August at The Movies

4 Aug

Summer is the season at the cinema of big blockbusters, rom-coms, and more glossy hollywood films before awards season come and the industry buzzes. Here’s my take on the upcoming films and what I want to or don’t want to see.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

In the first weekend we have Rise of the Planet of the Apes starring James France and Freida Pinto. The story follows Franco’s character being some sort of genetic researcher/enginner who is developing something but then it spirals into developing intelligence in Apes. Of course, we get led into some war of supremacy (that’s the word used on IMDb) and the usual blockbuster drama occurs.

I definitely will not waste my money on this. Aren’t we all tired of this stuff? There has to be something else playing…

The Help

Up next, we have The Help, adapted from the book by Kathryn Stockett taking place in Mississipi around 1962. The book follows a group of black maids who raise white children and the community that they share. One summer, one of the daughters that they have raised comes home from college and decides to try and help them. It’s all about freedom essentially.

Other than Emma Stone being cast as the said daughter and Jessica Chastain (becoming increasingly popular might I add) playing one of the rich women, there aren’t many other big stars here. It is, however, directed and adapted by Tate Taylor who most will know for acting in the recent Winter’s Bone.

To be honest, the story doesn’t really intrigue me, even when I heard about the book. It seems a bit too light and fluffy and a feeling of ‘Believe in yourself’. I do know lots of people who absolutely loved the book so perhaps this is just not one for me. It seems to be this years version of the 2009 movie The Blind Side, which I wasn’t too fond of.

This isn’t looking like a very good August so far, I think I have to rely on repeat viewings of Harry Potter.

30 Minutes or Less

If your tick around on this blog you will come to learn my certain tastes. When I was talking to a friend about this movie, he instantly knew that I would say it looks awful and whaddaya know, I said it. I am not a fan of comedies such as The Hangover, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express etc.

30 Minutes or Less is about two criminals who kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has a very narrow time frame to rob a bank.

My point at the beginning of this post was meant to elude to the fact that this movie seems to fall under the stuff that just doesn’t appeal to me. I do love Aziz Ansari in Parks and Recreation and Jesse Eisenberg was great in Social Network but this just doesn’t look funny and I’m sure that there will be a lot of people who will love it, but I’m not bothering with it.

Final Destination 5

This summer sees the fifth installment of the Final Destination series hitting the silver screen and it is not one I’m particularly fussed about. Not because they both fall under the horror genre but come on, this is getting as bad as Saw. There must be another horror franchise to be made.

In this one, we still follow the evil doings of ‘Death’ as a group of people who survive a bridge collapsing manage to survive but learn that there is no way to cheat death.

I can’t be bothered to share with you how unnecessary this movie is. We’ll have to wait for box office scores but I can’t see it becoming a massive hit.

Conan the Barbarian 3D

No, this doesn’t have anything to do with the Arnie movies, this has to do with Robert. E. Howard’s book. It has been seven years in development before production commenced. Of course, the 3D craze became huge so they had to employ it. However, it was not filmed in stereoscopic 3D but it is a post-production job, which hasn’t been particularly successful in the past, think Clash of Titans.

I’m sure if you want an action filled, monster slaying, flick (and I use that word for a reason, it’s not a movie, it’s a ‘flick’) But I’m becoming a broken record here in saying that this one isn’t for me.

One Day

Finally, a movie that I’m DYING to see. One Day. Adapted for the screen by the author of the original novel, David Nicholls and Lone Scherfig (Director for An Education) have teamed up. I read this book back in April and I LOVED IT. I love David Nicholls’ word and An Education was superb so when I found out that she was directing the movie I was more than excited. However, than the casting choice came out. Anne Hathaway was to play Emma Morley. This book is so British, but more than that it is so London, so Anne Hathaway didn’t seem to be the obvious choice. I don’t have anything against her it’s just she isn’t the obvious choice. I’m holding out judgement. The same goes for Jim Sturgess to play Dexter Mayhew but he is British so it’s not quite the same, but we’ll see. I just love the book so much and I hope it won’t become to Hollywood. Regardless, I have to see it. I urge anyone reading to this to go and buy a copy of the book now!

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Katie Holmes stars in this borror about a young girl who is sent to live with her father and new girlfriend but finds that their are crazy creatures living in the house who want to claim her as one of their own.

This is supposedly better than it sounds, though it probably won’t be something I’ll see, it might not be too bad. The reason I say that is that the brilliant Guillermo Del Torro has written the screenplay which will instantly appeal to anyone who is a horror fan.

Conclusion: See Harry Potter and One Day, I guess it’s not the month at the movies…

There are other movies out in the month, and you can check them all out on the IMDb summer movie guide here, as well as trailers and more for the movies I have described above.

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