Films to Look Forward to on the Big Screen this Spring
Awards Season is upon us once more which means that our cinemas are overflowing with great films to watch but what happens after all of the heavy hitters have been and gone? Sixty9’s Richard Doherty looks at what films to look forward to this Spring.
Beauty & The Beast
Potentially one of the spring’s biggest releases. Emma Watson plays our Beauty, Belle, to Dan Stevens’ Beast. The tale that teaches us to look past someone’s exterior to see the person within that was a huge success for Disney in animated form in the early 1990’s is now told in sumptuous live action with several new songs.
If you’ve never seen the tale before, a brief rundown: Belle is a passionate young lady, with a heart full of love that yearns for adventure. The Beast is a Prince who’s’ arrogance and superficial attitudes caused him to be cursed by a spell that can only be broken if someone falls in love with him before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. Belle becomes trapped in the Beast’s castle and begins to befriend the magical inhabitants who think she could be the one to break the curse.
Can these inhabitants play matchmaker well enough to help love blossom before the time runs out?
Whilst there are obvious similarities with 2003’s ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’, this tale of forbidden romance between a young artist and the beautiful woman he is commissioned to paint, set in 17th century Amsterdam, appears to have far more action and carries the weight of no less than three Oscar winners amongst its cast.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2
The end of April sees the much-awaited return of the, quite frankly, gorgeous Chris Pratt’s ‘Star Lord’ and his quirky band of misfits in the follow-up to 2004’s Marvel blockbuster. Strap in for another rollicking ride in space and prepare to fall in love with Baby Groot!
Based upon the best-selling novel of the same name, Emma Watson and Tom Hanks lead the cast which also includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ breakthrough star John Boyega in a story based around an ever so slightly sinister social media technology company that might not be a million miles away from the realities of today. And is Tom Hanks actually playing a bad guy??
DON’T MISS DVD : Arrival.
What happens when aliens arrive ? Watch and find out as Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker try to decipher what the new arrivals are trying to say before someone decides to blow them up. It’s smooth & understated and whilst it is Sci-Fi, it’s more about humanity. No space battles here.