tv The Film Review BBC News March 29, 2019 8:45pm-9:00pm GMT
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now on bbc news, it's time for the film review. hello. welcome to the film review here on bbc news, and taking us through this week's cinema releases we have dr mark kermode. what do you have for us? we have the new version of dumbo, directed by tim burton, which is kind of live action — kind of. we have out of blue, the new film by carol morley, who made the falling. and at eternity‘s gate, the story of vincent van gogh. so starting off with tim burton's dumbo. yes, so there is now a huge financial market for taking the disney animations and remaking
them in live action, using animation. if you think for example ofjungle book, the only thing live action about that was the young boy, everything else was cg, but they have had success with beauty and the beast and tim burton directed alice in wonderland. now we have a revisiting of dumbo, colin farrell is the horseman who returns from the war and is assigned to looking after the elephants. it's his kid who realises that young baby dumbo, who has these huge ears, can fly, then later on, audiences discover it and it transforms the fortunes of the medici circus. here is a clip. fly, little one.
magic dust. you can see it doesn't skimp on visual spectacle. the cast includes danny devito, eva green and michael keaton, it's a tim burton movie, so in every corner there is stuff going on. here is the strange thing, although it is fairly impressive to see, you know, a flying elephant brought to life through the miracle of cg, what the film doesn't have is the simplicity that the cartoon had, and it also doesn't have the emotional clout of it. i spent a lot of it thinking this is very visually impressive,
a whole section of the film plays out in this future—land funfair, and you are looking at the design, thinking that is really designed to within an inch of its life. yet what i didn't get was, which was the thing which you usually get with dumbo, was the fact it grabs your heart strings. the cartoon is dark, it is about separation and anxious issues, and it makes you cry, when you watch it, it makes you cry. i don't doubt for one minute it will find an audience, and it will be perfectly fine holiday fare, but it doesn't have anything like the classic quality of the original. and the reason is it weirdly lacks that emotional engagement. there was something about the original cartoon thatjust, you know you watch it, it is like et, you watch it and you immediately start crying, you can't resist it. in the case of this, i found it oddly unengaging, for all the things that were 0k and impressive, it never gets off the ground in the way it should do. do you think that is a trend, then,
that the original animation actually has more heart and soul? notjust in this film but other things that have been remade? i thought thejungle book was extraordinary, but the fact of the matter is that was, to all intents and purposes, an animated film. i don't think, there is no reason you can't take anything and redo it in a different format and add to it. thisjust doesn't add. out of blue, which is an unconventional kind of investigation of a murder of a renowned astro physicist. it sounds intriguing. i loved it. it is made by carol morley, who made the falling. it is a radical reinvention of martin amis‘s novel. carol morley said she set out to rescue the characters from the pages of the novel. there is a murder of an astrophysicist, investigated by a detective, mike hoolihan, and because it is an astrophysicist she interviews people who are interested in parallel universes who are interested in the conundrum of schrodinger‘s cat, that something can be alive
and dead at the same time. it becomes far more cosmic and existential. the film starts in outer space. you know that powell and pressburgerfilm, a matter of life and death, which i love, such a great movie. it begins with what looks like an homage to powell and pressburger. then it kind of turns into this kaleidoscopic meditation on dual realities. i have seen the film now three times and every time i see more in it. there is this central tension between two characters, two colours, two realities, and it is one of those films that the more you look at it, the more you see. do you need to see it three times to understand it? no, i loved it the first time round. first time round, i thought this works as a murder mystery. the second time, i thought there is much more going on, stuff in the background seemed to be in the foreground. by the third time, i had like gone down the rabbit hole. i was starting to obsess about the details. it has a fantastic score by clint mansell. i think carol morley is a genuinely visionary film—maker.
i know it's not for everybody, and i know this is one of the things, it struck me in a particular way, but if you get it, it is just brilliant, and i really advise to you to give it a go. it is so great to see a film—maker with such ambition, it was shot in 28 days, yet every frame is filled with clues and details, and i, i thought it was great. it is called out of blue, not out of the blue, as you correctly said the title. why is that? because — because... you have to see the film to understand why. it is out of blue and out of red. it is about the tension between those two colours, and between reality and separate universes, and i have to stop talking about it because i could go on about it all night. looking forward to that one. at eternity‘s gate, which is another film about the life of vincent van gogh. of which there have been many, most recently we had that brilliant animation loving vincent, described as the first oil painted animated film, which was breathtaking.
