I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: April – like its autumn sibling, September – is an ‘in-between’ month in the movie calendar, bridging the gap between awards season and summer blockbuster season. So that basically means that every genre is represented!
From Blumhouse horror Truth or Dare to the Bridge to Terabithia-esque coming-of-age film I Kill Giants, to the ground-breaking rom-com Love, Simon, there truly is an eclectic range. As well as that, there’s a plethora of foreign films on offer, such as A Gentle Creature, in which a Russian woman sets out to find out why her incarcerated husband has stopped responding to her letters, and drama 120 BPM (Beats per Minute), about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1990s France.
If none of those takes your fancy, why not peruse what else April has to offer…
A Quiet Place – 5th April
To be cautious of an actor’s directorial debut would be justified – not everyone can make a Lady Bird or a Tyrannosaur. While A Quiet Place may not be on that level, The Office US alum John Krasinksi appears to have cooked up a doozy.
Set in a version of reality where mysterious creatures are drawn to sound, a pregnant mother (Emily Blunt) and her husband (real-life husband, Krasinski) must protect their children by staying completely silent, in order to survive the apocalyptic landscape.
Although I’m not one for horror, the trailer suggests an intriguing depiction of a culture in which one slip of the tongue can see you devoured by vicious beings. I wonder where Krasinksi got his inspiration from…?
Thoroughbreds – 6th April
Another directorial debut this month is that of Corey Finley’s, whose project was well-received at Sundance last year.
On the surface, Amanda (Olivia Cooke) and Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) don’t seem to have a lot in common; the former feels nothing while the latter feels everything – especially a hatred for her stepfather. When Amanda suggests they kill him, the plan initially sounds like a good idea – but when they blackmail a hitman (Anton Yelchin) into helping them, things get a little complicated.
If you’re a fan of Heathers (or, y’know, Heathers: The Musical, which is even better) then you’ll likely be a fan of this. Even if not, though, the prospect of two up-and-comers sharing a screen should be enough to get you to the cinema.
Custody – 13th April
Probably the least well known of the bunch, this French drama from acclaimed director Xavier Legrand looks to include the timely discussion of the importance of believing victims of abuse.
During the divorce proceedings of his parents, Julien (Thomas Gioria) is adamant that he does not want his father (Denis Ménochet, who some may recognise from Inglourious Basterds) to have any kind of custody over him. However, being 11 means that he doesn’t really get a say in the matter – even though he claims that his father was abusive to his mother (Léa Drucker). But who would believe the words of a child?
The trailer for Custody marks this out to be tense and emotional in equal measure; if you’re in the mood for some ~high brow~ drama, this is your best bet.
Avengers: Infinity War – 26th April
At this stage, is there really any point in telling you what this movie is about?
Let’s be honest, there are 3 types of people when it comes to Avengers: the ones who will make obscure references like “the Needle deserved better” and will be watching the midnight screening; the ones who don’t really know what it’s about but don’t want to miss out on that water cooler chit chat; and the ones who really could not be bothered either way – and none of them care if I write about this movie.
Quite frankly, I don’t think I could tell you what it’s about – I know that there are some Infinity stones and infinite Chrises, and that’s about it. But whether or not the Avengers live to see another day, we all know that the real winners are Kevin Feige and Bob Iger.