Well well well Autumn has reared her head and it’s getting chillier by the day, also as we are edging towards awards season and away from the blockbuster bonanza that is summer October is a little bit of a dry patch in terms of volume of films, but I guess it’s all about quality and not quantity that counts!
I think literally everyone read the book that this movie is based on when it first came out, well perhaps except me but I am currently 142 pages in, I have paused momentarily as I think I might watch the film before finishing the rest of the book so that I go into the movie without knowing the twists and turns. The premise is very Gone Girl (another book to film adaptation that I’ve watched but not read) but thats not necessarily a bad thing as the David Fincher directed adaptation was a fantastic ride so I must admit that through those comparisons I have got very high expectations for The Girl on the Train.
I think we all knew this film would be on my most anticipated list, to be honest it is perhaps my most anticipated film of the year!! That’s quite the statement really so I really hope the film delivers what I think it will which is great acting, an interesting (and perhaps a mind F*** of a) storyline, fantastical visuals and a better filmic villain role for Mads Mikkelsen (lets face it if given the chance Mikkelsen would have made Le Chaffre ten times the villain he was in Casino Royale, and how do I know this? One word…Hannibal). And when I heard that we here in England were getting the film on the 25th and not the 28th I actually cheered…out loud…in public😳.
So these are the two films I’m counting down the days to this month, let me know in the comments section which movies your anticipating the most this October.
So the third and rumoured final prequel to the original X-Men Trilogy finds us a decade on from Magneto’s stadium moving White House shenanigans that revealed the existence of mutants to the rest of the world, into the 80’s where electro music reigned supreme and the haircuts and fashion were quite questionable, oh and the the end of the world is nigh.
The big bad of the film came in the form of the world’s first Mutant En Sabah Nur who we witness in the prologue of the film (set in Ancient Egypt) greedily transfer his consciousness to another mutant in order to steal his victims power of instant healing thus making himself immortal, however his ceremony is disturbed by a renegade group of rebels who entomb the all powerful mutant under his desecrated pyramid where he slumbers until he awakens in 1983. Interestingly, for most of the film En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse lectures both his followers (the Four Horsemen) and the rest of Humankind for following “Blind leaders” and “False Gods” which is rather ironic as he himself has become the exact thing he is preaching against, a “false god” who is blinded by his own selfish ego which ultimately leads to his demise.
At the foundations of the X-Men franchise is arguably the epically complicated and poetic relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, and with the arrival of Apocalypse their friendship is once again tested. However, Xavier is rather sympathetic towards his dear friend as Lehnsherr seems to be a man of much misfortune. In one the saddest moments in the franchise we see a seemingly settled and domestic Magneto who is both Husband and Father have his whole world turned upside down in a moment of goodness where he uses his secret ability to move metal to save a mans life in his workplace, this backfires as the local police are informed of this thus in a tragic moment of fear an officer shoots an arrow into Magneto’s daughter and wife killing them both immediately, I am always moved by tragedy in films so at this point I cried and willed him to kill them all (that he did do) and I think Michael Fassbender (who is one of the greatest actors working in Hollywood right now) did a tremendous job portraying such betrayal, regret and rage all in one scene.
Perhaps it may be a bold statement for me to make but Evan Peters’ Quicksilver is just the coolest of the X-Men, he steals every scene he is in and his slo-mo adventures are insanely well put together both in spectacle and humour. I thought his invasion of the pentagon was awesome back in Days of Future past but Bryan Singer totally upped the game with Quicksilvers mansion evacuation happening to the most awesome song choice for the moment Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics (being one of the only songs from the 80’s that I actually like, I’m more 60’s & 70’s myself) it was just an instance of a perfect movie moment in my eyes, so much so that I would have to say that X-Men: Apocalypse has been the best Superhero movie this year except for maybe Deadpool, Deadpool was freaking awesome, but then again there were X-Men in his film so basically forget The Avengers Professor X’s X-Men are the real badass’ of the MCU.
A solid entry into the X-Men saga, while En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse seemed like he could be the ultimate foe for the X-Men he came across as more of a delusional spoilt Prince wanting to rule all of humanity for his own selfish ego rather than someone who could destroy and enslave humanity as I thought he would be, this may be because there is just so much other stuff going on in the film that Apocalypse was sort of shunned to the sideline despite being in the films title! However the film was a fun transport back in time to witness younger incarnations of our favourite characters and well Quicksilver you are just damn cool and I could probably just watch a whole movie of him in slo-mo kicking ass and parting around, Marvel/Fox make it happen.
It’s finally here! Our first glimpse into the world of Doctor Strange is indeed strange but also very intriguing, this may just be marvels most ambitious movie yet!
I really can’t wait to see this film in November. I’m actually really glad its taken them so long to put a trailer out because it is giving me less time to obsessively watch the trailer and get too hyped up too early, so okay I still have around 8 months to wait but i think I can live with that. Also I think I’ve just seen the trailer to my favourite Marvel film, it’s not even out yet but I think its going to be insanely brilliant. Is that too much of a bold statement to make? Who else thinks Doctor Strange will easily become their new favourite Marvel film come November?
So the tables have turned and a hero is made enemy. This concept is really quite interesting and seeing as these guys are so strong and quite frankly dangerous they should be monitored right? With this question the MCU delves into a complicated moral dilemma which should make it a little bit more refreshing than previous fare.
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