In another psychotic bright 80’s movie melee, John Cusack plays Hoops McCann and aspiring teenage cartoonist, spending the summer in Nantucket with his best friend, George Calamari (Joel Murray) and his very strange family. Throw in a heartless local land baron and a deserving musical love interest (Demi Moore) and chaos predictably ensues. In no era but the 80’s would anything as over the top as this have had any success but it has a certain wayward charm, without any strenuous thinking needed from the audience. As 80’s teen movies go it’s not a classic but it’s watchable.
This interpretation of the original Broadway musical about a Motown girl group in the early 60’s won a couple of Oscars and it certainly has the benefit of a star-studded cast from Jamie Foxx to Eddie Murphy, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. It follows the fortunes of the group and its members over several years playing against the growing civil rights movement. It’s well made and engaging and I realised that even I actually knew some of the songs, that’s how big they are. If you’re a fan of musicals and/or Beyonce, you’ll like this.
John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) appears to be a mild-mannered high school student but he’s really an alien with super powers on the run from another race of aliens who want to get rid of him and the rest of his kind, all of whom are hiding out on earth. If you can get through the interminable first hour where nothing happens, the action actually gets relatively exciting. The whole film is set up with a sequel in mind, although oddly no one seems to be making one. If, rather, than dragging this out for 109 minutes, they’d made it as one episode of a TV series it might have been a bit more sensible.
I think when they made this first film in the Avengers series, they were attempting to give the plot more twists than a twisty thing but somehow it backfired and made it as predictable as anything Disney could spit out. Long story short, arrogant warrior god, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) gets booted out of Asgard after an ill-advised raid on his enemies, a race of ice giants, and banished to live on earth, where he falls in love and learns a valuable lesson just in time for a showdown with his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Some of Thor’s misadventures in understanding how earth things work are very amusing but it’s a bit of a damp squib compared to something like X-Men: First Class.