Mostly average fare this week at the cinema – except for one outstanding, critically acclaimed one, which is my …
Without doubt, the top pick for this week has to be BIRDMAN, starring Michael Keaton (Batman), in which a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. Everyone is raving about this movie. According to TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde, The director has wisely assembled an ensemble of performers who know how to handle a long take; this will certainly rank among Keaton’s career highlights – in a role that allows him to completely dump out his paintbox and show a vast range of emotion – but everyone shines. I’ll post my review as soon as I have seen it.
OTHERS TO SEE
The new Australian family offering, PAPER PLANES, also opens this week. It’s an imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Don’t know much about this movie other than that the trailers make it look like a sweet family movie. I’ll let you know what I think soon.
(A reminder: the MAYBE/MAYBE NOT category is for movies for which there is disagreement between general public and critics as to whether it is worth seeing)
Surprisingly, the long awaited Angelina Jolie directed UNBROKEN is a maybe/maybe not to watch this week. After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. It’s based on the true life story of Louis Zamperini. The Guardian’s Andrew Pulver says,
Though high-minded and well-intentioned – as well as being conceived on an epic scale – there’s something faintly stodgy and safety-first about the endeavour. I’m seeing it tonight so will let you know what I think.
That’s it for this week. See you at the movies!
* Movie synopses are based on/adapted from IMDB. Opinions are mine except where references are provided.