Chronicle is not like other superhero movies; actually I don't think the characters are superheroes at all, rather they have superpowers. After the discovery of some weird alien crystals, 3 friends soon find, after blacking out, that they have mysterious powers (think Force pull/push). Naturally the first thought is not to use these powers to benefit mankind, but to do what any teenage boy would in this situation: abuse it for their own entertainment! This is where the film is strongest, and certainly the most entertaining; perhaps it's because I'm a bloke but I could completely relate (I think empathise is too strong) to the sense of awe and excitement that the 3 main characters feel. By the climax of the film this sense of wonder has been replaced by a requirement for the film to actually go somewhere, which (like Angry Birds, is hilariously fun initially but becomes a bore as you try to get maximum points) isn't so interesting. But I can understand why. The main 3 lads are fine, as I say, as I was able to relate to them; anyone else was really incidental. The special effects are all great, very understated in a Monsters kind of way, used to bring the story to life and concentrate on the characters rather than overwhelm it with CG. Chronicle doesn't do anything spectacular, but it's very cool, great fun and entertaining nonetheless.
The World's End (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
But, well, you know, that’s just, like, er, my opinion, man.