Friday, 29 June 2012

June Film Roundup: Buy, Pass or Rent?

Snow White & The Huntsman (2012)
The first thing you'll notice about Snow White & the Huntsman is just how visually stunning it is, the colours and scenery are beautiful. Impressively its the work of a first time film director Rupert Sanders who I'm excited to see more from, including of course the planned Snow White sequel. As for the casting I have to say Charlize Theron in particular gave a great performance. With the three main actors not being British there were accents all over the place but I didn't notice it too much. I didn't know before I saw the film but the dwarves were actually played by various well-known British actors including Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan and Ray Winstone which was a nice touch.
Both myself and my friend found the ending pretty unsatisfying but I'm sure its all a part of the plan to get people back to the cinema for the sequel.


Men In Black 3 (2012)
I went to see Men In Black 3 just a couple of hours after SW&TH and of course it was never going to live up to it in terms of style and direction. I was pleased to see that they did in fact have Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first two MIB films, return for this one. Having such a long period of time (10 years! That makes me feel old...) in between the second and third films it was always a possiblity that the style wouldn't match up so keeping the same director really helped the continuity to flow. I'd just like to say at this point that Will Smith looks exactly the same as he did 10 years ago too, how does he do that?! Josh Brolin did a great job of playing the young Tommy Lee Jones and there were a handful of funny moments throughout. All that was really missing was a catchy accompanying song from Will Smith himself. I was disappointed that he hadn't recorded a song for this installment, because let's be honest those appearing at the end of the old video tapes was just fun! Overall it was a really nice sequel to the previous films.


Like Crazy (2011)  Initially I was drawn to Like Crazy by the two lead actors Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as well as Jennifer Lawrence in support. That may seem strange but I'm a huge fan of Charlie Bartlett, which was the first film I saw Anton in, and I remember Felicity well from the 2007 TV series Cape Wrath which she starred in alongside Tom Hardy. I genuinely didn't expect to like it that much but what I actually got was another aesthetically lovely, well directed and well cast film. To me it did have some slight Blue Valentine vibes in content and style, particularly with the improvised dialogue, but it's nowhere near as hard to watch. I haven't heard anybody talk about Like Crazy and I can understand why it wouldn't do well commercially however it did do well at Sundance last year winning two awards. I don't have much else to say about it except that I would watch it again and if you like the look of the trailer I'd recommend it.


Rent: Contagion (2011), Catch Me If You Can (2002)  
Pass: Dear John (2010), Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Guess Who? (2005)
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