Greetings dears…it has been a whirlwind two weeks of work, travel, friends in town and my birthday (I turned a year less on May 4th!) but let’s get down to business. This past weekend, one film kicked off the 2015 Summer Movie Season…
It’s highly likely that many of you have already gone to see the new Avengers: Age of Ultron flick. It goes without saying that the Marvel universe is set for box office behemoths like this film and most of the pics in the Marvel factory’s oeuvre as of late are HUGE box office draws. Are they worth it is the question I ask. The film mostly revolves around Tony Stark (epically performed by the always interesting Robert Downey, Jr.) and one of his experiments, which has gone awry. Naturally, it takes the Avengers grouping together to strike out the enemy, starting in Eastern Europe (fake country alert!) and slowly revolving around the world.
Without fail, there are plenty of laughs in this film, and that’s a good thing because it moves the film along (gladly, at least for this reviewer) but the main reason to see the film is for shoot-‘em-up special effects and big boom clap noises and CG. Apart from that, it is a movie, enjoyable as it is, strictly for the followers…I now realise why I really can’t be bothered. Still, many will love this film. ###
Next up comes a musical called Walking on Sunshine. Now, watching the film at first, I immediately recoiled when the protagonists burst out singing Madonna’s “Holiday” and “How Will I Know?” by Whitney Houston. I thought the disclaimer of “the best songs of the 80s” on a poster I saw meant they were part of the film’s soundtrack, not a Glee moment gone haywire. Anyone who knows me and/or reads this knows I am not the biggest fan of musicals, so having to sit through more of this foreshadowed something I did not want to deal with. The plot revolves around sisters Taylor and Maddie, as Maddie surprises her sis with the news that after only five weeks of seeing a guy whilst on a sabbatical in Italy, she is getting married. The only thing is that Taylor had an affair with him three years earlier! Okay, I will say this, if this had been an American production, it would have been even more formulaic with perhaps better production and a much lamer script. The fact that they dig deeper into the sibling dynamic (even despite the cliché-lite ending) truly redeemed the film and speaks volumes, even if this is a minor version of Mamma Mia! ###
Okay…another Nicholas Sparks movie hits the screen, this one with James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan…whom, you wonder? Exactly…wiki the two and they have quite an extensive filmography. Anyway, knowing it’s a Sparks adaptation, you can include a lot of obvious things. A love affair that kindles, dies and rebirths…only to have drama ensue, obstacles, and the ubiquitous rain scene in his damn scripts. This one (called The Best of Me) unfortunately offers very little to give anything new to his fans. A definite try was invested in the making of the film, and the setting is often really beautiful if REALLY 'country', but please, only go if you’re a huge fan of Sparks or madly romantic. Otherwise, you already know this story! #1-2
Finally today, another love story hailing from the States starring two European actors, Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen. Pictures and Words actually premiered some time ago in other countries and has finally made its way to Spain. The film follows the life and meeting of two strong-willed professionals, he a writer and she an artist, in a posh prep school in New England. The plot revolves around a “war of pics and words” between the two teachers trying to claim that one of the two themes is more impactful and meaningful than the other…the school is free to decide after a talent show demonstration of the power of words AND pictures. Honestly, the film is sweet (though not that short) but if it weren’t for the likeable tension between these famous actors, the film would be more likely shown as a Sunday Night Movie of the Week! Do they still make those anymore? Still, I will say I’m not mad I watched the film! Anything with Bincohe is fine, quite frankly! ##
Alright, we’re back in action soon so have a great week and talk soon!