So this past week I actually had two evenings free from my usual crazy schedule and what better way to spend them than to go to the cinema. With the handy use of my Cineworld Unlimited I saw Warcraft: The Beginning and Mother’s Day.
WARCRAFT: The Beginning.
So Warcraft is the 2nd biggest grossing international film ever in China, taking the $46 (equivalent of £31.8 ) in its first day of release ( Second to Furious 7 which took $63.1 in its first day) and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Having not played any of the games but being a bit of a sci-fi fantasy fan I popped down to my local Cineworld to check it out.
So without knowing any of the history of the franchise I was able to successfully watch and understand Warcraft in 3D…. phew.
The story in a nutshell is that of a peaceful realm – Azeroth, which stands on the brink of war from a ferocious race called the Orcs, who happen to be fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction.
With some great CGI, Warcraft falls into the realm of Avatar meets Lord of the Rings, you have Knights and Kings, Mages and Orcs. Some good fight scenes and an easy to follow plot line make it enjoyable viewing. For the special effects I would say catch it at the cinema but for overall enjoyment you could easily wait for it to come out on DVD/Itunes so you can watch it at home.
Clearly setting up for a franchise of god knows how many movies, this film falls into the Die Hard spectrum of my ratings and gets 3 Movie Punches.
Meet the sister to the movies New Years Eve and Valentine’s day. A slice of all American sweetness, Mother’s Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson , Julia Roberts, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Shay Williams, Hector Elizondo, Jason Sudeikis and randomly Jack Whitehall.
Hitting rough reviews, Mother’s Day was directed by Garry Marshall.
So a pretty stella cast on paper but in my eyes we didn’t see enough of Julia Roberts and scrubs Sarah Chalke. Mother’s Day is not going to win any Oscars but it is a cute feel good movie and will do well for its target audience of Mothers. Mother’s Day in the states fulls on a different day, so its release date in June misses that key date demographic here in the UK, and possibly misses out on some revenue.
A super easy to watch movie which follows the lives of three generations of mothers.
Some nice little moments of humour, let’s face who doesn’t like Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts. Trying to follow the likes of Bridesmaids ( Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne) and Sisters ( Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) with its humour this movie slightly misses the mark on that front, but still manages to catch some good messages about family values.
Some funny dynamics between Jennifer Aniston and her relationship with Timothy Olyphant and Shay Williams characters (as newly wed Henry and Tina) and Jason Sudeikis who is incredibly charming in this movie poises for good viewing.
Check out the trailer:
Falls on the Love Actually scale of movies and gets 3 movie punches: