I haven’t seen many movies this month but with just one exception I have liked them all, I have also seen my favourite movie of the year so far.
Transformers: Age Of Extinction – Michael Bay has replaced Shia LaBeouf with Mark Wahlberg, he has also changed most of the robot characters. In the process he has failed to deliver anything we haven’t seen in the previous movies, and it is soooooo long. Stanley Tucci’s comic relief is the only bright spot in the movie.
Boyhood – Richard Linklater not only set his coming of age story over twelve years, he shot it over twelve years. Nothing out the ordinary happens, it is all the better for this. It’s about the same length as Transformers but never feels long.
Begin Again – Treads a similar path to writer/director John Carney’s earlier film Once. It isn’t as engaging or endearing as Once but is well worth watching largely for likeable leads Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.
The Purge: Anarchy – Sequel to last years The Purge takes the story from the confines of a house and moves thinks onto the streets. As much a satire as a horror thriller, they wear their B movie credentials with pride. While the first film owes a debt to John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) this sequel has more in common with Walter Hill’s The Warriors (1979).
Hercules: Starring the actor formally known as The Rock, this sword and sandals movie attempts to strip away the fantasy and mythology. On the whole it works, the movie is dumb, but lots of fun and surprisingly entertaining.
Guardians of the Galaxy: If you have seen the previous Marvel/Avengers movies you will be familiar with the Infinity Stones, the items that are shaping up to be the central MacGuffin of the series. A disparate group of outlaws, The Collector (as seen in Thor: The Dark World) and a new “big bad” are all after said macguffin. Reminicent of 70’s and 80’s sci-fi, it’s the best space adventure since Serenity (2005).