Summer Releases Continued

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

With the British Summer being typically British, i.e rain, thunder storms. Why not pop over to your local cinema? A quick overview of the latest films out in cinemas in the U.K.

To begin, Keira Knightley and Steve Carell star in the Romantic Dramedy, Seeking A Friend For The End of the World. The film, directed and written by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist). The plot:  ‘As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.’

An odd premise for a film, the end of the world. But the film has received mixed reviews from critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes, 51% of critics gave it a positive review, with the consensus “Tender, charming, and well-acted, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is unfortunately humstrung by jarring tonal shifts and a disappointing final act.”

Clearly, the film is ideal for rainy days, and a chance to escape from the humdrum of life.

This film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Cody Horn. After Channing Tatum’s stripper past was revealed in 2009, having moved on from Step Up in to more credible roles, such as Dear John. Soderbergh decided to make light of his past talents and cast him in Magic Mike. 

The plot: ‘When college dropout Adam (Pettyfer) gets a job on a construction site, he’s befriended by Mike (Tatum) and joins him at the male strip club managed by cocky showman Dallas (clothes-allergic McConaughey). Adam’s sister Brooke (Horn), a nurse, is protective of her little bro’, and undecided about romantic overtures from Mike.’

The film, a sure box office hit, has many good points, it is set in Tampa, Florida rather than Miami, which in turn, grounds the film. Pettyfer, has also been noted as a break out performer, wonderfully believable as the troubled Adam.

It is hardly a deeply moving film, but, if you like to stare at scantily clad men, then see this.

Ice Age 4 – wait what, there’s another one? Clearly, animated films have developed over the years and instead of being just a film, they have developed in to a franchise. Much like Shrek, which started off as a wonderfully unique film, taking the mick of Disney fairytales and with a decidedly grumpy protagonist has lost it’s pazzaz, it’s flair. Has Ice Age done the same as Shrek? Lost it’s intial flair and simply become a franchise? A cash cow?

Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears A Who!) and Mike Thurmeier (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs). The plot: ‘Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.’

A family favourite, the main narrative feels a little worn out, Manny the Mammomth (Ray Romano)  is now a family guy with a rebellious teen daughter. But the real gem is the wacky “Scrat” character, a hungry, laugh a minute character still chasing after his beloved acorn. A film which is easily watchable, but nothing new is added to this already worn out franchise.

All films are out in cinemas across the U.K.

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