The biggest hits of the summer so far range from crowd-pleasing Marvel hit Guardians of the Galaxy, to the second big screen outing of British television favourite The Inbetweeners. The movies released this weekend are just as exciting, from science fiction action movie Lucy, Glasgow-set musical God Help the Girl and the Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If.
Scarlett Johansson takes the lead in Lucy, which sees the eponymous heroine tricked into working as a drug mule and ending up with enhanced, superhuman abilities. Despite an assorted critical response, Lucy was a big hit with audiences and the film earned itself the title of third highest grossing US opening for a female-led action movie. Johansson’s star power and the movie’s intriguing premise should mean Lucy will be greeted equally as enthusiastically by cinema goers in the UK this weekend.
A musical drama set in Glasgow which features the music of Belle and Sebastian might sound an unlikely recipe for movie success, but Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl is hoping for great things this coming weekend. Praised for a sweet story and beautiful shots of the Scottish city, the film is also notable for its talented ensemble cast, who won an award at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. The movie started life as an album released back in 2009 and follows Eve (Emily Browning), who turns to music as an attempt to deal with her struggles with her eating disorder and forms a musical group with James (Olly Alexander) and Cassie (Skins and Game of Thrones actress Hannah Murray). Naturally Belle and Sebastian fans will love this film, but it is also refreshing to see a film highlight Glasgow’s beauty and thriving cultural scene.
Since leaving the Harry Potter world behind, Daniel Radcliffe has made consistently interesting and varied career choices. This weekend he can be seen in romantic comedy What If, opposite American actress and screenwriter Zoe Kazan. Formerly entitled The F Word, the film has been given a more conventional rom-com title, but it has been praised for providing a more realistic look at love and friendships than most romantic comedies. Essentially a twenty-first century take on When Harry Met Sally, director Michael Dowse’s film follows the relationship between Radcliffe and Kazan’s characters as the two attempt to be friends despite an obvious mutual attraction.
Several of 2014’s biggest hits are released on DVD over the next few weeks, though the one you won’t want to miss is Marvel hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was released on Monday (August 18). The film was praised upon its cinema release back in March for focusing on character and plot as well as action, making it perfect Saturday night entertainment.