12A – 130mins – 2017 – 3D
GLADIA-THOR, READY? REVENGERS, READY?
In recent years, Disney and Marvel have become notorious for the short leashes on which they keep their directors. Even if your name is Edgar Baby Driver Wright, if your Ant Man passion project doesn’t toe the corporate line, you’re out. Likewise, Lord and Miller were recently ousted from the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off because their take on the Kasdan’s script was too irreverent. The body double twist which capped off Iron Man 3 was derided for making a mockery of Marvel lore, while Joss Whedon has openly held his hands up to the difficult production on 2015’s Age of Ultron, a sequel which too often went for a gag.
… Keep Scuttling!
15 – 114mins – 2015
THE L WORD
Intense central performances from award contenders Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett elevate this slow, tender and often understated lesbian romance from director Todd I’m Not There Haynes to another level.
Adapted from the pioneering Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt (1952), Carol tells a frustrating and often melancholic narrative of a forbidden love affair in a more reserved and less understanding time.
The power of the piece often shines through lingering and intimate gazes and exchanges, making for a smouldering and captivating if momentum-less study which undoubtedly deserves attention, if perhaps not the near-unanimous rapturous critical acclaim it received.