Thursday, 18 August 2011

Film Roundup - July

Film Roundup time!

So we start this edition of the roundup with Insidious, a horror film from the creators of the original Saw, James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Whilst it does start in sufficiently creepy form with sudden loud scares and a few ‘did you see that?’ moments during the quiet build-up, the last half an hour or so seems fudged due to budget constraints and tying up loose ends. Still, if you like the haunted house movie genre then this is a worthwhile watch.

Zach Snyder’s Sucker Punch, with its over the top action scenes and sumptuous visuals – truly breathtaking on the big screen, but the effect is diminished somewhat on home viewing. Although I do like this film (the design and production is fantastic) the story holds up less well on repeat viewing- and the dramatic scenes seem to be put there to bolster the action sequences instead of the other way around as it should be.
Still, you can’t complain when the girls kick so much ass – even if it is all just make believe. Oh and not so much slow-mo next time, Zach!

What is it with Nicholas Cage’s bad hair in movies? Drive Angry is another such example – a film despite a nod to its grindhouse influences fails to fully satisfy. It does have two things going for it however, the insane hotness of Amber Heard and the ever-watchable William Fichtner clearly having more fun than anyone else in this movie.

Other quick stuff – Jason Statham returns in another generic contract killer flick The Mechanic, Colin Firth does a sweary Hugh Grant impression in The King’s Speech, Seth Rogen is a dick that you actually find funny simply for being a dick in The Green Hornet, the enticing combo of Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg unfortunately fall short of the mark in the disappointing Burke and Hare; and finally, Disney’s Tangled impresses in its entirety, with great CG animation whilst retaining its old school Disney charm.

That's it for this roundup – some films I have left out due to me wanting to write separate articles on them. Watch this space!

11 Aug 2011

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