Reincarnated – DVD Review


My review for Reincarnated is likely to be slight, but then so was the film. You only get out what you put in I’m afraid.

Reincarnated is a documentary following everyone’s favourite rapper/drug-user/pornographer Snoop Dogg for a month as he records an album, explores Rastafarianism and smokes a whole lot of weed. Seriously. If we turn to the BBFC their rating of 18 seems to be almost solely provoked by “frequent drug use” and as they point out “the drug is used both in the context of Rastafarian culture and as a lifestyle choice”.

I’m not taking a moral stance on marijuana usage here but I will say that his indulgence in the herb/da weed seems to inspire his interest in Rastafarianism rather than the other way round. I feel as though we are supposed to be watching Snoop Dogg go on a creative and spiritual journey through which he finds a new religion, makes some music, and changes his name to Snoop Lion but instead are served up a 96 minute promotion for his new album while he sits back and gets high in a variety of different places.

This is not a film that holds your attention or even distinguishes itself from one minute to the next. At one point as I watched my stream lost connection so I had to refresh and try to find my place in the film. The task was near impossible. Which of the myriad of scenes of Snoop Dogg singing and smoking was I watching when the connection broke? I think I managed to get within 10 minutes of where I left off but wouldn’t stake my life on it.

Reincarnated is a pretty inconsequential documentary that will only interest the most die-hard fans of Snoop Dogg Lion. It is out on DVD from today but I wouldn’t if I were you… and I already have.

Out Now – 22nd March 2013

Jack the Croods Slayer

You’ll have to excuse the lateness and lacklustre nature of this post. Red wine and vodka are to blame, and a triple bill of Mean Girls, Final Destination 5, and Scary Movie. Oof.

The Croods
“The world’s very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world.” I seriously hope they find other families in their journey or the implications with regard to populating the human race are pretty grim.

Identity Thief
Melissa McCarthy, playing the funny one, has stolen the identity of Jason Bateman, playing the straight man (as usual). He travels to confront her and hilarity ensues, the kind of hilarity that involves strong sex, sex references and strong language.

Jack the Giant Slayer
Jack and the Beanstalk gets the over-the-top fantasy adaptation treatment with Nicholas Hoult as the boy who swapped his cow for some magic beans. Only now the cow is a horse and the beans open a gateway between the world of the humans and the world of the giants; the two races having been at war.

Nicholas Cage runs around looking for his daughter who has been locked in the boot of a taxi. He is apparently the world’s greatest thief so fingers crossed it all works out OK for him so he can get back to all that thieving.

Reality (limited release)
“Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.”

Compliance (limited release)
“When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed.” As I said in my review this is a good idea stretched beyond its limits and is not one I’d recommend rushing out to see.

Post Tenebras Lux (limited release)
Mexican drama struggling to adjust to a move from the city to the country. As all good foreign films should it includes strong sex and nudity and the sort of scenes that may make you feel uncomfortable depending on the nature of your relationship with the person sitting next to you.

Neighbouring Sounds (limited release)
“A slice of ‘Braziliana’, a reflection on history, violence and noise.” Who doesn’t want a slice of Braziliana?

Reincarnated (limited release)
Looks to me like a documentary following Snoop Dogg’s transformation into Snoop Lion as he record his first reggae album.

Small Apartments (limited release)
“A man is surrounded by strange events and odd neighbors in this adaptation of Chris Millis’ novel.” Now imagine the man is Matt Lucas and his neighbours are Dolph Lundgren, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, Billy Crystal, Juno Temple, and Rebel Wilson. Sounds quite tempting doesn’t it.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have an appointment with lying down to attend to.