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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Review | An Immersive Motion Picture Spectacle

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“Avatar The Way of Water” is truly the motion picture event of a generation boasting an incredible, immense, and immersive 3D experience like no other seen on the big screen. James Cameron delivers an epic odyssey on a stunning scale showcasing breathtaking visuals, action, and a powerful, emotional story about family and discovering your identity.

Thirteen years ago, Academy Award®-winner James Cameron introduced us, moviegoers, to a whole new world unlike any we’d ever seen with his breathtaking epic “Avatar.” Now, the visionary filmmaker returns and invites us on a brand-new cinematic journey with the highly anticipated “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña reprise their iconic roles, playing Jake Sully and Neytiri, alongside Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. The movie also introduces audiences to a group of talented young actors including Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Jack Champion and Bailey Bass.

Synopsis

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure. However, they must leave their home and explore the regions of Pandora. They travel across the vast reaches, ultimately fleeing to a territory held by the Metkayina clan, who live in harmony with their surrounding oceans. There, the Sullys must learn to navigate both the dangerous water world and the uncomfortable dynamics of gaining acceptance from their new community. However when an ancient threat resurfaces, Jake must fight a difficult war against the humans.

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Making The Magic

“Avatar: The Way of Water certainly had 13 years of preparation to deliver a memorable cinematic experience and making a sequel to the most successful movie of all time seems like a daunting challenge but as the saying goes never doubt James Cameron who had before written and directed two of the most successful and beloved sequels of all-time: “Aliens” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” This world of Pandora and its inhabitants has been with Cameron for quite a long time, originally he had written an early treatment in 1994, though the technology and means to bring his vision to life didn’t exist yet. The filmmaker brought wealths of Knowledge from his filmography and “The Abyss” creating a live-action film, transforming motion capture into performance capture and truly pushing the technology with visual effects which in turn has become truly revolutionary within Hollywood.

Cameron writes movies with themes that are bigger than their genre and that’s why his movies resonate with people. Back in 2010 Cameron, Landau, and a gathering contemplated a future on Pandora by exploring and expanding stories set on the lush alien moon and with more than 1,500 pages of notes on the story, they worked on not just one sequel but a series of subsequent movies all anchored around one central theme, the importance of family.

They had all screenplays for the four movies completed before moving on to production on the first sequel. This allowed him to map out all the stories and then get the scope and scale of the different stages of production such as capturing the actors across multiple films with performance capture, live-action, and then post-production. The success of 2009’s Avatar heavily influenced the direction of digital filmmaking and distribution,. The film includes 22 tracks, featuring music by Grammy Award-winning composer Simon Franglen, who worked alongside the late Jame Horner on the original Avatar film and spend much of the last three years composing the score for the highly anticipated sequel.

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Family Is Our Fortress

Set approximately 15 years after the events of the original Avatar. In the forests of Pandora, Jake Sully, having begun “Avatar” as a paraplegic Marine grieving the death of his twin brother and desperately searching for a new path, now begins “The Way of Water” as the happily married patriarch of his family and the head of the Omatikaya clan, fully inhabiting his Na’vi body. “Family is our fortress,” he often reminds wife Neytiri and their children, Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), Tuk (Trinity Jo-Li Bliss) and their adopted teenage daughter, Kiri (Sigourney Weaver). Much to Jake’s and Neytiri’s chagrin, their kids often hang out with Spider (Jack Champion), a human child orphaned by the war and too small at the time to return to Earth.

Sam Worthington returns to the leading role of Marine turned Na’vi leader Jake Sully. Zoe Saldaña once again is the Na’vi warrior Neytiri, now wrestling with her obligations and duties to her family and her clan. Sigourney Weaver plays their adopted teenage daughter Kiri, who’s the biological daughter of the avatar of Dr Grace Augustine, the deceased character Weaver played in the first film. Weaver truly gives one of her best performances throughout this film, she truly transcends through Kiri.

