The Best & Worst Films of 2015

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Happy New Year to everyone out there in Internet land! I trust everyone had fun ringing in 2016 in their own special way. My way of ringing in the New Year is by paying tribute to the place that was probably my third or fourth home in 2015: the cinema. I think this year I may have clocked some kind of personal record for the amount of films I saw. There was one point in Autumn where I was actually going every week. Thankfully the films I did see had a wide range of diversity – Oscar-winning dramas, mellow Slice of Life comedies, Biblical epics, sci-fi blockbusters, campy superhero movies, big budget fantasy adventures and even the occasional Disney flick. Since y’all know I love rating things out of ten, here’s a low-down of the films I was lucky (and sometimes not-so-lucky) to watch on the silver screen.

Exodus: Gods and Kings:

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As the playground saying goes ‘first the worst…’ – and this is indeed the worst one of the lot. It’s not just the fact that it cast white actors in the major roles and only cast minorities as slaves and servants. It’s not because it wasn’t accurate to the source material. It’s not because it had Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Tara Fitzgerald and totally wasted them. It’s frankly because it seems as if it has no clue what film it’s supposed to be. This is meant to be an adaptation of the Biblical story of Exodus. As in Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt. Unlike say Tarzan or Dracula, Moses hasn’t been adapted for the screen that much. Only two films stick out – The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt. So what does this film have to offer in comparison to them? Really not a whole lot. The best things about this film are the visuals. It looks very nice. I loved the look of Kingdom of Heaven and this is quite similar to that. But while that had solid characters and a workable story, this has none of those. It chugs along at a painful three hours and is pretty much a theme park version of the Exodus story; everything that happens just does so because it’s what happened in the Bible (the parts that made it in anyway). The film doesn’t really have a point or purpose and is just a bunch of spectacular looking things done by flat characters. There’s nothing this film does that The Prince of Egypt can’t offer you in a significantly less painful watch. 3/10

 

The Imitation Game:

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The first Best Picture nominee we saw this year seems to follow many of the requirements that a film usually hits if it’s going after that Oscar. World War II setting? Check. Based on true events? Check. Lead character with some kind of disability? Check. Lead character is also gay? That’s a checkaroonie. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing – a real life wartime codebreaker who was later convicted for being homosexual. Although this movie advertises itself as a biopic, it’s more like a distant cousin to actual history. Such things include presenting Charles Dance’s Commander Denniston as an antagonist – when he was actually very supportive in real life – and inventing a meeting between Turing and an undercover Soviet agent. But the film’s biggest fault is in how it presents its lead character. The moral of the film is apparently ‘stay weird, stay different’ – which is kind of undermined by how they present Turing. Rather than actually trying to represent him as he was, they go for something more commercial – or the ‘safe’ kind of different. They present him as a textbook case of Asperger Syndrome – socially awkward, OCD habits, doesn’t play well with others, can’t take a joke – when he was reportedly nothing like that at all. What’s equally as disturbing is that the film has no problem showing Turing being persecuted and tortured over his homosexuality – but it completely downplays it elsewhere. It’s obvious this film wanted to have its cake and eat it too: getting the praise for featuring the abuse of a gay character, but not showing too much so as not to alienate the commercial audience. The performances are good and the film’s decently made – but it leaves a very bad after-taste. 6/10

Boyhood:

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Best Picture nominee number two sees a rather unique gimmick in terms of filmmaking. Richard Linklater decided to direct a film over the course of twelve years, depicting a literal coming of age story. It’s a film without a real plot, as it’s very much just a look into an average family’s life as they grow up over twelve years. It’s an interesting idea and a very daring gimmick. The film is incredibly long and thus can be a little off-putting due to how little ‘action’ happens. There are definitely a few parts of it that do kind of feel like padding, but overall I think it’s a pretty worthy effort. We get to watch the same actors grow over twelve years along with their characters. The performances are all very natural, almost making you feel like you’re watching a documentary. Indeed each segment of the film plonks you right into the time period it’s set in, resulting in a rather sweet feeling of nostalgia. It’s not exactly a film I’ll be in a hurry to watch again, but it’s pretty good for what it is. 7/10

 

Into the Woods:

