Jemaine Clement of 'Flight of the Conchords' in New York in 2011
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Will Henry is a New Zealand expat living in New York as a college professor and graphic novelist. He has two young twin daughters with his partner Charlie, but everything falls apart when he walks in on her in bed with another man. Dejected, and with little motivation to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, he seeks solace in his daughters with whom he enjoys fun-packed weekends of pizza, kites, swimming and campfires. But they're not the only females holding his life together; a young student named Kat takes pity on him and introduces him to her single mother Diane, with whom he immediately finds a connection. However, life, as it happens, is a little more complicated than that, and when Charlie starts making plans for a whirlwind wedding with her new man, he must come to terms with his residual feelings.
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With the potential to earn a quick bit of cash here and there, Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) turned to the life of a "Biblical archaeologist", uncovering and selling works of art and pieces of Biblical history. As he starts to fabricate and lie his way through his 'adventures', Verdean acquires the help of a church that announce their intentions to bankroll his expeditions and help him do whatever he wants to in his quest to find and return The Holy Grail. With the potential of being found out and exposed, Verdean is forced to think inwardly about what is truly most important to him.
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Aside from being flat-out hilarious, this vampire-themed reality TV spoof actually has some pungent things to say about friendship in the 21st century. Not that it's ever trying to make a point. The goal of Kiwi filmmaker-stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (known for the TV series Flight of the Conchords and the film Eagle vs Shark) is simply to poke fun at the genre while keeping the audience in fits of knowing laughter. And it's a relentlessly entertaining romp.
In Wellington, a camera crew decks itself out in crucifixes to protect itself before heading to a house shared by four vampires. The house's self-proclaimed leader is the preening dandy Viago (Waititi), who tells off the others for neglecting their chores. Brooding lover Vladislav (Clement) is annoyed that he's not as powerful as he was 800 years ago. Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) is a good-time boy who hates Viago's rules. And Petyr (Ben Fransham) is 8,000 years old and prefers to lurk menacingly in the basement. Then they meet Nick (Cori Conzalez-Macuer), a new vampire who with his human pal Stu (Stuart Rutherford) helps the flatmates understand more about present-day society as they prepare for the social event of the season, the annual Unholy Masquerade Ball.
Like a reality TV show, the film meanders through the lives of these men as they face everyday issues with a pronounced vampire slant. For example, going out for a night on the town isn't easy: first, you can't see yourself in the mirror to get ready, then you have to be formally invited to enter any bar or club, and finally if you hit a major artery while feeding the mess is a nightmare to clean up. Deacon has another problem with his human slave Jackie (Jackie van Beek), who is tired of being strung along with promises of immortality. And the local pack of werewolves is seriously annoying.
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Ever wondered what the life of a hundred-plus-year-old vampire would be like in the 21st century? A documentary crew were granted protection as they gained access to the household of a group of blood-sucking fiends - who aren't as scary as you'd imagine. There's polite dandy Viago, bad boy Deacon and ladies' man Vladislav and they all live together in a dilapidated flat with their ancient Nosferatu like friend Petyr and all the problems that regular flatmates share. Desperate to connect with the modern world, they meet young tearaway Nick who soon causes them more than enough trouble. Things get a little tense when the group frequently invite their human technophile friend Stu over to help them with phones, computers, TVs etc., with, unusually, absolutely no intention of killing him. Not only that, but they soon find themselves amid a rivalry with the local werewolves.
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New Zealand filmmaker Jemaine Clement unveils a truly hilarious vampire mockumentary.
Fans of 'Flight Of The Conchords', brace yourself for yet more eye-watering hilarity as creator and star Jemaine Clement brings you the only vampire movie you're going to need to see this year (and, probably, ever again), 'What We Do In The Shadows'.
A hilarious cast makes vampire comedy 'What We Do In The Shadows'
That charming deadpan New Zealand humour that we loved so much in 'Conchords' makes its return in this wonderfully satirical mockumentary about three vampire flatmates who bring in some fresh blood and consequently start to feel the strain of immortality. A camera crew has been granted access to this undead underworld, whereby they meet Viago, Vladislav and Deacon who, apart from having pointy teeth, a thirst for blood, no reflections and the power of levitation, live really rather ordinary lives, going out clubbing in their waking hours and struggling with the housework rota.
Wellington, New Zealand. A documentary film crew were granted access into a secret society. Said society is situated in a Wellington apartment, and centres around three vampires. Viago (Taika Waititi), an '18th Century Dandy, Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), 'a bit of a pervert', and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), 'the bad boy of the group', all live together and argue about chores and various little squabble that often plague housemates. When they add Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) to their ranks, his fooling around and amazement at the powers he now possesses are highly annoying for the other vampires. The four clash, with hilarious consequences.
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Monty Trainer, William D. Talbert III, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenoweth, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Carlos Saldanha and Jamie Foxx - The stars of the animated family film 'Rio 2' attend the inauguration of Miami's first-ever Walk of Fame - Miami, Florida, United States - Friday 21st March 2014
As you can tell, the stakes are impossibly high in this gripping new episode of #UncleBertie. https://t.co/vnnBwWaBNi
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Trump: I'll be dating you in ten years! https://t.co/aiaB8dDwkj
@davosin69 @vicenews WHAT?!
What a mensch! https://t.co/OMzGg5pdAw
RT @mrchrisaddison: Silly Boss Hogg. Doesn't he know the Duke boys always win? https://t.co/FlRFQweLso
You have to admire the artistry that went into this terrifying carnival float. https://t.co/S7Y9BjdnOi
RT @patrickfwhitman: @AJemaineClement Milo and POTUS
@MauroDiogo well, at least you're not a teenager.
@JonathanMarcot @DisneyMoana tell Elisabeth that Tamatoa loves the picture! Let me know if I win this time!
@realDonaldTrump come on, what was the present you said Putin got you? Does it rhyme with 'mostitute'? https://t.co/ydo0wEGcYr
RT @ParkerMolloy: @realDonaldTrump I really don't think you understand how to use "so-called" correctly in a sentence.
RT @jrisco: Esto es lo mejor que van a ver hoy. https://t.co/AMAnpiFPbC
@alexwinkelmann1 no he was using general terms. Later (yesterday) he claimed he was talking about his own experience.
@alexwinkelmann1 he's on video saying it.
@alexwinkelmann1 and he said adults having sex with 13 year olds isn't paedophilia. You agree with that, Alex?
@StarsofSobek I said it yesterday.
RT @andrewismusic: Enjoy a unicorn made out of music notes https://t.co/f4oMZDa50b
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Aside from being flat-out hilarious, this vampire-themed reality TV spoof actually has some pungent things...
Ever wondered what the life of a hundred-plus-year-old vampire would be like in the 21st...
Wellington, New Zealand. A documentary film crew were granted access into a secret society. Said...