I give it a year (2013)


XMEN Apocalypse (2016)

Bryan Singer shows us what a good action movie can be, while developing characters and showing us great special effects.

Unlike The Avenger series, where cliched dialogue and mindless destruction in the form of a CGI overload usually mark the proceedings, here we have effects for the sake of narrative.

Oscar Isaac plays the villain with a patient, menacing quality, while Michael Fassbender plays Magneto with the dilemma most mutants face. James McAvoy is dependable as Charles Xavier, growing into his role and communicating volumes about his gifts and others’.

The ensemble cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn and Lucas Till, who add dimensions to the story with their character and are all important in the forces for and against. The premise, though anarchic, is also a direct attack on how we live our lives today and what we would be better off without.

An engaging tale, which is built slowly, giving actors the depth to perform and connect with the audience, the films’ strength was its story telling without relying on special effects. A remarkable feat!


Spy (2015)

All I knew about this film before walking in to the cinema was ‘Melissa McCarthy’ and that was enough. Throw in the director of ‘bridesmaids’ and ‘the heat’, Paul Fieg, and you have yourself a recipe of non-stop, unexpected humour!

Comedy meets action meets insanity in this laugh riot, which combines the cool, suave, spy world with a single woman who keeps getting into stereo types in order to do her job. She encounters an ex-colleague, Jason Statham, who won’t leave her alone, her gal pal and co- worker, Miranda Hart who brings much needed British wit on the table.

The villains though merciless are goofy in their own way, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne are silly caricatures. There’s Jude Law for a bit and Nargis Fakhri for a tiny bit. They provide the glamour quotient.

Actors have experimented with various accents to portray different nationalities. All done in good humour, there is a constant sexual tension with an agenda to entertain, which it does till the end.

A good laugh and a fun chase.