There have been some great films to come out this June and some that have been less so, but the most disappointing thing for the local Cinema this month is that they have introduced allocated seating. My first experience of this meant that just because a group of my friends bought their tickets five minutes after ours, they were placed three rows behind. The main issue that caused this new systemisation was that they were selling more tickets than seats. Fortunately as Customers are not happy with this change, it will hopefully mean that they will come up with a more successful system before the Summer Blockbusters come out.
22 Jump Street – We were pleasantly surprised about the quality of this sequel; we would even go as far as to say it is better than the first. The best part of the film is that it embraces the idea that sequels are often worse and more expensive than their prequels. They referred to the sequel itself as the: ‘second mission being way too expensive.’ Ice Cube upped his comedic game this time around. The creators gave the audiences what they wanted, the bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill was back but to the audience’s joy this time they were having a domestic. Overall this was one of the best films this month.
Oculus – This film must have been one of the biggest disappointments this month, because it was not scary. The worst part is that the film had potential to be much more, with the brilliant editing of the parallel narrative; however the character portrayal lacked any substance. The leading actress Karen Gillian, well known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, brought to the film, her serial fans but it was a disappointing role. There were no characteristics for the Audiences to relate to and therefore when things turned ominous the thought of the protagonist facing impending doom was not disappointing. The best things about the film were the gory bits which were heavily focused on. Fans of the American serial, One Tree Hill were disappointed that James Lafferty’s role was so small despite being suited and booted to perfection and because of his absence in majority of the film the audience did not relate to the loss of the main character’s partner. There was no chemistry between them, they got relatively well known, attractive actors and hoped that it would work.
Maleficent – This film sees Angelina Jolie back to her former glory. Following her success from this film and as a good will ambassador, she was honoured the title of Dame on the Queen’s Birthday. Her daughter was the only child Actress that wasn’t scared of Maleficent in her full wardrobe and make up and therefore was the only one fit for the role of young Aurora. The CGI was superbly executed so that the film was aesthetically beautiful and felt like you were literally in a fairy tale with the help of 3D or IMAX. The main appeal of the film is the Feminist undertones, it was a great adaptation, focusing on a Woman scorned, providing the duality of a Villain and heroine in one. Elle Fanning’s character embodied all of Aurora’s finer qualities like the innocence and reservation. Young Maleficent was an amazing child actress, definitely one to look out for in the future, the casting director chose the perfect character she looked more like Angelina Jolie than Angelina Jolie’s own child.
Fault In Our Stars – For those who already knew the ending to the film, it was less heart wrenching but for those who do not, they can expect to cry many tears. For some die hard John Green fans, they may find that it does not do justice for his writing. Augustus’ ‘metaphor’ was over used to the point that he got annoying, there was a lot more substance to this character that was overlooked. Ansel Elgort was the ultimate romance fantasy and Shailene as Hazel Grace was the Girl Next Door and the chemistry between the two romantic leads was undeniable. The film was hyped up so much but a lot of the best parts were shown in the trailer which was disappointing. This is one of those films that could not live up to the book.
1 million ways to die in the West – As the best parts of the comedy were shown in the trailer, there was no surprise and it lacked any consistent narrative. Seth McFarlane directed and acted in his first live action film, unfortunately the humour felt forced, which proved that he could not direct himself. He over compensated, creating an absence of feeling for the main actor, who appeared arrogant. The audience found it difficult to differentiate from him and his Character. Theron was great, as always, she was the only appeal to the film, especially for the Male audience, however Sarah Silverman was hilarious as the comedic harlot.
Edge Of Tomorrow – Surprisingly the time lapsing within the film did not get annoying; this was thanks to the classic editing. Tom Cruise was at his finest with his Block Buster acting but there was more quality within this material than his past roles. Teamed with Emily Blunt, the duo was a force to be reckoned and their romance not being centralised, made the film more appealing to a wider audience. As Tom Cruise is usually typecast as a Mission Impossible type action hero it was a nice surprised to see him play a character forced into a situation he was completely unprepared for, making it the most relatable character that he has ever played.
Godzilla – Many people said that a remake was unnecessary and unfortunately they were right to say so. The film was a gigantic Godzilla-sized let down. The most shocking thing was that the Mutant Reptile was absent for most of the film. Despite the technology we have accessible now the CGI was terrible. It was such a farfetched twist that Godzilla was in allegiance with the Americans against the Aliens. Bryan Cranston was chosen for his role in order to use his fame from Breaking Bad to get the audience in, it worked but audiences were left generally disappointed.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Finally they brought back Patrick Stewart who undoubtedly makes the franchise. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart’s bromance in real life translated to on screen. Ellen Page as Kitty was extremely disappointing, she was given a lot of screen time but provided no real emotion to the character. Elizabeth Olsen (The Olsen twins’ Sister who also stars in Godzilla) was made up to look Asian despite being American. This highlighted just how amazing the wardrobe and make up department worked on this franchise in general. This is the XMen sequel we have all been waiting for.
Chloe Naylor and Melissa McGinniss