Monsters University(July 12th)
Forgetting the fact that Mike revealed he's been jealous of Sully's looks since the fourth grade in Monsters, Inc., Pixar's first prequel focuses on their early relationship and how they both became scarers. As hard as it is to admit, the arrival of a new Pixar film just doesn't rouse the same level of excitement that it used to and the build-up to MU had the faint whiff of desperation about it. And while it has the usual warmth, humour and top-notch animation, it's missing that spark of magic that made all of Pixar's films so wonderful. The beginning was a chore and it only got going once Mike and Sully's relationship began to flourish. It's perfectly fine, but 'fine' is what we expect from DreamWorks. To put it bluntly, I cared more about that sad blue umbrella in a few minutes then I did about anyone throughout the entire film.
The Wolverine(July 25th)
Alas, this is not a screengrab from the inevitable post-credits sting.
Full review here. I'm not writing one again.
The Heat(July 31st)
Paul Feig continues his one-man quest to convince idiots women are funny and can lead a film with The Heat; an obvious but hilarious buddy comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Neither woman has to work very hard seeing as Bullock's character is basically the lovechild of her roles from Miss Congeniality and The Proposal and McCarthy gives her Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids performance a swearier edge. Still, that's all forgiven once the consistent big laughs arrive courtesy of Katie Dippold's script and the chemistry between the two leads. A shame then that they're probably going to ruin it with an unnecessary sequel. But hey, that didn't happen with Miss Congeniality. Or Legally Blonde. Shit...
Only God Forgives(August 2nd)
Since its boo-ridden premiere at Cannes a lot has been said about Only God Forgives, and most of it has been overwhelmingly negative. Even if I weren't interested in Ryan Gosling parading around in a white t-shirt and Cliff Martinez's woozy score it would still be a must-watch because the worst thing about a polarizing film is not being able to form an opinion yourself. True, there's very little substance or point to Refn's Drive follow-up but once I stopped looking for the things that weren't there (characters, sense and a plot that takes up more than a heart-shaped Post-It) I found it bizarrely enjoyable. I consumed this film much like I would a piece of art in a museum; stare at it, enjoy it and come to my own conclusions later. That conclusion being that despite being shallower than a paddling pool and occupying its own rectum, Only God Forgives is kind of good.