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Film overview April/May – Q30 Television

Monkey Man:

It feels very fitting that Jordan Peele played such a big role in the making of this film, because what Jordan Peele did for the horror genre, Dev Patel will do for the action genre. Monkey Man is a post-John Wick era Action cinema at its finest. It's a dirty, raw, emotional revenge thriller full of inventive camera work.

Monkey Man follows a professional fighter who dons a gorilla mask and uses the anger from his childhood trauma to fight against India's corrupt elite. Dev Patel stars in, directs and produces this film. Patel is best known for his role in 2008's The Last Man. Slumdog Millionaire. The film also stars Sobhita Dhulipala and Sikander Kher.

Patel puts his heart and soul into every aspect of this film and brings all the intensity the film needed for his directorial debut. The fight choreography was top notch and captured all the action in medium wide shots to show the audience everything. But the added ferocity makes the film feel angrier than your typical action film.

The film's cinematography is stunning, bursting with color and capturing every setting as authentically as possible: from the slums to the dens of high society. The film also incorporates Indian culture, Hinduism and mythology in such a meaningful and evocative way. It serves the story while allowing Monkey Man to stand out from all other films of this kind.

For all of its notable highs, some of its lows prevent the film from being an absolute classic. The pacing felt uneven. Long setups led to long action scenes with no breaks. This, in turn, felt very formulaic in the revenge film subgenre. The film's color corrections also missed the mark in places, although the film's use of color is positive overall.

But none of these disadvantages should stop you from Monkey Man in the cinema, whether you like dark action films like this or not. Monkey Man is not only a great action film, but overall a very meaningful and unique film.

Civil War:

A24 has proven that they can do anything and has now entered new territory: action blockbusters. Civil War is a cautionary tale packed into the gut of a sprawling and frighteningly realistic war epic, presented by a director who has never shied away from pushing boundaries.

Civil War follows journalists (Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura and Caliee Spaney) in a dystopian future America. The group travels to Washington DC to interview the President (Nick Offerman) before the country's civil war comes to an end. The director of the film is Alex Garland, who is best known for his film “The Ex Machina. Jesse Plemons and Stephen McKinely also star.

The different generations and attitudes towards war journalism are explored through each character, as each scenario puts them in intense moral dilemmas. Dunst plays a jaded cynic, but experienced and composed journalist to perfection. It's a perfect contrast to Spaney's naive, fresh take on the job. Their dynamic fuels the film and drives its emotions forward.

Plemons continues to be the “Oh crap!” actor of our generation. When you see him, you just know something is about to happen. In this film, he's terrifying.

Civil War may seem like a thrilling, epic action film designed to appeal to the masses, but in reality it captures the horror and pain of war better than any other film I've ever seen. The gunshots make your heart race, the explosions take your breath away, and just watching people being shot through the lens of a camera puts you in the middle of the action like never before. You don't feel like a spectator, you feel like you're in the thick of the action with the journalists.

Civil War gives us a glimpse of what a modern American Civil War would actually look like, without any real politics. It's a gripping and devastating look at humanity and morality.

The Colt for all occasions:

It feels impossible not to give A Colt for all occasions two thumbs up for a stuntman with thumbs up. Building on the success of his 2022 action comedy Express trainDirector David Leitch returns to his roots as a stuntman to write this love letter to the unsung heroes of action cinema. Packed with (appropriately) amazing stunt work and a killer soundtrack full of classic rock anthems, A Colt for all occasions is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining blockbusters of the year.

A Colt for all occasionsThe plot revolves around fearless stuntman Ryan Gosling, who returns to work to mark the directorial debut of his ex-girlfriend Emily Blunt and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to find the film's lead actor, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The film also stars Winston Duke, Hannah Waddingham and Stephanie Hsu.

Gosling and Blunt take on Barbenhemier's chemistry and create an entertaining dynamic. Their banter is killer and they're both awesome in action hero roles that are very old school. Their love story could have felt a little more authentic and less contrived, but I just couldn't help but feel that something was missing – even if I can't put my finger on what it is.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the role of a dumb movie star masterfully. There's a scene where he talks like Matthew McConaughey and it just couldn't be more perfect. Winston Duke is also a complete loser.

It's also great to see original stories blossom on the big screen, even if the story is very classic. A Colt for all occasions just has this 80s energy of crazy practical stunts that I couldn't help but love. There's an overdose of charisma that makes it impossible to take your eyes off the screen. It's one of those films that draws people into the cinema while reminding them that cinema is very much alive.