Steven Soderbergh’s latest drama The Laundromat is inspired by the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal; The 2016 publication of leaked documents detailing financial and attorney / client information for more than two hundred thousand offshore entities. A leak that led to the eventual shut down of one of the largest providers of offshore financial services, Mossack Fonseca & Co.
Focused on educating and entertaining, I found Soderbergh’s film to be only partly successful at both. This is mainly because I had trouble staying engaged. Particularly, to my surprise, for much of Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman’s scenes. The way the film is written, structured and edited certainly didn’t help matters.
Soderbergh essentially shared the stories of some of the dealings of the offshore organisations / individuals who were helping the rich take advantage and get away with it. And they did it all with the help of the likes of Banderas and Oldman’s characters – the pair behind law firms like Mossack Fonseca & Co.
Eventually the whistleblower shows up; a character who, in real life has managed to remain anonymous, and this is where Soderbergh and the writers decided to get creative and give a face to the person behind the leak. It would be great to say that this is when things got really interesting. Sadly, no – due to the aforementioned story structure issues which resulted in the whole experience feeling quite disjointed.
The Laundromat felt like a series of very loosely linked stories that were somewhat entertaining on their own but together they didn’t make for a well put together finished product. Meryl Streep was of courser watchable, as always but that just wasn’t enough in the end.
Watch The Laundromat if you’re really, REALLY curious.
From director Michael Goi, Mary is a new horror movie starring Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer and Jennifer Esposito.
The scares begin soon after a family interested in starting a charter-boat business buys a ship that holds terrifying secrets. Secrets that only surface once they’re out on isolated waters with no one else around…
The idea of ghosts and demons are certainly scary enough for me. What’s interesting is that Mary is taking the scares to the open sea. I therefore wish the best of luck to all the non-swimmers and thalassophobics (those with an intense and persistent fear of the sea and distance from land), who happen to love horror movies.
I haven’t quite figured out where the family are supposed to be from based on their accents. Any ideas?
Stefanie Scott, Owen Teague, Michael Landes, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Natalie Jean, Chloe Perrin, Claire Byrne, Kathryn Kellly and Griffin Hood also star.
Darkest Hour is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement (2007) and stars Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie tells the story of Winston Churchill’s most defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation…
I’ll see this because Oldman is great and it sounds as though he may have nailed Churchill’s voice. There’s also Churchill’s very famous inspirational quotes to look forward to.