tv The Film Review BBC News January 29, 2017 11:45pm-12:01am GMT
hello, and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases, as ever, mark kermode is with me, and what will you be telling us about this week, mark? it is a very big week. trainspotting t2, they meet up after 20 years. then we have a look at a film by the people that brought us minions, with sing. and, hacksaw ridge, mel gibson at war. trainspotting 2. i can't wait. t2 trainspotting. one of those titles you can't quite get a measure of. 20 years later, the original characters are reunited. renton is drawn back into his past for reasons which are not immediately explained and we find the old crew ravaged not so much by heroin as by age and by disappointment
and by a degree of emasculation in the way in which their lives have not worked out as they have expected. begby has been in prison and spud, when renton first finds him, has basically all but lost the will to live, until his friend returns and gives him new vigour. i can't fail again. i need to detox the system. spud, detox the system? what does that even mean? it's not getting it out of your body that's the problem, it's getting it out of your mind. you are an addict.
iam trying. so, be addicted. be addicted to something else. you have got to channel it, you have got to control it. people try all sorts. some people try boxing. boxing?! it was just an example. what did you channel it into? getting away. that clip is good because it was funny but ends on a melancholic note. as somebody who saw the original 20 years ago, i remember being really astonished by how dark it was. but people forget about how shocking it was. what i liked about this was it felt like a film about middle age, about the way in which the world changes, about the way in which the characters bodies have changed, their prospects have changed, and as with so many of danny boyle's films, it's about friendship, the way the present loops back to the past and has this elegiac longing for the past. my only reservation with this, i thought it worked really well because i didn't
want to be let down. i didn't want them to be revisiting this for cash, for money, because that is an easy thing to do. it is a film with integrity. the screenwriter has created something new. they have created something artistic. it is really well directed. my only question would be, i don't know what it would look like if you were a young viewer seeing it for the first time, not having all that history with trainspotting, because a lot of what it is doing is playing with the past. but i like that about it. the interplay between the past and the present. it's like meeting these characters again and genuinely seeing what time has done to them.
and the screenplay from the original from the irvine welsh book was funny and quite philosophical. a brilliant screenplay. is it as good? i think he has done a brilliantjob. there are an awful lot of laughs in it. it is definitely more melancholy than the original. it doesn't have that vampiric bite that the original had, not the venomous feeling. but what it does have is a sense of ennui, though i feel like i am underselling it. a sense that life is full of disappointments but somehow finding vibrancy and giving a voice to those characters who would otherwise have been written off as deadbeats again, following on that tradition. i am looking forward to your other choice. sing is about a group of animals in a singing competition. it owes a lot more to mickey rooney, judy garland, old school, let's put the show on here rather
than a singing competition. it starts out as a singing competition but moves on to saving a theatre. it won me over very gradually. at the beginning i thought it was sweet natured fun but as it went on, it started to have that charm, that old—fashioned throwback charm which i loved from all those old musicals. you can tell it's notjust something which is just fluff. yes, it's bright and shiny with more pop tunes in it than you could wave a stick at but it has something important. it has a bit of heart in it and that is down to garthjennings. hacksaw ridge. mel gibson reinventing himself again? this is about someone who volunteered as a medic in world war ii and refused to carry a weapon into the unfolding
horror of war. let's see a clip. how come you don't fight? you think you are better than us? no. what if you were attacked? do you like that? bible says to turn the other cheek, you see, i don't think this is a question of religion, fellows. i think this is cowardice, plain and simple. is that right? well, go on. take a poke. i'll tell you what, i'm going to give you a free shot. right there. hit me. go on. let him have it. the peculiar thing about this film is before i saw it,
i heard people comparing it to apocalypto, what i think is mel gibson's best work but this is not it. this is two films fighting for supremacy. the first half of it is almost cheesy. it's saccharine sweet, almost. then we moved to the war scenes and they are brutal and bloody and if you have seen the passion of the christ, you know that mel gibson absolutely really does gore. what that means is you get two separate movies going on. sometimes the battle sequences are absolutely horrific and up there with the steven spielberg stuff from saving private ryan but sometimes they teeter over into something which approachs parody, almost tropic thunder, so you get a weird mix. the movie feels like it is pulling in a number of different ways. i came out of this slightly baffled because there are things things