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Disney decided to do a film version of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale deconstruction. As in the stage show, the familiar tales play out normally – Jack steals from a giant, Red Riding Hood is nearly eaten by a wolf, Cinderella goes to the ball, Rapunzel meets her prince – interspersed with a baker and his wife running around grabbing various props for a wicked witch’s spell. Then just as it seems like it’s about to end happily ever after…the characters have to face the consequences. For example what does happen when you marry a prince you barely know? Or what happens when the giant’s wife is none too pleased that a little boy murdered her husband? Right off the bat, the film’s format clearly works better on the stage. The transition between the two acts is incredibly jarring and hard to take at first – but that’s really the only major problem. The cast is fantastic – James Corden, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp all play their parts excellently. We also get very good performances from the two child actors Daniel Huddlestone and Lilla Crawford. The music is the main draw and there’s not a single song I don’t like. Although there are problems with the pacing and there are a couple of questionable things in the script (questionable for a PG rating I mean) – it’s a very good effort at adapting the musical. 7/10

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:

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It’s actually pretty rare for me to go to a sequel when I haven’t seen the original. But there was a trip to the cinema involved and this film boasted a good cast – so I went ‘why not?’ The original plot of the first film had British retirees opting to move to India and operate a hotel that doubles as a retirement home. The sequel reunites all the surviving characters as they try to expand and get themselves a second hotel. It’s a light comedy that doesn’t challenge the viewer too much, but it’s a very warm and pleasant film that doesn’t waste its running time. It’s helped by a great cast of veteran British actors – Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup – as well as none other than Richard Gere popping in (though the trailers milked the “be still my ovaries” for all it was worth). Dev Patel holds his own against the veterans, playing the wonderfully campy and OTT manager Sonny. Overall the film is a charming little tale about how life can still begin at retirement age, and how one can still enjoy new things so late in the game. The film’s ending was unbelievably moving and left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling that stayed as I travelled back home. 7/10

Cinderella:

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Disney appears to have gotten into the trend of making live action versions of their classic animated films. Unlike the mess that was Maleficent last year, this was a huge improvement. It’s partly helped by the original film being kind of bland and not really that good in the first place (but that’s just my opinion). But a lot of it is down to Kenneth Branagh’s excellent direction. Featuring beautiful sets, lavish costumes and sweet music, this might just be the best Cinderella adaptation there is. Lily James is nothing short of perfect as the charming servant girl. This is a part that could very easily have been saccharine nonsense – but she gives Ella the right amount of depth, wit and charm to make her compelling.  Likewise Richard Madden shockingly plays his Prince Charming character completely straight – and nails it. Likewise I was pleased to see the very talented Nonso Anozie getting attention in such a mainstream film. Elsewhere pretty much any criticism of the animated film gets addressed here: the lovers get to meet and develop their relationship, the heroine is fleshed out much more and Lady Tremaine even gets a reason for her villainy. It’s not a very challenging film but it’s very sweet and avoids being as bland as its animated counterpart. 7/10

Jurassic World:

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This year seemed like a bad one for summer blockbusters. Namely there didn’t seem to be any that actually looked worth watching. It’s probably very telling that a sequel to a film series from the 90s that outstayed its welcome with the third film was the most promising of the lot. Anyway this is a film that does its action scenes very well but sort of fails with everything else. The CGI for the dinosaurs is good and the advances in technology mean we get some pretty sweet sequences whenever they’re on screen. However the rest of the film is a bit of a mess. Despite being the main motivation for Claire and Owen to go into danger, the two kids felt incredibly tacked on. There were lots of moments that felt as if we were supposed to care about and yet the film had never given us any reason to. Stuff like “you jumped?” felt like it was pay-off to a scene that got cut in editing. Our lead character Owen is a huge dick and, although Chris Pratt does his best, he’s not particularly likeable. And the amount of sexist taunts he hurls at Claire makes for some uncomfortable viewing. There’s also the rather mean-spirited death for Claire’s assistant Zara, who really didn’t feel developed enough to warrant such a demise. I’m not quite sure what the reaction was supposed to be when Claire outran the T-rex while still wearing high heels – but I know my entire theatre was laughing anyway. Essentially check your brain at the door for this one and don’t expect too much. 6/10

A Royal Night Out:

