Walter Black is very very VERY depressed. Heir to a crumbling toy manufacturer - Jerry Co (get it?), Walter does nothing but sleep and mope. So when he is chucked out by his weathered and exhausted wife, Walter is driven to the edge. After finding a curious beaver puppet in a store dumpster, Walter gets drunk and tries to kill himself. Suddenly, ‘the Beaver’ begins to talk, and before long this little brown muppet becomes Walter’s inner voice, his one and only shot at recovery.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
JJ Abrams is a self styled Spielberg of modern cinema. The man behind Lost, Star Trek 2009, Fringe and Cloverfield - it makes perfect sense that he would eventually come to notice of "the beard" himself. Super 8 sees director Abrams team with producer Spielberg in an effort to create a film which, on the surface, looks like something young Spielberg would have made back in the day. However, Super 8 ends up being more like The Iron Giant meets the Wonder Years, as opposed to what it "thinks" it is - The Goonies meets E.T.
James Franco is a funny old character. From lopping his arm off in a canyon to sleeping his way through the Oscars, this 30-something Californian born actor can never be accused of pigeon holing his carer. So it comes as no real surprise to see him playing the lead role in a film that, in all honesty, no one really wanted to see made. But before the barrage of ape puns begin, let me just say, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins two awards - longest title of the year so far, and most surprisingly coherent instalment of a dead franchise.
Jon Favreau is proving to be quite an asset in the cannon of actors turned director. His last five films have been mostly airing on the impressive and, more to the fact, uncontrollably enjoyable. I say mostly, because Zathura was like a sideways kick in the Gulliver. His latest outing, Cowboys and Aliens pulls on all the lessons learnt from his recent catalogue of filmage wonder and produces something quite grown up.
‘O! Say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming…’ Captain
is here! Oh yes! He might not pack the punch of the Hulk, or the charm of Iron Man, or even the luscious locks of Thor. In fact, he doesn’t even possess a cool outfit. So what does he possess? Sickening amounts of patriotism…and a bullet proof shield. So why do we care? Well, we don’t really, but The Avengers is coming out next year so it’s important to see the origins of Nick Fury’s soon to be newest employee. America