Crazy Rich Asians

I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed with this film. From the trailer I thought that there was going to be a lot more humour than there was, instead the plot was rather heavy going and plodded along.

Crazy Rich Asians centres around the relationship between Nick Young (Henry Golding) and Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) who have been dating for a year in New York. Young’s best friend is getting married and he asks Rachel to accompany him back home to attend the wedding and meet his family.

Part of the problem with this film is that I didn’t feel any sympathy towards the characters. Nick Young acts like his family having a load of money is a massive burden, and Rachel Chu deserves all she gets for not doing some research on Nick’s background – she’s not met his friends or family? Doesn’t this guy have a Facebook profile?

There are two standout performances in this film that save it from going totally down the drain. The first is by the ever-magnificent Michelle Yeoh (Young’s mother) who carries herself with elegance and poise, she was the one character that I felt any sympathy for and through her great acting you really feel for her character and why she is acting the way she is to protect her son.

The other great performance is by Awkwafina who plays Rachel’s friend and advisor to the world of the rich Peik Lin Goh. She brings much needed comedic relief to an otherwise heavy script and lights up all of the scenes that she’s in.

I don’t know if I went into this film with my expectations set too high, but I was rather disappointed with the lacklustre storyline and  character development. I think this film is one to miss.

The Meg

Before I start this review I have to hold my hand up and say I love movies like this – in fact, the cheesier the better!

The Meg is based on the book of the same name by Steve Altern but the film’s storyline differs greatly from the book (I do recommend the book, it’s a quick and easy read – perfect for the beach!).

The basic plot line is that a research submarine enters a “hidden” section of the Marianas Trench, it has an accident which leads Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) to head up a rescue mission. When they’re returning to the surface they unwittingly allow a Megalodon (think Jaws on steroids) to escape and wreak havoc on the unsuspecting local population.

If you’re expecting slow tension building with jump-inducing scares as you’d find in Jaws then you’ll be disappointed. The Meg is a fast-paced action movie which, surprisingly, spends welcome time on character development but doesn’t have the leg-floating shocks of Jaws.

It’s a decent film with an interesting twist half-way through and I’m glad I saw in on the big screen so I could get the full scale of the Megalodons size, however for a shark film you don’t see as much of the creature as I would have liked.

It’s definitely worth a watch – and try to see it on a big screen if you can.

Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man And The Wasp takes place after the events in Captain America Civil War. Scott Lang is under house arrest for his part in the action in Germany (he was 65 feet tall so it’s not like he can pretend he wasn’t there) and only has a short while to go before he’s allowed out and about.

You don’t really need to have seen the first Ant-Man film in order to understand what’s going on – the plot’s relatively simple and self-explanatory: Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are planning to rescue Hope’s mother from the quantum realm when a Ghostly attacker steals some important equipment that they need to complete the task.

Scott Lang gets involved after having a dream about Hope’s mother from which they deduce (in quite a big leap) that she imprinted something in Scott’s memory when he visited the quantum realm.

The scheduling of this film seems a bit strange considering Infinity War was released so recently and Ant-Man And The Wasp doesn’t reference it’s events until the post credits scene. Still, it was an enjoyable film but if you haven’t seen it yet you don’t have to panic about any Earth-shattering Infinity War revelations you might have missed out on.

It was nice to have another strong female hero added to the Marvel Universe in Lilly’s “Wasp” character (and she can certainly kick butt!) and the “Ghost” character (played by Hannah John-Kamen) was good, if a little underused.

This is probably one of the weakest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it was still an enjoyable couple of hours – I’d certainly recommend it if you’re a Marvel fan or if you have a teenage daughter who needs to see that there are female heros out there too.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Spy Who Dumped me centres around Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her madcap friend Morgan (Kate Mckinnon). Audrey’s recently been dumped by her boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) who, unbeknown to her, is a spy and has left an important item in her flat for safe-keeping.

Drew makes a surprise return to Audrey’s flat which kicks off an amusing set of events that sees her and Morgan travelling to Europe to fulfill Drew’s mission.

I wasn’t expecting a lot from this film – I had a feeling that all of the best bits had been shown in the trailer and the rest of the film would just be filler around these scenes – how wrong I was!

Kunis shows great comic timing as the downtrodden Audrey who slowly realises that she doesn’t need a man and can cope on her own and Mckinnon is hilarious as the weirdly wacky Morgan.

For a comedy, the film is quite violent so should be avoided by those with a sensitive disposition but the action sequences are well handled and provide laughs in all the right places.

I highly recommend this film – it’s worth the price of admission just to see the trapeze fight scene!