Sunday, November 29, 2015

Suffragette


Director: Sarah Gavron

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Brendan Gleeson, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep,Anne-Marie Duff, Natalie Press

Carey Mulligan plays Maud Watts, wife, mother and a passive laundry worker in a London sweat shop in 1912. Her friend and co-worker Violet (Anne-Marie Duff) is in an abusive relationship but committed suffragette none the less. After she is asked to make representation to Parliamentary Committee on the role of working women she is badly beaten by her husband and timid Maud steps up. Disillusioned by authority and the subsequent violence of the police at demonstrations Maud, at great personal expense, becomes a participant in the radical wing of the Women’s Movement led by Edith (Helena Bonham Carter). Menaced by a police inspector admirably played by Brendan Gleeson, and inspired by Emmeline Pankhurst (a star cameo by Meryl Streep) she and Emily Davison (Natalie Press) decide to bring the Votes for Women campaign to National attention with tragic consequence. Great topic and the fight for women’s emancipation is much neglected in celluloid, but sadly the telling of this tale is bland and consequently (IMO) the opportunity to make a riveting film has been missed. On the positive side this movie deals with radicalisation and is as much a metaphor for todays’ social problems as it is for women’s emancipation.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Love the Coopers

Director: Jessie Nelson

Starring: Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei

This should have been a Christmas Cracker with a cast to match the goodies at the best Christmas table but what starts with great promise as a family Christmas movie just peters out limply. The weak script, fragmented story lines and sterile performances with one exception, Olivia Wilde (Eleanor), combine to make a painfully predictable cinematic experience. Overlong and wanna be Love Actually, there is just not enough substance despite the rare humorous and insightful moments.




Monday, November 16, 2015

Spectre

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig,Ralph Fiennes,Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Madeleine Swann, Andrew Scott

Bond’s 24 celluloid adventure charts the story of the Bond story as portrayed by Daniel Craig so there is plenty interest for the nerds. Post Skyfall, Bond is now on a secret mission commissioned by M of old (Dame Judi Dench), without the knowledge or permission of his current superior, MI6 director’s M (Ralph Fiennes). As the adventure plays out we see a Bond of old, ruthless assassin and womaniser in search of the mysterious leader of Spectre (Christoph Waltz). The plot thickens in true schoolboy adventure style as our intrepid hero battles Mr Hinx, the horrid henchman (Dave Bautista) ably assisted by Q (Ben Whishaw), Agent Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and an Aston Martin DB10. Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) plays the damsel in distress as Bond and co. track down the baddies and cope with home front changes to the Intelligence Community, driven with the mysterious, C (Andrew Scott) which threaten to destroy his licence to kill. On the whole a watchable Bond movie with some spectacular cinematography but at 148 minutes, overlong.