tv The Film Review BBC News December 8, 2017 5:45pm-6:01pm GMT
this is bbc news at 5pm. just coming up to 5:45pm. the headlines: the brexit negotiations look set to move onto the next stage after both sides reached a deal on the terms of the uk's departure. violence has flared between israeli forces and palestinians protesting at president trump's recognition ofjerusalem as israel's capital. snow is continuing to fall in many parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england, causing power cuts, school closures and travel disruption. the film review is coming up. now on bbc news, a look ahead to sportsday at 6:30pm tonight. a packed show tonight, starting with football, and we're looking ahead to what is billed as the premier league's most watched and most expensive game as manchester united play manchester city on sunday. 1 billion people potentially tuning in
to watch the first and second in the league, with the field of players worth about 100 £660 million. we will be talking to ryan sidebottom about what he thinks rugby union need to do. now though, it's time for the film review. hello, and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is mark kermode. so, mark, what do we have this week? we have bill, which is a film about the boston bombing survivorjeff bowman —— stronger. human flow, and effective documentary by ai weiwei. and the dinner. we can discuss that.
stronger, this is about the aftermath of the boston bombing. jake gyllenhaal as jeff aftermath of the boston bombing. jake gyllenhaal asjeff bowman, a young bostonian who was at the finishing line and was involved in the blast and lost both his legs. and then having survived the bombing then had to rebuild his life both physically and indeed mentally, and deal with the fact that he had suddenly become right at the centre of the spotlight which saw him in many ways as the body meant of the boston strong mantra. here is a clip. all right, when you're ready, scooch ahead before you stand up. ok, i'm going to straighten out like that. 0k. yeah. 0k, scooch ahead. up, hips back, hips back, chest out. chest up. 0k, chest up, chest up.
good, good, 0k. you 0k? you are so tall! oh, my god. i've got pins and needles in my legs. good job, jeff. you're doing amazing, jeff. you look amazing. keep going. i can't. i've got to sit down. good job. the story is extraordinary not least because the first thing he does when he wakes up in hospital is say, i saw the bombs, he wanted to pass on that information. what the film is really, really interested in is the way in which he struggled to recover and also his relationships with his own— of girlfriend and his mother
and his family. you saw amanda richardson as his mother, who is terrific. what is central to it is the film doesn't play him as a hero, it plays him as somebody who is in a position which they had nothing to do with and suddenly finds himself in the centre of this great personal struggle and suddenly finds himself the centre of all of this media attention and is, you know, on the one hand doing this very, very heroic thing, but on the other hand finding it very hard to cope with that attention. what i like about the film is that it doesn't try and pink two—dimensional pictures. he has fractures relationships with his family and girlfriend, he goes through different phases. what happens with the movie is that it involves you in the story in a way that you genuinely believe that what you're seeing is a realistic portrait. it's not exploitative, it's not melodramatic.” portrait. it's not exploitative, it's not melodramatic. i think it's based on a book that he wrote, isn't it? details of it are true, you've seen enough hollywood movies which are doing fired over adversity but
do so ina are doing fired over adversity but do so in a way which is kind of saccharine and very sentimental and the lies very heavily on sentimentality and melodrama. i found this very moving. there are moments when it will make you cry and moments when it'll make you laugh, but the most important thing was that it seemed honest and truthful and was done in a way in which it was low—key enough in which it felt like it didn't exploit the situation. i was surprisingly moved by it. it doesn't change the form at 01’ by it. it doesn't change the form at or do anything major to the structure of the kind of story that we've seen before. but it plays it well and it plays it in a heartfelt weight and it feels like an honest endeavour that was moving and affecting. —— in a heartfelt way. endeavour that was moving and affecting. -- in a heartfelt way. by ai weiwei form. sadly i haven't seen it yet. i can only assume that it is unbearably moving. it is very moving. ai weiwei is an exceptional artist. this is about the current refugee crisis, the humanitarian disaster on folding and the world. it isa disaster on folding and the world.
it is a portrait of global displacement, shot in 25 countries, 25 film crews, some of the food did is hand—held, some of these extraordinary aerial shots, drone shot of huge numbers of people moving through incredibly hostile terrain of refugee camps. we do get interviews, we do get discussions, but the most affecting staff is this of humanity on the move, and the persistence of barriers and borders and boundaries and people rather than receiving a welcome facing a wall. it is a film which has a cumulative impact. 0ver wall. it is a film which has a cumulative impact. over the course of the movie, you do become overwhelmed by the scope of this. i think again, it's a very interesting piece of film—making because it's using film to tell this story in a way which is specifically gradual. 0bviously way which is specifically gradual. obviously we do get discussions of these terrifying subject —— specifically visual. the stuff that works less well is when ai weiwei is
talking to some of the refugees, we believe that has less impact than when you see the scope of the what the film is the big thing. it's called human flow. 0k, the film is the big thing. it's called human flow. ok, the dinner. what did you think? is adapted from a novel, it is a story of the hidden violence of the bourgeoisie, and it asked the question, what would you do to protect a loved one? in u pstate n ew do to protect a loved one? in upstate new york, two talking cheese brothers and their respective partners meet in an upmarket restau ra nt, partners meet in an upmarket restaurant, one is tetchy and awkward and difficult, richard gere isa awkward and difficult, richard gere is a smooth politician, but there is a terrible family secret that they have to discuss. here is a clip. this is long overdue. what were you talking about? we werejust... we were just enjoying one of those awkward pauses, as they say, not talking about anything. not talking about anything? well, we're going to talk tonight. we're going to put it all on the table. is something wrong?
