ANT-MAN

Directed by Peyton Reed

Ant-Man, the film that could’ve been. The departure of Edgar Wright as director casts a massive shadow over Ant-Man, as the film functions like a chicken with it’s head chopped off. Riddled with holes in logic and story, it feels like the film plays out without any sort of real momentum, rather forcing the reluctant superhero story whilst stuffing in obligatory expositional dialogue to cover up its own tracks. It often became painful to watch the amazing cast deliver the lines fed to them: they deserve so much better. All fat with no skeleton, Ant-Man will unfortunately be remembered as that film that no one can really remember.

D+

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Directed by James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy is the feel-good movie of the year. James Gunn did a fantastic job at bringing the world and the characters to life, as each set-piece and conversation fires on all cylinders. It’s difficult to articulate just how entertaining the film was: it may be easier to say that the film was made by someone who truly adored the source material he was working from, and made all the right decisions in pulling it off. A film that stands on it’s own with great moments and sections for each character to shine, no matter how big or small. One of the best Marvel films to come out for a long time.

A-

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Directed by Bryan Singer

The cast for the X-Men films is filled with absolutely incredible actors, past and present. It’s just a shame that the script just wasn’t as strong as the cast was. The film, whilst strong in special effects and great set-pieces here and there, suffered from both a lack of momentum, and a satisfying resolution. It’s just a shame when an episode of Rick & Morty can be funnier, more cathartic and more complex in it’s logic than this film in less than thirty minutes. 

C+