April is over, and with it, AGTM’s Avenging April season. It is time then for my monthly look back at the month in film, at least the films I saw, and assess how April went. I didn’t see as many films this month as I would have liked, partly due to other responsibilities, and partly due to there not being more films released. In the end I saw everything that I really wanted too, and that’s the main thing. Before we get on to the films, I would like to mention Game of Thrones. The second season is four episodes old, at the time of writing, and I have to say, it just gets better and better. I am currently reading book 3, A Storm of Swords, so I am a little ahead of the on screen action, however, I’m finding watching the events unfold in Westeros as exciting as reading them.
I love that the series seems to be doing things just a tiny bit different, it all adds to the awesomeness of Game of Thrones. Favourite characters? Well Tyrion obviously, but also Arya, Ser Jorah Mormont, Dany, Jon Snow and Rob Stark. With this series, you can never truly be sure that your favourite character will make it to the next episode, it’s a testament to the writing of George R. R. Martin, and the show runners, that they can keep you on your toes this much. I recommend you all check out Game of Thrones, but do yourself a favour, start with season one, don’t just jump in now, you will regret it if you don’t. Right, onwards to the movies, and quite a good selection this month.
Battleship was a film I wasn’t overly looking forward too. I do normally like these kind of brainless action films, for instance, I really like all the Transformer films, perfect popcorn entertainment. Battleship though isn’t based on transforming robots, but a pretty boring board game. I didn’t have to worry too much though, Hasbro seemed to have employed the Covenant from Halo as bad guys, and battle ship was a man vs alien menace film. Now I wouldn’t exactly recommend this film to everyone. It isn’t a great movie, but it is a hell of a lot of fun, and who doesn’t want to see a man with no legs slug an alien in the face? Things blow up, people look heroic or pretty, ships battle, Liam Neeson is in it, and it’s not all ‘America is the best country in the world whoo ha!’ either. The film has a quirky sense of humour, and I laughed a lot at it, when I was meant too. I felt the action was always played a little tongue in cheek, and was all the better for it. Worth seeing if you like explosions, hot blonde ladies, fun and don’t take things too seriously. It won’t win any awards, but it kept me entertained for 2 hours, and that’s what it was meant to do.
Cabin in the Woods was a film I had very little expectations for. I had kept away from most of the hype for it, and thought it was going to be a bog standard teens in peril movie. Boy, was I wrong. If it was not for The Avengers, this would be film of the month, and will likely be in a lot of critics top 10’s this year. The only problem with the film is that, you can’t really say why it is so awesome. The central idea is so amazingly awesome, that you have to experience it yourself. Do not read spoiler, do not listen to anyone talking about the plot. This film is amazing, and needs to be seen by any fan of horror. Seriously, so so good. That’s all I can really say about it other than this, and The Avengers has kind of changed my mind about Josh Whedon, someone who I was not a fan of before, I can definitely appreciate him now though, even if I still can’t warm to Buffy, or Firefly. Go see Cabin in the Woods, thank me later.
Lockdown is stupid, and silly and ridiculous, and I loved every single second of it. Guy Pearce plays a super hard wise ass of a Special Forces Agent, who has to go and save the presidents daughter, who has been taken hostage aboard a Maximum Security Space Prison. If you think that sounds shit, stop reading right now and skip to the Avengers, because, this film only gets more ridiculous. I loved it. Guy Pearce is a badass mother fucker in this film, who’d have thunk it? This is very much in the vein of The Transporter franchise, Luke Besson being involved in both. It has a slightly lame sense of humour, which makes all the jokes even better. It is super violent, has two Scottish thugs as the main bad guys and is a really fun 2 hours, if you like that sort of thing. Once again, this isn’t going to win any film prizes, no Oscars, but why does every film have to win awards? This is two hours of mindless, violent fun, set in a SPACE PRISON, where THE PRESIDENTS DAUGHTER, is kidnapped. What’s not to like?
The Avengers. Oh My Loki. I have written my impressions on first viewing The Avengers here. I loved every second of it, it is clearly the best movie to go see this month. Whedon has produced a near perfect film for comic fans. Everything promised in the previous Marvel Films (for more on those click here and here) was delivered in The Avengers, whilst also setting up the future of the Marvel Movie Universe. Run to see this film, it deserves to be seen in a theatre. I won’t write anything more on this for now, as I’m sure some of you haven’t seen it, don’t be spoiled, spoil yourself and buy a ticket.
In other news… Avenging April has been a success, so I think that in the future All Geek To Me will be doing more weekly or monthly special events. Hopefully we will have more news on this very soon. Thank you for reading, liking, commenting and re-blogging, it is always appreciated. Now, when is that new Batman Movie out…