November sees a bit of a mixed bag of releases in the UK cinemas. There is a distinct lack of blockbuster movies with the only two major releases book-ending the schedule. This allows some minor releases to gain extra attention and early award contenders to begin to build their reputation.
For many Interstellar is the most anticipated film of the year. The return of Christopher Nolan after his Dark Knight trilogy is very welcome indeed. The film is a hugely ambitious Sci-Fi tale regarding the an earth that is dying and the race to find a new home among the stars. Although initial reviews are mixed the movie is set to be the most popular original property this year.
Pierce Brosnan joins the ever-expanding (in terms of numbers and girth!) group of aging actors are making a comeback in action films. In this movie Brosnan plays a retired CIA operative who returns to active service to help out an old friend and gain closure for a dark time in his past. Don’t expect innovation and originality ut give it a go as it seems to be fairly solid entertainment.
The Possibilities are Endless
The acclaimed singer / songwriter Edwyn Collins suffered a massive stroke which basically wiped out his entire memory. This very personal documentary charts his journey from the brink of death, through his long and sometimes very difficult recuperation and the man he has now become. The film is split into two parts. The first covers Edwyn’s thoughts with images and music. The later part of the film chronicles the relationship between Edwyn and his wife Grace who has been at his side right through his recovery.
The Imitation Game
Having premiered at the Toronto film festival and opened the London film festival, we finally get a full release of The Imitation game. The film tells the story of Alan Turing, one of the extraordinary minds behind the team who were able to crack the Nazi Enigma code during the second world war. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Turing and is backed by a large well-known cast. This is one of these movies that ticks all the right boxes for award consideration.
Based on a novel by Dennis Lehanne, the film follows a bar tender who finds himself in a lot of trouble after robbery goes wrong. The film stars the ever dependable Tom Hardy alongside Noomi Rapace with a supporting performance from the late James Gandofini. A character study rather than a tough hitting drama the early buzz is encouraging and it could end being one of the best of the year.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Hunger Games trilogy reaches the (start of the) conclusion to the story. With the games now smashed, Katniss now takes her fight to the people in order to change everyone’s future. Putting aside the grumbling over splitting the novel into two money spinning films, it is good to see Jennifer Lawrence back on screen with her bow and arrow. It will be interesting to see how this film fares given the negative publicity surrounding splitting it into two parts.
Rounding off the month is the big screen debut of the much-loved bear from deepest, darkest Peru. Ben Wishaw provides the voice of Paddington in an adventure that sees him arrive in London, try to find a home and avoid the attentions of a rather sinister woman who likes his fur a little too much. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman and Peter Capaldi all feature as th human element of the film.