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First Official Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie was released a few days ago. Now I adore all things superhero-related. I read comics as a kid, was addicted to Buffy, Angel and Smallville, and have eagerly anticipated each Marvel release as it’s been announced. The latest success came in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy, which I absolutely loved.

And I have to admit, I am a little excited to see the Fantastic Four film when it eventually arrives on our cinema screens. But there are a few things that irked my Marvel-loving brain when I watched this trailer.

1. Is it too soon to be releasing a Fantastic Four re-make, with a whole new cast? It might have been a fair few years ago, but it seems only yesterday Jessica Alba and company were making the promotional rounds for, admittedly, one of the worst Marvel adaptations ever made. The sequel was marginally better, but only because it included the Silver Surfer, one of the best comic book characters ever created. However, just because it wasn’t all that good, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be left alone for just a little bit longer. There’s currently an annoying school of thought in the film industry that superheroes should be capitalised on as much as is humanly possible, while they are still popular.  It is an irritating trend that I hope fades soon.

2. While the first trailer has been released, we won’t actually get to see the film for another six months. Look Hollywood, I know you want to make tons of money from superheroes, and that you want to have a big build up to this movie, where you release lots of trailers, clips and interviews with actors who ‘accidentally’ reveal plot details, in order to do. But here’s the thing, six months from now, when this movie is actually available for me to watch at my local cinema, I might not even bother. I’ll have had enough of the waiting and the taunting, and, frankly, I will just want it to be over. I know that this is how Hollywood works, but I think the industry should have a good long look at itself, and consider changing its ways.

3. What made the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers so great? The fact that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They are injected with enough humour to make them enjoyable to everyone. Too many thrills and not enough laughs can destroy a movie like this. And the teaser trailer is ridiculously dark. There’s not an ounce of funny in that entire thing. This may not reflect the entire film, but then isn’t that what a trailer is supposed to do? I just hope Miles Teller will bring some of his charisma and natural comedic ability to the role, to lighten the mood a bit. Otherwise we could be facing another not-so-good Fantastic Four movie that is forgotten about and re-made in a couple of years.

Have a look at the trailer and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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Flight

Everyone loves a bit of Denzel Washington… I have tried to find a fault with him over the years and I just can’t. He is simply brilliant.

And no less so in his latest feature Flight, in which he plays William “Whip” Whitaker, a pilot who manages to, against the odds, land his crashing plane to avoid many casualties and becomes an automatic, old-fashioned, American hero.

However, he is also an alcoholic, cocaine user and generally messed up guy, having little contact with his former wife and son, who have both given up on him. The crash forces him to face up to his shortcomings as it is revealed that he had a high level of alcohol and cocaine in his system on  the day of the flight, leading to potential charges of manslaughter and jail time. As he fights with lawyers and co-workers to prevent being sent to prison his dependency on alcohol and drugs become more and more apparent.

Despite the film being overly long and arguably anti-climactic at the end, it is still a good watch. Both the writing and Denzel’s acting abilities manage to draw you further and further into a poor man’s fight- not against the authorities- but against the damage he does to himself. Managing to touch on religious influences and other American societal issues as well, the director, Robert Zemeckis, is able to keep the viewer engaged throughout.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get your Denzel fix for the week.

-Claire Flynn

– Image courtesy of Pam Morris (https://www.flickr.com/photos/35528040@N04/)

Les Misérables

The adaptation of the world famous musical to the big screen has finally arrived and Hooper’s masterpiece, featuring an all-star cast, does not disappoint. The story is already well-known to most- set in 19th century France, ex-convict Jean Valjean attempts to live a Christian life after being redeemed despite being pursued by rigid upholder of the law, Inspector Javert, for breaking parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, the fateful decision changes both their lives forever. This is a tale of love set against the backdrop of revolutionary France, depicting political upheaval and class divide. It is an emotional rollercoaster that will leave audiences crying out in anguish, clapping with amazement and feeling unexpectedly uplifted.

It is undoubtedly one of the best musicals to arrive on the cinema screens in a long time. The music and lyrics of Les Misérables, famous around the world, hold the film together well, driving the story on and the themes out well, with the raw energy of the musical performances being captivating in their own right. Hathaway’s performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dreamed’ is delivered from the depths of such degradation and with such force, tears are difficult to prevent. And the empowering nature of ‘Can You Hear the People Sing’ certainly succeeds in lifting spirits. Although, some may find it cringe-worthy to watch actors continually singing their conversations at one another, even the toughest of cynics will find it difficult not to be caught up in the music, stories and amazing cinematic creation that is Les Misérables. Nominated for eight Oscars, it will, no doubt, sweep up countless awards, and deservedly so.

-Claire Flynn

-Image courtesy of Marian Stanton (https://www.flickr.com/photos/marirn/)