Last year I sat down and watched every single Nightmare on Elm Street film before splurging my thoughts about them onto the internet. It was an endeavour that went from the dizzying heights of the first film to the genuine surprise of Dream Masters and New Nightmare to the absolute horror of Freddy’s Dead. It was also great fun. So, this year I decided to do the same and delve into another slasher franchise, Halloween. Now, obviously this would have made a lot more sense around a week ago, but there are ten fucking films, so give me a break. (I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but when discussing an entire franchise there will be the occasional titbit dropped.)
‘So there’s some food, right?’
‘And it’s like Toy Story, so they are alive, but humans aren’t aware of it.’
‘Except, and this is the really funny bit, they swear and talk about fucking a lot.’
Smoke fills the air, and they giggle.
It seems appropriate that as Ricky Gervais morphs into his most famous creation in real life, he should revisit him on the big screen. Thirteen years after The Office David Brent is back and he is as gloriously cringy as ever.
I don’t feel like there is much to spoil about Suicide Squad, but I make no attempt to keep away from them here.
Oh DC, you are trying so hard and yet you are failing so bad. After the complete shitshow that was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice they’re hitting back with Suicide Squad. A film whose marketing campaign is selling it as a wacky take on the superhero genre where the bad guys are the good guys. Does it work? Well, no.
One of the disadvantages of going to see a film a little bit after it comes it out is that you’ve already heard everyone else’s opinion. You go in with at least a small amount of your brain made up. If everyone you trust says it’s shit, you expect it to be shit. If everyone says it’s great, well you get the picture. This can go one of two ways. You either end up cementing that opinion or being pleasantly/horribly surprised. Heads up, this review will contain all the spoilers.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Few titles sell themselves better than that one. For all of Marvel’s success on the big screen, not one of their heroes has the name value of the big two. Being given the chance to direct that film is basically an open goal and yet it is an open goal that Zack Snyder has missed dramatically.
Youth is one of those films which makes me glad that I don’t assign star ratings to my reviews. On one hand I think Paolo Sorrentino’s film is a pretentious and pervy look at old age. On the other, it’s a touching tale of old friends and their relationship. So how do you get that across in stars?
The story of Frankenstein has been told many times before. From Boris Karloff, whose work still stand up today, to last year’s I Frankenstein, which didn’t even stand up then. To do something different with the story is hard, but that is what Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein is attempting to do.
The Lady in the Van is an unusual film. On one hand, it’s a warm, funny and very British film that will make you laugh and leave you with a smile on your face. On the other, it’s a slightly darker affair. Stuffed with self-reflection and an annoying central character. Sadly, director Nicholas Hytner struggles to have the two co-exist.