Film

Killing Bono/ Red Riding Hood/ Thor

First up this month is Killing Bono (April 1), based Neil McCormack’s 2004 memoir ‘Killing Bono: I was Bono’s Doppelganger’.

Sadly, it’s not actually about the murder of Ireland’s most pompous pop star, more the story of two brothers, Neil and Ivan McCormick (Prince Caspian himself, Ben Barnes, and Misfits’ Robert Sheehan).

The brothers form a band in an attempt to become rock stars, only to be outdone at every turn by school-friends U2, who eventually become the most sanctimonious biggest band in the world. Tensions threaten to pull the brothers apart as they navigate the choppy waters of the music biz. Bo-no!

While it’s always great to see Robert Sheehan in stuff, Killing Bono is a dull, disappointing effort, although it does chronicle a sadly bygone era: Ireland pre-U2.

Next up is Red Riding Hood (April 15), directed by Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke.

‘Red’ Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) lives in a village in the midst of a dense forest where a dangerous wolf has been hunting villagers for centuries.

But Red is too busy staring dreamily at hunky woodcutter, Peter (Shiloh Fernandes) to care about such things until the wolf kills her sister and the village denounces her as a witch.

Then, as they say, things get personal, and Red is forced to fight for the man she loves (who may or may not be the Big Bad Wolf) whilst simultaneously trying to clear her name.

In theory, this meant to be a sexy, grown-up version of the ancient children’s tale with the dark subtext of the story brought to the fore. In reality, it’s just Twilight in a forest, sans vampires but complete with dead-eyed heroine and luscious lupine love interest.

Last, but certainly not least this month is hammer-slinging hottie, Thor (April 27).

The story centres on Norse god of thunder Thor (Chris Hemsworth), an impetuous but attractive brute who, after some extremely undiplomatic manoeuvres, is expelled from the paradise of Asgard and sent to Earth to dwell amongst mere mortals.

Once there though, he learns what heroism is all about when the most dangerous villain in Asgard (that tricksy Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston) hatches a plot to invade Earth. Can Thor save his feeble human friends in a high-octane fight scene? Or will he keep it Lo-ki?

Yes, Thor is a bit predictable and yes, it’s a based on one of Marvel’s “lesser” comic titles, but don’t let that discourage you – the cast (which includes Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman) are fantastic, the action scenes exciting and if that wasn’t enough it’s also directed by Shakespearean luuvie Kenneth Brannagh.

Sure, it’s no Spiderman, but it’s no Howard the Duck either.

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