Welcome to the first edition of the Snooty Ushers’ Round-Up! We’re looking back at the best (and worst) of February 2016.Deadpool had a huge opening at the box office, setting records in America over the President’s Day Weekend. Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip filled auditoriums up and down Britain as the kids flocked to the cinema during half-term, and Goosebumps was a treat for children of all ages.
But what did The Snooty Ushers think of February?
What’s the best film you’ve seen this month?
Dave: The Martian – Released on DVD this month, unsurprisingly this is a film I missed at the cinema. Matt Damon is Mark Watney the astronaut left for dead when his crew have to abandon their mission to Mars. Watney has to learn to survive on a hostile planet while NASA try to come up with a plan to rescue him. Matt Damon is great in the lead and an all star cast back him up. Brilliantly directed and even though I had read the book, I was still gripped by this.
James: Deadpool – Ryan Reynolds finally delivers! This has to go up there with Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man as the most fun comic book films, and might be the best comedy I’ve seen in a long time. It does still follow the “superhero origin story” framework that we’ve seen too many times, but I’m interested in seeing this character again. One of the best post-credit scenes as well!
Welshy: Deadpool- It was nice to see Deadpool get a second chance and I think they really hit the right note with the comedy, bad language and fourth wall met-texty stuff. My only issue was Colossus who just didn’t fit. I cant wait to see more of this character though. Deadpool and Cable, boom.
And what was the worst?
Dave: Nothing from me here, not seen much this month.
James: Zoolander 2 – It just wasn’t funny enough. Check out Dan’s review for the full details, but like many comedy sequels it tried too hard to justify bringing the characters back, rather than just letting us enjoy them. Will Ferrell takes to long to turn up, ad the film gets better when he does because it finally focuses on one storyline through to the end. There are some funny moments, but not enough.
Welshy: There isn’t really a worst. I have liked everything so far, if I had to choose I would say. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – A good cast, trying their best, it was my least favourite of all I have watched. Its actually better than the book in my opinion, I feel Zombies work better in a visual medium.
Anything else that has caught your eye this month?
Dave: Caught The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. Really good. Cuba Gooding Jnr reminds us all that he is actually an oscar winning actor, with David Schwimmer brilliant as Robert Kardashian. Is there enough in this story to stretch it over 10 episodes? Not sure, but it’s off to a great start. Also, I finally saw the animated film of The Dark Knight Returns, it was a simply stunning adaptation.
James: I finally got the time to watch Mr Robot and Man In The High Castle on Amazon Prime, I enjoyed both of them. Also, I caught up and watched The Big Short – rather enjoyable, good performances all round and some surprising supporting characters as well. I rewatched District 9 when it was on Film 4, apart from one bit of dodgy CGI (a CG-eye?) it still holds up. Oh and The Walking Dead is back. Boo-yah.
Welshy: Agent Carter is back for a second season. It is in a new location with some very dangerous and interesting villains. Hayley Atwell is both gorgeous and awesome as the title character. James D’Arcy is fantastic as well as Jarvis. It is fun, action packed and very enjoyable. It shames Agents of Shield in every aspect.
What are you looking forward to in March?
Dave: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One way or another this is going to a must see. I think they have given away too much in the trailer, but I am at the stage now that I just can not wait to see it.
James: 10 Cloverfield Lane – Even if it’s not got the Cloverfield monster in it, I’m still excited. It looks like a Twilight Zone episode. I can give it no bigger compliment.
Welshy: Whisky Tango Foxtrot – I mentioned this in an article earlier in the Year, should be an interesting M*A*S*H type film and it will be good to see Tina Fey lead. Daredevil– Ready for Round two of this Marvel Netflix show seeing both The Punisher and Elektra joining the cast it should be an explosive second season.
And what are you dreading?
Dave: Nothing really, looks like an okay month.
James: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – I just don’t think it’s going to work. I’m not happy about it, and I like Ben Affleck as Batman, but this could be a disappointment.
Welshy: Kind of with Dave on this. if I had to choose something like Pee Wee’s Big Holiday and Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Don’t like the originals so will probably hate sequels that are years to late if needed at all.
What else has got you excited for March?
Dave: Hail Caesar looks like a lot of fun and I am looking forward to seeing Gerard Butler busting heads again in London Has Fallen. Arrow and The Flash are back on Sky 1, as well as the debut of DC’s new show Legends of Tomorrow. The second series of Daredevil coming to Netflix and there is the return of the wonderful Modern Family.
James: Hail, Caesar will hopefully be fun. I’ll be getting out the Game Of Thrones DVDs for a full run-through in time for it’s return in April. Also, I’m fully back in love with The Walking Dead so there’s that.
Welshy: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – For good or ill it will be a spectacle to watch. I only hope it is good.
And with that, we are done! Let us know what have been your favourite bits of February’s offerings in the comments!
We’ll be back at the end of March – see you then!