Jamie Flatters is Neteyam, the eldest of Jake and Neytiri’s boys, and the somewhat golden child, who can do no wrong. Britain Dalton, is the proverbial second son, Lo’ak. desperate to win his father’s approval, Lo’ak was born with an extra finger, which makes him something of an outcast among his clan. Trinity Jo-Li Bliss portrays Tuk, another favourite character of mine as she is daring, mischievous and incredibly close to her mother Neytiri, her grandmother Mo’at (CCH Pounder reprising her “Avatar” role) and big sister Kiri.

The Sully family truly are a delight as we go on a journey across Pandora with them. Its the importance of family that makes this movie outstanding, this theme is universal as it shows on screen the bonds between a mother, father and their children whilst the sons try to live up to their fathers legacy. the film brings a dilemma to these characters as you’ve got to do what’s right for the greater good or to do your job and duty of what your heart tells you for your family.

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Into The Water

After making the long journey across the vast oceans of Pandora, the Sullys arrive at the home of Metkayina clan, they’re oceanic Na’vi located on Pandora’s reefs in the village of Awa’atlu led by Ronal (Kate Winslet) and Tonowari (Cliff Curtis). Reluctantly welcoming their guests, Ronal and Tonowari instruct their children Tsireya (Bailey Bass) and Aonung (Filip Geljo) to attempt to help the Sully kids adapt to the water clan’s customs and traditions.

Reuniting with James Cameron for the first time since 1997’s “Titanic,” Kate Winslet portrays Ronal, the Tsahik, and Matriarch of the Metkayina clan, married to Tonowari (Cliff Curtis) the Olo’eyktan of the clan.

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They live along the shores of the Pandoran oceans, housing in Mauri pods which are built into the roots of mangrove-like trees spanning the islands, these homes hang directly above the water. Massive seawall terraces that guard the village from strong waves and provide easy access for the clan to fish. The main village Awa’atlu has small docks for canoes, a centralised ilu pen and communal areas for gathering, eating and the telling of tales and singing of songs.

The characters themselves are a slightly different shade of blue than the Omatikaya, and they have a different physiology, with large hands, wider chests and rib cages, and thick protuberances of cartilage beneath skin, almost like fins, that extend down the sides of their arms and legs to help them swim. They also have wider tails to help propel their bodies through the water. 

The islands of the Metkayina and the waters surrounding them are home to many unique specimens of fauna and flora such as having a close relationship with tulkuns, sentient, whale-like creatures of Pandora, and are able to communicate with them. The Metkayina consider them to be their siblings, with each member having a tulkun “spirit brother/sister”. They have also domesticated ilus, using them as a mode of transport across the Pandoran oceans, much like direhorses of terrestrial Na’vi. During combat, skilled hunters of the Metkayina ride the skimwing; taming one is also a rite of passage into adulthood. most notably is the Cove of the Ancestors which is a sacred place.

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The Metkayina have a unique and spiritual relationship with the tulkun, a species of sentient whale-like creatures that can grow to 300-feet long. the tulkun culture and the Na’vi culture are joined together with music, with singing, with dance. Jake and Neytiri’s son Lo’ak befriends Payakan an adolescent tulkun, somewhat of an outcast—the two communicate using sign language developed specially by actor and deaf-advocate CJ Jones for the production of the film.

Cameron’s world-building is absolutely phenomenal as he brings to life a new species of Na’vi that are accustomed to the way of water and enriched with such stunning landscape. The underwater sequences are truly a spectacle to behold especially in 3D.

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We continue to explore more of the moon Pandora itself, Pandora is another character in the movie ultimately being used as a metaphor for our world throughout the film explores new biomes and new cultures. And Cameron sets this story focusing on his love for the oceans. 

The production design is beautiful everything from the natural Pandora to the Na’vi Dylan Cole designed while Ben Procter designed the environments, vehicles and weapons of the human characters. Two worlds collide in “Avatar The Way of Water”, the human world which is highly advanced and technological, and then the world of Pandora, its inhabitants, the creatures, the plants.

