A film that was filmed over a 12 year period, which is an extraordinary feat and an huge accomplishment in general, let alone in cinema. Boyhood follows the transition of childhood to adolescence to adulthood with Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane (whose performance was excellent). Ethan Hawke also stars in the movie, as the eccentric and hip Dad, and is one of the more outstanding cast members, though all performances were great. However, despite the amazing story that is portrayed, the film is way too long, stretching to nearly 3 hours. Unfortunately, all 3 hours of the film are not always engaging, and parts of the film are occasionally tiresome. It would have been better for the film to cut short by about 40 minutes or so. In the end, Boyhood reflects the journey of a lifetime (literally) in a breath-taking and amazing way, that sometimes overstays it's welcome.
A film that is quite strange in it's approach to comedy. I don't quite know how to explain it, but it seems as though this movie would seem funnier if you explained each scene to someone who hadn't seen it, than them actually watching it; probably the result of bad direction and bad execution. Although the laughs are scarce, the general charm of the movie and it's actors seem to give it some amusing qualities, and the majority of the film is engaging. Andy Samberg gives his all, and does manage to pull off the incredibly silly and determined Rod. The whole idea of Rod collecting money to heal his step-father so he can kick his ass is amusing and unique as well as executed pretty well, and the the dialogue between characters is mostly random but still funny. However, the undoubtedly present and random humour cannot save Hot Rod from it's poor execution and tiresome predictability, even when it's done in an engaging fashion.
With a rather slow start, Godzilla manages to pick itself up midway through to entitle it as one of the best Godzilla remakes. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in the 2014 remake of one of the most infamous and beloved mythical movie monsters, and director Gareth Edwards executes it pretty damn well. One defining factor that can be seen as either a pro or con is that the film isn't really that centred around Godzilla, but more on the survival of our main character and the fracas he has with another monster. I favoured this idea, since it took a unique route down the Godzilla plot, and managed to maintain engaging and exciting scenarios. Not the best, however, was it's disjointed and half baked script, as well as it's common slow pace. A film that has it's downsides, maybe more than is tolerated, but it still managed to produce enticing action sequences and right the wrong that was the last Godzilla movie.
Colourful and crude, The Inbetweeners movie is the film adaptation to the heavily praised and apparently hilarious British sitcom. Four guys going on a gap year to a babe hotspot to get drunk and get laid is definitely not a premise that is going to win an Oscar, but still manages to withhold original scenarios and funny one liners throughout. The characters were definitely the strongest point of the movie, with four different personalities and ambitions leading to some excellent chemistry and hilarious dialogue between the four. Although, undoubtedly, the movie is extremely reliant on juvenile humour, and it's reliance on a comedy skit-like set-up is probably one of it's downsides. The Inbetweeners delivers laughs to make it tolerable, but isn't anything special along the lines of solid comedies.
A film that's interesting, and must be applauded for prying away from turning into another high school drama flick. The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows high school student Charlie (Logan Lerman), struggling with a new school and ostracism from his classmates. Finding a new group of friends, the Wallflowers, Charlie flourishes into a social life filled with drama and romance. I really disliked at one point, and would have definitely given no more than a two and a half star rating, but I pulled through, and the final 30 minutes of this film are absolutely spectacular. A series of dramatic and climactic events turn the film from dull and predictable to intense and extremely engaging. It really starts to pull on the heartstrings by the end, and ends up being really enjoyable and dramatic, so hats off to it for that. Rounding off, TPOBAW may not be the best all round movie, but finishes it off in such an intense and dramatic fashion, that you can't help but be engaged.