are you 0k? there's a lot... no, no, don't. he doesn't like the big table. no, really, it's all right. we're fine here. you know, actually, the other room could be better. this one is private enough. just a second, i'm going to go and check it out. i'm not moving. what's interesting about this is, this discussion that they are not having, that they move towards having, that they move towards having, played out over the course of this ridiculously elaborate dinner. each course is described by the maitre d' in incredible terms. at the centre of the discussion is this hidden secret about something which has happened with the children. and i think the film has got really good performances in it. a great cast, a good ensemble cast. a great cast, a good ensemble cast. a really good performance out of richard gere, this director got
previously in which he was playing a homeless man. the problem with the film to some extent is it is probably two courses too long. it is two hours and it should be 89 minutes. when we are at the table, when the kind of unspoken arguments are sort of boiling and seething away, i actually think it works, well. it then has this kind of flashback structure in which it moves back to events in the past and we see things unfolding from lots of perspectives. for me that works slightly less well. i know some people have really taken against the movie, and one of the reason is they are movie, and one of the reason is they a re pretty movie, and one of the reason is they are pretty claustrophobic company. they are not people you actually wa nt they are not people you actually want is bent that much time in the company at all. steve coogan‘s character is so difficult and awkward, and richard gere's character is so smooth and smarmy. but during the course of the drama it plays with our expectations of how each character's motivations will fall. it is flawed, no
questions about it, and it is two courses too long. but in the middle of it there is a main course which is well worth trying. i think i've actually kill the metaphor stone dead now! thank you very much. best out, i'm so delighted that you have chosen this, because it will encourage me to see it again, a film i haven't seen probably since i was at university. one of the greatest movies ever made, made immediately in the oft of the war. the ministry of defence said, can you make a movie which encourage the brits and americans to like each other more. it has just been released, it is so moving, it starts with a doomed m and falling in love with somebody on and falling in love with somebody on a radio —— a doomed m on. the emissary coming to get him gets lost in the fog of the channel. the film plays out, you can read it as a psychological drama or an otherworldly drama or you can read it as some slightly metaphysical
romance. it's funny and smart and looks brilliant, extraordinary cinematography. how many times have you seen cinematography. how many times have you seen it? i think this was only my second. but you effectively forced me to watch it again, i thought some of the script was wonderful. i hate to say this, it is the kind of film theyjust don't make any more! and yet, it's incredibly future looking. it reminds you of the wizard of oz, everything down on earth is technicolour and everything else is black and white. it is one of the greatest movies ever made is not the greatest movies ever made is not the greatest movies ever made is not the greatest movie ever made, and it's out against quite very quick thought about dvd. atomic blonde, this is our version of the graphic novel, it isa our version of the graphic novel, it is a tale of spies and neon. shell is a tale of spies and neon. shell is the run is having a ball in it. it doesn't make a lot of sense but it's very stylish and entertaining. i think there is a place, you know, for the stylish, empty film, and i
enjoyed it very much, although it's probably a guilty pleasure. enjoyed it very much, although it's probably a guilty pleasurelj enjoyed it very much, although it's probably a guilty pleasure. i loved that, stylishly empty! thank you, mark, see you next week. plenty to discuss this week, as we have just proved. enjoy your cinema viewing this week. bye—bye. good evening. it's probably a perfect evening to stay in and watch a decent movie because it's bitterly cold, and for some of us it's been a wintry day. we have seen is frequent snow showers across the north east and west. they have been filtering in along a north—west wind round through the irish sea towards northern england and also wales. but it's not been for all. look at this across eastern england this afternoon, glorious blue sky and sunshine. it was bitterly cold but was beautiful. we keep some clear skies through the night to night.
the snow showers will die back to the north of scotland and the west facing coast of wales. it could be rather icy first thing in the morning as temperatures for —— fall below freezing. it will be a frosty start. the frost will lift and there will be decent spells sunshine, a quiet data and not a bad day for many providing you wrap up warm. showers chiefly towards the north—west of the great glen and one or two through the gesture gap. 0— 2 degrees through the north, at the south we are looking at four or five. sunday night into saturday gets quite interesting. this area of rain will bump into the cold air ahead of it. with this miles, moist air, it looks like to turn to snow as we head through the early hours of sunday. so much so that the met 0ffice of sunday. so much so that the met office has issued an ample warning, be prepared for disruption. we could see 20 centimetres falling through
the north—east of england and the midlands. that will cause this option first thing on sunday. the snow will ease away slowly. to the south, it will be windy and milder. to the north, it stays cold with clear skies and largely dry. by the time we get into monday, things get interesting again, with this area of low pressure causing 12 issues the south—east. part one of the brexit deal is done, at last clearing the way for crucial next stage, including intial talks about trade. a handshake seals the agreement on the divorce bill, the northern ireland border and eu citizens‘ rights. getting to this point has required give and take on both sides. and i believe that the joint report being published is in the best interests of the whole of the uk. it's a real continental breakfast, after talks that went through the night. i believe we have now made the breakthrough we needed. today's result is, of course, a compromise.