A paragraph or two on the films I saw between Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange. There are some crackers in here, I promise.
The Bournes – many many years ago I watched the first of the Bourne films and despite my brother (a huge fan of the books) telling me I would really like it, it left me entirely cold. Move forward to 2016 and consecutive evenings spent watching Supremacy and Ultimatum, and though I’m still not entirely bowled over, my increasing appreciation of Matt Damon made me like these a bit better, probably also down to the involvement of Paul Greengrass as director. Not sure I’ll ever watch them again, or spend any time on the most recent one (or the Jeremy Renner filler either).
April and the Extraordinary World – French steam punk animation, chosen by the Book God who has read the graphic novel. The voice of Marion Cotillard. Strong steampunk influence. Paris as you’ve never seen it before. Sentient gun-toting lizards. Great fun. And on the same evening we saw….
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – Japanese time-travel shenanigans. Beautifully done and much more poignant than I expected it to be. Eddies in the space-time continuum.
Kubo and the Two Strings – the first of the films seen this autumn that made it straight onto my To Buy list. Beautiful to look at, wonderful story, scary bits, Charlize Theron as a monkey and Matthew McConaughey as a giant beetle thing. Astonishingly good.
Blackhat – of course Chris Hemsworth is one of the world’s greatest hackers, and of course he’s going to be pulled out of prison on a deal so that he can help the good guys track down a major cyber criminal enterprise, and of course it’s all going to go wrong, so revenge must be obtained. A great cast and significantly more fun than it had any right to be.
Argo – Affleck’s big Oscar wining movie about events surrounding the American hostages in Iranian 1980. Based on actual events, it shows how appalling the situation was and how risky the venture to get this small group of people out of the country was. Affleck is excellent, Bryan Cranston is brilliant as always, there are astonishingly awful haircuts and outfits, and my personal favourite, Victor Garber as the Canadian Ambassador. Excellent movie.
Victor Frankenstein – I made an attempt to see this in the cinema but missed it, and wondered at the time if I had had a lucky escape. Watched on a Sunday afternoon when I was feeling a bit rubbish, this was absolute tosh but hugely enjoyable for all that. With Harry Potter as Igor and Professor X as Frankenstein it was an absolute hoot. Scenery well and truly chewed.
The Girl With All The Gifts – I totally adored the novel this was based on (you can read my review here if you are so inclined) this was the first outing for our little Film Club. I can’t say enough good things about this film – visceral and tense and beautifully acted by an excellent cast, scary and hopeful in equal measure. A very different take on the zombie movie. Can’t recommend it enough.
Black Mass – based on a true story of a notorious gangster, brother of a state senator and informant to the FBI, but only so he could get rid of the Mafia who were muscling in on his turf. Deeply morally ambiguous, astonishing levels of corruption, everyone finally getting their just deserts. nice to see a film in which Mr Depp is not hiding behind a bad wig and a silly voice. Oh, wait….
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – I really liked this. The Cruiser returns as Mr Reacher, still of course bearing absolutely no physical resemblance to the character as written but managing to bring his considerable star power to another good thriller. Mr C looks and acts his age, the female characters are strong and empowered, and when people get bashed around it actually has an impact. Major government conspiracy, the good guys are on the run and living on their wits, and all’s well that ends well. Thoroughly enjoyable.