It’s been a good couple of months for movie nights, and while it’s hard to find films that will please the entire family, this latest batch generally had us all in agreement. Some films were a disappointment, others met expectations, and a few caught us off guard with how good they were. Here are the films I’ve been watching.
Spiderman: Far From Home
Let’s be real, Spiderman had a tough task of following the highest-grossing film in history. Endgame left fans reeling, and Spiderman had to find a balance between exploring the aftermath of the film while also standing apart as its own entity. Was it a success? Yes, I think it was. Tom Holland has always captured that youthful and mischievous enthusiasm of Spiderman, and here we see Peter Parker facing the realities of what it truly means to be a superhero. No more can he just be the friendly neighbourhood hero, and you feel the burden of this responsibility weighing on his shoulders. Jake Gyllenhaal was a welcome addition to the cast and his chemistry with Tom Holland allowed us to invest in the dynamic between them, making the culminating moments exciting and unpredictable. The post-credit scenes will have major consequences for Spiderman as his safety net is shattered.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
The culmination of 10 years and 22 films, Endgame was like a love letter to its fans whilst serving as a swan song for our original Avengers. The past 10 years have seen our heroes face monumental threats. They’ve faced alien armies, corrupt organizations, and even each other, but in the end, they’ve always overcome the odds which made Thanos’s Snap a monumental blow to our heroes and the universe. The moral is at an all-time low, with the gravity of this loss and the guilt that follows manifests in a variety of ways in our heroes. It isn’t until Scott Lang turns up at the Avengers HQ with an opportunity to undo the massacre that ignites that fire in our heroes again.
It is hard to keep track of all the incredible films released every year. From the superhero showdowns to the feel-good films and the impactful understated gems, there is something for everyone. Earlier in the year, I spotlighted my most anticipated films of the year so the films featured in that post will not be featured here. This is but a small selection of films set to be released this summer and can definitely see having a heavy influence at the box office.
Have you ever considered what the world would be like if we suddenly woke up one day and forgot that the Beatles ever existed? Yesterday will provide the answer to that question in what is shaping up to be one the highlights of the summers movie line up. With the world forgetting the songs of one of the most renowned bands in the world, it will be up to Jack, a struggling singer-songwriter to bring back the songs that are embedded in history. The question is, how far is he willing to go to achieve his dream, and what does he risk loosing along the way. Continue reading
I seem to have hit a slump with my to-watch list. There are so many TV shows and films to watch, but knowing what you’re in the mood to watch is the biggest challenge. This summary demonstrates just how random my selection of TV and films have been lately.
A Knight’s Tale
There’s no denying how charming this film is. This medieval-adventure comedy is your stereotypical peasant rising to nobility coupled with a killer anachronistic soundtrack and Paul Bettany’s brilliant over the top portrayal of Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and has fun with the dynamic between Ledger’s William Thatcher and his companions when trying to keep up his facade amongst the nobility. Will it blow you away? No, but it’s a fun film that will make you laugh at the absurdity of the entire situation. Continue reading
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has established itself as a force in cinema. With 10 years of film in this world, it’s hard to ignore the impact they’ve had. With the anticipation for Avengers: Endgame, I thought now would be the perfect time to spotlight my top 5 films from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy