March was a great month for the Month in Stubs feature. Exploring the cinematic spectrum from quirky stop motion puppetry existentialism to “the greatest gladiator match in the history of the world” I feel like I’ve seen it all. But I know from my 2016 anticipation list that things are only going to get better.
I never found the time to sit down and write a proper review for Zoolander 2. In part because I really had nothing profound to add to the stagnant pool of puns and old jokes from both the film and resulting reviews. But here we are at the end of the month with time to reflect.
What Zoolander 2 carries over from it’s cult-land predecessor is the ridiculous comedic ambition. The downside is that this ambition falls seriously south of the mark. There are funny moments, the personification of the fashion police is probably it’s best moment. But the majority of the film feels sweats in it’s red leather pants as the modernity ‘down with the kids’ jokes feel awkward and shoed in as an excuse for a sequel. An Average * *
Here’s a film I wish I had reviewed within half an hour of leaving the cinema. The premise is suited to the Coen style: a microcosm of the absurd human condition contained within a single movie studio in the 1950s.
Jumping from set to set Hail, Caesar! suffers from the lack of clear central figures with a planned plot progression. The trailers were misleading for many people with the majority of ooh’s and aah’s directed towards George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson but the latter is barely in the picture. What it boils down to is Eddie Mannix’s (Josh Brolin) deliberation over a tempting job offer.
The trivial sub-plots add a certain satirisation that both mocks and celebrates the absurdity of Hollywood, the characters and gossip ‘n all. The comic timing is probably the best I’ve seen from the Coen’s since O Brother, Where Art Thou? but it’s not the comedy that you take away with you. It’s the lasting impression of the charmingly naive Alden Ehrenreich as Hogie Doyle. An underrated, Brilliant * * *
The first of my 20 most anticipated films of year was well worth the wait. Having done the rounds on last year’s festival circuit I’d heard nothing but intrigued praise for Charlie Kaufman’s latest existential offering.
Opting for a unique appropriation of stop motion puppetry Kaufman delves deep into the modern day concerns of disillusionment in a saturated world of commercialism and normalness. This profound exploration is layered with human emotion and disturbing hypocrisy that most viewers can relate to on some level which adds to its enjoyment factor. It’s at the opposite end of the spectrum to your traditional rom-com but in a way it’s probably the most romantic comedy I’ve ever seen. A startling * * * * Must-see
A film that I did manage to write a full review for this month. 10 Cloverfield Lane is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, which is a rarity in a world of sequels and super-franchises. A * * * * Must-see. Here’s an excerpt of my review:
The combination of resourcefulness and unpredicatbility brew a sublimely tense thriller that questions genre labels and throws a fresh light on a done to dead premise that secures a place amongst the elite of climactic endings. Click here for my thoughts in full.
The last film of the month, the first major superhero blockbuster of the year – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I went to see this at 00:05am on release day, in IMAX 3D not because I thought it was going to be the movie event of the year, but because I wanted to be entertained by darkly polished Snyder on film. Was I disappointed that the plot didn’t support the style, perhaps a little but I wasn never going to let it detract from Wonder Woman’s closing act awesomeness.
“But despite its shortcomings, as an all action superhero gladiator match that thunders along to the glorious final act Batman v Superman is a Must-see.” * * * Check out the full review here.
That’s all for the MARCH edition of Month in Stubs. Check back throughout April to see what’s going to make the board in 30 days time.
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