March was a fairly mixed bag, from the behemoth of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to the highly spoken of but short lived High Rise, the long awaited semi-sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane, and the fairly disappointing Coen offering Hail, Caesar!. This month gives us another epic release in the form of Captain America: Civil War, as well as a mix of remakes, comedies, sequels and sci-fi, but it begins with an unlikely character.
Eddie the Eagle – 01/04
The story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is more likely to be familiar with British people over the age of 30, but it’s an inspiring and great story to tell, one man who, determined to get into the Olympics, decides to become a ski jumper and refuses to let any obstacles slow him down. Starring Kingsman’s Taron Egorton and Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman, a fun and uplifting film.
Victoria – 01/04
Admittedly, this one will be particularly difficult to find a cinema actually showing it but I’m gonna include it anyway; a young Spanish girls finds herself in a Berlin club and meets a local guy then joins him on his night out, where she’ll get a lot more than she bargained for. The poster for this film tells you straight away its appeal, the whole entire picture of over two hours running time was done in one continuous shot, one take and while I have issues with putting that on the poster because it’s not the film, it’s how the film was made which isn’t appropriate unless it’s a documentary, it’s a fascinating prospect. Whether the story itself is good, is questionable and the possibility that it’s just a stunt and not genuinely trying to make something great is also debatable but it should make for a unique watching experience.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War – 04/04
Not exactly a long awaited sequel but then it’s more of a prequel/sequel, taking a good look at returning Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt), as well as a closer look at original Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain). There’s no Snow White this time but the film doesn’t look to be any worse off because of it, the additions to the cast are hugely welcome and would appear to boost the film’s appeal in a big way, Blunt and Chastain are two women who have definitely proved they can kick some arse and we should get to see plenty of that in this film.
Midnight Special – 08/04
The story of a father (Michael Shannon) who takes his son (Jaeden Lieberher) on the run after discovering that he has special abilities, a hybrid of drama and sci-fi with a stellar cast. Also starring: Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Sam Shepherd, written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter), who has begun his career as a director strongly and this may make for another huge step forward. Many films like this may either choose to fall on the side of sci-fi or drama but this one appears to be making a good combination of the two, whether that holds up upon viewing, is yet to be known.
The Man Who Knew Infinity – 08/04
Given that this one’s release is fairly soon into the month, there’s been fairly little chatter and advertising but it follows in the pattern of serious drama biopics, this time the subject is a mathematician growing up poor in India during the first World War who is accepted to Cambridge University and becomes a pioneer in Mathematics. Lead by Dev Patel who’s career has been on a fairly steady rise since breaking out with Slumdog Millionaire but has yet to really make his mark, unless you count Best Exotic Marigold hotel (not really), supported by Jeremy Irons, Toby Stevens and Stephen Fry (because who else would you go to for a posh older gentleman?). This could be formulaic and cheesy but it’s at least worth a shot.
The Jungle Book – 15/04
One of two remakes of the Disney classic to be released in the near future, this version headed by Jon Favreau and chock full of famous voices to embody the characters we all know so well: Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Bill Murray as Baloo and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera. The appeal to take classic animation and turn it into a live-action film using a huge amount of CGI is something that studios can’t seem to resist these days, whether it will add to the original and respect the love that so many people have for it, at the current moment it looks hopeful but we’ll have to wait until it’s released to really know.
Captain America: Civil War – 29/04
What really needs to be said here? Who has actually managed to escape the furore that came with the final trailer release for this film and a sneak peek at a certain someone who blanketed the internet for a couple of days? The old gang are back with some new friends and they’re not all getting along so well any-more, pitting Avenger against Avenger should make for an interesting film, especially with the last Captain America outing being at a completely new level to most Marvel films, big expectations for this one.
Son of Saul – 29/04
Winner of this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, a Hungarian story set in World War II about a Jewish worker held in Auschwitz concentration camp who tries to find a Rabbi to give a child a proper burial. It’s some heavy material but one that is certain to have a huge impact on its audience.
Also out: Boulevard (08/04), Couple in a Hole (08/04), Hardcore Henry (08/04), Criminal (15/04), Despite the Falling Snow (15/04), Eye in the Sky (15/04) Reviewed here: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/review-eye-in-the-sky/, The Best Man Wedding (15/04), The Sweeney: Paris (15/04), Bastille Day (22/04) Reviewed here: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/review-bastille-day/ ,Desert Dancer (22/04), Friend Request (22/04) Jane Got a Gun (22/04), Louder than Bombs (22/04) Reviewed here: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/review-louder-than-bombs/, Miles Ahead (22/04), Demolition (29/04), God’s Not Dead 2 (29/04), Ratchet and Clank (29/04)