The trailer for Thor Ragnarok has finally been released! And it looks like it may be the Asgardian’s best solo outing yet!
It’s May already! Wow this year is just flying by. Here are my most anticipated movies of May.
I have been waiting for this film to come out in the UK for forever! And now it’s finally going to be here I have no idea whether I’m going to get the time to see it, but when there is a will there is a way.
Terrence Malick and Emmanuel Lubezki are the dream team for whimsical and strikingly beautiful cinematography so I expect Knight of Cups to be a delight for the eyes. The cast is amazing Christian Bale is one of the best actors of his generations, Cate Blanchett is divine her performances radiate a certain nuance that most actors can only dream of, Natalie Portman is such a chameleon and et cetera et cetera. Literally everyone involved with this film is awesome.
So Apocalypse is coming this month and well could the X-Men ever meet a more dangerous foe?
Destruction, destruction and more destruction the trailer looks like there is a whole lot of chaos going on. I am so glad that Quicksilver is back, his scene in Days of Future Past was nothing short of epic and will be interesting to explore the father/son relationship between him and Magneto. Oscar Isaac is one of my favourite actors in hollywood right now, he is such a versatile performer and he always makes any film his in infinitely better from drunken tech genius Nathan in Ex Machina, to Llewyn Davis a misfortunate Folk Singer in the superb Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis and most recently as the dashing X-Wing Pilot Poe Dameron in only the biggest film ever Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So as a fan of his work I am really hoping that he delivers as Apocalypse and makes the character his own.
Hmm so there’s not really that many major films coming out this month that I am dying to see but I guess thats all because Summer Blockbuster season is on the way!
(I’m sorry (not sorry) but I had to use the title of Siouxsie Sioux’s song from the Hannibal finale because its awesome and well I’m slightly obsessed with Hannibal, and it kind of fits with the theme of the film being set in a time where same gender relationship were considered criminal.)
Todd Haynes has made a perfect film with Carol, in the lead roles Mara and Blanchett are sensational, the mise-en-scene is sublime, the shooting of the film on Super 16 mm gives it this utterly gorgeous vintage feel and the story is really quite heart wrenching (and while it doesn’t take much to make me cry at the cinema this film hit me quite hard).
Set in 1950’s America, Carol explores the burgeoning relationship between a young shop girl Therese and an unhappily married housewife the eponymous Carol and how giving into their feelings for each other potentially ruins the laters life. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s Semi-autobiographical novel The Price of Salt the film feels very much rooted in realty which makes some of the scenes hard to watch, particularly when Carol and Therese discover that a seemingly kind and down on his luck salesman turns out to be a private investigator charged with the task of gathering evidence for Carol’s Husband to use against her in court and when Carol breaks down in a meeting between lawyers to settle the matter of custody she essentially gives in and admits defeat as there was no way she could win due to the overwhelming evidence of her homosexual behaviour that would essentially deem her to be an unfit mother if it were to be exposed.
All in all Carol is a very important film, it signifies how far society has come from the 1950’s (when a woman had to be psychiatrically tested to see if she was sane for having a sexual relationship with another woman) to now, and while the LGBT community is slowly finding acceptance in society there still is a long way and therefore perhaps this film (like Blue is the Warmest Colour did in 2013) can help highlight the completely and utterly beautiful and real love that two women can share for each other so that society can stop judging and continue accepting.
I give this film: *****
This was stunningly shot, emotionally beautiful cinema at its best and most certainly one of the finest films of the year.