After a quiet month in June, July saw several excellent films released and deciding on a top 3 was incredibly tough. I had to leave out ‘Begin Again‘ and ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2‘ which were both excellent, and I’ve left one of the best critically acclaimed films in years off the top spot in favour of a film I loved just that little bit more!
Here’s my top 3 for the month
The sequel to 2011’s excellent ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Dawn…’ picks up where that film left off with a deeper exploration of the ape culture 10 years later, as well as the fragmented human resistance. The film depicts a clash of ideals in many senses, and is a fantastic showcase for advanced technology like motion capture, with Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell in particular excelling as the 2 lead apes.
One of the most ambitious films to hit cinema screens in years, a film shot over 12 years depicting the growth of one boy (Ellar Coltrane) from childhood to adulthood. Richard Linklater’s magnificent film attracted outstanding critical acclaim, well deserved, but I didn’t quite love it as much as others did, and not as much as my number one for the month…
Technically, ‘Chef’ came out in June, but I saw it in July so I’ll include it in this bunch (let’s call it the same anomaly that allows films to get into the Oscars for the previous year when their wide release isn’t until January or February). I’ve not smiled as widely at the cinema in a long time as I did seeing this film, a terrific road trip movie that helps Jon Favreau’s titular character rediscover his roots and bond with his son. It’s funny, moving, and it’s a film that truly deserves the tag ‘feel good’.