Underwater Perfomance Capture

Captureing performances under water was something that had never been done before. They actually shot underwater and at the surface of the water so to capture that the actors were swimming properly, getting out of the water properly, and diving in properly, each underwater sequence is real because the motion was real. The filmmaker constructed an enormous tank at where Cameron and Landau’s production company, Lightstorm, is housed. The tank could hold enough water to allow the filmmaker to replicate real-world oceanic conditions. Standing 120 feet long, 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep and holding more than 250,000 gallons of water, the massive tank functioned as the films’ underwater performance capture stage.

For the performance capture technology to work underwater, however, the water had to be clear. The actors and crew of course, had to be holding their breath so to help them give compelling performances underwater, the cast studied free diving with internationally recognised expert Kirk Krack. Kate Winslet was able to do a static breath hold for 7 minutes and 20 seconds.

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An Immersive, And Emotional, Theatrical Spectacle

Overall Thoughts

With “Avatar The Way of Water” James Cameron creates an immersive experience in which audiences will feel like they’re alongside the characters on their adventures. He pushes the boundaries of cinematic storytelling, by expertly utilising enhanced 3D technology, Cameron transports filmgoers inside the narrative, enabling them to truly experience the richly detailed environments of Pandora and allowing them the opportunity to traverse its majestic terrain alongside brave and bold heroes Jake and Neytiri.

Ultimately Cameron has delivered an epic! blockbuster that succeeds in taking us back to Pandora with such emotional weight, sheer scope, and incredible detail. It’s worth seeing on the biggest screen possible.

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‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Review | A New Generation Rises

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“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is a breathtaking continuation of its predecessor, evolving deeper into the reimagined world established in the previous trilogy. Caesar’s (the venerable leader whose memory still looms large over this burgeoning saga) legacy expands in a manner that draws parallels to our very own and how his actions are used for both noble and nefarious purposes. Situated approximately three centuries after the tumultuous events of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” this standalone entry serves as both a homage to its predecessors and a bold new beginning for the franchise. 

Director Wes Ball breathes new life into this world set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

In the absence of Caesar, Noa (Owen Teague) assumes the central role, shouldering the responsibility of ushering in a new era. Noa’s character is meticulously crafted, exhibiting a nuanced balance of reverence for Caesar’s principles and a bold willingness to question and re-evaluate them. Teague’s multifaceted portrayal of Noa is crucial to the narrative, as his reinterpretation of Caesar’s seminal mantra – modifying the phrase from “Apes together strong” to “No, together strong,” with humanity incorporated – establishes the philosophical, biblical and ideological foundation for the trilogy’s future development. Noa is our guide through this new era and evolution, ultimately becoming the heart of this new chapter. He’s a kind and resolute young ape. Forced by circumstances to defend his home, the Eagle Clan, Noa embarks on a journey of self-discovery during which he wrestles with who to trust and must draw upon his inner strength along the way. Throughout his journey Noa encounters feral human Mae (Freya Allan) and perhaps my favourite character the orangutan Raka (Peter Macon). 

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As a lifelong fan and enthusiast of the Planet of the Apes franchise, I have always been fascinated by its recent modern trilogy, helmed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise) and Matt Reeves (Dawn/War). My admiration for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes specifically is particularly noteworthy, making it a daunting task for any subsequent director to follow in their footsteps. Wes Ball, known for his work on the Maze Runner trilogy, was announced to take the reins of the franchise. Initially, I adopted a cautious approach, eager to witness his take on the series. With “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”, Ball has not only met but exceeded my expectations, delivering a cinematic coming-of-age journey that transcends. This film is not only a worthy continuation of the franchise but also a profound exploration of complex themes, including family, community, trust, and cooperation, which resonated deeply. 

“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is a stunning visual achievement, showcasing WETA’s unparalleled mastery of digital effects. The team’s impressive craftsmanship effortlessly goes beyond the boundaries of CGI, rendering the apes as photo-realistic as possible as these captivating characters will leave you fully invested in their world. The meticulous attention to detail in their movement, facial expressions, lip movements, and fur is particularly noteworthy thanks to the visual effects artists and the actors who embody and perform as these characters through motion/performance capture, adding to the overall sense of authenticity and immersion. Furthermore, the film’s ambitious scope, and world-building delve deeper into the complex society of ape civilisation than ever before in the Planet of the Apes franchise, which is a testament to the filmmakers’ vision and dedication to pushing the boundaries of storytelling. 

