Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and Hiroyuki Sanada are the stars of new drama Minamata. The story of war photographer W. Eugene Smith (Depp) and his journey back to Japan to document the devastating effect of mercury poisoning on the citizens of Minamata, Kumamoto, Japan.
Directed by Andrew Levitas; additional key cast includes Tadanobu Asano, Katherine Jenkins and Jun Kunimura.
As a big Jonny Depp fan, I cannot wait to see this. Even more so since this is one of his more down to earth roles. I’m also in for the kindness and to, at the very least, see that the companies responsible are being less careless with human life.
Lily Robinson, Ryô Kase, Minami, Masayoshi Haneda, Akiko Iwase and Kenta Ogawa also star.
The most fitting phrase I can think of to best describe how I feel about the remake of Jane Austen’s classic comedy/drama Emma is ‘Well, it’s not terrible’. Because it really isn’t, but I also didn’t find it to be great either.
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the well-meaning ‘handsome, clever, and rich’ Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who likes to meddle in others’ love lives; I must confess that it wasn’t long before I grew tired of Emma’s manipulations.
In all fairness, Austen did predict that Emma wouldn’t be a character many people would like, except Austen herself. A shame for me since there isn’t really much else that goes on in the story to divert from the meddling.
Also starring Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart and Josh O’Connor, the highlights that had me sticking with director Autumn de Wilde’s film till the end include my favourite funny moment. The one that involves the pronunciation of the word ‘innocence’ as ‘InNOsense,’ and specifically Bill Nighy’s character’s reaction to the mispronunciation. Another highlight is Mia Goth’s turn as Harriett, the ‘smiling idiot.’ I’m not sure how Austen describes Harriett in her book, but ‘smiling idiot/simpleton’ is what I got from Goth’s delivery.
Then there are the costumes. The costumes are definitely my favourite thing about Emma overall. Particularly the clothes on Austen’s heroine. Said attire proved absolutely key in keeping me watching all the way through.
Last but not least, we have the confession of romantic feelings under the tree towards the end, I really enjoyed how the moment was captured.
Make time for Emma if you’re curious, and certainly for the costumes.
Written and directed by William Nicholson; starring Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor, Hope Gap is a new drama / romance about a husband who tells his wife that he’s leaving her during a visit with their son.
Additional key cast includes Aiysha Hart, Ryan McKen, Nicholas Burns, Rose Keegan, Steven Pacey…
Can I really take another divorce movie so soon after Marriage Story (2019)? My heart is unsure but my head is saying ‘Yes please! You love Bening and Nighy!’ And just like that I shall. I mean, it’s not released for another one and a half months afterall.
Also, does anyone else think that Bening’s English accent kind of sounds a lot like the ever delightful Emma Thompson?
Derren Litten, Nicholas Blane, Ninette Finch, Sally Rogers, Jason Lines and Steven Pacey also star.
Sam Claflin, Gemma Aterton and Bill Nighy are the stars of Their Finest, a Lone Schefig directed drama / comedy / romance set during World War II. The story focuses on a British film crew tasked with making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg to help boost morale…
I’ll be tuning in for the comedy and to witness the extent of the sexism of those times. I’m not quite in the mood for the romance just now, no doubt that’s going to change, I’m certain of it.