Film Roundup – June 2012

Euro 2012 dominated June which means a mere 9 films were watched and only 2 at the cinema! Eek. I did, however, watch every single football match during the tournament so that was nice. Roll on the World Cup! I’m not much of a league fan, although keep an eye on the Premier League, but I love internationals. Anyway, here’s the roundup.

1st: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – I saw this at the cinema and really enjoyed it, despite the really nasty scenes that I think everyone knows well now. I tried reading the book but hated how desperately it needed a good editor to rip it to shreds, so I think I’ll be sticking with the movie. I’m hopeful that the trilogy will be completed with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig as it’s a great thriller.

3rd: Moneyball – I liked this but I didn’t love it. Some great performances from Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (who is forever underrated) but the script didn’t excite me. I guess I expected too much as it was Aaron Sorkin and I’m an utter The West Wing and The Social Network fangirl. Loved Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip too. Moneyball felt a little too run of the mill in comparison.

5th: Prometheus – I could write thousands of words on Prometheus. I’m not going to though. I liked it. It was very flawed and about 2/3 of the way through, I think someone in the production team demanded more action so they threw way too much action in, but I enjoyed the majority of it. I loved how slow paced it was, how foreboding everything felt and how it felt like a ‘proper’ Sci-Fi film rather than an action film in Space. There are a ton of plotholes and a sprinkling of cringeworthy lines but I’d argue that both Alien and Aliens suffers badly from the same problems but are forgiven for their indiscretions. Any film that still makes me want to discuss it passionately a month after seeing it, is doing well in my books. Oh and Michael Fassbender is fanastic, as always.

7th: Chronicle – Chronicle is a clever little film. It feels low budget, both in terms of special effects and scripting, but the characterisation is great. We’ve all seen films with people who gain special powers and immediately use them for good, but kids who just mess around? Nope. Chronicle offers a decent example of how a messed up and misunderstood teen would use such powers, which makes it a little sad too.

18th: Couples Retreat – It cost £2 in Morrisons. I’ve seen it before. It’s nothing amazing but £2! Forgettable but fun fluff.

20th: The Muppets – It’s surely impossible to NOT smile like a lunatic throughout this film. The Muppets is just so wonderfully sweet and innocent. There’s no real cynicism, it’s just happy. Even better, when I bought the Blu-ray, I bought a cuddly Kermit too. Yay! Such a great feel good movie.

26th: Aliens – Years ago, I remember liking Aliens. I don’t now. Sorry and all that. I know that’s sacrilege in many circles. The script is awful, the acting wooden and even the strong female role of Ripley doesn’t feel anywhere near as strong as it used to be. It’s aged a lot worse than Alien and has reminded me that I’m really not a fan of James Cameron at all (Terminator 1 and 2 are the exceptions).

27th: The Five Year Engagement – Mindless rom com again. It’s about 20 minutes too long and is slightly more serious than a regular rom com, but it passes a couple of hours easily enough.

29th: Wanderlust – Wanderlust offers a very similar experience to The Five Year Engagement. I only watched it last week but I’m still struggling to think of something to say. That probably says it all!