April Film Picks
While We’re Young (Released 3rd April)
Among the abundance of big blockbuster sequels out this month including both Fast & Furious 7 (3rd April) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (23rd April) comes this indie comedy from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha). Baumbach’s seventh feature follows a happily married middle-aged couple, played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, who form a unlikely new friendship with an ultra-trendy twentysomethings couple, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. There are relevant deeper themes at play here and critics have reacted warmly to this charming and funny hipster tale. The strong cast, director and story are surely a recipe for success, as long as it doesn’t become too mainstream.
The Water Diviner (Released 3rd April)
The directorial debut of Russell Crowe, who also stars as the lead, tracks an Australian man travelling to Turkey after the infamously brutal Battle of Gallipoli, desperately trying to locate his three missing sons. Crowe succeeds in delivering some beautiful cinematography, especially of the barren and sparse Australian Outback and a strong performance from Crowe seems like a given. Although the film’s tone may seem a little confused, it’s likely to prove a worthwhile investment this month and should be another worthy flag-bearer for the Australian film industry.
John Wick (Released 10th April)
A slick-haired and sharp-suited Keanu Reeves excels in this action-packed and super stylish revenge-thriller. Several genre tropes are conformed to, with ex-hitman John Wick coming out of retirement seeking revenge, and there is an almost innumerable body count of Russian mafia henchmen, but the relentless action has a unique and stylish edge to it. The end result is both polished and pulsating and John Wick is a must for action fans this month. With John Wick 2 in development, we could have a decent franchise on our hands. Welcome back Keanu.
Read my★★★★☆ review here.