Previews: Logan Trailer, Loving, and more!

Plenty of great previews this week, including the new Logan trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Loving, and more…

Logan Trailer

Here is the first Logan trailer, the latest film in the X-Men series. The film is set in the future, and sees Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart reprise their roles. Logan is directed by James Mangold, who helmed 2013’s The Wolverine. The film is set for release in cinemas in 2017.

Loving Featurette

Loving tells the true story of the Richard and Mildred Loving, who fought for their right to live as an interracial couple in late 1950s America. This featurette sees the the cast of the film, including Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, discuss the characters and the wider background. Loving will be released in UK cinemas on 3rd February 2017.

A Cure for Wellness Trailer

This trailer for A Cure for Wellness looks intriguing. The film is a psychological thriller from director Gore Verbinski. A young executive is sent to a remote wellness centre to retrieve his company’s CEO. Starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs, A Cure for Wellness is set for release in early 2017.

Collateral Beauty Poster

Collateral Beauty poster

Here is the latest poster for Collateral Beauty. The film is about an advertising executive, and the group of colleagues who get him to confront his grief. The film features a stellar cast, including Will Smith, Edward Norton, and Helen Mirren. Collateral Beauty will be out in cinemas on 26th December 2016.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

So for most of this first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it seems as if Marvel are withholding Baby Groot. But, have no fear, they deliver at the very end. The eagerly anticipated sequel sees the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy reunite. Brand new footage of James Gunn’s film can be seen at screenings of Doctor Strange (released on the 25th October). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on 28th April 2017.

The Accountant TV Spot

Here is one of the latest TV spots for The Accountant. The film had its European premiere in London’s Leicester Square this week. The Accountant stars Ben Affleck as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous organisations. The film hits UK screens on 4th November 2016.

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a hugely entertaining summer blockbuster which will undoubtedly put a smile on its audience’s face.

Out in space, human Peter Quill steals an orb to sell on. Little does he realise that this object is sought after by a villain who seeks mass destruction. Peter must team up with an unlikely band of individuals to save the galaxy…

Guardians of the Galaxy is tremendous fun. Director and co-writer James Gunn gets the tone of the film spot on. Guardians of the Galaxy combines action and adventure with humour in the style of the best blockbuster movies.

There is ample humour in Guardians of the Galaxy. The jokes work on a number of levels, and are a great source of amusement. Nevertheless, the comedy does not detract from more serious elements of the narrative. The strength of Guardians of the Galaxy is its ability to quickly shift in tone in a manner which is convincing.

The script of Guardians of the Galaxy works well to introduce a host of characters. The film develops these characters with their distinct personalities without taking anything away from the narrative. The chemistry between the protagonists is good; the script is peppered with humorous interactions.

Pacing in the film is excellent, with momentum being held for the two-hour run time. Action sequences are finely executed. There is a good balance of effects-laden set pieces and one-on-one combat. The art direction of Guardians of the Galaxy is such that the highly-stylised worlds are both visually sumptuous, yet plausible within the universe created.

Chris Pratt shows off his comedy chops as Peter. The actor is also convincing in more serious moments. Bradley Cooper is amusing as the voice of Rocket, whilst Dave Bautista offers good delivery as Drax. Both the score and soundtrack of the film are fantastic.

Guardians of the Galaxy just might be the most fun film of the summer. With shades of Star Wars, this blockbuster is highly recommended.

Film Review: Super

As an ordinary-guy-turns-superhero film, Super offers more depth than last year’s Kick-Ass. James Gunn’s film deserves more attention than it so far has received.

Frank is a regular guy working at a diner and living with his wife Sarah. When Sarah leaves him for drug-dealer Jacques, Frank is distraught. After a vision, Frank decides to become superhero Crimson Bolt. Although he lacks prowess, Frank is determined to fight crime and win back Sarah…

Super combines action with drama and comedy. Written and directed by James Gunn, the film has an unusual tone. It can quickly leap from humorous to sad. In this way, is has more heart than Kick-Ass; it lacks the whimsical nature of Matthew Vaughn’s film. Instead, the film offers a narrative which is more relatable, and a character who is in turmoil.

That is not to say that the film is entirely serious. There are a number of amusing incidents in Super. However, these tend to be quite darkly humorous. Some of the violence, for example, is comedic in its grotesqueness. Elsewhere, it becomes clear that Frank doesn’t know what he is doing in terms of behaving like a superhero. The cinema scene illustrates this well, and is one of the film’s most memorable sequences.

The mix of live action and animation is effective. Although the film is set in the real world, these animated sections allow it to indulge in fantasy. Moreover, the visceral effects in Super work well. The level of gratuity seems to be more for comic effect than for shock value.

Characters in the film are not typical of the comic book genre. Frank is not a typical superhero in terms of either looks or personality. There is a real sadness to the protagonist, which gives the film an emotional core. Sarah is not a archetype damsel in distress either. Rather than the helpless victim captured by the ogre, Sarah is a drug user who first comes into contact with Jacques through her habit.

Rainn Wilson is excellent casting as Frank. Wilson really embodies the character, and is thoroughly believable in his anguish. Liv Tyler is decent as Sarah, while Ellen Page is suitably energetic and annoying as Libby. Kevin Bacon is decent as Jacques, providing both charm and danger.

Super balances the emotion with humour effectively. For those prepared for something a little dark, it is well worth the watch.

Super is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on 1st August 2011.