After years of pitting his luckless protagonists against gladiators, Saracens, cannibals, jihadis, aliens, Incas, replicants and even more aliens, a scattering of Mexican gangsters feels like a pretty low-key threat for Ridley Scott’s latest. And so it proves. With characters ranging from the forgettable to the insufferable and a plot that makes even less sense…
Keaton! Stone! Watts! Galifianakis! Birdman! Exclamation marks!
To the Wonder is veteran cinematic visionary Terrence Malick’s follow-up feature to Tree of Life. A cast including Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem struggle to steal the film from the scenery, which as usual is a big concern of Malick’s. Will it be as divisive as his last effort? We tried to find out.
Probably the best Bond of the new era, Skyfall is an assured and at times jaw-droppingly beautiful action film. Veering slightly more towards the ludicrous excesses of the Bond of old, Skyfall simultaneously maintains the grittier, more modern style, making it an anniversary throwback and a distinctly modern Bond film all at once. Obsessed with the spectre of death and being replaced, Skyfall doesn’t actually have a great deal to say on those topics, but it does have a memorable baddie (finally!) – and if the climax is disappointing, it’s only in comparison to the mastery of the rest of it.
So she’s now Dame Helen Lydia Mironoff, HWoF? That’s a mouthful.