Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stan & Ollie is a charming film taking a look at the later and often undiscussed years of the comic duo.  As far as biopics go it’s an untapped subject and therefore anyone with more than a passing knowledge of Laurel & Hardy will certainly love this detailed and endearing look at the later years of a pair that, sadly in todays modern society is, are overlooked.  The direction is solid, the script well handled but the film would be nothing without the central performances of Coogan and Riley.  They just excel as the titular characters and deliver a masterclass of how to pay both tribute and homage to these comic greats.

Best Bit: Coogan & Riley

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Way Out West, Sons Of The Desert, Chaplin

 


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Rocketman (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Rocketman (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m not a huge Elton John fan so going into Rocketman I was probably starting from a lower position that many – in short the film had a higher bar to hit, especially coming off the back of the excellent (if flawed) Bohemian Rhapsody (also partly directed by Dexter Fletcher).  I’m happy to report that quite simply Rocketman is excellent. Taron Egerton owns his never off screen role as Elton John but as good as he is (and maybe even better than Malik was as Freddie) it’s the confident, funny and often crazy direction of Fletcher that is the star here – adeptly reflecting the life of the films subject. Yup Lock Stocks Bacon once again shows why he’s one of the best directors in the UK today.  This is a must see for fans of Elton John (and those that aren’t) and needs to be seen on the big screen for maximum impact. Such good fun.

Best Bit: Egerton is superb

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Bohemian Rhapsody, What’s Love Got To do With It, 24 Hour Party People

 


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Saving Mr Banks (2013) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Saving Mr Banks (2013) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
You know what? Sometimes a film comes along with performances so good that it elevates what could otherwise be an over sentimental slog. Saving Mr Banks is just that film. From Thompson (giving the performance of 2013) to Hanks, Farrell to Giamatti everyone is on the top of their game here. And it’s a pleasure to watch.

The story, that of Walt Disney’s attempts to woo Mary Popins writer PL Travers into giving him the rights to her much loved story, is told well enough and the film directed in such as way that the (mostly) true to life tale can take centre stage rather than flashy visuals (American Hustle take note) , but it’s heart and soul comes from what will be a trophy cabinet filling performance from Thompson.  Divine, vine from start to finish, she injects just the right amount of heart to make you fall in love with a woman who, for the most part, is pretty unloveable.

That said, her performance centrally benefits from Hanks as Walt Disney.  Charming, charismatic and dashing (in a very 60’s kinda way), Hanks delivers a Walt Disney minus the rough edges and whilst that may not sit well with purists of the Golden Age, it doesn’t detract from a stirling effort by the former Forrest Gump.  And yes that problem is prevalent elsewhere, in that as often you find with films of this ilk the truth often makes way for narrative construct and the need to protect those that need protecting (Saving mr Banks is produced by Disney) .  So don’t expect the big guy to be lighting up anytime soon.

This are small gripes however in what is a very enjoyable 2 hours.  So come for the performances and stay for the film which is, in truth, a lovely story about simpler times.  And animated penguins.

Best Bit: Emma Thompson

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

 


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