Viola Beach - Viola Beach
When listening to Viola Beach’s debut album, it’s hard not to see it as being tragically unfinished, and with good reason; five months ago in Sweden, the entire quartet and their manager died after their car hurtled off a swing bridge. Coldplay helped introduce the group to the mainstream, after performing one of their tracks at Glastonbury.
Their posthumously released debut has been compiled of studio recordings and live sessions that were available, not showing the true potential of the group. It’s not particularly innovative indie-rock, and whilst it is a tragedy what happened to them, Viola Beach’s debut record, aside from the story that goes with it, isn’t that distinguishable from other current indie-rock bands.
Viola Beach is out now on CD and digital download.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (12)
Concerned about the power that Superman has, Bruce Wayne formulates a plan to stop the man of steel putting both their lives at risk.
Marvel has pretty much taken the crown in the superhero department as of late - the Avengers movies, as well as the stand-alone superhero movies, brought a breath of fresh air into a genre that was beginning to take itself too seriously.
But of course DC once held that same crown, with the likes of Christopher Nolan’s excellent Dark Knight trilogy, which changed the way we looked at Batman.
Now we return to the new DC universe, and the subject is one of the comic book world’s most fabled battles. Unfortunately, this interpretation of that battle is not the one we deserve.
Where Batman v Superman falls down is in just how devoid of humour it is - the movie feels like a game of top trumps at times over who of our heroes can be more tortured souls.
The movie spirals off into so many wild tangents it’s often hard to keep up with what is actually happening. Much of the film appears to be laying the foundations for the Justice League of America franchise, though make no mistake, the main event of this movie is Batman fighting Superman, and when it happens, it leaves you feeling almost cheated.
Perhaps one of the few saving graces is the big screen debut of Wonder Woman, who really steals the show from her tired male counterparts.
Batman v Superman is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (12)
Set 14 years after the first movie, the Portokalos family must do it all over again after it is revealed that due to a clerical error, mother and father Gus and Maria’s marriage of 50 years isn’t legally binding.
The first MBFGW succeeded in that it was relatable to not only large immigrant families who have settled abroad but all families in general, with the tiffs and embarrassing moments all of us have endured.
In that sense, the sequel to the hugely popular first movie feels like an aunt or uncle who is most definitely overstaying their welcome; clinging onto tired stereotypes and making you cringe whilst they tell the same jokes over and over.
Essentially a rehash of the first movie but without the uniqueness or charm that made the original so entertaining there’s little to laugh about and you’d be much better served leaving this one on the shelf!
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Eddie the Eagle (12)
Based on the true story of Eddie Edwards, who from humble beginnings went on to become Britain’s first ever Olympic ski jumper.
When it comes to sport movies, everyone loves a winner. It is rare to see our champion as second best or, god forbid, a loser. Eddie Edwards, the UK’s first Olympic ski jumper at the 1988 Winter Olympics, never got to stand on the podium, but is presented in Eddie the Eagle as something of a national treasure. He is put into the category of an underdog unlike any other.
What makes this movie endearing is the humour in it; our hero is not exactly the most successful sporting legend and it’s easy to see him as something of a laughing stock, but he is all the more relatable for his foibles, making him charming and hilarious. Taron Egerton commands the role well with ease and wit, and Hugh Jackman is a great counterpart as the gruff, albeit fictional, coach Bronson Peary.
It’s great to see a sporting movie where the taking part is more important than the potential glory of winning; Eddie the Eagle is as funny as it is heart-warming, and demonstrates a truly British legend that doesn’t have to steal the show to steal our hearts.