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Think of all the fun and hijinks that goes on whenever enthusiastic young ladies head out for a night on the town. Now imagine how much more fun it is when it’s the 1940s and two princesses are on the lash. It’s VE Night in 1945 and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret want to go out into the crowd to really celebrate. This film isn’t too concerned with being historically accurate – since Margaret was much younger in real life, the princesses went out with several friends and they actually did make it back for the 1 am curfew. But that really doesn’t matter because it’s just so darned fun. Bel Powley steals the show as the wonderfully pompous and silly Margaret. Such highlights include her ending up in a Soho opium den, chatting obliviously with a carload of prostitutes and drunkenly stumbling towards the gates of Buckingham Palace at dawn. Sarah Gadon also delivers a very spirited performance as Elizabeth – suggesting that the Queen-to-be was like any other young girl who just wanted a night of fun. Irish actor Jack Reynor dons a good cockney accent as a fictional bomber boy who helps Elizabeth throughout the night. In addition to the low-key comedy, the film does have a nice amount of sentimental value. It captures several warm-hearted scenes of the VE celebrations and has a hauntingly bittersweet nature underneath everything. Definitely one of the more underrated films I saw this year. 8/10

Self/Less:

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In an afternoon where the choices were either stuff that looked unwatchable or that we’d seen before – this was the most tolerable-looking one on the list. Watching it wasn’t that tolerable though. Ben Kingsley plays a billionaire who transfers his consciousness into the empty vessel that is Ryan Reynolds. And yep there are consequences. This film seems like it could possibly have been somewhat interesting early in production. But things fall apart pretty quickly and the only reason to keep watching is in the vain hope that it’ll actually sort itself out. Matthew Goode actually plays a pretty decent villain and delivers the best performance in the film, closely seconded by Natalie Martinez as the token love interest. But the film goes completely off the rails in its third act and it’s almost impossible to take seriously. I will say that there did seem to be a vision for the thing and it is quite striking on the eyes. But I wouldn’t honestly recommend watching it. Hopefully Mr Reynolds will redeem himself when Deadpool comes out. 5/10

Avengers: Age of Ultron:

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The sequel to Marvel’s cash cow franchise ups the ante considerably from the first film. Iron Man’s attempts to create artificial intelligence ends predictably and creates a new supervillain for the crew to deal with. This is pretty much anything one could want from a big budget ensemble superhero movie. It’s epic scale action with some really creative battle scenes. It was also impressive how well the film was able to incorporate so many arcs and journeys for the characters. After not getting too much of Hawkeye in the first film, he’s featured considerably more in this – and Jeremy Renner shows us why it’s been a long time coming. Black Widow is suspiciously captured for a lot of the film, which probably has to do with Scarlett Johansson being pregnant during production. But the bump is hidden pretty well and I personally couldn’t see it (aside from one scene where she’s strategically placed behind a bar). Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch make their proper film debuts and do not disappoint. Quicksilver was previously featured in X-Men: Days of Future Past played by Evan Peters, who was a tough act to follow. Aaron Taylor-Johnson however did a very good interpretation of the character. Elizabeth Olsen likewise looks like she’ll be a welcome addition to The Avengers. I also enjoyed the increased screen time for Cobie Smulders’s Maria Hill. Probably not as much fun as the first film, but still quite solid. Overall the sequel holds up with the better entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and towers over some of the lesser ones. Can’t wait for another one. 8/10

Ant-Man:

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So Marvel have yet to deliver on that Black Widow movie, and yet they’re happy to trot out something based on a superhero the general public has not heard of. Well this film was in production long before Black Widow was even introduced to the public – but that seems to be the line most people used when this was advertised. Despite the obscurity of the character and the hard-to-sell concept, it’s not that bad. Paul Rudd does not seem like the first choice to play an ex-con turned superhero and yet he fits like a glove. His version of Scott Lang is very likable and carries the film. Michael Douglas’s Hank Pym has good chemistry with Rudd and the two bounce off each other really well. Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne seems like an attempt at a second Peggy Carter but she’s a decent character too. The film doesn’t take itself too seriously and that really helps. One of the climactic battle sequences happens atop a child’s train set for crying out loud. It’s when the film tries to get serious that it doesn’t quite make it; the schmaltzy stuff between Hope and her father feels very forced and out of place, and I don’t even know why she and Scott were kissing in one of the final scenes. Likewise this is the second summer blockbuster of 2015 to stick Judy Greer in the small role of ‘concerned but insignificant mother’ (the other being Jurassic World). Not as great as some of the rest of the MCU, but far better than some of the other bad stuff out there. 7/10

