The Summer blockbuster season kicked off last week with Guardians of the galaxy 2 but has sadly taken an unexpected turn down disappointment avenue. Before the next potential hit of the summer, I sat through Jamie Foxx’s latest misfire and Josh Gadd in the Marley and Me wannabe, A dog’s purpose. Not all was lost though, as I got the joy of seeing a very quirky English comedy Mindhorn which saved the week.
A Dog’s Purpose- This is very much a movie for my Mum as we go on a journey seeing how one dog’s many lives affect an array of people. A dog’s purpose attempts to outdo the film it will be compared to, Marley and Me by upping the number of dog deaths to 4. You heard correctly 4 dogs die in this movie, the first within minutes of the opening. I saw this film with my girlfriend and as a dog lover she really enjoyed the movie crying on several occasions but for me, it just didn’t work. The plot was tedious and at times predictable with some very questionable characters, for example, the cop is the worst cop ever, those kinds of glaring mistakes took me out of the movie entirely. This film did have a saving grace and his name is Josh Gad, his voice is like a warm cushion for your ears and works really well in the film. Can’t save the film though, oh well. Ciaran-ometer 2/5
Sleepless- Jamie Foxx has always been very well known for his action, Amazing Spider-man 2 and White House Down are just a few examples. I am of course joking, going into Sleepless I knew something spectacular was off the cards but I figured a bit of stupid action wouldn’t be. Foxx plays an undercover cop hunting through the Las Vegas underworld for his kidnapped son. My biggest issue with this film is someone told Foxx to intensely whisper everything which brutally murders any serious storytelling the film had going for it. Also after the initial car chase, nothing really happens action-wise for 40 minutes and the storyline isn’t interesting enough to fill that gap. Altogether the film is irritating as simple things would’ve improved the film greatly. Ciaran-ometer 2/5
Mindhorn- An odd piece of British quirky comedy hit cinemas Friday saving my week. Mindhorn tells the story of a washed up 70’s tv actor who must once again become his biggest role to catch a real murderer. Julian Barratt wonderfully brings to life Mindhorn in such an awkwardly fantastic manner that I was laughing throughout. Mindhorn is an enjoyable watch but I don’t know if it would work on repeat watches as the plot is pretty straightforward but the quirky filmmaking creates a lot of humour. An array of cameos also adds to this enjoyable slice of British comedy. Ciaran-ometer 3/5
This week was a disappointing week 2 of summer but fingers crossed Alien: Covenant will put it back on track.