“That’s not who I am anymore”
So, you’re Fox… it’s 2009, and you’ve just released the critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film that was built up to be sharp enough to rip through flesh and helicopter blades and even nuclear reactor smokestack walls but ultimately was destined to leave you feeling incredibly disappointingly dull… What next for Logan, the Adamantium staple in the X-Men series? Well, when the inventively named The Wolverine was announced amidst this now very confusing film adaptation universe that can’t seem to decide upon a direction to take its future (because, of course, if it fails to release a new instalment under the name the rights will revert back to Marvel/Disney – and with a cash cow like this they can’t afford that) and that flirts with the idea of reboots and solo spin-offs, I did indeed have high hopes by hearing positives early on like how we would see Logan travel to Japan (just like in the comics!) – I was convinced this was the right move at the right time. It should have been anyway… But it wasn’t.
The World’s End has been on my “I cannot wait for this film to come out it’s going to be so fucking awesome” list for something like 6 years now… basically since Hot Fuzz was released and the world got their second taste of how awesome a team Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg really are. This, the final instalment of the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ it has to be said… Broke my heart. No! It wasn’t sad, it didn’t get me in the emotions, it broke my heart because Wright and Pegg had the opportunity to make one of the best trilogies around and they failed their swan-song. I’m sorry, but The World’s End wasn’t on the same playing field as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz which in their own rights are possibly two of the funniest films of the last 20 years. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it is a bad film, on the contrary it is a bloody brilliant celebration of the trilogy as well as good old British humour, it unfortunately just fell short in the brilliance department.
“The more you look. The less you see”
So, I saw this film like what? Two weeks ago now, the same time as I saw This is the End and I think I might be one of the only people in the universe who was actually like properly looking forward to this film… I mean, it has Eisenberg, it had Caine, it had Freeman… Hell, it even had Isla Fisher, The Hulk and Mini James Franco! All this casting and then the trailer looked pretty quick witted and sharp, something you end up expecting when you see Jesse Eisenberg in a lead role. So I go in, really looking forward to this film… A film that, I expected to be an awesome Hollywood budget film version of Hustle and to cut a long story short… it was just about scraping the ‘ok’ boundaries.
“I’d be pretty bummed if I didn’t at least get a bite of the Milky Way”
This is the End is the biggest Hollywood summer comedy this year that not only holds your attention until the very end but is also full of laughs and re-watchable value. If I was going to be hyper critical of the star-studded apocalyptic romp I would say it didn’t use its strength to their maximum potential as well as feeling a little rushed towards the end (almost, but not entirely falling into the comedy film curse of a serious last quarter that has ruined a lot of potentially great features in modern cinema when a comedy film decides to take itself, and its characters far too seriously in the closing stages). It’s certainly a film that has ambition from the start and that ambition is matched by a great cast as well as laugh-out-loud moments throughout.
“That’s right, baby! Gru’s back in the game with cool cars… Gadgets… and weapons!!!”
I have quite a large soft spot when it comes to animated films, I think it might be because of the amount I watched when I was small and I’ve been around to see them progress from the 2D hand drawn adventures they had been for year into the 3D Star-studded fun-fests that they are today. As much as I love Pixar films I am feeling now, after the last two years and since Toy Story 3 that they are beginning to face some tough competition from Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment (who especially, since their first feature, the original Despicable Me have made a couple of great animations for all ages).
“Don’t pretend your family is exempt when we talk about the end of humanity”
Every action or thriller film these days have some sort of plane scene in, it seems to be very in fashion, I’m surprised travel companies haven’t suffered because of the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3 and World War Z. Being a huge zombie fan it was never a surprise for me to hear myself saying I loved this film. World War Z has guts that is for sure. It begins it’s mayhem early on and never lets up throughout the course of the film despite what some may describe as a ‘soft ending’.
“Can’t I just keep pretending I’m your son?”
Somewhere, hidden inside the two and a half hours of Man of Steel, I feel that there is a great film that will never be uncovered. Even with Christopher Nolan’s presence being felt in and around this new Superman reboot the attempts to almost mirror his successful ‘realistic’ Batman francise fall flat by the wayside when it comes to the main character actually being from another planet. This fact alone makes the ideas and themes from Man of Steel very hard to ‘believe’ in the same way we could about the characters in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Rises. This, combined with the fact we are given very little opportunity in terms of content (despite the massive runtime) to actually connect or feel for any of the characters and the ridiculous fight sequences that become unbearable to watch after a certain point make the final effect of Man of Steel a very hard, and anti-climatic watch indeed.