 

Ricki & the Flash:

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The second Meryl Streep film I saw this year once again has the lady showing off her singing talents. She plays Ricki Rendazzo, lead singer of rock band The Flash – who mostly play in front of a handful of loyal fans in a California bar. The film doesn’t really have much of an overall plot, taking more of a Slice of Life approach. We get to know Ricki and what her life is like. I was surprised that it didn’t go down the cliché route of forcing Ricki to ‘grow up’ and change to become happier. She remains pretty much the same as she always has throughout the film, except from small adjustments in her life. The film is led by Meryl Streep’s fun performance, and she’s quite impressive in the scenes where the band performs. Filming was delayed for several months while Streep learned to play guitar for the role. I was also impressed with the film’s approach to sensitive issues like depression and suicide. It doesn’t gloss over them but also doesn’t handle them in a cheesy ‘Very Special Episode’ way. The character Julie (played by Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer) is a good representation that depression can happen to any normal person and it’s not something that can be gotten over easily in 90 minutes. The film’s not perfect but it has a slight charm to it. Ironically Broadway powerhouse Audra McDonald plays a stepmother who’s a demigod of perfection and yet doesn’t actually sing in the film. 7/10

 

Fantastic Four:

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Well the fourth time could have been the charm for Marvel’s perpetually unlucky comic book foursome. The Fantastic 4 have been adapted for the silver screen three times already and none of those were well received. This fourth attempt by Chronicle director Josh Trank was going to be something new – but unfortunately was plagued by controversy before it had even been released. News of the troubled production and the actors’ lack of interest in the project prepared us for one of the worst films ever made. I didn’t have quite that reaction. While this film isn’t good, that’s not to say there isn’t good in it. I felt that it started off promisingly enough – with the four developed surprisingly well in the first act. However once they get their powers (at over an hour in) things just fall apart. The film seems to skip its second act and go straight into the third act resolution, skipping all the necessary character development. It’s a shame because the film was somewhat promising opening up. And there’s no reason why the second half of it needed to suck. The main problem is probably trying to put a darker and edgier spin on a franchise that’s traditionally very light hearted. Going down the Guardians of the Galaxy route could have been a better choice. But overall it’s yet another failed attempt at bringing the Fantastic 4 to the big screen. 5/10

Everest:

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One of two big budget ensemble films featuring some kind of disaster/rescue mission plot this year. People watching the trailers might mistake this as some Vertical Limit action-adventure movie. But it’s really more of a drama that just happens to feature mountain climbing. It’s a dramatization of a real-life tragedy that happened while several people were attempting to climb Mt Everest back in 1996. An expedition to climb the highest mountain in the world turns disastrous when the climbers are caught in a storm on the way down. From what I’ve been able to research, this film does a good job at representing most of the real parties involved in the disaster. Honestly it can be a little tricky to keep track of so many characters, especially when they’re all covered up by their coats and masks, but the film does manage to develop most of them. The scenes on the mountain are quite visually stunning and really manage to create a sense of tension and fear – which you don’t really get in the likes of Vertical Limit. Rather than the ‘Hollywood-ised’ route The Imitation Game went down, this feels like it was made by someone who really cared about representing the disaster. Also top-notch performances from Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal etc. Robin Wright also delivers the best line in the film “my husband has already died once!” The film does very little wrong and I can’t fault it for anything. 9/10

 

The Martian:

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Ridley Scott churns out his second film this year and it’s an improvement over Exodus in every way possible. Matt Damon plays an astronaut who gets left for dead on Mars, and the rest of the film centres around a) NASA trying to figure out a way to save him and b) him trying to figure out how to survive on a deserted planet for four years. Damon delivers probably the best performance of his career; his Mark is very likeable, very funny and can carry the scenes where he’s largely by himself. The scenes off Mars are taken up by a diverse collection of characters all working together to bring him home. There’s not a single thing I can criticise the film about at all. The characters, performances, direction, story, editing, music, effects, design and pretty much everything was spot-on. While I love Alien and Kingdom of Heaven, this is a strong contender for Ridley Scott’s magnum opus as they say. As cliché as this line may be, I actually was on the edge of my seat for the film’s third act. 10/10

