The Quarterly Review: UK releases April – June 2016
The second quarter of 2016 can probably be considered a bit of a step down from the first. After the highs of outings such as Deadpool and 10 Cloverfield Lane, the period of April – June 2016 delivered some big titles with very little punch.
Eye In The Sky stands tall as the best film of this period, an outstanding thriller starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman. Captain America: Civil War continued Marvel’s dominance of the super hero genre, and James Wan delivered with his highly anticipated horror flick, The Conjuring 2. On the family front, The Jungle Book was an outstanding live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous story.
Captain America: Civil War and The Conjuring 2 were both highly anticipated films that did not disappoint. The Jungle Book was also a visually impressive and wonderfully engaging movie. Something of a surprise was how enjoyable Warcraft was, and while we didn’t expect miracles, Money Monster was also a pleasant surprise. Independance Day: Resurgence rounded out the end of the quarter on something of a ‘meh’ note. I’m not prepared to call it a bad film, and for much of it I found it quite enjoyable, but it overall failed to deliver on its promise.
With the exception of Civil War, the big franchise movies of the second quarter generally failed to deliver. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows didn’t disappoint purely because I expected nothing from it, and nothing is pretty much what it gave us. Same can be said for X-Men: Apocalypse, which was a step up from some of its predecessors, but still really failed to thrill. The Huntsman: Winter’s War had some stunning visuals and was absolutely owned by Charlize Theron, but that aside, it felt messy and needed to be a little tighter in terms of its story telling.
On the action front, Bastille Day was possibly the most disappointing film released April – June, purely on the basis that we held such high hopes for it, and our American friends warned us last year not to expect too much from Gods of Egypt, and while it may not have been as bad as we’d been lead to believe, it still wasn’t particularly good.
On the horror front, Friend Request started out okay but quickly went downhill, frustrating horror fans such as myself who would have loved something to pin up next to The Conjuring 2, and the Kevin Bacon vehicle The Darkness was just awful. Awful! Awful! Awful! I rate it as one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.
ON THE HORIZON
The Legend of Tarzan is right around the corner, and kicks off a HUGE summer of movies that will also feature the divisive Ghostbusters, and Star Trek Beyond. Matt Damon returns as super spy Jason Bourne, and Warner Bros. will attempt to resurrect their flagging DC cinematic universe with the highly anticipated Suicide Squad.
For the kids, The Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory will likely lead the charge.
Horror fans have a fair bit to look forward to as well, with the James Wan produced Lights Out emerging in August as well as shark thriller The Shallows.