It’s that wonderful time of year again when we like to release our inner snob and assume the role of Hollywood film critic. Don’t pretend you’ve never done it. We’ve all been in that situation, beer in hand, slightly (very) tipsy and rambling on in our poshest (and drunkest) voices to a bemused group of strangers who really do not care what “amazinggg” films they must see. Or maybe that’s just me? Nonetheless, I have decided to give my own views on this year’s films.
Most Disappointing Film: About Time
As a rom-com fanatic I was thrilled when I heard Richard Curtis had returned and after Love Actually, I of course had high hopes. Well, I was wrong. Let me point out first that this is not a “bad” film. It’s a nice enough film but it just lacked any real excitement. There was no typical boy meets girl, boy messes up, and boy gets the girl. Instead, its boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. How boring. Apart from the emotional ending I found this film to be rather underwhelming.
Most Underrated Film: You’re Next
Now this film was brilliant. I was expecting a typical slasher but I was pleasantly surprised. You’re Next combines horror with comedy but not in the ridiculous slapstick kind of way. The plot is different from your average “everyone gets killed by the bad guy, the end” sort of story and there isn’t a moment in the film where you aren’t on the edge of your seat. A brilliant change with an unknown cast and an interesting storyline, this is a must see film.
Best Unexpected Film: The Place Beyond the Pines
The trailer for this film is, in my opinion, misleading, which I was happy as trailers usually give everything away. So, I entered the cinema expecting to see Ryan Gosling looking hot and riding around robbing banks but there is so much more to this film. Moral integrity is a key theme and you will definitely be on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, but with action, violence, love and more, there is something for everyone.
Best Film: Rush
I wasn’t particularly excited about seeing Rush at first but I left the cinema pumped with adrenaline and wanting to see it again. Telling the true story of Formula 1 racers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, this fast paced action drama was perfectly cast and perfectly directed. I am unable to fault this film. Ron Howard flawlessly captures the tension and excitement in the atmosphere and projects it onto the audience. Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl thoughtfully and accurately portray Hunt and Lauda and I couldn’t imagine the roles being given to anyone else. This film is not just for Formula 1 fans; it’s a film for everyone that focuses more on the relationship between Lauda and Hunt and the pressures of their lives. Overall, the film is both electrifying and poignant. A perfect film.