So this week is a super heavy week for film releases here in the UK, with a whole plethora of subjects, styles and varying budgets to accompany each movie. So here’s a run down of whats hot and whats not.
This is the buzz film of the week, everywhere you go people are talking about this movie and its receiving a large amount of publicity through local and national radio stations too. An to be honest this is one of the few reasons that im remotely interested in this movie, as the main star Jason Statham does absolutely nothing for me in anything that hes been previously. And maybe this is the reason Lionsgate are selling this as “Statham in a way you’ve never seen him before.”
Now the official synopsis for the film is as follows
Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process.
And having seen the trailer i have to say that they may be onto something, it does appear that the regular martial arts and over top action sequences aren’t going to appear here, instead they will be replaced with a sense of real character depth for both the protagonist and all those he encounters. And the cinematography appears to be heavily focused on the more suburban and dilapidated London than we normally see, so this could be a sleeper hit. Now do i expect it to be great- I’m afraid not (it still stars Statham acting) but i do expect this to be a better film than anything else in his film career thus far.
Despicable Me 2:
I’m going to be honest, i haven’t been this excited for an animated movie since Toy Story3. I saw the original almost by mistake- about 12months after it was released because there was nothing else to watch when it aired on television. And I’m so glad that i did, i was totally engrossed by the main character Gru, and his horde of little genetically modified minions who seemed to do almost anything that he requested with a huge degree of comedic success.
Now while the sequel has the following synopsis:
Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
Which admittedly doesn’t give much away, I’m still excited to see Gru and the little Yellow marshmallow like Minions again in all the glory, and the idea that we may see more supervillian goodness than in the first bodes well. Not too mention more of the adopted children, that I’m glad Gru really grew to love in the original. If you want a good family movie this weekend, check this out for sure.
This is the End
Now this is possibly the second biggest star studded movie of the week to be released, see below for the biggest, and the movie than I’m the least sure what to make of. This stars James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Michale Cera, Emma Watson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse to name a few. That’s a huge cast of proven comedy stars, and yes I’m included Franco that after his amazing stint in Pineapple Express, and the trailers make this film look great but hers my worry: movie stars parodying themselves!
Now while i have every faith that this movie will be funny, i highly doubt that it will be as funny as I’m hoping given the list of talent. Plus i fear that the actors playing themselves will lead to a large amount of self deprivation and inclusion of long standing ‘comments’ that have been made about each of them. Now while this can be funny in short doses, i fear this may become the basis for the movie. I hold out hope that the movie focuses more on them trying to save themselves from the apocalypse and the journey they take to achieve this, as i believe this would make for a great comedic journey with the personalities involved.
My final take is it will either be comedy gold, or difficult viewing and I’m hoping for the former.
Stand Up Guys
Now this for me is the sleeper hit of the week. And it may well be because it stars both Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, but the premises for this film sounds like it was made for these two A-list stars to be side by side:
A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment – to kill his comrade.
Now this is billed as crime based comedy, and i have to say anytime you have Christopher Walken in a movie playing a gangster your already on to a good thing. I can see this being full of laugh out load moments between the two characters, and can see their relationship and its supposed demise providing some very sharp sarcasm delivered brilliantly. And as with anything starring these two i expect the characters to be fully developed and engrossing, and for me that’s what a movie should do.
Ok this is the movie i truly expect the least from this week, its has an odd cast that does star Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard but is fronted by Brit Marling. The official synopsis for the film reads as follows:
An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations
Now from what Ive seen of this it doesn’t appear to offer a new take on the whole ‘Am i fighting on the right side?’ approach that this will take to telling its story and trying to get the viewer to consider the world as a whole. It also doesn’t appear to have the star power to deliver a less than average presentation and story and still get people in to seats to view this. Based on what i have seen and read i would say wait until this arrives on free television and then give it a try- but otherwise their are better movies out there this week.
And that’s it for this week, ill be back with my take on next weeks movies in 7 days.
For a full list and run down of the rest of this weeks movies please check out the link below