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A Few Best Men Review

Picture this, before one of them gets married a group of guys go out to celebrate, get drunk, wake up with no memory of the many things they did the previous night and then have to try fix everything in time for the wedding.  While this may seem like a totally original, never seen anything like it before plot to some, others may notice some striking similarities with a little known movie called The Hangover.  However, don’t worry because A Few Best Men does plenty to set itself apart from The Hangover franchise, like having a story that isn’t completely predictable.

When David (Xavier Samuel) returns home his friends are shocked to discover that he is engaged to his holiday romance, Mia (Laura Brent).  David then brings his friends to Australia, where Mia is from, so that they can all meet Mia’s family a few days before the wedding, but will the English lads fit in?  After they there, David goes off with his bride to be while his friends take a detour to get something extra special for the bachelor party.  From here there’s a bunch of crazy stuff involving sheep, alcohol, gun violence and some missing cocaine, but let’s not spoil all that.  However, even with all the wild stuff that happens at, and because of, the bachelor party the most unrealistic thing in the movie is how quickly the wedding was put together.

Despite the obvious comparison to The Hangover, A Few Best Men didn’t feel like a rip off.  The characters are likeable and their friendship seemed much more real than those in The Hangover, particularly David and Tom (Kris Marshall) who seemed more like brothers than friends.  As the movie progresses so do the characters and you can see the relationship between Mia and David begin to show cracks as they start to realise how little they know about each other and maybe their holiday romance should have ended at the airport.

The best thing about the movie is that no matter what crazy problem the boys bring on themselves, the characters always seem real.  They are believable as a group of people that grew up together and care about each other.  They took in David, who doesn’t have any family, ‘even though everyone though he was gay’ and they all just became brothers, which is what motivates them to try keep the wedding on track.  Then again, if male bonding and crazy bachelor parties don’t get you to the cinema, go for Olivia Newton-John who plays the hilariously crazy mother-in-law.

A Few Best Men hits cinemas today so be sure to check it out if you like comedies, even if The Hangover wasn’t your favourite movie you’ll definitely find a laugh or two at this English/Australian mix, which is brought to you by the people behind Death at a Funeral (the English version).


Vergil in DmC

Though it’s not yet clear if any other characters will be returning, Capcom have confirmed that Vergil will play a big part in the upcoming reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise.

Vergil appeared as a boss in the first DMC game and was the main antagonist in the prequel Devil May Cry 3.  His role in the third game has made him a fan favourite, rivalling Dante as the most popular character in the series.  It isn’t surprising that Ninja Theory are bringing him into the new franchise, but will they be able to do justice to the original Vergil?

As with Dante, Vergil has undergone some changes.  The old Vergil sought power and wanted to rule, while this new version seems to have the opposite in mine.  While Dante grew up in orphanages and detention centres, Vergil was adopted by a wealthy family and the two haven’t seen each other since.  Vergil grew up living it large and getting properly educated, but then demons killed his adoptive parents igniting hatred in him.  Determined to take down the demons that secretly run society, Vergil began the order and became the masked man that has been shown in previous DmC trailers.

Vergil’s appearance has been altered in keeping with the new character designs, though he still has blond, silver/grey, hair.  In fact, an old family photo, shown in the new trailer, shows that he has always had this colour hair while Dante’s has always been dark.  This essentially puts to rest the idea of Dante’s hair turning lighter as the game goes on.  As with the original Vergil, the colour blue is still a big part of his costume.  Interestingly, he is also shown to have a katana sword, Yomato, like he did in the previous titles.

Though he may be on the good side Vergil does not seem to have the same regard for human life as Dante.  Vergil is willing to let Kat, who is working for him, die while Dante insists on saving her.  This may be a sign that Vergil might not be as good as he’d like Dante to think and may actually have an evil plan up his sleeve, one that he needs to use Dante to complete.

What do you think?  Are you happy that Vergil is part of the new DMC franchise?  Who else would you like to see featured the reboot?  Would you prefer if the original characters were left alone?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and like the like button.