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Screenwriter Josh Friedman brings such an impressive portfolio to the table which includes notable collaborations with Steven Speilberg, the latest being James Cameron on the Avatar franchise. Now he brings his expertise from the Na’vi to the Apes, taking the time to craft such nuanced relationships between these characters and their setting whether that would be the Eagle Clan’s homestead or Proximus Caesar’s kingdom. Skillfully he blends elements of the previous entries such as War’s horseback road-trip dynamic mixed with the intricate character arcs, motivations, and conflict from Dawn. But this being a new era for the franchise, Friedman introduces fresh concepts and ideas as the film delves deep into the fraught dynamics between humans and apes, refusing to simplify the multifaceted layers of conflict and coexistence that define their interactions. This commitment to maintaining the tension provides a rich soil for character growth and development and ensures that the general audience and die-hard fans remain invested in the journey of both species.

The addition of renowned actor Andy Serkis as a special consultant has yielded impressive results, as the new cast bring such a fresh yet faithful interpretation to the iconic franchise. While we acknowledge the pioneering work of the original cast, including Serkis, Karin Konoval, and Terry Notary, in their groundbreaking performances as Caesar, Maurice, and Rocket, it is undeniable that their absence is deeply felt. However, Owen Teague’s masterful portrayal of the lead character, Noa, infused with a sense of soulful sensitivity, helps to bridge the gap. Teague’s nuanced performance skillfully captures the complexity of the character’s personality, doubts, and perceptions of his world while still maintaining the essential essence of Caesar’s intelligence and goodness. Noa is on the cusp of a pivotal coming-of-age bonding ceremony, but as he embarks on his perilous quest, Noa finds an unlikely ally in Raka (Peter Macon), a wise and aged orangutan who follows the teachings of Caesar and shares with him the storied history of the first Elder’s leadership. 

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Peter Macon stands out in this role, becoming, in my eyes, a scene-stealer. Raka clings to the ideals of peace and coexistence embraced by Caesar. With unwavering hope, he seeks to impart Caesar’s wisdom to Noa and preserve Caesar’s legacy for a new generation. Unfortunately, the teachings in question have been increasingly misinterpreted and distorted to justify and condone behaviours that would be unacceptable to Caesar. Notwithstanding this, Macon’s performance is noteworthy for its humour, sincerity, and thought-provoking impact on the character of Noa, portrayed by Teague.

Kevin Durand delivers a majestic wonderful performance as the main antagonist, who is feared by all. Proximus Caesar is a force to be reckoned with. With his bloodshot eyes and imposing demeanour, the new ruler of the Ape Kingdom seeks to secure dominance by appropriating human knowledge and technology, ensuring the continued supremacy of his kind. Proximus is formidable alongside his army. 

While Mae, the film’s central human character, may initially seem to conform to a traditional damsel-in-distress archetype, Freya Allan’s nuanced performance reveals a more complex and multifaceted individual. In her breakout cinematic role, Allan brings depth and richness to Mae’s character, which defies simplistic categorisation. As the story unfolds, Mae’s intentions become increasingly ambiguous, leaving the audience questioning her motivations and allegiances. Allan’s portrayal of Mae is marked by a subtle interplay of trustworthiness and cunning, which keeps the viewer in a state of uncertainty, mirroring the protagonist’s own conflicted emotions and assumptions. This masterful balance of traits not only adds depth to the narrative but also fosters a sense of emotional resonance and psychological complexity.

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What sets “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” apart as a sequel is its innovative approach to the narrative of its predecessor. The film reimagines the original story as a deeply ingrained mythological framework, imbuing it with a sense of reverence and significance. The passage of time has erased the specific details of human history, leaving behind only remnants of decay and rebirth. However, when Noa is confronted with competing visions of the past and the world beyond his community, the void left by this forgotten history becomes a palpable character in its own right.

