I’ve been going to the cinema a lot more than usual recently, and in spite of that I still seem to be missing things that I had planned on seeing. In this post I’m going to summarise three films that I did manage to see though.
The first is Pacific Rim. It was pretty much what I expected. Much like any of the sequels to Fast and the Furious this was real “check you brain in at the door” stuff. Giant monsters come out of a giant crack in the sea bed and start terrorising all of humanity. Humans band together against the common enemy to create giant robots that are so complex they need two pilots to be controlled. In order to be effective these pilots share a mental connection to one another.
The highlight for me was when a robot smacked a monster in the face using a battleship as an improvised baseball bat.
I also took my better half to see Monsters University – the long awaited sequel to Monsters Inc which tells the story of how the main characters of Monsters Inc met. I’m a big fan of all Pixar films, and Monsters Inc is no exception. Monster’s University suffers slightly from not living up to my expectations for something that I’ve probably unfairly placed on a bit of a pedestal. It was a great film none the less.
More recently I enjoyed the new Wolverine film. It was much, much better than the Wolverine Origins offering from 2009. It was a little predictable, but good fun all the same. Lots of action backed up with just enough story to justify it. I didn’t really like the Venom character, who seemed incredibly underdeveloped but that aside it’s worth the price of entry.
Finally, I took the opportunity to see Kick Ass 2. It seemed to have a lot more story than I remember the first film having. Perhaps that’s because the key characters are more familiar we’re continually developing as a results of the events in the first film. Jim Carey wasn’t quite as irritating and Jim Carey sometimes can be, but he also seemed a little superfluous. Perhaps he wasn’t very annoying because he wasn’t really in it for very long.
Kick ass is still exactly what you would expect however. Lots of fighting and over the top comic book violence which isn’t for everyone. I still found I enjoyed the film as a whole and it may even be an improvement on the first. There were some pretty funny moments too, mostly provided by the films inept wannabe super villain.
So that’s my round up of recent films. Next stop – Elysium.