Adventures in Cinema: April 2014
Continuing Kinnemaniac’s new regular monthly column, offering short reviews of every new film seen at the cinema during any given month. This will be updated after every cinema visit for an ongoing summary of what’s worth seeing on the big-screen. See also January, February, March.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Full marks to Marvel for ambition, as this is (nearly) a fully-fledged espionage thriller with its feet on the ground, and as such the perfect contrast to outings by fellow Avengers. But the constant need to tip the hat to the fans drowns the central story in continuity; is there actually any need for the Winter Soldier to appear here? HIGHLIGHT: the refreshingly punchy, CGI-lite street battles, closer in texture to Michael Mann’s Heat than standard superhero fare.
The Raid 2
Short version: fucking hell. Long version: it didn’t really need to be a sequel to The Raid at all (the plot was retro-fitted from an earlier idea, and it shows), but as a wider canvas for Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais to spill more blood, this can’t really be faulted. I haven’t been this enthralled by action since John Woo left Hong Kong. HIGHLIGHT: the car chase, if only for the tantalising suggestion that Evans can turn his hand to anything.
aka, woah! Darren Aronofsky goes mental with a visionary symphony of the banal, the beautiful and the bonkers. A lot of it doesn’t work, but that somehow makes the magic moments all the more unexpected and engaging.HIGHLIGHT: an angel ascends and Aronofsky follows, leaving behind Clint Mansell’s storming score for a moment of pure, scintillating silence.
Thanks to Showcase Cinemas.
Tagged 2014 films