Avengers: Age of Ultronis going to be in UK cinemas in a little over a month and this third full trailer for the film makes it perfectly clear that fans can expect just as much epic action in this sequel as they did from the first outing. But with Loki nowhere to be seen, will there be enough charisma amongst the rest of the cast to carry this weighty comic book romp?
An evil artificial intelligence created inadvertently by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is on the loose with a robot army and the Avengers are the only thing standing between humankind and a Terminator-style extinction. And by this point very few people are on the fence about Marvel's comic book adaptations; you either love them or you're sick of them.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will land loud and proud in the UK on April 23rd.
As soulless and unintentionally hilarious those perfume ads starring Ryan Reynolds, Fifty Shades of Grey is the understandably tepid Hollywood adaptation of a best-selling erotic novel that everyone stopped talking about two years ago. The characters are shapeless and shallow, the actors beleaguered by bad dialogue and the plot a plodding, perfunctory framework to house the all too infrequent sex scenes. It could have been worse, sure. But as an unabashed cash-in, it’s hard to imagine how it could have been done better.
Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) is a student journalist who interviews reclusive billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) as a favour to a friend. Her coy nervousness piques Grey’s interest and he begins to pursue her like a hunter stalks a deer. The two end up embarking on a sexual odyssey together, with Grey revealing that his predilections lurk at the kinkier end of the erotic spectrum. Steele is expected to sign a contract, committing her to Grey as a submissive fuck-servant. But she is keen to coax the romantic side out of her cold, calculating lover, and find the root of his callous behaviour between the sheets.
The purpose of Fifty Shades of Grey in its papery form was to act as a masturbatory aid for its readers. And there was no way that a mainstream movie could recreate its graphic content. So what we’re left with is fleeting nudity and far too much emphasis on the flimsy characters. On the plus side it’s beyond parody, and raises the question “is there anything worse than the thought of having to watch two people you’ve learnt to empathise with having rough sex?” Since Steele and Grey are so one dimensional, they can go to town on one another without the audience having to overcome the obstacle of being emotionally invested in them.
The most recent pair of Fantastic Four movies were not that great. But a reboot in the wake of the Marvel renaissance was inevitable. And the trailer for Fantastic Four gives us hope that it might actually be solid. Hooray!
Directed by the chap behind the excellent Chronicle, the movie is an origins story for the Fab 4, and thus stars young actors in roles that would normally be filled by older sorts. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan play four people accidentally endowed with superpowers after an experiment gone wrong. And once they've learnt to control their abilities, they have to use them against a bad guy. Standard stuff, but hopefully brought to life with a little imagination and flair.
Fantastic Four will be in UK cinemas on August 6th, during another superhero movie-packed summer.
Oh Simon Pegg! We've missed you ever since you shot off to Hollywood and became chums with J.J. Abrams. Although to be fair, you haven't neglected your hardcore fans too badly in the interim. The World's End was good, after all. And now you're in Kill Me Three Times, an Australian action-comedy in which you play a hit man. Ok, we'll stop addressing you directly now because frankly this is getting weird.
Charlie Wolfe (Pegg) is a professional assassin who gets embroiled in a trio of deadly tales after a hit-gone-wrong. With a cool moustache and a British accent, Wolfe is an outsider observing increasingly chaotic events. And this trailer definitely has us intrigued.
Kill Me Three Times doesn't have a UK release date yet, but hopefully we'll be getting it in some form this year.