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Forrest Gump Review

Any film can have its hand in decades of culture when it robs and hoodwinks the talent of others and plants its lead in the moving changes of modern America. Forrest Gump does just that. The happenstance encounters of the eponymous character, played by Tom Hanks, is likeable enough to sit through but not remarkable enough to convince audiences of a man who holds shares in Apple, owns a shrimping company, served in Vietnam, inspired hundreds of popular men and women yet also did it with a kind heart and an almost unknowing impact on those around him. Robert Zemeckis is a guide through this tour of well-meaning moments, but little more than that.

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Back to the Future Review

As Huey Lewis and The News’ Power of Love plays for the fourth time in fifteen minutes, Back to the Future would be pushing its luck if it were not so charming. It is, as Lewis himself says in his cameo role, “just too darn loud,” although that is not the issue. Pump it up as loud as it goes, because hearing the odd little bleeps of science-fiction special effects and the immortal lines from within this Robert Zemeckis masterpiece is an experience in need of the loudest, most tinnitus-triggering volume available. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) figures that out in the opening moments, and his decision to stand in front of that oversized speaker is, perhaps, his own dumb fault. But that is the beauty within Back to the Future, it is a film based on the faults of idiots who dared to dream.  

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Beowulf Review

Animation is a glorious medium to tell the finest of stories. Its utilisation often preserves magnificent, timeless tales from history far away from us. Beowulf has such integrity and historical beauty to it that any adaptation is doubtless a stranger to the prose and poetry it offers. Still, someone has to do it. Gus Van Sant was the man to bring us the remake of Psycho, surely not because he was passionate about it, but because someone would, inevitably, do it. Why not, then? Do it. Get it out of the way before someone else does. Robert Zemeckis must have thought that when taking on Beowulf as an animated action horror. What a miserable blend. An uncoordinated experience that sees a showcase of horribly defined animation and special effects.  

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Romancing the Stone Review

If the Robert Zemeckis of the 1980s could see what he would morph into only four decades later, he would naturally seek out to destroy this terrifying beast that dared to stand where a good man once lingered. Romancing the Stone isn’t much of quality, the ego-trip of producer and leading man Michael Douglas as obvious as the day is long, but having such a man at the centre of it all, colliding into Zemeckis, was a good enough draw. With Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito added to the mix, there was a chance – a slim, slim chance – that Romancing the Stone could be of value. 

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Flight Review

I’ve always thought it odd that Robert Zemeckis, a man who crafted such classics of the 80s and early 90s, could spiral so rapidly into films that were lifeless hack jobs, failing to capture anything close to the magic he could put to screen in his glory days. Perhaps he became a parody of himself somewhere along the way, for all his Oscar success with Tom Hanks, he soon found himself recycling the same style and formula in the hopes of bagging more favour with those in high places with the Academy Awards. Flight feels like his strongest effort at nudging himself back into the public eye, with Denzel Washington taking centre stage, but this pairing fails to take flight.  

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