so this is willem dafoe, oscar—nominated willem dafoe, as vincent van gogh towards the later period of his life. i went to the museum in amsterdam. i said vincent van gogh? so we get his real life and his tussles with madness and with incarceration, but also julian schnabel is attempting to show us the world he saw through his paintings visually represented. here is a clip. i'm telling you, you have to look inside. you keep saying look inside, i get it, i do. you keep repeating yourself. what do you think i'm doing? i don't invent the picture. i don't need to invent the picture. ifind it already in nature. ijust have to free it.
all right. i'm just saying first think about your surface and how the paint will sit on it. get control over what you're doing. maybe you should work inside more. i spent all my life alone in a room. i need to go out, and work, to forget myself. i want to be out of control. i need to be in a feverish state. it is called the act of painting for a reason. all right, calm down. i don't want to calm down. the faster i paint, the better i feel. i can't stay here, vincent. what are you saying? so that line when he says it's called the act of painting for a reason. this is like the act of the act of painting, and you could see from that clip that whatjulian schnabel is trying to do is put you within the mind of vincent van gogh, and to see the world through his eyes. i think willem dafoe‘s performance is terrific,
there was moments when i did believe he was the artist. schnabel is interesting because what he has done before is things like the diving bell and the butterfly. so he has done biographies, because he is an artist who turned to film—making. i think there are occasions when the drama meanders a bit, when it becomes a series of conversations that kind of attempt to explain how it is that the artist is seeing the world, but at its best it is a film, a cinematic experience, and i think you saw from that clip schnabel is trying to put you in the mind of the artist and say this is how he saw the world. not entirely successful, but it's a good try. a good try. there you go, that is the verdict. best out? i love us. the new film from jordan peel, who made get out, it is like a chiller, a horrorfilm, there are moments of it that are scary, it is funny, it is a modern day parable
of a family terrified by doppelgangers. we reviewed white crow, and you really liked white crow. loved it. very interesting film about nureyev‘s deflection to the west, and very well directed by ralph fiennes. us for me, are you a horror film fan? yes, and i love get out. white crow is a very fine film. we are in complete agreement on white crow. best dvd? shoplifters. this was a palme d'or winner. it is a story about a family on the margins of society, it may be be a thriller, a crime thriller, it may be a family drama, it's lots of different things all mashed together. it is touching, moving and very mysterious, i really liked it. don't need to see it three times to understand it? no, i got it the first time. that is a relief! that is it from us. thank you for watching. goodbye from both of us.
good evening. the past week has brought plenty of warm spring friday was no exception. brought plenty of warm spring friday was no exceptioi in this picture comes as the sun set in hastings from some of our weather watchers earlier on. blue skies across many parts of the country, not everywhere, more cloud in the north—west, but any warmest spot temperatures well above average, this near sheffield, and top temperatures today reached 19 celsius, so it has been reasonably warm. but things are about to change, it couldn't last forever, as we head to the weekend, gradually colder air fading we head to the weekend, gradually colderairfading in we head to the weekend, gradually colder airfading in from the north, blue colour is returning to the northern half of the uk during saturday. by sunday, all into that slightly cooler air. by the time we
go to sunday, some places will be nearly 10 degrees lower on sunday than they were on friday. largely clear skies across the bottom of england and wales, light winds too, may and fog patches forming out there, take care if you are on the roads, some locally dense patches of fog around. temperatures in the countryside close to freezing, so just a touch of grass frost in a few spots as well. not as cold where we have more cloud further north, under that cold front across scotland and northern ireland as well. england and wales, during saturday morning, watch out for the mist and fog first thing, that will burn away quickly, looking dry with sunshine and light winds. as we head further north, northern ireland, central and southern scotland, cloud and patchy rain. to the north of that, for northern and north—western scotland, a return to sunshine, a brisk north—westerly wind, feeding and i feel wintry showers towards the northern isles. through the day, this front slipping south, will bring more cloud eventually out of scotland, in across northern england through northern ireland as well. to
the south of that, pretty warm and dry for much of england and wales, i9 dry for much of england and wales, 19 or so dry for much of england and wales, i9 orso in dry for much of england and wales, 19 or so in the cooler conditions with around 8—12 degrees typically across scotland. moving through into the second half of the weekend, the clocks go forward one hour during the early hours of sunday, so we enter british summer time, but temperatures are taking a bit of a reverse track, so by the time we get to sunday, not as warm as it has been recently, still lots of dry weather with sunshine on offer, cloudier towards the south and south—west with the remnants of that front, temperatures about 13 or 1a, cooler conditions further north. bye— bye.
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