April 2016: Movies to look forward to

March was spent awaiting the Batman v Superman movie, then thrashing it, and then being awestruck by its box-office opening. April will continue to have some lingering effects of the DC movie but gradually we are going to move on, and of course start building for the arrival of Captain America: Civil War in early May. But lest you start seeing April as a month of transition from DC to Marvel, be assured it has enough on its plate to offer. Five weekends filled with thirteen wide releases, and for a change, no superhero fighting for the planet. Here are the five movies from the upcoming month that have gotten me interested; they might interest you too!

5) Criminal: Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Captain Gordon, Superman’s human dad, Captain America’s captain, they have all joined hands to… eh wait, this ain’t a superhero movie. So it is Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones along with Alice Eve who will feature in this action-thriller movie which might turn out to be good or just be plain bizarre, but still should be worth watching because of its cast.

4) The Boss: If you have loved the likes of The Heat, Tammy and Spy, then you will not want to miss out on the next Melissa McCarthy film. Even though Ghostbusters is what we are truly waiting for, The Boss comes out sooner. In the movie, McCarthy plays a tyrannical boss who is sent to prison for insider trading, and comes out with the hope of re-branding her image. Am expecting another laugh riot!

3) Elvis & Nixon: The strange yet iconic meeting of Elvis Presley with Richard Nixon when the latter was in power in the White House sets the stage for this interesting-looking film by Liza Johnson. The movie has none other than Kevin Spacey playing Nixon and Michael Shannon playing Elvis. The initial trailers have been quite funny, and with two tremendously talented actors in the mix, this one cannot be a letdown. Or so I hope.

2) The Huntsman – Winter’s Tale: The sequel to 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman comes without Snow White. But she is unlikely to be missed as two amazing actors have been cast for new roles in the movie – Jessica Chastain as the Huntsman’s former lover and Emily Blunt as evil Ravenna’s powerful sister. Ravenna is going to be resurrected in this movie, with the incredible Charlize Theron to reprise this wicked role. Chris Hemsworth will also be back as the Huntsman. It’s a terrific cast, with each of these four actors stars in their own right, though I hope they have been given sufficiently complex and intriguing characters to do justice to their acting talents. The movie should be visually appealing – the trailers at least have been – and filled with action and suspense, as the story now moves away from the fairy tale into a realm of its own. Imagination has no bounds, so let’s see where this one leads us to!

1) The Jungle Book: Author Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book of 1894 has been adapted into quite a few cinematic versions, the most famous one being Disney’s animated film of 1967. There have been further movies released since then, surrounding the exploits of the human boy Mowgli, raised by a pack of wolves, befriended by a bear and a panther, hunted by a violent tiger. But it is only now that something is being attempted on a large scale and non-animated too, with Disney again the first one to step into the jungles to bring us Mowgli’s adventures (another movie on Kipling’s stories will be brought by Warner Bros. in 2017). The movie’s voice cast gives me the goosebumps: Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Christoper Walken as King Louie and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The director Jon Favreau has already succeeded in a big scale movie before with Iron Man. And the studio Disney rarely fails nowadays. All we need is for these nice-sounding, good-looking elements to click together and create another visually appealing, adventure-filled movie that would make this April as memorable as any other month of the year. We now hand it over to Mowgli and his animals! (You can read more about the movie and watch the trailer here)

April 2016_The Jungle Book


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