Hey there, Fanboys, regular writer Richard here, delivering up mucho apologies for my lack of content over the last month or so. My time has been taken up with quitting my job, buying my local comic store and moving abode; three of life’s most stressful situations all rolled into one delightful month.
The upside to running a comicbook shop is that I should have access to much more comic material to write and comment on, but until then, just to get back into the swing of things, I’m gonna briefly run you through my thoughts on some of the films I’ve caught since my review of the rather terrible Fantastic 4, starting with…
Inside Out: I had no hopes at all with the latest offering from Pixar, being that it had a truly uninspiring trailer, but what unfolded was a beautifully original and awe-inspiring animated feature that is my favourite since How to Train Your Dragon 2. Full of heart and more poignancy than any one film has any right to, Inside out will blossom as an increasingly layered piece in the minds of the young children who saw it, the older they get, and is a guaranteed entry into my list of best films of the year.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: The latest instalment of Tom Cruise’s favourite franchise is helmed and co-written by his current favourite collaborator, Chris McQuarrie. Owing to the fact the story revolves around how much damage the IMF cause, this Mission Impossible is a much quieter, espionage centred affair with more smarts but less boom for your buck. The great physical action combined with a streamlined story is hindered somewhat by a lame-duck villain, but on the whole it’s pretty satisfying.
Man From U.N.C.L.E: Guy Ritchie’s update of the 60’s T.V show is beautiful looking and full of beautiful people. As slick as any Ritchie film, the story is fun but unmemorable; though, it being an origin story through and through, the franchise is still wide open for an improved follow-up.
Absolutely Anything: Written and Directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this tale of alien driven wish fulfilment unites the Python cast as voice performers. The live action cast of Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, kicking the film off with some charm, quickly become the centre of embarrassment as the film losses track of its tone, humour and narrative, staining all involved with its budget glossed amateurishness. Not good enough by anyone’s standards but the calibre of talent onboard should really have known better.
American Ultra: Written by Chronicle’s Max Landis, and starring Jesse Eisenberg, American Ultra seems to want to replicate the slacker/action silliness of such films as Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, and though it sports a pretty original outlook and some cool action, it just isn’t that funny or gripping, and too many of the characters are unlikable. I can see why it didn’t do well and further I’m pretty sure it’s damned to be left behind and forgotten in the annals of film history.
Hitman – Agent 47: A second swing at the Hitman videogame franchise reboots the mythology to so-so results. Like the titular killer it’s badass but soulless. It seems to contain many references to the games, however, being that I’ve never played a Hitman game, many of these references went over my head and for the first time, during a mid-credit sequence, I was left as flummoxed as I imagine a none-comic reader is at the end of a Marvel film. Having said all that, for all I know, these references may be inaccurate and frustrating; as a film in and of itself though, it’s not so bad.
There we have it, all the films I’ve watched over the past month that are in some way Fanboy worthy, short but sweet. Articles should be coming at you with increased regularity, so keep watching this space.