First up this month: The Amazing Spiderman 2 (April 8). Sadly this new (well, almost new, as this is his second go round) Spiderman suffers from his chronological closeness to the last one; Andrew Garfield is a good Spidey, but Tobey Maguire was a great Spidey (up until Spiderman 3, that is).
Happily, almost everything else is spot-on. Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan’s evil, angular Harry Osbourne is much more appropriate than James Franco’s dead-eyed version. Perhaps this is because good-looking people can’t really pull off screen evil? Jamie Foxx (who plays Electro) and who is a bit of a ride IRL, is given a make-under and a comb-over presumably to bring out his inner evil, while Paul Giamatti (Rhino) – not the most aesthetically blessed – is left as is. He even throws in a Russian accent to make him doubly bad, but it’s overkill. His face is enough.
Anyway, just like every other movie, Spidey surmounts the seemingly insurmountable at great personal cost. Boo Hoo.
Next up: deathly dark comedy in the form of Calvary (April 11) from John McDonagh, the writer and director of the surprisingly brilliant The Guard.
Brendan Gleeson plays Fr James, a priest intent on making the world a better place for the parishioners of his dioceses who seem intent on making it worse. One day during confession, a penitent threatens to kill him and as the appointed date approaches, things get darker and more comically disturbing.
A killer cast of familiar faces – including David Mc Savage as a cassock-wearing Bishop (the same cassock he wears when he snatches children in The Savage Eye, probably) coupled with McDonagh’s fantastic writing/ direction makes this a mega must-see this month.
Finally, this month: The Love Punch (April 18), a middle-aged heist comedy starring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan (plus Timothy Spall!).
The plot is thus: divorced Richard Jones (Brosnan) is looking forward to a retirement (aren’t we all, mate!) as he rocks up to the office for his last day of work. But, since people can’t sail off into the sunset in the first 20 minutes of a movie, a problem surfaces – his company goes bankrupt after a fraudulent buy-out, leaving Richard with no retirement riches. So, he enlists the help of his ex-wife Kate (Thompson) and sets out to track down the fraudster who nicked his nest egg, and exact a bit of well-deserved revenge. Mild hilarity ensues.