Written and Directed by: Damon Beesley and Iain Morris // Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas
I’ve gone back and forth writing this one, trying to explain how, although I enjoyed this movie, I have this very conflicted relationship with embracing “lowbrow” humour. It’s all nonsense though. I’ve heard genuinely brilliant, clever comedians I respect as much as anyone extolling the comedic virtues of a fart, so praising a completely passable teen comedy shouldn’t be so difficult for me. But I am a wreck of irrational anxieties and I guess it is hard to embrace toilet humour with your head so far up your own ass. I liked it though.
A bunch of unique endings and I think I fumbled my way towards the least engaging. I bet a lot of people get that one, too, because I played fairly conservatively. In fact, a part of me feels like you’d have to be pretty contrary in your choices to get some of the better endings, but maybe I’m wrong. I guess that’s what makes playing a game based so directly on individual moral choices so dope. I look forward to Season 3 and I cannot wait for the Game of Thrones game in the meantime.
Directed by: Gareth Edwards // Written by: Max Borenstein & Dave Callaham // Starring: Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
I thought this was okay. At first it was fairly rough because the characters and dialogue weren’t doing much for me, but I made a conscious decision after about twenty minutes that salvaged the experience: watch it as if it’s a B-movie tribute with deliberately weak dialogue and just try to appreciate the monsters and the carnage. It sounds a little bit snobby perhaps, but sincerely once I did that things went a lot better. There were moments I was reminded of Jurassic Park - albeit maybe Jurassic Park 2 or 3 - and I feel like most of the monster stuff was handled very well. You just have to try and blank out most of the stuff with the humans.
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller // Written by: Andrew J. Cohen & Brendan O’Brien // Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz
Well, considering I felt reasonably positive about The Guilt Trip, it’s pretty fair to say I enjoy almost any Seth Rogen-led comedy. This was no different. The leads are solid, it’s peppered with a ton of cameos from really funny people and I laughed a bunch. There is a part of me that wonders whether my standards have slipped a lot now I’m not watching so many movies - my family were pretty nonplussed by it - but mostly I think it was good. Simple, compact and funny.