Top 5: April Favourites

I’ve really enjoyed April. It was an excellent film month, with the first two big summer releases and a couple of excellent smaller features. I went to the cinema five times this month, so all the films are in the Top 5. Enjoy:

5. The Duff

Image courtesy of guardian.com

Image courtesy of guardian.com

Clever and refreshing take on the high school experience, but very American and few too many inconsistencies for me to really enjoy. Its relatable, enjoyable and its message is strong, if not as rounded and wide reaching as it may have wanted.

★★★

 

4. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Image courtesy of theotherjournal.com

Image courtesy of theotherjournal.com

Princess Kaguya is classic Ghibli: a rich, vibrant and human story-line laced with elements of the extraordinary. Yet, the picture is a little slow and overlong in telling the story. The story is handled with delicate hands and while one does not expect significant action from Ghibli, Princess Kaguya still feels under-fulfilled. However, Princess Kaguya is a visual experience like only Ghibli can produce. The pencil drawn animations are stunning against the gorgeous water-colour backdrops.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya reaches for the heavens, but falls just short of the moon.

★★★ 1/2

 

3. Fast and Furious 7

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Image courtesy of indiewire

Fast and Furious 7 is exactly what we expected: high-octane, adolescent nonsense. The seemingly-concluding chapter in Fast & Furious saga brings the best of the new to the charm of the old, in a wholly enjoyable experience. The bank-breaking globetrotting and  action set pieces are as ambitious as they are entertaining.

Fast and Furious 7 is certainly a rousing send-off to a most enjoyed film franchise, and one of its most beloved performers.

★★★ 1/2

 

2. While We’re Young

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Image courtesy of thenypost

While We’re Young is a film of the thoughts of its writer/director, Noah Baumbach. Lots of the issues tackled trickle over from Frances Ha, but this is by no means a rehashing. His idea, for me, is that we should treat a fine line between fighting tooth-and-nail for that which forms our unique self and becoming too selfish to allow others to have their own authentic voice.

This film is not only a deep. thoughtful and subtly real depiction of life’s misgivings, but it is also a joy to watch. While We’re Young is full of humour and joviality but it laced with the poisonous sting of real life. Baumbach is making a habit of masking fiction as reality, and it is a habit I hope continues.

★★★★

 

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Image courtesy of businessinsider.com

Is Avengers: Age of Ultron perfect? No, but who the hell cares?

Age of Ultron has an abundance of action and a plethora of puns. The jokes come thick and fast, framing most interactions, and these are expertly gauged.

The story is excellent, the villain is legitimately scary and the characters as charismatic as ever. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the best Marvel film, and maybe the best superhero film to date. It is certainly the most entertaining.

★★★★


What did you love this past month? With May shaping up to be a stellar month, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Let me know your thoughts on these and anything else in the comments below, or at Twitter @WilsonReviews!

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