in it that are really cheesy, some things that are really saccharine, other things that are brutal and i think it has moments that are really striking. the story is really striking. it is a true story and i have read a bit about him in the past. it is a great story. the point about that was that he is a brave man and refused to fight. just because the story is great, doesn't mean the film is consistently great. i wonder if the saccharine start at the beginning was mel gibson trying to prepare the american public to find someone who was a conscientious objector brave. i literally spent the first third of the film thinking, when is this going to turn into the great movie that everyone tells me it is? once we had got into the war sequences as i said, he can do that stuff really well, but he can also push it too far. not clint eastwood then? no, but that is an interesting comparison because his movies
are different to an american audience than to a british audience. what more can we say about la la land? i love it. people are concerned that it is not as good as we have been saying, like it is overhyped, but i haven't stopped singing it since i saw it. i loved la la land. best film and best director for the baftas and the oscars? yes, i think it will absolutely sweep the board. finally, under the shadow, which i haven't seen yet. you must, because you will absolutely love it. it is a british production set in jordan. it is about a mother and her daughter in an apartment building being shelled but they are being terrorised by a jinn spirit. it owes a debt to things like the tenant, rosemary's baby. it is smart, it is influenced by the brothers grimm and i promise
you will love it. right, that is my homework for the weekend. i shall look for under the shadow. you will find more film news and reviews across the bbc including all our previous shows on the website. thank you for watching. enjoy the movies. scotla nd scotland saw the best of the sunshine today. dorset managed to hold 23 millimetres of rain. it turned out to be a soaking. a range of weather across the uk. since the rain rather than the sunshine will
win out this week, we will see spells of wet weather and it will be very windy at the end of the week. and where it is cold, it will turn mild. and it is cold across scotland under clear skies with mist and fog developing, so bear that in mind if you have an earlyjourney. a touch of frost in the north of england, wales and northern ireland, with a blanket of cloud, temperatures holding up, with hill fog. some coastal fog around also. let's have a look at the morning. temperatures could be —8, —9 in highland scotland, as the day begins, widespread frost for scotland. towns and cities won't be that colt but patchy mist and fog might be causing problems in northern england as well, and the rest of the uk has a murky and cloudy start, doubt and drizzle in places. this is going to
feed into the rest south—west england through the day, moving into wales with a dry start, it won't last, and some of the rain into northern ireland, quite patchy in nature. for the bulk of england, plenty of cloud, brighter breaks in northern england, but the best of the sunshine in scotland. temperatures not too much after a chilly start, mild in a cloud in plymouth, 11 degrees, south—west england might reach 12. on monday night, initially in scotland, but temperatures had a couple of degrees, with cloud heading in and sleet and snow on the hills, but not as cold tomorrow night in scotland as cold tomorrow night in scotland as tonight elsewhere with cloud, hill fog, outbreaks of rain and on tuesdayit hill fog, outbreaks of rain and on tuesday it will spread south and east, gradually, across the uk, brightening up a high it in northern ireland on tuesday afternoon, so we will see the best of any available sunshine here on tuesday and more of us sunshine here on tuesday and more of us by then getting into double
figures temperatures. you can see the trend. temperatures getting up, u nsettled the trend. temperatures getting up, unsettled weather, wet at times an increasingly windy. i want to show you the big picture for the later stages of the week, low pressure in the atlantic, it could cause problems later in the week, a lot to play for, and a lot of uncertainty, but potentially very windy at the end of the week and of course we will keep you updated. you are watching bbc world news and newsday. the headlines: no protests and political and legal opposition to the ban of all refugees and some migrants from entering america. also more concern and criticism internationally of president trump's move, some saying internationally of president trump's move, some saying it is a gift to extremists. mystery surrounds the murder of a prominent politician of