tv The Film Review BBC News January 6, 2018 11:45pm-12:01am GMT
hello and a very warm welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases, i'm joined byjason solomons. what have you been watching this week? this week, we find out what happened when christopher plummer replaced kevin spacey in ridley scott's all the money in the world, a kidnap drama set mainly in 1970s italy, but also on a huge estate in england. and saddle up for the return of the wild west. but is it the western revived or revised in hostiles? christian bale and rosamund pike, take to the wide open spaces for the violence of the wild west. and ben stiller checks in for a midlife crisis in brad's status, a comedy about middle age and loss and reflecting on your existence while you take your son to colleges. but let's start with all the money in the world. i'm reeling from the fact that christopher plummer is 88, because he looks astonishing. that is what you can do with all the money in the world,
a lot of cgi! john paul getty, who kevin spacey was playing, and the film has been ‘despaceyed' and replaced very famously by christopher plummer, the very feat of that is what marks this film out as a footnote in film history. extraordinary from ridley scott to reshape his film around a new performance in christopher plummer. we watch the film now, especially in this climate, trying to see the join, to see if there was a ready break glow of cgi inserts from christopher plummer. can we spot the ghost of kevin spacey — you can't at all. the film is seamlessly done, and the reshoots are beautifully done and i think christopher plummer is fabulous in the role ofjohn paul getty. i think they would have been a different... ridley scott talked about how christopher plummer has a twinkle in his eye, whereas kevin spacey has a more cold look, more evil look, and i think that gives the film a lot more heart. we kind of pityjohn paul getty for being the richest man, but he is notjust the richest man
but the richest man there has ever been in the world. and his grandson is kidnapped. yes, that's the essence. it was a huge media case back in the 1970s, it gripped the world, asjohn paul getty refused to pay the ransom, $17 million, which back in 1973 was quite a lot of money! the point was that it became this kind of case and he refused to budge and i think we are supposed to see john paul getty as a curmudgeonly scrooge type, but christopher plummer gives it a real edge. there is a fabulous speech about him not trusting people, only objects, of which he amasses a huge amount. they don't give him grief. but the rest of the film is going on, michelle williams, golden globe—nominated, and we will find out the results from la on monday morning. the film has been nominated for, i guess, the feat of scott getting it together. christopher plummer is nominated for that performance and michelle williams is nominated for the performance of gayle, the mum, and here she is wandering into the media storm in italy.
hubbub of voices. my son, paul, must be very frightened right now. i know i'm frightened for him. so, to the people who took him, i don't care why you did this, but i ask as a mother that you think of your own children or the child that you once were and set my boy free. thank you. her son's disappeared. a mother should cry for her son. enough. let the lady through. let's go! hubbub of voices. miss getty, i'm corvo. i'm the lead investigator. would you please follow us. grazie. hubbub of voices. tell us more. you said you had the money. hubbub of voices. what about your son? miss getty! i'm a big fan of michelle williams, and she has spoken quite nicely about how she felt ridley scott was trying to really show this horrendous story of the kidnap of
a child through the mother ‘s eyes. does that work, does it come through? it is there. she reminded me of katherine hepburn with that accent. the problem is i didn't know who i should be watching. obviously the story between kevin spacey and christopher plummer deflected a lot, and i was watching plummer and it's quite a hammy role, asjohn paul getty. she's doing something else. and then you've got the son, played by charlie plummer, no relation, kidnapped and held hostage in calabria by the italian mafia. so you never quite know what the centre of the story is. for me, it became about plummer, and it kind of eclipses michelle williams, who is very good in the role, and the film looks good in a classic ridley scott smooth way. itjust didn't get to the heart of the matter. your heart went out to what it must be like to being the richest man in the world.
it's something i've been contemplating! that's curious! and rather enjoying. curious! is the next film going to be quite brutal? i have heard lots about it but not seen it, hostiles. there is always room for one or two westerns per year now. it used to be what hollywood and america was made on. but now hostiles, i think we can tell there is irony in the title. it's what american armies called, what american cowboys and soldiers used to call the native americans, the injuns they were known as. we're not allowed to call them that now. when you have a film that revises that, what do you do about the brutality of the old west? the way of the gun. this film opens with rosamund pike and her entire family wiped out by comanche indians, so you are already thinking, i don't see where the balance is with a new look at the west, where we expect white america to be slightly kind of apologetic for the way native americans were treated. this film doesn't do that, which is rather brave of it. christian bale is the army man who has to escort a posse of cheyenne indians back
to their natural homeland, and they come under attack from comanche indians. it is about warring factions. nobody comes out of it particularly well. it is fairly brutal and bleak landscape. but i think that is what it was like. so that realism that is coming into the western, that revisionism of what the hero is, pat garritt, and going back to billy the kid or dances with wolves with kevin costner. but it doesn't quite tell it from the point of view of the indian. quite a tough watch? it is. and you don't get the payoff that you usually get with the hero emerging. a bit more uplift in our third choice today, i say with some hope? it's a comedy, but a maudlin one, about ben stiller experiencing a midlife crisis. i thought this was very funny, directed by mike whyte, who people might know as the director of school of rock forjack black.
