Monthly Archives: August 2014

Cinema review – What If

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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall.

Plot summary: (Courtesy of IMDB) Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

When it comes to romantic comedies, I prefer quirky indie ones rather than those typically “Hollywood” chick-flicks that usually star Kate Hudson or Sarah Jessica Parker alongside a pre-Killer Joe Matthew McConaughey. What If definitely fits into the first category quite comfortably. This particular indie rom-com appealed to me mainly because of the cast. Harry Potter was my big obsession during adolescence, especially the films (except for the sixth film which I thought was a total shambles). Although I’ve since out-grown Potter, I still like to keep up with what the main cast are currently working on.

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Cinema review – The Inbetweeners 2

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Cast: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.

Plot summary: (Courtesy of IMDB) Neil, Will and Simon receive an invite from Jay to join him in Australia whilst on his gap year, who promises them it’s ”the sex capital of the world”. With their lives now rather dull compared to their hedonistic school days and legendary lads holiday, it’s an offer they can’t refuse. Once again, they put growing up temporarily on-hold, and embark on a backpacking holiday of a lifetime in an awful car, inspired by Peter Andre’s ‘Mysterious Girl’. Will soon finds himself battling with the lads to do something cultural, whilst they focus their attention on drinking, girls, and annoying fellow travelers.

6 years ago, a new sitcom aired on E4 about 4 misfit sixth-formers struggling through the awkwardness of late adolescence. It proved to be a big hit with audiences who lapped up its blend of potty mouthiness, excruciating social situations and gross-out humour. In 2011, it successfully made the transition to the big screen where it had the biggest ever opening weekend for a comedy film in the UK, beating other comedies such as The Hangover Part 2.

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Cinema review – Guardians of the Galaxy

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Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Plot summary: (Courtesy of Marvel.com) An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

I’m not very familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series apart from the fact that it is from Marvel. I’ve enjoyed other Marvel comic adaptations in the past like the Spiderman and X-men films so I was quite optimistic about this one. And, I have to say that after watching it (in 3D might I add), it is now my favourite. It has everything you could possibly want from a Marvel superhero film; exciting action sequences, likeable characters, plenty of humour and an obligatory cameo from Stan Lee.

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