Review Roundup

There have been a slew of great films in cinemas recently. Just going to give a few brief thoughts on the ones I have seen – From here on in I will stay on top of the films I’ve seen and give a review to each one.
Che: Part 1:
Steven Soderbergh’s epic re-telling of Argentine revoulutionary Che Guevera’s guerilla years was split in two, with the Part 2 landing in late February. The film was wholly authentic, with a very strong lead performance from Benicio Del Toro as the title character. The interview scenes seemed to detract from the main story a bit too much but that was a minor flaw. The film will probably fit nicer when I’ve seen Part One and Two together.
Rating: 8.5/10

Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle’s follow up to Sunshine was a frenetic, emotional roller-coaster. Beautifully shot with the best musical score of the year, this film is a must-see and will melt the hardest of hearts.
Rating: 9/10

The Spirit

The worst film I have seen in some time. Despite having a great cast, it has a ludicrous story and the production design is weak in comparison to Sin City, in which Frank Miller was also involved. At least I didn’t pay to see it. So you heard it here, do not see The Spirit… please.
Rating: 2.5/10

The Wrestler

The best film this year thus far. Mickey Rourke gives the performance he will be remembered for. Shot in a documentary style, the film is a very authentic and often hearbreaking look at a side of professional wrestling we rarely get to see.
Rating: 9.5/10

True story of gay politician and activist Harvey Milk. A gripping tale of fighting against the odds, with an exceptional ensemble cast featuring James Franco, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch and Josh Brolin, not to mention Sean Penn as Milk, in one of the best performances of his illustrious career.
Rating: 9/10 

Role Models

Predicatable story but still delivers plenty of laughs courtesy of Sean William Scott and the always watchable Paul Rudd. Elizabeth Banks is completely put to waste though. The star of the show has to be Jane Lynch as the hilarious ‘Sturdy Wings’ leader. She’s been doing the rounds for years now and deserves more recognition.

Rating: 7/10

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