The Inbetweeners (15 – Dir: Ben Palmer – Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas)
The boy/men go large. Simon, Will, Jay and Neil flee the domestic teenage angst with a bid for independence, on parental credit, in Crete where the angst turns out to be the same, only in sunshine.
That wonderful and agonising-to-watch mix of teenage naivety and aggression is given an extra layer of fun and crudity as the boys stumble from one embarrassment to the next.
No event passes without reference to some bodily function or other, and as the boys slowly begin to realise that that is not necessarily the best way to chat up young ladies, how better to sort things out than a vomit inducing mega-party on a boat.
Beautiful Lies (12 – Dir: Pierre Salvadori – Stars: Audrey Tatou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila)
Could just as well have been called Emilie as this is Audrey Tatou in her Amelie role, and it’s just as brilliant.
Tatou plays a hair salon owner who misguidedly uses a love letter sent to her by a secret admirer to fire up her mum’s love life as she faces a difficult divorce. At first the little deception works well. Then it works too well, until increasing chaos ensues.
It’s keenly observed and brilliantly acted with Baye especially good as the maman.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (12 – Dir: Rupert Wyatt – Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis)
So, this is how those pesky apes got their start which led to a long sequence of similar films stretching a familiar plot way beyond its interest level.
This is the fascinating origin of the uprising which led to a classic series exploring human/ape cruelty.
This prequel is well done, but the interest level is somewhat subdued by our knowing what’s going to happen as Caesar, the young chimp, is ‘domesticated’ and then betrayed by a research scientist (Franco) before realising he has the power, of limb and speech, to change his future.
Andy Serkis is good in his Gollum role as the image-captured ape.