Film Review: Moomins on the Riviera

Moomins on the Riviera

Big screen adaptation of the popular book and comic strip series Moomins on the Riviera is a delightful animated feature. The film should please younger and older viewers alike.

The Moomins, along with Little My, decide to take their boat off on adventure to the Riviera. After a tumultuous journey, the family makes it to the Riviera, but the vacation proves to be an eye-opening experience…

Based on the comic strip of the same name, Moomins on the Riviera brings Tove Jansson’s characters to the big screen. The film is something of an ode to its source material, with its traditional animation style and gentle storytelling. Moomins on the Riviera is an adventure with flecks of humour and drama.

The narrative of Moomins on the Riviera focuses on the Moomins’ journey to their destination, and their time spent in this exotic locale. The film sets up friction between the protagonists as the effect of the new environment takes its toll. Surrounded by the wealth of the Riviera causes the unity of the group to be tested. Moomins on the Riviera takes playful jabs at celebrity culture and the lifestyles of the wealthy in a way which older viewers will appreciate.

Humour is also to be found in more slapstick aspects of the film. Moomins in the Riviera features gentle comedy; a style that suits the overall tone. The film lacks the peaks of a truly good adventure, ambling along at a steady pace. The film lacks the strong momentum which would propel it to an exciting conclusion. Instead, Moomins on the Riviera meanders in the fashion of a television cartoon rather than a feature film. Nevertheless, there are some decent scenes, with the character of Clark adding amusement wherever he features.

The traditional animation of Moomins on the Riviera is a delight. The film has a nostalgic feel which should entice older viewers, and a amiable tale to satisfy a younger demographic.

Previews: Spectre Vlog, Legend Trailer and more

Plenty to see in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the latest Spectre vlog, the Legend trailer, plus a first look at Macbeth

Spectre Vlog

In this latest Spectre vlog, director Sam Mendes and members of the crew discuss a car chase sequence from the upcoming James Bond movie. You can check out the Spectre trailer here, and more Spectre vlogs are available on the James Bond channel. Spectre hits the big screen 6th November 2015.

Legend Trailer 

Legend is not a remake of the 1985 fantasy classic of the same name. This version of Legend is about the notorious Kray twins. Written and directed by Brian Hegeland, the film stars Tom Hardy as both Kray twins. Legend is set for release in the UK on 11th September 2015.

Aloha Clip

Wedding Crashers‘ stars Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper reunite in this clip from Aloha. Cameron Crowe directs an all-star cast, which also includes Bill Murray, Emma Stone and Jay Baruchel. Aloha will hit UK screens on 4th September 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer

The final trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road arrives two weeks before the film’s release. A combination of new and already-released footage, the trailer suggests that the film will be a crazy ride. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, Mad Max: Fury Road will be released in cinemas on 14th May 2015.

Macbeth First Look


Here is one of the first images released from the new film adaptation of Macbeth. Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, Macbeth is due to make its world premiere at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is scheduled to open in the UK in October 2015.

Poltergeist Featurette

Sam Raimi discusses his horror remake of Poltergeist in the above featurette. Remakes have been a prominent feature of the horror genre for several years now, so this new version of Poltergeist is no surprise. Starring Sam Rockwell and Jared Harris, Poltergeist will hit UK screens on 22nd May 2015.

Moomins on the Riviera Trailer

The Moomins holiday in style in this film adaptation of the comic strips. The English-language version of Moomins on the Riviera features the voices of Russell Tovey and Tracy Ann Oberman. The animated film will be released in UK cinemas on 22nd May 2015.

Magic Mike XXL Poster

Magic Mike XXL Poster

The latest series of posters for Magic Mike sequel Magic Mike XXL makes no secret of how viewers are being enticed. Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are among those who have returned for the second instalment, alongside newcomers Elizabeth Banks and Amber Heard. Magic Mike XXL will thrust its way on to UK screens on 3rd July 2015.

What Happened, Miss Simone? Trailer

New documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? focuses on legendary singer Nina Simone. The film features previously unheard audio tapes, plus interviews with family members and friends. What Happened, Miss Simone? will make its debut on Netflix on 26th June 2015.