I've been neglecting my reviews a bit recently, mostly because I'm lazy. I've seen quite a few films recently, some of which I don't want to tell you about in case it ruins them. So, here's a quick round-up of what I saw and what I thought of it.
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
I think that's the title. Basically, it's an Aardman film, which essentially guarantees that it'll be good. Now, let's be honest - it's no Chicken Run, but it's damn good. I saw it with mostly adults, all of whom seemed to enjoy it and find it very funny. Personally, I like the little touches, funny posters and the fact that one of the characters has a Blue Peter badge on his pirate hat. But there's plenty in it for younger viewers as well, the kids in the cinema seemed to find it funny as well. Of course, they thought Queen Victoria falling over was the highlight of the movie, but that's kids for you. It's worth seeing, but maybe not at the price they'll bring the DVD out to start with.
(The) Cabin in the Woods
Joss Whedon produces. Chris Hemsworth stars. A story I can't tell you anything about because it'll spoil it for you. Basically, I'd heard that it was a horror movie that wasn't a horror movie and was intrigued. This isn't entirely true, I think it's a clever horror film but still horror. What it's not is a member of the 'torture porn' genre that the Saw franchise has inflicted upon us. The movie was filmed in 2009, which is why Hemsworth has a smaller role than you might expect/want, but it's by Joss Whedon. Joss Whedon. Surely that makes it worth seeing?
Yup, this is a Jason Statham movie. No, you will not judge me for that. I happen to like Jason Statham, and if you're after a mindless action movie...well, there aren't any Liam Neeson movies out at the moment and this really isn't that bad. I quite enjoyed it. The dialogue isn't great, the premise is shaky and at one point I did get a little bit confused (because of a plot hole, not because I'm stupid). It's fun, it's entertaining and it's got Jason Statham in it. Possibly a good one to go to with the boyfriend - you'll score girlfriend points for seeing a boy film and it's actually not that bad. Win.
- The Avengers (which I saw tonight and refuse to call by its offical name because it's stupid)
- Dark Shadows
- Snow White and the Huntsman
- The Dictator
- Friends with Kids
- The Five Year Engagement
Or a subset of these, based on available funds. If you'd like a review for a particular one, please send me money so I can afford to see the film.