Now that the MCU’s biggest releases of the year (arguably) are out of the way, it’s time to make way for different heroes, some well-known and anti-heroic, some unusual and yet to be met by audiences. With an eclectic mix of space-set sci-fi, animations, comedies and dramas, May is shaping up to be an interesting cinematic experience overall, to say the least.
Below are, as always, three films in particular that are likely to be worth your hard-earned dollar this month, followed by the rest of the month’s releases in date order.
Exactly the kind of alternative hero cinema needs right now, Tully is the story of a mother named Marlo, played by Charlize Theron, trying to raise three young children. Her brother hires her a ‘night nanny’, the titular Tully, played by Mackenzie Davis, to help her out and the two women forge a surprising bond. Not only a story for all the mothers out there to relate to, but also something different for audiences looking for a story that isn’t all about conventional super heroes. Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, both of whom wrote and directed (respectively) 2007’s teen preganancy-based Juno, it’s safe to say this story is in very safe and very capable hands.
The Breadwinner (25th)
This Oscar-nominated animation is lucky it’s not up against any Disney releases this month. Perhaps it’ll stand a better chance of getting the attention it deserves. Having said that, even if it were, The Breadwinner should be higher than a Disney animation on any person’s list of must-sees this month. Whilst living under Taliban rule in 2001 Afghanistan, young Parvana’s father is arrested for rather an unjust reason. As a result, Parvana (voiced by Saara Chaudry) disguises herself as a boy and discovers how different, and in some ways easier, living as a male is in comparison to life as an oppressed female. An eye-opener for people of all ages, this is as important a film to the women still living under such oppressed conditions as it is to those who’ve never experienced such a thing.
Deadpool 2 (15th)
Let’s face it, this one is only being mentioned in order to avoid a verbal beating. Joking aside (I think…), Deadpool 2 is possibly one of the most highly anticipated sequels ever. Promising more of the filthy shenanigans and foul-mouthed language than the first film provided, Deadpool’s (or just Ryan Reynolds’?) latest adventure sees him team up (reluctantly) with his X-Men comrades once again, this time to defeat evil-from-the-future, Cable (played by a forever dashing Josh Brolin). With the trailer looking as fun as ever, the third installment is already hotly tipped and eagerly awaited by fans.
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