 

The Intern:

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Nancy Meyers’s Slice of Life comedy about a retiree who becomes an intern got unbelievably negative reviews – and thus tainted my expectations of it. However I left the cinema thoroughly having enjoyed it and being pleasantly surprised. Robert De Niro plays Ben – a walking saint of human perfection – but he plays him well and makes him very likeable. Anne Hathaway also turns in a fun performance as the nutty business leader Jules, and shares good chemistry with De Niro. The film is thankfully void of the cliché of the two of them falling in love (though the hotel room scene oddly looks like it’s heading that way) – and also moves along at a mellow pace that doesn’t get tiring. The two leads are very likeable characters and can rest the film on their performances alone. There’s not much of a plot but there doesn’t need to be. The film got trashed by a lot of male critics who seemed pissed that the lead was a female who worked in fashion – even going out of their way to call it anti-feminist because she was married with a daughter. What I took away from it is a nice moral that one can still find new ways to enjoy life in old age – much the same as The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. However there is an incredibly bizarre sequence that features four of Jules’s staff breaking into her mother’s house to erase a rude email. It was a tad out of place. 7/10

 

Pan:

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Joe Wright directing a Peter Pan origin story? Joe Wright as in the man who brought us Atonement and Pride & Prejudice? You bet I was hyped up for this. And you bet I left the cinema feeling disappointed as hell. If you haven’t seen this yet, I guarantee you that you’ve already seen it. Let’s see – young boy dissatisfied with life, sucked into a fantasy world where he’s really the chosen one, doesn’t believe in himself until the third act, is trained by another character who knew his mother and even has an orphan’s trinket that comes in useful. There was lots of potential to make a workable story for Peter Pan, but it sadly went down the same route as Spielberg’s Hook – trying too hard to create magic and failing dismally. I found myself comparing it to Oz: The Great & Powerful which – while not without its flaws – still had great ideas and made an impression on me. This instead feels like bad Peter Pan fanfiction, though it is helped slightly by a campy performance from Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. Likewise Levi Miller does his best as Peter and I hope he moves past this film’s failure. The film wasn’t helped by odd casting choices such as Garrett Hedlund turning the future Captain Hook into an Indiana Jones wannabe, or Rooney Mara’s whitewashing of the Native American Tiger Lilly. Still the effects are good and the climax is somewhat spectacular. But you can file this one under missed opportunities. There were plenty of times where I felt the film was going to redeem itself and kick into gear – but it’s really a hot mess. 5/10

The Last Witch Hunter:

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Much like when we went to see Self/Less it was my birthday and this was the most tolerable looking thing on the list. I went in not expecting much and I was pleasantly surprised. Vin Diesel plays Kaulder – a man with the power to hunt down witches and other dark beings. Cursed with immortality, he quickly uncovers a plot to resurrect the evil Witch Queen who cursed him in the first place. While hardly a gripping story, the film clearly put a lot of thought and effort into its villains and action scenes. In direct contrast to Pan, which churned out every kids’ adventure cliché in the hope that something would stick, there seemed to be actual care put into this flick. It’s infinitely more watchable than Jurassic World. The story is apparently inspired by Vin Diesel’s own Dungeons & Dragons witch hunter character. Diesel is likeable enough and is flanked by good performances from Elijah Wood and Michael Caine of all people. But the real surprise is Rose Leslie as Chloe – a good witch who helps the protagonist. The character is very fun and thankfully avoids falling into the clichéd love interest trap. Apparently there was a kiss scene filmed, but someone had the good sense to cut it. Had this film ended with a relationship where the actors have a twenty year age difference, the rating would be considerably lower. It was definitely a pleasant surprise. 7/10

 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II:

