Adventures In Cinema: March 2014
Continuing Kinnemaniac’s new regular monthly column, offering short reviews of every new film seen at the cinema during any given month. This will be updated after every cinema visit for an ongoing summary of what’s worth seeing on the big-screen. See also January, February.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A blissful exercise in pure cinema from a director increasingly confident in his abilities. It was inevitable that Wes Anderson would make a hotel film, but the result mixes 50% obvious (the decor! the architecture! the uniforms!) with 50% surprise, as Ralph Fiennes’ filthy-mouthed concierge shows us the sights on a breathlessly madcap caper. HIGHLIGHT: a genuinely suspenseful, shocking museum murder that shows there’s more to Anderson than mere whimsy.
Buster Keaton’s silent comedy remains one of the genre’s most epic moments – an immaculately researched period adventure that generates laughs from a very real sense of danger and spectacle. HIGHLIGHT: viewed on the big screen, what is really noticeable is the sublime athleticism of Keaton himself, cementing his status as an underdog battered on all sides through his nimble, gracefully scampering presence.
Most prison movies have to decide whether to be Scum or Shawshank. This one builds that dilemma into his storyline: can Jack O’Connell’s rage be tamed through therapy, or is he set to replace his daddy as the, er, daddy? HIGHLIGHT: O’Connell’s defiant approach to being restrained by prison guards – slather himself in slippery oil, wield two broken chair legs and take ’em all on.
Under The Skin
Johnathan Glazer’s fusion of stylised horror and kitchen skink improv – let’s call it social surrealism – is terrifying and yet strangely moving as it follows a predatory alien around Scotland. The fact that said alien looks like Scarlett Johansson also makes this a playful study of Hollywood stardom. HIGHLIGHT: Discovering what happens when Johansson gets her conquests back to her house. Brrr.
Thanks to Showcase Cinemas and Derby QUAD.
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