tv The Film Review BBC News March 17, 2019 11:45pm-12:01am GMT
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to the film review here on bbc news. and taking through this week's cinema releases, we have mr mark kermode. what delights do you have for us this week? interesting, we have ben is back, which is the story of addiction and recovery. we have the prodigy, which is very much a nuts and bolts horror movie. and fisherman's friends, the kind of a true story of the cornish singing sensations. kind of true story — we will get to that in a minute. let's start with ben is back. julia roberts and this is a teenage drug addict who shows up unexpectedly at the family home at christmas eve. what could go wrong? well, crucially, he is a recovering addict. you remember there was that film beautiful boy came out? yeah, i was thinknig about that. very, very similar in that was the story of a parent and child torn apart by addiction, based on memoires by david sheff
and his son, nic. this is a film about parents and children torn apart by addiction, directed by peter hedges and starring by his son, lucas. he comes back home. not everyone is pleased to see him. julia roberts is his mother, she loves him ans she accepts him back into the house, just for the christmas period, on the condition that he does everything that she says, that she takes the drug test that she depends on, and that he does not leave her sight under any circumstances. here's a clip. these will both complement your complexion, which is a gift from your mother — you're welcome. coat, please. 0k, nice. i'm good. come on. pockets. this is humiliating. no, this is love. alright, you're free to go. you didn't check my shoes.
that's not funny. it was a joke, mom. ben, it's not funny. mom, it was a joke. excuse me, can i get a key to this door, please? unlock the door, ben, right now. so what i like about that the scene is the way it turns from it's all 0k and then he says it's a joke. and then you realize, no, it is not a joke, she didn't check his shoes. what the film does very well is it manages a balance. on the one hand she loves him, but he has told her never to trust an addict, and he is a recovering addict. it is all to do with the balance of how much she trusts him and how much she has to offer tough love. he says it's humiliating and she says no this is love. there's a contrivance later on. the family dog goes missing and she has to go off on a sort of road trip with him, into his world. and she sees for the first time the environment in which he was moving when he was taking drugs. that is a contrivance,
there's no question about it. butjulia roberts's performance is good enough that you buy it. you think i know this is a device, but i'm so convinced by her performance that i will let the film get away with it. i don't think it is doing anything shockingly new. there are comparisons definitely with beautiful boy, although beautiful boy was a slightly more beautified portrait of all of this. but i do thinkjulia roberts, when she is great, she is really great. and it is a very gritty role for her? people think of rom coms and so on. yes, but think about erin brockovich, which actually is probably the role for which she is most well—known and most respected. when she is good, she is really, really great. i think this is a fine role for her, in a solid film. solid. all right. onto the prodigy, which you've already told us is a nuts and bolts horror. basically this is a story about a mother who comes to believe that her young child is possessed of the reincarnated spirit of a serial killer. one dies at the same time as the other was born. it's hugely derivative.
there is stuff from the omen and from audrey rose and from good night mummy, and from village of the damned, and there's even a moment in which the kid actually says "mother, what's wrong with me?", which is a line from the exorcist. i let it get away with it because it knows that that is what it is doing. there's a large genre of movies about bad seeds, kids being scared of kids and how much it is to do with the projection of the children. you think of a movie like babadook, which is a much better movie, but that is a similar idea. but what this does is it tells a very straightforward and very familiar story but i actually thought it did it quite well. it hasn't got very good reviews. but it seems to — it goes from a, b, c, d, in a perfectly functional fashion. there were a couple of moments where it gave me a little bit of a chill, a little bit of a shiver. in a world in which most of these horror movies are just going quiet, quiet, boo, ithought there was something else. not much else — it doesn't make any snes at all, and there are many laugh out loud moments in it. i thought it was creepy and fun.
i've seen a lot worse. how many shivers do you think it needs to give it a good horror film? three, minimum. three, that's not many! what is the scariest film you've ever seen? i don't know. the correct answer to that is the exorcist. that's the correct answer. that's shivers all the way through. nonstop. no shivers i suspect in fisherman's friends. except for the weather, boom—tish. laughter. this is like a fancifully sentimental version of the true story of fisherman's friends, a singing group from cornwall who achieved extraordinary success. this is aiming i think for the tone of local hero, which i love. it ends up being closer to swimming with men — although actually i quite liked swimming with men and i think i was more open to its charming qualities cause i quite liked the story. daniel mays is a london record company executive. he goes out to port isaac for a weekend, and his boss sees this group of fishermen singing on the quay and he says ok, you have to sign them up. he says it as a joke, but daniel mays's character
takes it seriously. the next thing is that is exactly what he's trying to do. here's a clip. i manage bands and i'm interested in representing you. you'd better come and talk to the boys. for your information, my son is the roger daltrey of the group. well, i'll bear that in mind. you'll never guess what, my boy's just been talent spotted. by who? youradmirer. apparently, he's some kind of big shot in the music industry. watching you sing was one of those rare moments in the music business when you realise you are witnessing something truly original. the bottom line is — you've got a unique sound. and we believe we can help you get it released by a major label. laughter. it's a nice scene, isn't it? it is.
