I’m back with a film post.
Today I shall be talking about four films I’ve seen lately, within the last month or so.
Ant-Man is Marvel’s latest release. Ant-Man follows Scott Lang who is a burglar and he is hired by Dr Hank Pym to pull off a massive heist against one of Pym’s old students by wearing Pym’s supersuit that he designed to shrink on a large scale. That’s kind of all I can give away really before getting hella spoilery. Prior to going into the cinema, I had heard such a spectrum of mixed reviews. I fell somewhere in the middle. I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t think it was a necessary film but I felt like I had to watch it after seeing Paul Rudd who plays Scott on the set of the next Marvel film Captain America: Civil War. The humour within the conversations felt too forced at times. You know how films do that thing when there’s a really emotional scene and then right after there’s a HILARIOUS line? Ant-Man tried to do that and it didn’t always work for me. The humour was really in the visual effects. There’s one scene that involves a Thomas the Tank Engine. Yep.
If you follow all the Marvel films then do watch it. Otherwise I’d say catch it on Netflix or Sky or something.
I ADORED THIS FILM. This is a film written, produced, directed and starring Zach Braff. This is a really beautiful film about family coming together in times of need. There’s Adam the main character trying to patch up his relationship with his brother while their father is ill and while he is a struggling actor. There’s a couple of really great scenes between Zach Braff and Jim Parsons that take place in waiting rooms at auditions that I loved as they showed actors supporting each other. I also love that this film was crowdfunded through Kickstarter – I have no idea why studios didn’t eat this up right away. The entire cast are absolutely terrific on their own and together – from Braff to Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Joey King, Ashley Greene – I could go on and on. I hadn’t seen Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State but I did see the play All New People that he wrote and starred in when that came to London a few years ago and really enjoyed that. Now I just need to watch Garden State.
3. Palo Alto
Palo Alto is a film based on one of the short stories in James Franco’s collection ‘Palo Alto’. This film is a pretty good coming of age story involving the usual – drugs, sex, pressure to do well in school. The stand out for me was Nat Wolff as Fred. Fred is such a horrible character – he’s incredibly offensive but Nat Wolff portrays him so well I felt genuine anger for Fred whenever he spoke. Emma Roberts and Jack Kilmer are really good on their own and together as well. James Franco is also in this film playing Mr B,the soccer coach of April, Emma’s character. Going into this I thought the affair between April and Mr B was the main focus of the film and it wasn’t. But their chemistry in their scenes together really made up for it. There’s also a couple of twists in the film that I didn’t see coming but I guess could be seen as predictable. It’s available on UK Netflix if you’re interested!
I was very lucky enough to see this film at the UK premiere thanks to Jen and Claire! This film is a really wonderful ode to electronic music and the dance scene. It’s a strong debut by Max Joseph. Is it gonna win Oscars? No. But it’s a feel good summer film, I wish it was released in the beginning of June instead of August 27th. It’s a good film to reminisce about the summer with. The storyline gets kind of predictable at some stages where I had to roll my eyes at. Overall it is a good film and when I left the cinema I just wanted to jam out.
I did a vlog at the premiere if you’re interested!
Thanks for reading!