“Tra La Laaaaaa!” A simple noise that once you watch ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ you won’t stop chanting when the opportunity arises. Sadly, whenever I chant it, I’m met with bewildered looks and awkward silences. That’s because, in a world where seemingly everyone saw ventures as average as ‘Minions’ and ‘The Boss Baby’, no one managed to catch not only the best animation of last year, but one of the funniest films full stop.
This is going to be a completely honest review from the heart of a die hard nerd. I, like many others, have waited 10 years for this moment and now the time has come, I’ve already seen it twice in 24 hours. It’s arguably the biggest film of the century, and if I had to sum up my reaction to it after my first viewing, I would’ve said nothing because the film left me speechless. Now with all comic book films, I always go back and give it a second viewing to see how I really feel about it, without the hype and excitement clouding my judgement (I liked ‘Suicide Squad’ when I first saw it, now I hate it). So here is my review, but don’t worry, there are NO SPOILERS below, not even a hint at plot points or lines. Trust me, as an comic book fan and self proclaimed nerd, I wouldn’t dream of giving even a second of this film away.
In a few hours, I’m off to a midnight screening of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. I am beyond excited, probably more than I have been for any film ever. To be honest, it’s probably up there as the one of the things I’ve been most excited for ever. Now, while some will say “It’s just a film”, I am here telling you it’s not, at least not in my case.
Looking back on the MCU, Captain America hasn’t gathered as much love as many of the other, more charismatic, characters. It’s understandable, like Superman, he’s a character committed to always doing the right thing and while never unlikable, people respond much better to say Tony Stark’s wit or Star Lord’s sarcasm. Because of this, a lot of people have taken his films for granted as just part of the MCU (Except for ‘…Civil War’). Now, while his third outing is undoubtedly one of the best MCU offerings, there’s something I’d like to argue; his first is the strongest pre-Avengers films and ‘… Winter Soldier’ is actually the best of the three. Overall, his entire trilogy is magnificent but also insanely underappreciated.
Opening to wildly negative reviews, I didn’t hold out much hope for this one. However, the strangest thing happened half way through ‘Truth or Dare’, I realised I was loving it. Yes, the film is wildly stupid. Yes, there are some unintentionally hilarious moments. And yes, the film is just plain dumb at times, but I was able to look past all of its flaws for how enjoyable the entire affair was.
Last year, my twitter went into meltdown when a film called ‘Get Out’ was released. Everyone was saying how badly I NEEDED to see this film. Fast forward to 2018, ‘A Quiet Place’ was emulating the same buzz. Touted as one of the tensest films of recent memory, as well as making more people annoyed about popcorn munching, this was probably the most excited I’ve been for film that’s not a “nerd” one since ‘Three Billboards…’. Thankfully, the film mostly lives up to the insanely high expectations it’s received, and is easily one of the best cinematic experiences you’ll see all year on the big screen.
Film: Midnight Sun
Rounding off a pretty poor week of films for myself (following ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ and ‘Death Wish’) is Walt Disney’s latest. This film is proof that even a juggernaut company are capable of releasing a real dud. Actually, “dud” is putting it kindly. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a complete and utter mess.
Corey Finley’s directorial and screenwriting debut is absolutely mesmerising. We follow two upper class school friends, Amanda (Olivia Cooke) and Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy), who have fallen out of contact. As they begin to bond again, it becomes clear that Lily’s step father is a complete asshole. So, thanks to Amanda suggesting the idea, the two plot to kill him. The plot is a recipe for one of the best black comedies of recent years, and the two leads each give their best performances of their careers.
Right off the bat, I’ll state I’ve never seen the original ‘Death Wish’ so I had nothing to compare this too. My opinion is based solely on this film and this film alone. Eli Roth isn’t a director who’s work appeals to me. My favourite film of his is ‘Knock, Knock’ and even that is pretty mediocre. ‘Death Wish’ is a poor film, but what’s worse is it actually started pretty well and just deteriorated as it went on.