Last Week’s Films (23/04 – 29/04)

The Double Life of Veronique (Krzystzof Kieslowski, 1991)

I think the best word to describe this film is interesting. It follows two young women, Weronika, a singer from Poland, and Veronique, a music teacher from France. They are identical, and don’t know anything of the other’s existence, but seem to share a transcendental emotional bond. We follow the lives of these women (both played by Irene Jacob) but there is not much of a plot to get our teeth into, instead the film seems more concerned with exploring ideas about connection and emotions. I’m not really one for arthouse films, I prefer an engaging story coupled with solid characters, but this film was certainly interesting, and very aesthetically pleasing. Irene Jacob gives a subtle, intriguing performance as the two main characters, and it may be a film I come back to in the future, but overall it wasn’t a film I was too enthused with. 6/10

Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony and Joe Russo, 2018)

First of all, I won’t be posting any spoilers or anything (though I think most people who want to watch this will have seen it already), I’ll just give some general thoughts. I went into this film with the same expectations I have for every superhero film: it’ll be fine, fairly safe, and there might be some nice character interactions or cool locations to enjoy. Those expectations were met. The plot is the same as we’ve seen a thousand times, a powerful villain has a diabolical plan to cause chaos in the universe, and our heroes must fight to stop them. In Avengers: Infinity War, that villain is Thanos, and his plan is to gather all the infinity stones and use them to kill half the universe due to what he perceives overpopulation and lack of resources to sustain so much life. I was a bit bored by Thanos, he’s so powerful that all the action scenes involving him are foregone conclusions, and his plan makes no sense. I won’t go into any details, but the film has all the failings of any other superhero film. No real threat considering we know of all the films planned for the future, and the same old story as always. That being said, the film is a fine example of the genre, it’s just not a genre that is made for the likes of me. There are some scenes of fun interactions between characters, and plenty of fighting and action, but nothing I can really get invested in. If you already know you like Marvel films, you’ll like this one too, but it’s not for me. 5/10

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