Part 1 of David Hare's new trilogy this is very similar to Le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and people might be put off by its slow pace and high brow script. However I loved the whole thing and with a cast like this you can't go far wrong. Total class.
After collaborating with Connery on 'The Hill (excellent) and 'The Anderson Tapes' (good) Lumet again brought the best out of his star in this adaptation of a John Hopkins play. Lumet tries to spice up the story by jumping back and forth in the narrative but the film works best when he lets his actors breath with the script and focus on certain scenes. Connery is excellent here and produces some of his best work. His scenes with Merchant, Howard (who turns up late in the proceedings) and Bannen are tense and beautifully played. The whole thing is probably a little too gritty and TV for some but if you are keen to see some of the best work Connery ever produced then check this out.
A crazy movie but all the better for it. The whole thing is so fast paced a dialogue based that you can miss quite a bit but I guess that means that you'll pick up more on repeated viewing. Although it looks like a kids film this is more a film for fans of Lego and people who grew up playing with it. In that was it's a film for all ages and not many films can say that! The whole thing does start to grate about half way through so thank god for the surprise cameo in the middle and how left field it is. Interested to see if they can add something new in the sequel but the presence of Duplo at the end raised a laugh and bodes well for the future of the series.
The reviews slated this film, calling it 'style over substance' but they have been way to harsh. Of course Luhrmann favours style and the film looks absolutely beautiful but he has not sacrificed the literary source and the script is very strong. The actors are also giving their all and, unlike 'Moulon Rouge' are not consumed by Luhrmann's directing style. DiCaprio in particular is excellent in the title role and I can now see him finally as an adult performer with this role. Some might find the film plot-less and dull but that can not be blamed on the director. He's found a stunning way to bring a literary classic to life for the 21st Century!