Monday, 17 August 2015

Review round up on Fantastic Four, Trainwreck and Man From U.N.C.L.E

Here are my brief thoughts on some films that I’ve seen recently but haven’t got around to reviewing. 

Fantastic Four 

There’s been a lot of negative press surrounding the release of Fantastic Four ranging from stories of backstage drama and an overwhelming amount of bad reviews. I was surprised then when I found that I quite liked the film. I felt that it was paced really well. The film comes in jus under 100 minutes so it never overstays its welcome. I felt it moved along well taking its time it never went too slowly or too quickly. I found the tone suited me, whilst director Josh Trank may have been going for a more serious tone I don't think it got there and the film did have a touch of silliness to it which worked for me. I also thought the cast were all very good and the characters were likeable and I understood their motivations for their actions in the film.


I’m a big fan of Amy Schumer’s comedy work in general. I think her sketches strike a perfect line between being funny and having something meaningful to say and from the bits I’ve seen of her stand up I think she has a real talent for the craft of stand up. When it comes to Judd Apatow I’m a bit more undecided. Whilst I do really like Knocked Up and think that Apatow himself is a good comedy voice I think the films he has directed and produced tend to lack any cinematic skill I think they rely too heavily on improv and tend to outstay their welcome. However I thought Trainwreck was totally terrific. It’s one of the funniest films I’ve seen from Apatow I think it started funnier than it ended so maybe the jokes could have been more spread out but I found that towards the end whilst I wasn’t laughing as much the film was becoming more of a drama and it was an especially good one because I found the characters were all very engaging so I cared what happened to them. This was not only down to the good performances all round but the fact Schumer’s script was really strong. I think that together Apatow and Schumer really found something so I hope they work together again.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E 

As summers go I think 2015 has been one of the more lacklustre ones when it comes to action cinema. I loved Mad Mx but that came all the way back in may and Avengers and fast 7 were out even earlier. Since then we’ve had Jurassic World :-( . Ant Man (which I thought was really good but hasn't stayed with me the way Guardians of the Galaxy did last year). I was hoping Man From U.N.C.L.E would step up and really do something great, did it? Well sort of. The film is a spectacular ride. It propels itself along for a good 110 minutes with a cocktail blend of style, action and humour with results in a big cheesy grin and it was a totally successful piece of summer entertainment the only thing was the film leaves you a little cold because it doesn't quite have the emotion behind it that would really make it work on all levels.

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