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A very bleak coming of age tale that is "all about the art", though I just don't get the point of it all.
The Krypton Factor meets Star Wars in the best original Star Wars movie since the 80s. I really don't understand why they couldn't make the prequels in the earlier style too (the same look, soundscape, language and everything); now we still get the old references and throw backs like The Force Awakens, but this time with an original plot, which meshes perfectly into A New Hope. I also thought there was a better performance by the strongly British cast with lots of kudos to Gareth Edwards.
Buongiorno Principessa! A very powerful film that begins pre-war as a slap-stick comedy, introducing our characters with some memorable clever scenes, but then shows its real genius in the second-half when Guido uses his fast-talking talent to keep his young son's high spirits and childhood naivety intact during their internment in a concentration camp. Guido's character has an extremely and uniquely playful perspective on life that with great skill carries him, his son and indeed his wife, on through some of the most bleakest times anyone could ever experience.
Working Title pictures are almost their own cliche these days with their fantasy portrayals of upper-middle class British life that seem even further removed from reality now than before. This one even borrowed an idea from Four Weddings & A Funeral with the dress-picking scene. Still, if you forgive the shaky camera work, this one employs a clever plot device to dissect Richard Curtis's philosophical musings on life with another heart-warming feel-good story to add to the collection.