So, if you’re anything like me, you love nothing more than a trip to the cinema for a nice evening out. It’s the chance to watch a film without the interruption of phones and general life and, at my local, Genesis in Whitechapel, they even have a swanky screen with footstools, sofas, an in-cinema bar and blankets!
So, before you pick what you fancy seeing this month, here are my quick reviews of the latest releases:
Me Before You
‘Me Before You’ is the romcom I expected, another ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ or ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’, where you go in knowing full well it’s a tearjerker! The story centres around Louisa (which ‘Game of Thrones’ favourite Emilia Clarke plays perfectly), a girl in her 20s who takes up a carer job to help support her family. The person she is caring for turns out to be 30 year old Will, a guy who once had it all, until an accident left him paralyzed. The story is funny, compassionate and definitely worth a go.
The Secret Life of Pets
Talking pets – what more do you need? From the makers of Minions, this kid’s film was more of a kid’s film than I expected, as their previous films often have a little bit more adult humour in the background. Nonetheless, it’s a touching story about what our pets get up to whilst we’re at work, with some sweet characters, a good storyline and some good laughs!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
A sequel in the series, this was an easy watch. They tried to combine a child-appropriate script with an adult-appropriate storyline, which left it not really catering for either audience but, overall, Megan Fox is, of course, sizzling and it’s endearing to watch these underdogs try to save the world.
I challenged myself to watch something outside my usual remit and thought this film would be on the LOTR side of fantasy but it didn’t live up to much. The jargon was complicated if you were new to the franchise, and even after that, it was long-winded, soft and had no really story or conclusion. I’d give this one a miss next time.
The Nice Guys
The advert for ‘The Nice Guys’ makes it out to be one of those films with a few, easy laughs but which doesn’t stand up to much, so I went along looking for an easy watch. I was pleasantly surprised though as the characters, especially the young character Holly, did pull it together to give an action-packed, hilarious and endearing story – with lots of belly laughs and awesome 70s outfits! Well worth a watch.
X Men: Apocalypse
Probably my favourite in the recent X Men offerings, the film goes back to look at a young Scott, Jean, Storm and co, and how their stories started. It also picked up Magneto from his change from villain to hero at the end of the last film and continued his story. It was entertaining, good at filling in the blanks and stayed relevant where so many of these franchise offerings fall off the wagon. If you’re an X Men fan, you won’t be disappointed.
So, that’s what I’ve been watching this month. What have you seen and what would you recommend? Share it with me over at @keepitnorthern.
If you’re living in London, at Genesis Cinema they offer a monthly card, which is £25. See what films they have on here and enquire within about the monthly pass.