What we're watching and playing this week
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (PG13)
Did we really need to be told Godzilla is the “King of Monsters” in the title? Well, maybe, as this follow-up to the 2014 update is bringing in all the big boys to duke it out with our hero – who sometimes leaves a bit of chaos and destruction wherever he walks. An anti-hero, then. This new entry follows cryptozoological agency Monarch discovering a heap of ancient, island-sized monsters that are set loose on the world.
We say it’s up to Monarch to stop them, but really it’s Godzilla that will be doing the dirty work. Although, these ant-sized humans may be the ones that started the rise of all the deadly creatures. Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) seems to be up to no good, and her family, Mark (Kyle Chandler and Madison (Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown), are somehow drawn into the colossal conflict. Nice one, Emma. Whatever the conspiracy is, audiences are here to see monsters fight, and you’ll get just that.
The gigantic lizard will be facing off against fan-favourite monsters like Mothra, a aptly named giant moth, Rodan, an oversized pterodactyl and Godzilla’s ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah – all in epic fashion. What do all three have in common? they can all fly, so maybe they’re just here to bully Godzilla because he can’t. Poor guy. As for our human protagonists, how on Earth will they survive all the disaster? We’re sure little Millie will somehow play a big part in stopping the showdown. We’ll just have to watch to find out.
In cinemas now
The Hustle (PG13)
Hollywood’s list of action-comedies has steadily been building over the years, treating us to big hits such as 21 Jump Street, to the hugely forgettable Hot Pursuit. So, where does this fall? Let’s just say Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway may be hustling those who actually pay to watch this comedy flop. These two should have made for a powerhouse of a comedy duo, but clichéd one-liners and flat jokes completely ruin this flick.
In cinemas now
The Sun is Also a Star (PG13)
Already, this movie is looking down at its audience – does it think we don’t know a sun is a star? That’s not what we’re really groaning about though. This gushy flick is about hopeless romantic Daniel Bae (Bae? Bit on the nose) who meets Natasha Kingsley, who doesn’t believe in love. It just so happens they fall head over heels for each other in just one day, not without a few problems though. Groan.
In cinemas June 6
First The Men Who Stare at Goats, then The Monuments Men – George Clooney just can’t stay away from strange wartime features, can he? This one is an absolute hit though, as it’s based on the darkly comic Joseph Heller novel. Spanning six-episodes, it follows Captain John Yossarian (or YoYo) who will do anything to get out of being an airman during World War II. Just for the comedic situations, this show is a must.
Out now on Hulu
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Remember when the world went through one of the most catastrophic pandemics that saw up to 200 million people lose their lives? To go through The Plague is already bone-chilling stuff, but try adding the supernatural twist of monstrous hordes of carnivorous rats that will stop at nothing to devour you in mere seconds, and there are Inquisition soldiers that will kill you on the spot. Oh, and all you have to defend yourself with is a sling and rock. That sums up how bleak A Plague Tale: Innocence is, and while the sound of it all makes us want to just throw in the towel, its compelling story, narrative direction and harrowing, yet stunning, graphics will have you playing from start until finish.
When a game starts off with the protagonist’s dog being gruesomely dragged into the ground by rats, clearly it’s not going to pull any emotional punches. Too bad Amicia, the main character gamers play as, has to put up with it all. She’s left as an orphan with her brother when the Inquisition army invades her estate (you know, just to make matters worse). They’re after her brother, Hugo, as his blood carries a supernatural power called the Prima Macula, all to be used for typical bad guy reasons (that we won’t spoil). Hugo is a young pipsqueak, forever bound to Amicia’s side as she sneaks her way through areas riddled with soliders, finds exit routes (via in-game puzzles) and gets through seas of rats. You’re fairly vulnerable, and being spotted by a guard or trailing off the path means instant death. Although, we doubt that will happen often.
Gameplay is simple, and it won’t take you long to figure out how to get past Amicia’s enemies. Those pesky rats hate fire, and gamers will either have a torch or Amicia’s special alchemy skills (which can be used with her slingshot to throw flaming stones) to fend them off. It’s basic level puzzle-solving, but this is more of a story-driven game that has gamers worrying about the lives of Amicia and Hugo rather than the gameplay itself. Getting through each stage (with some of the more cinematic pieces being an absolute thrill-ride to play) with ease makes A Plague Tale flow smoothly.
It’s one of those rare narrative experiences that you start and stay playing for its entire 12-hour runtime.
If you’ve played 2017’s Senua’s Sacrifice, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for in this third-person action-adventure. Worth the buy.
Available on PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Close to The Sun
Set in a dystopian future at sea, a place ruled by an idealistic man (who’s clearly gone mad) – wait, is this a Bioshock remake? Not at all. This first-person horror adventure takes place in a world where Nicola Tesla wasn’t done over by Thomas Edison, and continues making strange yet magnificent inventions, including a massive ship named The Helios. That’s where the potagonist is headed to find her sister, although things are amiss...
Out now on PC