A couple of movies for half term action with my son…
Avengers: Infinity War.
This highly anticipated movie is a worthy addition to the vast MCU catalogue and a successful (mostly) hint as to how this staggeringly successful movie run will be concluded.
Overall its very well done. Everything focuses on the antagonist and his quest, so the sheer number of spandex super bods mean that some of the favourite characters do not have as much screen time as in past movies, and of course this will disappoint some fans. To their credit though the Russo bothers manage to weave all of the MCU characters into a complex yet coherent narrative with plot links tracing back throughout the MCU. A very impressive juggling act. Also, the directors do not pull their emotional punches, creating an unexpectedly potent villain in the CGI guise of Thanos (Josh Brolin), even if he does look a little like a throbbing gnarly purple thumb who’s overdone the steroids.
As expected, the effects are first rate (even the angry thumb) and all of the worlds / realms are beautifully rendered. A little relentless at times though and Yeti Junior found it a little hard going in places, as its impressively dark in tone for a mainstream super hero flick.
Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Now this was an interesting experience. I really didn’t want to see this movie as I’d read about the issues and expected it to be compete turkey shoot, but as it was The Boy Yeti’s choice, Solo it was. And… A genuine surprise. After the initial acclimatisation that an imposter is playing Han Solo, it zips along at a decent pace - and is not hindered by any annoying 'The Force is Strong' plot elements. There are some excellent set pieces, a gravity train heist probably the standout.
Considering the production implosion with Lord & Miller leaving the project so far into filming and Ron Howard picking up the megaphone, I expected it to be a real hotchpotch. Surprisingly Ron Howard has quite effectively cobbled something together out of Lord & Miller’s original vision, while still adding his own take on the characters past. Quite an achievement in itself.
There’s the obvious back story box ticking plot points - which are rather clunky and a little groan inducing. But negatives aside, Alden Ehrenreich does a passable Harrison Ford interpretation, and the rest of the cast are excellent - esp Paul Bethany who really gets to bare his teeth. But, its Phobe Waller Bridge of Fleabag (superb) fame who is the stand out as Droid L3 - she’s simply tremendous!
I don’t think its going to do well in terms of box office returns as there were only four people in the cinema - including us!
Far better than expected.