it feels like one of those very british sort of films. a sort of of full monty type film. here's the thing about it, it has a very tourist eyeview of cornwall. the story is that daniel mays's character goes down there and then he falls in with it. why wouldn't he? cornwall is an astonishing place, it's a place like no other, it is proud and beautiful and wonderful. but what you see in the film is definitely a touristy view of it. if you wanted to tear the film apart, you could do, because it is creaky and sentimental. but i kind of wonder why anybody would want to because it is charming. i like the music. daniel mays goes an awfully long way to making it all hang together. i think he is such a great screen presence. i think he has worked with mike leigh, he can do very serious, tough gritty comedy. but he manages this light comedy with a really lovely light touch. i smiled and laughed pretty much all the way through. i know all the things that are wrong with it, i know the things that don't make sense and the things that are sentimental and fanciful. honestly, i don't care. i like it, it was charming. charming, ok.
what's best out at the moment? there is this film called the kindergarten teacher, which stars maggie gyllenhaal. it's a remake of an israeli film about a kindergarden teacher who becomes convinced that a five—year—old in her class is the new mozart. she's the only person who sees his talent. everybody else is neglecting the fact that he's a genius. she starts to inveigle her way into his life. the film is really about how much of this is to do with her own disappointment at her lot. she is somebody who wanted to be an academic, wanted to be a poet — didn't work out. it walks a really thin line between being on the one hand this strange sentimental story, and on the other hand being something that comes very close to being a psychological chiller. i thought it was brilliantly done. maggie gyllenhaal is terrific in it. my only reservation is it is quite close to the original film, but the originalfilm is really good as well. i thought it was really, really interesting, and i thought that gyllenhaal perfectly pitched our character between somebody who wants to see the creative best in this child, but all the time the implication is you are projecting onto him. and without giving too much away,
is the five—year—old the next mozart? i couldn't possibly tell you that. you have to see the film. it sounds good. i like the premise. it's like, without giving anything away, what is the thing at the end of citizen kane! it sound sgood. best dvd at the moment? peterloo — i liked this film. i know that it was a hard sell in the cinemas. it's mike leigh's recreation of events leading up to the peterloo massacre. an huge ensemble cast, really, really great cast. one of my mates was in it, by the way. i think one of everybody‘s mates was in itbecause there are scenes with a huge number of people in it. but what it does is, as it builds up towards this terrible event, it really does show you from every side, everybody gets to have their say. perhaps to a fault. when you finally get to that climactic sequence, it is genuingly horrifying and you've invested in all the characters.
i think it's very powerful and it demonstrates that mike leigh really can orchestrate a great big period drama. it's a very, very powerful film. he does have a very unique style of film making. yes, no one else makes it films like mike leigh. no one else has a process like mike leigh, and no one else's films look like a film by mike leigh. altohugh, heaven knows, there are enough directors around who would love to make films like mike leigh. lots of improvisation? that is his hallmark, isn't it? it begins with work shopping. by the time you get to the set, it is not improvised. by the time you get to the set, it has been written as a script, but the script is devised from improvisation, with a unique technique that only mike leigh and his cast properly understand. right. much like yourself. thank you very much. only you understand what you're talking about. no, we all understand it and love it. that is it for this week. thank you so much for watching. goodbye from both of us.
good evening. sunday was a blustery day but we did see it return to some sunshine as well as heavy showers around as well. through this week the weather is eventually quieting down, would lighter winds then recently, much drier weather on the way, and things will be turning milder too. the low pressure that brought wet and windy weather on saturday has clear to the east. clearer skies, so through this evening and tonight, one showers to come, particularly around eastern england. they will clear quickly. more cloud working in from the west through the course of tonight. not quite as cold here. actually start to monday in the east. subzero temperatures, especially in the countryside, could be a touch of frost. after that chilly start a monday morning we will keep you dry and sunny conditions in the east through much of the day. more cloud across the western half of the uk with patchy rain to northern ireland and western fringes of scotland, england and northern wales. top temperatures around 8—12, so at least we have lost that wind chill and it should feel a bit more