this is about ben stiller who has to take his son, troy, on a tour of colleges. americans do this, flying off to see which colleges they want to get into, one of which is harvard. ben stiller was never able to get into it, as brad but his son troy harbours great ambitions of getting into it. but it sparks in brad, a reminiscence about all of his college chums and how much better than him they have all done at life. a—ha. i couldn't help but wonder, when was the last time craig fisher flew in economy? probably not in decades. mr fisher, can i offer you a warm towel? —— mr fisher, can i offer you a warm towel? yes, thank you. i know jason hadfield has his own private plane. never has to fly commercial at all. nick pascale probably
flies private, too. must be nice to always have the seas part for you. nothing out of reach. everything an option. it must be like a drug, always feeling important and special. better than, all the adventures, the exotic destinations. 0h, great. so does everyone leave the cinema feeling completely inadequate? a first world problem. they are. he envies everyone, his son's youth, his son's friends, they are all perky and bright. but then he confesses to them and they say, to pull yourself together, mate. you are all right.
you live in sacramento, that's about the only thing you have done well. it's about assessing those things, and i thought it was painfully smart and painfully funny, well done and very well performed by ben stiller, who i think we think of as a cometic performer, doing his blue steel lot. we do, yes. but he does this well and he gets that midlife crisis very well, but perhaps it's a bit close to home for me, not that my son is at college yet. best out? let's talk about something lovely. why not. the best out. you ask me this, i still have to say paddington 2. it is notjust the best out, it is one of the best films of last year and stretching into this year. it is doing great box office. it's still there, charming everyone. and i think he isjust adorable in all his little outfits, lost in the big city of london. i mean, i've seen it twice. i would happily go again. if i was the richest man in the world, i'd go and see paddington 2 everyday. —— paddington 2 every day. in your own private jet. surely you would have one of those, jason solomons? for anybody who wants to stay in? i would get the dvd of limehouse gollum,
it is out now. this is a sort of east end—set victorian melodrama style. starring the great bill nighy — and a wonderful performance from olivia cooke, a young british actor. danny mays is in there. it is about murders going on. a sort ofjack the ripper style thriller set in the east end with all of the london fog and people out and about like oliver creatures going out and going oom pah—pah, but there is a grisly murder at the bottom of it, and it captures that gothic horror of london very, very well. interesting and well done. lovely. and as you have hinted award season is nearly upon us, so we'll be talking plenty in the coming weeks. thank you very much for now, jason solomons. that is a taster of what is on offer this week. a quick reminder before we go, all ourfilm news and reviews from across the bbc are online. i'm sure you know the address but there it is, bbc. co. uk/markkermode. and all previous programmes are on the iplayer. that is it for this week, though. enjoy your cinema going. goodbye. evening. it is a cold and frosty
night out there across all parts of the country, particularly across parts of scotland we could see one of the coldest nights of the winter so of the coldest nights of the winter so far. he was the view early on in north yorkshire, frosty air, many of us north yorkshire, frosty air, many of us waking up to frost and ice sunday morning. high pressure is what is in charge of the weather, quite a bit of cloud and showers in the south of the high pressure squeezes away the front and we are looking at kelly and dry conditions for most part of the country first thing. in the countryside temperatures as low as -6 countryside temperatures as low as —6 two —10 across the sheltered glens of scotland, a small child, it could be colder than that, it could be —15 tonight and that would make it the coldest night in around seven yea rs. it the coldest night in around seven years. monday morning, after the very cold start we will see lots of sunshine across much of scotland, and showers for the northern isles where it will be breezy, northern
ireland into northern england dry and sunny but the chance of a hot shower and very across parts of eastern england and we will see some quite slippery icy conditions here as well to take care on the roads. not quite as cold across the south—east of england, a breeze there, that will take the edge of there, that will take the edge of the temperatures, the windchill factor, but lots of sunshine on offer and the brisk wind in the south will ease. it is looking glorious for a wintry walk by today for wrapping up and adding all of those layers around because the temperatures will not be rising in a hurry. between 0—5 or six degrees at best by sunday afternoon. we are going to end sunday on a dry, clear notes with a clear skies for much of the country once again, a cold frosty night, you can see the blue indicating the sharp frost, or cloud working in across southern counties of england and through the day on monday the cloud is going to edge its way further northwards, the pushing and through parts of the midlands and wales later on in the day, northern england and ireland and scotland ben bright, trite and sunny the day but again it will feel
really chilly wherever you are, especially if you were trapped the cloud, grey with the odd spot of drizzle, 2— six degrees on monday. blue shows the cold air with us on monday but overnight into tuesday, slightly milder condition start to work in from the atlantic. as the weather front approaches from the west. tuesday, cold, cloudy, most places dry but later in the days of slightly milder air works in ahead of the front. this will bring some wet and windy weather into the middle of the week. ahead of it, 4— seven degrees so slowly turning a little milder into the middle of the week but a cold wintry day on sunday. this is bbc world news, i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: a work of fiction and the author a fraud — president trump hits out at the writer who has accused him of being unstable. one of 12 men to have walked on the moon, the american astronaut john young, has died at the age of 87. aid workers say hospitals have been hit in airstrikes on rebel strongholds near the syrian capital, damascus. and ba rcelona—bound