The first trailer for Dunkirk, the new movie directed by the rightly celebrated writer/ director, Christopher Nolan has landed…
Generally speaking, war movies aren’t my favourite genre of film but I’ll probably try anything once if Nolan is at the helm. This teaser trailer is great tease for the first look. A look that left my heart was threatening to exit my chest by the end. Trailer one reminds me of what makes great trailers.
The stars of the movie include Nolan regulars Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Then there’s Mark Rylance and Harry Styles. What a gift it must be for one’s first movie to be directed someone at the level of of Christopher Nolan. If I were in the position of Mr Styles, I don’t think I could ever get over such a thing regardless of how small my part may be.
In telling the story of two of Britain’s most notorious criminals, the Kray twins, the combination of all the characters, dialogue music and cinematography of 1960s London did an adequate job of keeping me engaged.
Besides Tom Hardy who is, shocker, not shocker, just brilliant in his task of portraying both Reginald (Reggie) and Ronald (Ronnie) Kray, another big draw for me was the delightful britishness of the humour in Legend.
Prior to this movie, my main experience of London’s east end gangster / criminal world is Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). The pace and rhythm of that movie is one of the best things about it. In comparison to Legend, granted the period in time is quite different, but I did find myself wanting for things to move along a tad quicker.
Each time the two brothers were on screen at the same time, those were the most engaging moments and not just because I was curious to see how well they handled the reality of Tom Hardy essentially ‘talking to himself.’
Ronnie and Reggie’s sibling bond and the dynamics of their relationship is the most interesting aspect of this story. We get to experience and witness this bond in director Brian Helgeland’s movie, but I’d have loved for more of the film to be dedicated to the story of the brothers, perhaps as young boys/ men. I found myself wanting a clearer picture of more of what it took to create the reality that became their lives. Without the look back, the story felt incomplete to me.
In my fantasy of this movie, I’d say, either split the story of the Kray twins into two films, or forget about the relationship between Reggie and Francis, It’s boring – and instead focus on the most important love affair instead, the one between the two brothers. After all, it is the thing that ultimately decided their fate.
I don’t think that Legend is a bad film. It just simply left me wanting more than I would have liked. Watch it for the Tom Hardy Excellence.
Alejandro González Iñárritu is the director of The Revenant, a much talked about movie with a brilliant cast. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson to name just a few.
In addition to the talented film making team, all anyone really needs to know before watching is that The Revenant is a tale of vengeance, the very highly justifiable kind.
Iñárritu is well known for his innovative shooting style and the way in which The Revenant is shot is no different. Not to say that you’re going to find anyone appear to be levitating as is the case in Birdman (2014) – Iñárritu’s previous Oscar winning movie. However, as the film’s magnificent teaser trailer revealed back in July 2015, you’re going to experience some very impressive things that you probably haven’t experienced before. There’s also the original musical score and beautiful wintery cinematography.
If all I’ve mentioned so far still isn’t reason enough to watch, there’s thepossibility that The Revenant may just result in a long overdue Best Actor Oscar win for Leonardo DiCaprio. I mean, did you see the standing ovasion he received at the Golden Globes when his name was called for Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama), for this very movie?
Bring on February 28th 2016, an Oscars presentation that will be interesting for several reasons.
Child 44 is a Stalin-era Soviet Union crime thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling book of the same name; Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and Joel Kinnaman are the stars.
My main motivation for watching the movie isn’t reading the book because I haven’t, but the intriguing story, particularly Hardy’s role as a determined investigator of a series of gruesome child murders. Murders that are taking place during a time when the powers that be refuse to admit that murder is even a real thing.
I wanted Child 44 to be as thrilling as the trailer hinted, however, I did find myself wishing for a quicker pace, a shorter film, less distracting accents and an overall better / more thrilling execution.
All the lacking elements aside, Hardy’s performance is good and one of my favourite things about the film. The other is the ending and the tension filled scene on the moving train.
You may be compelled to watch Child 44 because you’ve read the book and/ or you’re a Tom Hardy fan who wants to see how he was able to deliver a notable physical and emotional performance, in spite of the questionable Russian accents. To that I say, follow your curiosity. I did and I have no regrets, I just simply wish that the general result had been better.
This third version is so well put together that you’re not going to be happy when it’s over. Sounds like an odd thing to say… until you realise that it’s only July and the release date is in two to three months time.
Impatiently goes the wait to witness the extraordinary transformation of Mr Hardy, great British humour and that good, good music.