Friday Reviews & Weekend Watch - 12th Feb 2010
Colin Firth's best ever performance in this touching tale of a college professor in the early 60s mourning the loss of his partner. It's precise and perfect - and thankfully make Col's painful turn in St Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold seem a million miles away.
Of course it's cheesy. That's a given. But this slick tale of beautiful LA types on the most romantic day of the year expertly gets the point of A-list rom-coms. It's about the warm glow you get from watching familiar faces tick the chick flick boxes with a smile on their face and Joss Stone warbling on the soundtrack. The movie equivalent of a comfort blanket.
It stars off well, gets a bit boring, then becomes totally ridiculous. Benicio Del Toro may have the hairy look but his 21st century cool doesn't fit with this Victorian horror story, heavily edited and delayed for months as the producers tried to work out what the hell their film was actually about.
Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief
It may be a shameless attempt at getting a new Potter-type franchise going, but this US teen take on Greek myth is fast, fun and frothy. Get past Pierce Brosnan as a half-man/half-horse and you'll have a good time.
As usual if you're not going to the cinema this weekend, here are some decent movies to check out on the TV.The Fifth Element
Get past a quite unbelievably squeaky performance from Chris Tucker and this sci-fi thriller with Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich has a high-art, almost surreal futuristic quality that jumps off the screen. If you don't get the image on the left then look it up for added LOLs.
Classy turns from Penny Cruz (pictured right) and her cleavage in this haunting, heartbreaking, ghostly drama from Spanish maestro Pedro Almodovar.
Mel Gibson directs this blood-splattered adventure set amongst the ancient Mayan civilizations of South America. It's hardly subtle - but Gibbo sure knows about gutsy, eye-catching cinema.