Movie boffin: what’s happening at the cinema

By admin
21 June 2013

Our movie boffin shares her impressions with you

After the big success of the first film, Spud Milton and the gang are back in Spud 2: The Madness Continues (10-12PG DSV) based on the book by John van de Ruit.

It’s 1991 and Spud (Troye Sivan) is now in his second year at his private boarding school in Natal. Puberty still seems to elude him and his life is turned upside down when his mom (Julie Summers) decides they should immigrate to England. What’s more, the Crazy 8, as Spud and the boys in his dorm are known, are embroiled in a battle with their housemaster, Mr Wilson aka Sparerib (Jason Cope), who wants to get them expelled.

All the original cast members return, including John Cleese as The Guv, as well as the director of the first film, Donovan Marsh. Rozanne Els of Die Burger gave the film three stars, noting that it’s just as enjoyable as the first one, although perhaps a bit more risqué and daring, and praised the cast, especially Sivan, saying she can’t wait for the third film.

Monsters University (PG) is a prequel to one of animation studio Pixar’s most beloved films, Monsters Inc (2001). Although they’re now best buddies, monsters Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), weren’t always so close. This film takes a look at their time at university when they competed for the title of scariest monster and couldn’t stand each other.

The movie received 77 per cent on reviews aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, where it was noted that although “it doesn’t scale the heights of Pixar’s finest efforts, Monsters University is still funny and thoughtful family entertainment for viewers of any age”.

Highly regarded, enigmatic American director Terrence Malick, who had previously made only four films in 32 years, has become more prolific by his standards. After The New World (2005) he’s made another two films, The Tree of Life (2011) and now To the Wonder (13SN), his first work set completely in the modern day.

An American man, Neil (Ben Affleck), and a Frenchwoman, Marina (Olga Kurylenko of Quantum of Solace), fall in love in Paris, get married and move to Oklahoma in the US. When their relationship begins to falter, Neil seeks solace in an old friend (Rachel McAdams of The Notebook), while Marina befriends a priest (Javier Bardem of Skyfall) struggling with his vocation.

The film received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it only 42 per cent, where the consensus was that it “demonstrates Malick’s gift for beautiful images, but its narrative is overly sombre and emotionally unsatisfying”. On the other hand Empire magazine’s Ian Freer awarded it four stars, writing that though it’s “less ambitious than The Tree Of Life, To The Wonder remains 100 per cent pure, unadulterated Malick, an absorbing, thoughtful, moving meditation on the things that matter”.

Raanjhanaa (age restriction not yet available) is a Hindi romance about unrequited love starring Tamil actor Dhanush in his first Bollywood film, and features music by Oscar winner AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire). The movie received mostly positive reviews. Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film 3,5 stars and described it as “a love story with a Shakespearean touch mounted on a lavish scale”, but warned “you might not like this film if you can’t digest brooding love stories”. Subhash K Jha of gave the film 4,5 stars, describing the film as “remarkable, richly sublime and vibrant”.

- Sandra Visser

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