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While I can’t say that the hype for the end of The Hunger Games franchise is as huge as for something like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings – I was still excited to see the film nonetheless. As Part I was mostly just setting the stage, Part II really upped the ante. I think watching this film makes it clear that Jennifer Lawrence will be around for a long time in Hollywood. The woman’s acting is incredible and she completely sucks you into Katniss’s mind as her world crumbles all around her. Josh Hutcherson likewise gets to do a bit more as Peeta than he usually did in the previous films – since he’s now a wannabe mole sent to kill Katniss. The film’s action scenes are brilliantly done, with the battle in the sewers really taking the honours. There’s very little bad I have to say about the film. It’s a fitting end to the franchise and Jennifer Lawrence clearly has a bright future in the film business. I will say that I was a little disappointed I didn’t get to see more of Jena Malone’s Johanna – especially after how entertaining she was in the second film. It’s also time to sadly bid adieu to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – as this marks the final film he shot before he passed away. 8/10

 

Jem & the Holograms:

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It’s been said that Batman Begins was both a blessing and a curse for the film industry. On one hand, it proved that superhero movies could be just as compelling as Oscar-winning dramas. On the other, it inspired countless imitators to reboot every franchise with a gritty ‘realism’ tone – whether it needed one or not. Let’s compare Batman to the latest franchise that got rebooted. The first is about a man whose parents are murdered and he decides to fight crime as a vigilante. The second is about a computer that uses holograms to turn girls into pop stars. Does that sound like something that needs a gritty reboot? Jem & the Holograms has very little in common with its cartoon counterpart and unfortunately ends up as a bland cliché storm. Made on a budget of $5 million and it lets you know it – with half the movie filled up of footage nabbed off YouTube, and friggin Google Earth used for travel montages. It also has a rather idiotic view on how one becomes web-famous; Jerrica becomes a sensation, gets signed and attracts a legion of fans after uploading one video? The real tragedy is the wickedly talented Aubrey Peeples going to waste in such a film. Her performance and those of the other young actresses keep the film at least watchable until the end. Juliette Lewis is likewise mildly entertaining as a female version of the cartoon’s main villain. The costume design and make-up is also rather nice to look at – and is the closest the film comes to resembling the cartoon. For a film about a band, only the song “Young Blood” is any good. Indeed the scene where that is performed seems like a point where the film might redeem itself – but alas. The other redeeming quality about the film is the last-minute appearance from The Misfits, complete with Kesha as Pizazz – for a sequel that clearly isn’t going to happen. 4/10

 

Brooklyn:

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Now at the age of twenty three, Saoirse Ronan is one of the most successful Irish actresses of the day. And yet it’s not until this film right here that she actually gets to play an Irish character. She plays Eilis Lacey, a young girl who leaves her conservative hometown of Enniscorthy for a new life in New York. In spite of homesickness, Eilis finds love with a young Italian-American Tony, played to perfection by the young Emory Cohen. Her home beckons however, as does a local man played by Domhnall Gleeson. The story is pretty basic and it doesn’t challenge you too much – but it’s lifted into something very nice by a good production design and good performances from the young actors. What really makes this film something memorable for me is that it doesn’t shy away from a moral that a lot of stories surprisingly struggle with. I’m personally sick and tired of seeing the story of a small town country mouse hating their new life in the big city, and being rewarded by returning home. This film however shoots that idea to hell – and tells its audience that emigration can actually be a good thing, and that leaving home can be a happy occasion. The scenes in Enniscorthy after Eilis returns undoubtedly hit home with a lot of former emigrants themselves – especially those who came from the same period as Eilis herself, and had to deal with the very same gossipy hens. With their gleaming smiles, sugary malice and manipulative nature, they manage to be almost as chilling as the infamous Stepford Wives. As such it’s a real ‘oh effin yeah!’ moment when Eilis finally tells them off. A basic story that was made nice and watchable, as well as a really good moral. I also popped at the sight of the underrated Nora Jane Noone in a small role. 7/10

 

So all in all, how did our candidates do?

Best Film? The Martian

The only one to get 10/10 in my opinion easily towers over the rest.

Worst Film? Exodus: Gods & Kings

Ridley Scott manages a two-fer with this disaster. Thankfully it was first the worst.

Biggest Disappointment? Pan

I was really excited for this one and it turned out to be such a disaster.

Biggest Surprise? A Royal Night Out

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. More people need to see this movie.

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