July 2012 – You don’t wanna know what I have to do for twenties
July 30, 2012 Leave a comment
This month saw the release of The Amazing Spider-man, Magic Mike, Friends With Kids, Seeking A Friend For The End Of the World, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, The Dark Knight Rises and The Lorax, while I caught Ted ahead of its release courtesy of Show Film First. Unfortunately, none of the above managed to shift the summer season from its cinematic rut. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been genuinely blown away since The Avengers, and that was back in April.
Surprisingly, it was the animated releases that really let the month down. While Ice Age has never been my favourite franchise, I had real hopes for The Lorax. Alas, it was instead the latest in a long line of adaptations that have failed to do Dr. Seuss’ classic creations justice. Meanwhile, dramedies Friends With Kids and Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World seemed to fall into the no-man’s-land between both genre’s, even if the latter was substantially better then the former.
It was the superheroes that came out on top this month, with both The Amazing Spider-man and The Dark Knight Rises scoring solid three and a half star reviews for their handling of two of the genre’s most famous figureheads. The Dark Knight Rises improved on its predecessors with a newfound emotional centre in Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even if it did once again fall foul to Christian Bale’s tedious take on the caped crusader himself. Andrew Garfield made for a far punchier protagonist, imbuing Peter Parker with an angst and wit that Tobey Maguire’s was always lacking. Heck, there was so much to like I had to write a second review.
In addition to film-related duties, which this month included my first ever D-Box experience, I also contributed the first of (hopefully) many articles to Caroline O’Donoghue’s wonderful Work In Prowess, including one on the predicted highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I also tuned into the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics (as put together by Danny Boyle), it’s safe to say I’ve never been so caught up in a sporting event before. Ever.
I ended the month — as I have the last eighteen — with the next James Bond movie for BlogalongaBond. July’s prescribed instalment was The World Is Not Enough, and for the first time since this exercise began I was left wanting more. Rather apt, really.
Film of the moth: The Amazing Spider-man