Cloud Zombie's Film Cupboard - Ratchet & Clank, Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of The Gods, The Jungle Book

Welcome back to Cloud Zombie's Film Cupboard!
This is the first film cupboard of 2017!
After quite a long break from reviewing films, I'm back and ready to begin the year with four reviews for you.
As usual the will be more or less be every other Wednesday (yes I know it's Thursday) unless I have been particularly proactive and watched enough films to fill a post. Also I now have a Film Cupboard archive in a tab on the top of the page, go check out my old reviews.
Rogue One
The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. - IMDB

Holy WOW!
Rogue One is a refreshing and slightly hard hitting addition to the Star Wars timeline. This is "A Star Wars Story" meaning it is not part of the main episodic story line, these are the bits that happen in between and show us the development of how characters come to be involved or what they did to influence the main story line.

 We get to meet a brand new set of characters and learn about their trials in a universe ruled by the empire with Darth Vader in tow. The CGI in Rogue One is amazing and there is an appearance that I never thought I'd see but was possible thanks to the this. It's good to see a packed cast filled with a mixture of very awesome people, I never thought I'd get to see Donnie Yen in a Star Wars film.
I give this film 5 out of 5
Ratchet & Clank
When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe. - IMDB

After the well know Ratchet & Clank game series got a reboot they went the whole hog and went and got their own movie as well. The film is wonderfully nostalgic and makes you want to go back and experience the games once again. With the likes of John Goodman and Sylvester Stallone you know you are in for some fun.
A definite watch if you are a fan of the games, but you don't have to know the games to enjoy the story.

I give this film 4 1/2 out of 5
 Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of The Gods
In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony. - IMDB

Asterix and Obelix are my favourite comics of all time, this are the first comics I ever got into and I used to check them out of the library regularly. Of course the movies were always the next step for me and this is just a great addition to the stories.
There is a fabulous cast (for the English voice recording) with the likes of Jim Broadbent, Matt Berry, Greg Davis, Nick Frost, Jack Whitehall, Harry Enfield and Catherine Tate. The art style is wonderful and I feel it still has the magic that the older stories possess, a must watch!

I give this film 5 out of 5
The Jungle Book
After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo. - IMDB

Disney have been cycling through their old stock recently by making them into live action versions. Not that I feel they need to do that but it's Disney and once they get into something nobody is really going to stop them. None the less this particular live action version is mostly solid in it's attempts to level with it's original animated predecessor. There are a few twists to this version but most of the underlying story stays the same.   

I give this film 4 out of 5
Thank you for reading!
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