Early Man (Aardman Animation) Film Review

This film is not the kind of film to see if you want to learn something about the Stone Age, instead Aardman have created a film more suited to some light entertainment. Early Man never really shoots into the sky in terms of humour, which as you can see throughout the film, Aardman were relying on the film being funny.

The biggest surprise in Early Man is the football element, which is where the film falls short. It is incredibly clichéd because of this element, and the storyline becomes extremely predictable to the post where it almost gets boring. It’s kind of sad because of how well Aardman actually portray the character, each with their own personality.

The characters that film focuses on are a Stone Age tribe living in a lush green valley, slap bang in the middle of the Stone Age. Their ancestors used to play a game called ‘football’ and they have to beat a team called ‘Real Bronzio’ to save their valley.

This film flourishes where it succeeds, but flounders where it doesn’t.

2.5 STARS

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Ask An Astronaut by Tim Peake [Book Review] (5 stars)

Many people dream of becoming an astronaut but there aren’t enough books for wannabe astronauts out there. This is why it is so good that the first ever British astronaut has written a book.

AAA is not a autobiography. It’s a book purely created to answer questions and a good at that. It provides a good insight into the life of an astronaut with serious and silly stuff included. It provides 250 pages which give you a really good insight into astronaut life, everything included.

The brilliant thing about this book is that it never fails to be interesting even when explaining stuff like microgravity. It manages to cover everything in such immaculate detail that you feel like you know everything about space.

Kids and adults alike will love this book for it’s constantly interesting information. A must buy. *Robin Recommends* 5 Stars

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: Part 2: The Long Haul | Book Review [3 stars]

Let me get this straight. This is not a pure non-fiction book. It’s a journal about filming the relatively new DoWK film that came out recently. And that’s the beauty of it. So how can this only merit 3 stars? Because it hasn’t got the content (and totally ruins the magic of the film).

For a book that is 200 pages long it seriously lacks in content. There are probably around 70 pages worth of pictures and the rest of it can be done with in an hour. Before you point out that I’m a very fast reader there are no thinking points in this book at all. This is where it makes it’s big mistake because in the end it boils down to an informal recount with some jokes in it.

Saying that it is pretty good at showing how the film was made but unless you have watched the film and read the book there is no point in reading this at all. 3 Stars.

Endymion Spring Book Review

Books are powerful. Books make us curious. Books are valuable. Books are often very mysterious. The I am reviewing is a story that revolves around a book, a book named Endymion Spring.

The main character, Blake is a young boy staying at Oxford University with his Mum. He is joined by his sister Duck on his adventures, which all start when he discovers a book with only blank pages. I found the book to be an enjoyable read as the story is quite interesting, but it was also slow paced, making it hard to read big chunks of this book at once.

Final Score: 86%

Recommended age: 10+

Doctor Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training Preview

Why am I doing a preview of a game that was released five years ago? Because it’s happened again. Nintendo release a game in Japan, and then decide to let everyone else play it. But 5 years, that’s just ridiculous! Why have I played the demo? I like puzzles and stuff but the worry with this is that it will feel outdated and not up to the the high standards it needs to be at.

The first thing that I notice is how the lip-sync is out of time and barely resembles the words that are being said. Another problem is that it takes Kawashima 10 minutes to explain the rules of one game before you even play it. The game (Devilish Calculations) requires you to answer the questions that are asked before the question you are at, and is more about memory than the actual problem solving.

Nintendo will have to convince me (among other people) that this is worth buying.

HYPE FACTOR: 2/5

Young Bond: Blood Fever Book Review

Charlie Higson is a brilliant author. Young Bond is an example of that. The series has been very enjoyable to read and is of a high standard. 

The second book in the series, Blood Fever is an action filled spy story that will please young minds from the age of 9+ and adults too. Slightly gory, and very similar to the Alex Rider books, this book was a brilliant read!90% 

*Robin Recommends*

To read my review of SilverFin, the first book in the series click here.