Marvel finally expands its universe and creates a very amusing space opera with funny likeable characters. No superheroes. No Earthbound collateral damage. San Francisco remains intact. No deep emotional angst. Nope what we get here is a film about a band of misfits thrown together to save the galaxy from destruction by a big bad. Totally played for laughs, that the action set pieces play second fiddle. I was totally won over by most of the team. Zoe Saldana has a tough role as the only straight guy, but I think she copes well. I think Drax's literal takes on everything won my vote for MVP, but everyone brought something delicious to the table. I think this may be my favourite Marvel movie. Just a big bag of fun.
One day in Gatlin, Nebraska, the children of the town rise up and slaughter all the adults at the behest of child preacher Isaac. 3 years later Sarah and Job are two kids who aren't sold on Isaac's teachings and help an older friend (Joseph) escape through the cornfields. Meanwhile a young couple, Burt and Vicky are travelling through the backroads of Nebraska to Omaha to start a new life when they hit Joseph. It turns out that Joseph was actually murdered before he stumbled out into the road, so they head into Gatlin to report the murder. Hilarity and mayhem ensue! Based on a Stephen King short story, I seem to remember this film scaring the Be Jesus out of me as a kid. This revisit, notsomuch. It's not that it is dated and looks *ehem* corny, but that the creepiness of the first half hour is lost in a padded out yarn that makes very little sense. Lots of the tropes of 80s horror are here. Spooky kids. Adults making ridiculous decisions. A distinct lacking in blood despite the slasher deaths. It holds a bit of nostalgia for me still and the starting premise is rather creepy. It needs more of that and less of the being chased by angry teenagers and a screaming ginger minger called Malachi. One for a schmaltzy laugh. Nothing more.
Ivan Locke's life is about to come crashing down around him. On the eve of a big building contract his wife and two sons are waiting for him to come home and watch the match, but Ivan is driving to London where a one-night stand he had is giving birth to his child. During this journey in a series of phone conversations, he must try to correct the damage he has done. Tom Hardy performs an acting masterclass here. He is the only visual performance we see (not complaining.) It is a very well handled script. The conversations with his dead father are a little heavy handed, but a story that pulls off concrete pouring as high stakes is a worthy achievement in itself. The camera never leaves the car and the film becomes more claustrophobic as Locke's composure starts to form cracks. Not a great film for road safety, but a really interesting piece and a stunning performance from Hardy. Also staring at a bearded Tom Hardy for 85 minutes is never a chore.
Carl Casper is a top flight chef in LA who's creative skills are quelled by the restaurant owner. After a social media run in with a food critic, he quits his job and decides to launch a food truck. With the company of his sous chef friend and his young son, they take to the road from Miami to LA spreading the word of excellent Cuban inspired street food. John Favreau writes and directs a veritable foodgasm of a film. What it lacks in dramatic stakes, it makes up for in a heart-warming tale of a man finding his passion again. Some touching father/son moments and a general air of light frivolity make for a very enjoyable watch. Not one to enter into hungry though.
The rushed sequel to last years bonkers, but brilliant Syfy channel film is not a patch on it. Too many nodding references. Too many b-list cameos who did nothing. What was great about the original was that it took itself seriously. Here is a self-parody of a parody. Airplane! jokes, really? The WTF crazy is certainly up a notch, but the film suffers from its self worth. I just don't understand why everyone doesn't just go inside. I'm sure there will be more, but this franchise really needs to expand its horizons. Squidnami would have been better.