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Queen’s Radio Reviews Pan

Queen’s Radio Reviews Pan

A slow burn, but once it’s lit it stays lit.  The plethora of remakes and reworking’s of classics continues with Joe Wright’s Pan, a more mature take on the Peter Pan story set to be released later this month. Context is vital to any film experience and Pan is no different. However, the sluggish start in dreary World War II London drags on for a tad too long. Most of us going to see Pan know of his difficult start in an orphanage in London and while there are some comedic moments, particularly between Levi Miller and Kathy Burke, with her over the top rendition of Mother Barnabas, I found myself looking at my watch waiting to see when Peter will go to Neverland. Maybe it was due to my desire for the London orphanage section of the film to end but once Peter gets kidnapped by Bishop (Nonso Anozie) the narrative really picks up and moves at a galloping pace as we are introduced to Hugh Jackman’s unique take on Blackbeard, indeed he wears a wig alluding to Marie Antoniette while he adorns himself in Louis XIV-style costumes. Jackman himself noted that his role as Wolvereine in the X-Men franchise started “to narrow things a bit for me” but his incarnation of Blackbeard shows, not only his prowess as an actor but also his versatility; something that can not be said of all of Hollywood’s A-Listers. Indeed, the tongue in cheek introduction to Blackbeard results in a fairly comedic tone which continues when hundreds of miners he has working for him sing Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana... read more
Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Intern”

Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Intern”

A heartwarming and hilarious tale of an unlikely friendship.  The Intern is the latest film by director Nancy Meyers, who also brought us The Parent Trap, What Women Want and The Holiday– some of my personal favourite films.  The Intern also stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, both of whom I adore.  Needless to say, I was extremely excited to see this film and it did not disappoint.  Similar to other films by Meyers, it has a cheery and fun atmosphere underpinned by serious elements of drama. The film follows 70 year old widower Ben Whitaker (De Niro) as he begins a new chapter of his life working as a senior intern at a thriving internet company run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).  Despite Ostin’s initial hesitation, the two form a connection and become not just boss and intern but also friends.  Alongside several very funny moments, there are more serious aspects of the film.  We see the struggle Jules faces trying to juggling a busy job and a home life, while Ben’s storyline shows the sadder aspects of growing old and loosing friends and loved ones.  However, the majority of the film is a heartwarming and emotional, feel-good film which will leave viewers with a smile on their face. The Intern also benefits greatly from an excellent soundtrack which matches every scene perfectly.  The casting choices were perfect in my opinion.  Although the production team had originally been considering Tina Fey (later Reece Witherspoon) and Michael Caine, the chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro worked so brilliantly in the film that it is difficult to imagine anyone else... read more
Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Martian”

Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Martian”

A story of hope and surviving in the direst of circumstances, The Martian is a surprisingly light-hearted film that provides all the entertainment value you could wish for, even if it does take a half hour too long to get anywhere… In a week which brought us NASA’s announcement of liquid water on Mars, it’s hard not to see the irony in the release of Ridley Scott’s latest film, The Martian.  The film (based on the bestselling novel of the same name) follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) after he is accidentally stranded on Mars following an emergency evacuation of the manned mission he is a part of.  It looks at the journey he must take and the actions and feelings of the people on Earth and his crew who abandoned him, as they try frantically to rescue him. Almost immediately, The Martian earns its place in my good books by not making the oh so common mistake of hanging around for half an hour of character development before the action begins.  On the contrary, Damon’s character finds himself stranded alone on Mars within the first few minutes of the film opening.  This is rather a refreshing approach to take to a film of this type and for me personally it made the film more enjoyable, since the viewer gets to learn more about the characters as the film goes on.  Despite this fast-paced start, however, the film drags terribly in the middle section, meaning that a film that comes in at just under two and a half hours feels much longer.  The only saving grace... read more

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