April 2012 – I have a plan: attack!

Four months into 2012 and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most exciting years for blockbuster releases in a long while. After The Hunger Games broke pre-sale records and John Carter finally earnt its budget back, summer kicked off early with a slew of tentpole releases that – on the whole – proved as interesting as they did financially lucrative.

Mirror Mirror certainly opened April with style, Tarsem Singh’s eye for a startling visual giving his take on the old Disney classic a strong identity of its own, winning uncertain critics over and standing it in good stead for the inevitable comparisons to June’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Though it might have faltered in the third act with a finale that almost side-lined Julia Roberts’ evil queen completely, it managed to satisfy with a sweetness and charm that was lacking from Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood.

If Singh’s film was imbued with his trademark aesthetics, Joss Whedon brought his celebrated wit to both The Cabin In The Woods and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. While Cabin lampooned horror cliché to winning effect under the confident direction of Drew Goddard, The Avengers marked Whedon’s first time in the director’s chair since 2005’s Serenity. With many proclaiming the results the greatest example of cinematic superheroics yet filmed, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-man and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will have their work cut out for them if they are to compete with Whedon’s undeniable success.

Less impressive were Wrath of the Titans and Battleship. Although Wrath of the Titans marked a vast improvement on the Gemma Arterton-burdened original, using Bill Nighy to exemplary effect in a surprisingly enjoyable second act, Battleship proved almost indefensible, squandering lead actor Taylor Kitsch (I don’t care what you say, I thought he was fine in John Carter) and actively encouraging a worrying number of comparison’s to Michael Bay’s dismal Transformers trilogy. They could each have learnt something from Lockout, the latest release from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which overcame its flaws with a charismatic lead and a triumphant sense of humour.

Having received my accreditation for the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival, and finally recovered from the news that Sabrina the Teenage Witch is to be remade as a superhero origin story, all that was left was to tackle his month’s James Bond instalment for Incredible Suit’s BlogalongaBond. With Timothy Dalton bowing out after just two entries in the franchise, Licence to Kill continued an uncharacteristically strong run for the series, paving the way for Pierce Brosnan’s substantially smilier 007.

Oh yeah, and blah blah blah Amanda Seyfried.

Film of the month: Avengers Assemble

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I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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