Hello gang. So, are you ready for another diatribe of film-related gumph related to what's out this week? Well, you should be, as it's At The Flix time.
This week's releases are a decidedly mixed affair, a few of which I am somewhat curious to see and another few I'd rather substitute for a daytime antiques show instead. Which ones do you think I'm talking about?
Saving Mr. Banks (PG)
One of the big films out this week, this is the story of when P. L. Travers went to Walt Disney during the production for the adaptation of Mary Poppins, leading to a reflection of her difficult childhood.
There's much that appeals about this film, first and foremost the cast with its acting talent. Messrs Thompson and Hanks in the lead roles seem so ideal. This film also hints at having far more weight than just the coming together of Travers and Walt Disney, principally because it is a character examination, it reflects on each of the main character's childhoods and is very open about the power of storytelling in all its multiple guises here.
I'm hoping that the film doesn't bog itself down in sappiness, sentiment or self-congratulatory, but is actually an affirmation of the power of the story. Fingers crossed.
Of course, this is not described as a remake but as a reimagining! With the great Chloe (Hit Girl) Grace Moretz in the lead role of Carrie White and with Julianne Moore as her mother Margaret White, there are definitely the acting chops in play here but I'd rather see Sissy Spacek going to the prom instead.
I'd like to be proven wrong but I've found myself so frustrated at classic horror films or books being adapted, sorry, re-imagined over recent years.
The Best Man Holiday (15)
Christmas movie number one this week is a follow up by director Malcolm D Lee to his 1999 film The Best Film. I never saw the original. College friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays and discover how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.
On initial glance, I thought it would be dreary but reviews have been strong Stateside for this film and that it's a properly acted, well written and timely Christmas drama, tapping into social issues that people face, not overplaying stereotypes but dealing with something of weight or substance.
Free Birds (U)
This is not the bio-pic of Lynyrd Skynyrd but a animation about two time-travelling turkeys who go back in time to get turkey off the Christmas menu.
Yes, it's Christmas, so unless you eat nutloaf on Christmas Day, turkey is an absolutely must. With this in mind, how much of a stuffing, yes I said stuffing, will this film get critically and popularity wise?
Either way, it's going to be a turkey whether on the screen or on your plate this Christmas!
I'm not excited about this one but it will be the only time you will get to see animated turkeys in 3D .... I'm pretty sure about that?
Making its UK premiere at The Electric Cinema on Sunday 1st, Generation Iron is a new documentary from Vlad Yudin following the extreme world of modern-day bodybuilding. At the time of writing this, it is worth noting that are no tickets available but it will be shown on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th December at 3pm.
A great coup for The Electric especially given the generally strong reviews for this documentary.
Ok, did you get a ticket for Generation Iron? You're a lucky so and so!
Anyhow, that's it from me this week! As always, send your quips, remarks and disagreements on twitter @timmy666 and keep cinema watching prominent in your calendar of entertainments.
Till next week! See you at the party Richter.
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