FINAL THOUGHTS

While the film is a visual feast for the eyes, it also has a substantial amount of heart, making it a complete cinematic experience. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” left me yearning for more, eager to see where the story will take us next in this magnificent world. The film also resonated with me long after the credits rolled, which is a testament to the power of storytelling and visual artistry and a must-see for fans of the franchise. 20th Century Studios must invest heavily in this world, as Ball’s thoughtful dramatic approach and the detailed, nuanced motion-capture performances create a rich tapestry of personalities and backstories. These carefully crafted histories serve as the foundation for a thrilling new trilogy that builds tension and suspense as the stakes escalate, culminating in heart-pumping action sequences that are both physically and emotionally resonant.

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‘Lassie: A New Adventure’ Review | A Nostalgic Canine Caper

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If one is of a certain generation, they may fondly recall the weekly anticipation of witnessing the escapades of Lassie on the small and big screens within the comfort of their home. The audience followed the canine’s daring missions with earnest enthusiasm. In an exciting development, Lassie makes a triumphant return to the silver screen on the 3rd of May exclusively to Vue Cinemas, just in time for the forthcoming bank holiday weekend. ‘Lassie: A New Adventure’ showcases the beloved collie once again venturing forth to uphold justice and restore order. This latest instalment marks the continuation of the cherished franchise, building upon the resounding success of ‘Lassie Comes Home, released in 2020. The film serves as an ideal opportunity for parents to introduce their children to a timeless hero, evoking nostalgic sentiments from their childhoods, including mine. 

During the school summer holidays, Flo faces the dilemma of leaving his beloved Lassie behind to accompany his family on a trip to Gran Canaria. Instead, he opts to spend his vacation at his Aunt Cosima’s farm in South Tyrol, where he bonds with her Jack Russell Terrier, Pippa, and her foster children, Kleo and Henri. As the group settles in, they become privy to a troubling trend of missing pedigree dogs in the vicinity. Initially presumed to be mere runaways, the situation takes a dire turn when Pippa goes missing from the farm. Thus begins a suspenseful narrative, as Lassie’s detective instincts are put to the test in a race against time to uncover the truth behind the disappearances, rescue Pippa, and thwart the nefarious dognapping scheme.

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“Lassie: A New Adventure” brings back the cherished Collie heroine in a heartwarming tale that captures the essence of family, friendship, and loyalty. Director Hanno Olderdissen masterfully guides the cast through a picturesque adventure in the Deutsche countryside, where Lassie, played by the talented Bandit, teams up with her young companions to outsmart these dognappers led by the menacing Delphine, portrayed brilliantly by Maike Jüttendonk and her partner Dustin portrayed by Dennis Mojen 

This engaging Canine Caper explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and perseverance, underscored by the endearing bond between Flo and Lassie. Nico Marischka shines once again as Flo, Lassie’s faithful owner, while the supporting cast members add depth and charm to the story. The film stays true to the classic Lassie formula, offering familiar tropes and heartwarming moments that will resonate with fans of the franchise. While the plot may follow a predictable path, the film’s emphasis on timeless values and the enduring bond between humans and animals is where it truly shines. The film’s blend of heartwarming moments and thrilling escapades keeps viewers on the edge of their seats, as the protagonists navigate the challenges before them.

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Olderdissen and writer Andreas Cordes skillfully blend nostalgia with contemporary storytelling in “Lassie, A New Adventure,” resulting in a film that is both heartwarming and captivating for viewers of all ages transporting audiences into Lassie’s world, where messages of courage and compassion shine through amidst challenges. The film’s emphasis on family values and the unbreakable bond between humans and animals strikes a chord with audiences of all ages.

Lassie’s overall tone is undeniably feel-good, providing an enjoyable viewing experience, particularly for younger audiences. While the film may be perceived as quaint and old-fashioned by more media-saturated viewers, this very aspect adds to its charm, evoking a sense of classic adventure akin to Enid Blyton’s beloved Famous Five series. The colour palette and cinematography contribute to the film’s whimsical, storybook-like aesthetic, creating a nostalgic atmosphere.

Since her inception in Eric Knight’s 1943 novel “Lassie Come Home,” the iconic Collie heroine has continued to resonate with audiences, proving to be a timeless and beloved character. Additionally, the subplot involving Gerhardt at the Grand Hotel Sternberg adds depth to the narrative, showcasing themes of self-discovery and unexpected connections. 

