October has been a busy month with 16 films reviewed on MovieFilmReviews. It began with the remarkably pretentious Melancholia, followed up by the surprisingly enjoyable Footloose (yes, 4 stars, I think all the critics must have been watching a different film to me). Machine Gun Preacher was utterly unconvincing with its well intentioned message that couldn’t have felt felt much more sour and I fully expect it to flop at the box office. Real Steal could have been worse but ultimately a contrived story about robots hitting each other with a Hollywood flavour of sentimentality.
The Help was well intentioned but avoided being sickly thanks to an entertaining script and some admirable characters. Sure, it could have been more hard hitting but it makes its point while keeping you entertained which is a nice achievement. I finally got around to seeing X-Men First Class on the big screen and it’s probably the superhero film of the year, uncomparably better than Thor 3D and a better storyline than the decent Captain America 3D.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a film people need to see and talk about. If you’ve not read the book you’re in for something incredibly disturbing, if you have read the book you’ll still be disturbed but also grateful for such a true adaptation. It’s a fantastic piece of film-making.
My good friend Harry reviewed Midnight in Paris which he reports as a bit of an entertaining disappointment which could have been a lot better, even if it is somewhat of a return to form for Woody Allen. Harry also reviewed French cop thriller 36 earlier in the month, a film a few years old which I haven’t seen but sounds like a great piece of cinema.
TinTin 3D was probably the month’s biggest disappointment for me. Some brilliant motion capture animation just not matched by a script which really lets the film down. It’s action packed but ultimately feels unfulfilling and dull with no effort made to develop any of the characters.
Lastly, I had the pleasure of attending Mayhem Horror Festival at the delightful Broadway Cinema in Nottingham over the weekend which kept me very busy. From the 6 films I managed to see Revenge: A Love Story was easily the pick of the bunch, a Hong Kong, gory, revenge thriller which is well paced and a really gritty piece of work. With certain reservations, The Devil’s Business was another film that stood out, a low budget horror set in one location with dialogue not dissimilar to Kill List but in my view, a lot more enjoyable. The Wicker Tree was probably the festival’s biggest disappointment, a re-imagining of the famous The Wicker Man from the same director which just seemed utterly unnecessary. The Awakening is a nice ghost story with a good ambiance which should do rather well when it’s released in 10 days time. Saint and Little Deaths are two more low budget independent horrors which may struggle to find general release.
- Worst Movie of the Month: Machine Gun Preacher
- Disappointment of the Month: Tintin 3D
- Surprise of the Month: Footloose
- Movie of the Month: We Need to Talk about Kevin
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