Directed by comedy legend Armando Iannucci, and co-written by frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, The Personal History of David Copperfield keenly adapts Dickens' famous autobiographical tome into a slim, crowd-pleasing comedy of manners; and although some of the richness of its source material has been lost, the power of its social conscience and humanist themes remains. Cruelly separated... Continue Reading →
It’s a boom time for allegorical science fiction movies which frame their galactic journeys as personal quests, a test of emotional endurance as much as physical, where the prize is a long-awaited epiphanic moment for their psychologically constipated heroes.
The eagerly anticipated It: Chapter Two gives us almost three hours of clownery, a sprawling runtime that pays tribute to author Stephen King's notorious logorrhoea in a very literal way.
Despite the immaculate dress sense, wild salt-and-pepper hair and a certain similarity in their choice of subject matter, Antonio Banderas isn't portraying movie director Pedro Almodovar here. But as Salvador Mallo, beloved director of Spanish cinema, you'd be forgiven for making the mistake.
Gurinder Chadha's follow-up to the Delhi-set Viceroy's House brings us a little closer to home - Luton, in fact - with this moving real-life tale of a British Asian teen in 1987 who pursues his dreams with a shot in the arm from the music of Bruce Springsteen.
"It's true that real animals don't appear happy, angry, sad or fearful the same way in which humans do. Their eyes don't dart from side to side, and they certainly don't smile or laugh. So why build a dramatic, $260m movie around them?"
Cumulatively, it's a masterclass in film form and philosophy: students hoping to understand Varda's theory of cinecriture, or cine-writing, could do worse than to begin here.