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It is worth noting that the film is officially titled “Lassie – Ein Neues Abenteuer,” indicating its origin as a German production that has been dubbed into English for broader accessibility.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, “Lassie, A New Adventure” offers a delightful cinematic experience that harkens back to classic storytelling, replete with endearing characters and a heartwarming message whilst serving as a delightful tribute to a beloved classic. Its blend of nostalgia and contemporary elements makes it a charming and memorable viewing choice for families and fans of timeless tales. 

Lassie: A New Adventure is now unleashed exclusively to Vue Cinemas

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‘SEIZE THEM!’ Review | A Rollicking British Comedy Adventure

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This review was made possible by watching an early preview thanks to Escapes supported by the BFI and the National Lottery for organising free nationwide screenings designed to encourage everyone to rediscover the joys of independent cinema

Seize Them!” is a riotous British comedy that marries the best traits of Monty Python, Horrible Histories, Blackadder, and Carry On into a rollicking adventure with a valuable message at its core about finding your song. Director Curtis Vowell delivers a clever, fast-paced film that doesn’t hold back on sword fights, crude humour, and unexpected friendships. The Dark Ages provides us with a British comedy classic. 

The film is a comedy road movie set in the Dark Ages that follows the story of the clueless Queen Dagan (Aimee Lou Wood), an egotistical ruler who is unexpectedly overthrown and toppled from her throne by the charismatic and ruthless Humble Joan (Nicola Coughlan). As Queen Dagan embarks on a quest to reclaim her kingdom, she is joined by unlikely companions, including Shulmay, a former servant with a lot of secrets (Lolly Adefope), and Bobik, a shit-shoveler who ultimately wants more out of life (Nick Frost). Both companions add depth, warmth, and hilarity to her journey as Dagan begins her quest for justice and ultimately faces every conceivable hardship and danger as she embarks on this voyage to win back her throne. She also has to face up to the very worst parts of herself and ultimately answer if she can ever become queen again, can she become a better person while she does it? And what if she has to choose?

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At the heart of this adventure is Queen Dagan, a master of all she surveys, with an ego to match, played outstandingly with delightful arrogance by Aimee Lou Wood. who finds herself headfirst with the revolution-led Humble Joan, portrayed by the charming Nicola Coughlan. The Queen, however, becomes a fugitive in her kingdom, alongside a hefty bounty that’s been put on her head. The dynamic between these two leading ladies is electric, setting the stage for a quest filled with laughter, heart, and a surprising dose of self-discovery.

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The ensemble cast, including the hilarious Lolly Adefope and the ever-charismatic Nick Frost, adds depth and nuance to the story, creating a compelling tapestry of characters that you can’t help but root for. The chemistry between the actors is infectious, making their journey from foes to friends a joy. We also get appearances from some of the U.K. and Ireland’s best comic talent, such as Jessica Hynes as Leofwine, Paul Kaye and John MacMillan as Kings Ivarr and Guthrum, Jason Barnett as Thane Tostig, alongside James Acaster as Felix the Ironmonger. 

Visually, “Seize Them!” shines with its detailed production design and cinematography, which immersed me and the audience at my screening into the mediaeval world of the film. The practical effects and action sequences are seamlessly integrated, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already engaging plot. 

But what truly sets this film apart is its sharp, witty dialogue that harkens back to the comedic genius of its predecessors. Written by Andy Riley, the clever banter and quick wit keep the pace brisk and the laughs coming, making “Seize Them!” a thoroughly entertaining ride from start to finish. 

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Overall, “Seize Them!” is a delightful blend of humour, heart, and adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Whether you’re a fan of British comedy or simply looking for a feel-good movie with a meaningful message, this film is sure to delight you. So, seize the opportunity to watch this comedic gem and prepare to be swept away on a whimsical and hilarious journey across the Dark Ages. I applaud and give this film a high fünf! just make sure to be in a circle of safety when Big Liam arrives.

Seize them! will be in UK Cinemas from April 5th.

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