So with April behind us we now are moving on quickly towards the summer period of blockbuster movies like Jurassic World! But before we get there we have a rather interesting selection of films to pick from this May ranging from indie dramas to thundering action movies and everything in between. Read on for my picks of the top ten most interesting films out this month…
This comedy drama focuses on a teenage boy who discovers that his neighbour is in fact a rock star who went into hiding some years ago. When the boy finds out that his neighbour tricked the world into believing he was dead in order to avoid a huge tax debt he agrees not to spill the secret, but in return wants to learn how to play guitar like a rock god. The Beat Beneath My Feet opens in the UK on the 12th of May.
I have never seen Twilight and have only seen Stewart in a handful of supporting roles so I’m going to go into this one fairly open; the negative things I have heard about her counteracting the recent praise she has been receiving. The film itself is largely about this very issue, it plays with our perceptions of the actresses on screen as it investigates fame and acting via Binoche’s character being involved in the revival of a stage play. Here’s to hoping that this film focuses on character development and insightful writing as opposed to endless takes and imaginary superheroes following the lead around. Clouds of Sils Maria arrives in UK cinemas on the 15th.
This adaptation of the classic Hardy novel is pretty exciting due to the quality of the two lead actors. Carey Mulligan is a talented actress and yet doesn’t often get roles where she can really go for it and build a rich and complex portrayal of a character. This film though should provide more than enough material and space for her to really develop something special. Opposite her is the french actor Matthias Schoenaerts whose raw power and ferocious energy should be magnetic here if handled well. Far from the Madding Crowd has already opened in UK cinemas.
A Funny Kind of Love (aka The Little Death) is a sexual comedy about a group of loosely connected people who all share unusual and taboo fetishes. The film has so far divided critics with some decrying it as a formulaic and laughless comedy whereas others describe it as being a breath of fresh air in the rom-com world that’s both brave and experimental whilst remaining heartwarming and funny. Who knows then quite what to expect from this one but if you want to find out for yourself then make a note that it hits the UK on the 8th.
Girlhood doesn’t immediately strike me as a film that I would be interested in, but once I dug under the surface a little I became very intrigued by what’s being described as a smartly scripted and powerfully acted drama. The film focuses on Marieme who finally rejects her family’s abusive lifestyle and the ‘boy’s neighbourhood’ attitude around her and joins a gang of wild and occasionally volatile young women. As her lifestyle changes so do her choices and it’s up to her to try and find the path to independence within this dangerous subculture of Paris. Girlhood arrives in the UK on the 8th of May.
Now here’s a film which has really grabbed my interest. A Girl Walks Home at Night tells the story of the Iranian ghost-town called Bad City which is a place that ‘reeks of death and loneliness’¹. But what the people who live there don’t yet realise is that they are the prey of an equally lonely vampire who skateboards around seeking the town’s men who have disrespected the local women. Now this sounds intriguing and frankly a little insane but I can’t wait to see just what it’s actually like. I’ll be able to find out on the 22nd of May.
I am a big Mad Max fan and a big Tom Hardy fan so it’s hardly surprising that I’m really looking forward to this upcoming movie. The trailer dispels any doubts I once had about the film with it’s energised and somewhat crazed approach, the only thing that concerns me is the suggested reliance on CGI effects over genuine car mayhem… but we will see. Mad Max is due to blast onto our screens on the 14th.
Phoenix is a period piece which tells the story of a woman who became disfigured whilst in a Nazi concentration camp. After the war has ended she undergoes reconstructive surgery before heading back to Berlin in order to seek her husband out as a new woman in order to discover whether or not he betrayed her to the Nazis. This sounds like a really interesting drama which, despite borrowing fairly heavily from Vertigo, seems original and compelling. It currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and will be released on the 8th, so save the date.
This film follows a deaf mute teenager who attends a special boarding school. Upon arriving it becomes clear that his only chance to survive the school is to join the wild organisation called The Tribe. Once in the group he falls for one of the concubines and quickly is lead to break every one of the organisation’s unwritten rules…. The Tribe opens in the UK on the 15th.
And finally we come to Wyrmwood. This zombie movie has been receiving such high praise from so many indie critics and consequently built up such a buzz that I couldn’t not put it on this list. With its indie budget it has built an action movie which impresses not only due to the financially restraints but also due to the sense of sheer bloody fun it creates. Wyrmwood splatters onto UK screens on the 8th.
So, what did you think? Are you looking forward to any of these films or do you have other films in mind this May? Whatever your thoughts please let me know about them in the comment box below!