Friday has rolled again, and it seems fast this week- however despite how short the week feels it still means that it time to take a look at what hits UK cinemas today and whats worth spending your cash to see over the weekend, or over half term week (schools are out next week) and this break could lead to big numbers for some unexpected films so let’s get straight into this week.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
It should come as no surprise to anyone that this is the first on my list of releases this week- as I’ve spent so much time hyping this movie in my blog. This is the 5th movie in Fox’s X-men franchise and looks like it could be shaping up to the biggest and best yet, a crown in my honest opinion held by X-men: First class to date. The movie is a direct sequel to ‘First Class’ and promises to give us one of the biggest and best comic book stories of all time on the silver screen, along with what has to be the largest amount of mutants ever seen in a single movie (superhero one anyway)
The movie is once again directed by Bryan Singer, who brought us Fox’s first two mutant movies, and is returning to the helm for this massive story. Singer has proven that he knows how to handle a big cast of mutants and really has a grasp for the characters and what makes them a great and unique team- so im expecting this movie to have its big character moments even if whats it remembered for will be the massive action pieces featuring mutant powers galore. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Bingbing Fan, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Famke Janssen and James Marsden all returning as the characters you love and have come to like along with the vicious and evil ‘Trask’.
The official synopsis for the movie is as follows: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
This is without question the movie of the week- get out and see this NOW!!!! Yes leave what you’re doing and get to the cinema! The mutant nation needs you!
Dorothy of Oz
This is one of the movies that i think could be a huge surprise hit, mainly due to it being a kids movie and them having the week off and when you add to that the fact that it’s an animated title (and they seem to make money if there good or not) i see this being a children’s favourite. The movie is directed by Dan St.Pierre who is a first time director- by given that it’s an animated film the level of worry should be lowered as the animation could just be re-shot continually until it achieved the required look and approach. I do have to say that despite me not being a huge fan of everything being animated these days (as it all looks to similar) I do like the look of the character designs in this movie, and being based on Frank L.Baum’s characters means im interested in seeing how this turns out.
The movie boasts a decent voice cast including Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Dancy, James Belushi, Oliver Platt, Kelsey Grammer, Martin Short and Brian Blessed so i fully expect the work done with characterisation to be good. The official synopsis for this movie is as follows: Dorothy wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a devious new villain, the Jester. Wiser the owl, Marshal Mallow, China Princess and Tugg the tugboat join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City.
And if you have children who you plan on taking to see in a film in the next week this would be my pick for a fun family outing.
This is the latest comedy movie from Adam Sandler, who in my eyes has fallen from grace a little more with each release over the last 10years, as every film he produces seems to be lacking any real depth or characterisation (with the exception of Click) to get you hooked not to mention the comedy segments have become repetitive and predictable. However Adam Sandlers involvement in this movie is purely as an actor- he had no hand in writing, producing or directing this film so we could be forgiven for expecting a little more from this title. The trailer makes the movie look like a regular romantic comedy- where two individuals meet and eventually come together.
This movie is directed by Frank Coraci who has brought us two previously average comedies in the form of ‘Zookeeper’ and ‘Here comes the Boom,’ so im not expecting anything massive or standout from a visual standpoint but it also wont jump around from shot to shot making the setting incomprehensible. The movie stars Adam Sandler, Bella Thorne, Drew Barrymore, Terry Crews, Joel McHale and Kevin Nealon, so has potential but im not sold on the star leading man power of Adam Sandler anymore- which is shame given his early films and their success.
The official synopsis for this movies is as follows: After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.
This week also sees the release of ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’ and a re-release of ‘Pulp Fiction’ but as much as I would love to see Pulp Fiction on the big screen- I missed it first time around- my film of the week has to be X-Men: First Class.