tv The Film Review BBC News August 13, 2021 5:45pm-6:01pm BST
i'm filling in for mark kermode to review this week's releases. there are a lot of films in cinemas this week and i'm going to start with my personal favourite. i'm your man, a genderflip on the pygmalion myth starring downton abbey's dan stevens as a romantic robot. set in berlin, i'm your man is a german comedy drama with a sci—fi twist. it stars the excellent maren eggert as alma,
a scientist who is taking part in a trial of humanoid robots to see if they could make realistic life partners. alma's ideal match has been created using algorithms based on her brain scans, her responses and research involving 17 million people. as it happens, alma has a soft spot forforeign men. enter dan stevens as tom, a charmer who speaks fluent german with an english accent. alma is initially sceptical, but when she starts to warm to tom, she plunges into a period of self analysis and self—doubt. i'm your man has a very sharp sense of humour, and a pitch perfect dan stevens makes the most of comical misunderstandings between humans and ai. but this also takes a serious look at identity, humanity, attraction and happiness. the set up recalls everything from blade runner to the 2013 sci—fi her.
but this is inspired by a short story by emma braslavsky, and directed by maria schrader and the female perspective makes it a distinctly different work. i'm your man is a playful intelligent conversation starter that is as fun to watch alone as as it is with a real life partner. it is in cinemas and on curzon home cinema now. my name is guy. sunday should be warm and sunny. just a scattering of drive bys. and i live in paradise. i've got a best friend. this is the greatest cup of coffee of all time. mondays, am i right, joe? now to another charming funny ai character, this time played by ryan reynolds in the disney action comedy free guy.
guy is a cheerful bank teller who loves his routine life, from his morning coffee to small talk with his co—worker buddy who is played by lil rel howery. he even shrugs off the daily raids from bank robbers. what he doesn't realise is he is a background player in an open world video game called free city. those violent robbers wearing sun glasses, they are avatars of geeky real world players. when he sees molotov girl, played by killing eve'sjodie comer, he falls for her, not realising she the real world coder she is the real world coder who is trying to prove that her idea is stolen and so a computer game comedy turns into a romantic action thriller with existential existential angst to spare. free guy owes a debt to more classic sci—fis than i have time to list, but there are clear parallels with galaxy quest, tron, groundhog day and the matrix. groundhog day and the matrix. but its biggest influence
is perhaps the truman show. likejim carey before him, our innocent hero grapples with the knowledge he has been living a lie and is merely a pawn in a world created for the entertainment of others. this is a much busierfilm than the truman show. this central idea gives the film heart and it's helped considerably by reynolds ability to balance deadpan comedy with sensitive boyish charm, and a dash of deadpool�*s mischief. jodie comer proves her versatility as both her english avatar and the american who created her, although i was a bit disappointed that this genius coder is characterised chiefly by her love of bubble gum ice—cream and mariah carey. still, she shares good chemistry with reynolds, as well asjoe keery, who plays her former creative partner. meanwhile, taika waititi and channing tatum enjoy smaller roles that are amusing, if not hilarious. free guy isn't as powerful as the films it recalls, but it is an enjoyable actioner that brings a pacifist message to the genre, and for a disney film it even takes a swipe at our sequel obsessed culture.
bring on free guy 2. meantime, free guy is in cinemas now. forgive me, i'm just a bit... sorry, james, i know you said you had an office in board of trade, but... is it possible you actually work at a different branch of her majesty's government? oh my. this is unexpected. a salesman is recruited as a spy in the courier, as a spy in the courier, a true story starring benedict cumberbatch. greville wynne is an ordinary british businessman who is surprised to be approached by mi6 and the cia during the cold war. after some debate he agrees to peddle his wares in the soviet union, while forming a partnership with
with a soviet officer, oleg penkovsky. it is a tall order keeping his work a secret from his wife, played byjessie buckley, but then there is the more pressing concern of the soviets finding him out. dominic cook's period thriller is a quiet but classy watch. and while it's a little exposition heavy, it tells a fascinating story with strong performances all round. i am volunteering to bring back the best source of soviet intelligence you've got at a time where russia and america are on the brink of nuclear war. you talk about using people. for god's sake, use me. the courier is in cinemas now. get out of here. johnny depp also plays a reluctant real life hero this week, in the drama minamata.
in depp�*s first release since his lost his libel case against the publishers of the sun newspaper, he plays life magazine photo journalist w eugene smith. smith was instrumental in documenting the devastating effects of mercury poisoning in the japanese coastal city of minamate. this follows his by aileen who is played by the japanese actress minami, and his shocking discoveries in minamate, where afflicted families are battling for compensation. the film feels torn between detailing the fight for justice, and exploring its alcoholic central character, and the balance doesn't feel particularly even. but once again it is a powerful and important story, and it's depp�*s best for some time. no—one has really covered it. i mean, it's in the god damn fish. and that's all those poor people have to eat. the times has a tokyo desk.
and we have deadlines in one hour. that sounds to me like, bob, time is of the essence, and you know that the cover up is going to be as much of a story as the story itself. it is in cinemas now. i love a tense real time thriller, and the mexican film new order did not disappoint. the winner of the grand jury prize at last year's venice film festival, new order is not an escapist thriller. it's a disturbing dystopian nail biter about escalating class warfare in mexico city. as a lavish wedding is taking place, riots are erupting in the streets and the peril spills into the festivities. meanwhile, the bride sets off on a dangerous mission to help
an american remake of a french film, it stars emilia jones as ruby, a 17—year—old who is the only hearing member of her family. outside of school, her spare time is spent acting as an interpreter for her parents and brother and working on theirfishing boat. but ruby has a secret. she loves to sing. spurred on by her teacher, she considers a career in music but she fears her parents won't support her ambitions. funny and unconventional, rby�*s parents bring wit and warmth to the story and crucially they are play played by deaf actors. troy kotsur and marlee matlin, who won an oscar for children of a lesser good in 1986. as for the hearing cast, emilia jones who is the daughter
flamboyant music teacher seems miscast. still i was prepared to forgive and forget when it came to the emotionalfinale. coda is an unlifting inclusive tear—jerker with a flavour of the tv series glee, it is a real step forward when it comes to the representation of deaf characters on screen. it is cinemas, and on apple tv plus now. thanks for watching the film review with me anna smith. i will be back next week. meantime, stay safe. today hasn't been too bad for many of us. in northern and eastern england, lots of sunshine around and warm as well. tomorrow, more cloud on the way
and fleeting outbreaks of rain, especially across the west. the weather this weekend will be a little hit and miss. this is the satellite — shower clouds in scotland. here is the thicker cloud we had in the south earlier. it has cleared up, and pretty clear this evening across northern areas. the next area of weather is approaching us, low pressure, and it will reach ireland in the early hours of saturday morning. ahead of it, a lot of cloud, misty and murky around coastal areas, maybe some drizzle. the temperatures won't drop very low overnight. 15 celsius first thing on saturday. that cloud is spreading north, but it will never reach central scotland. it looks as though even glasgow and edinburgh will get away with a relatively bright day. notice outbreaks of rain across the irish sea, the north west of england, merseyside. south of that, i think the clouds will break up from cornwall to kent, particularly central southern england, so there could be decent spells of sunshine
during the afternoon on saturday, whereas around some of these western coasts and in northern ireland, it may well stay cloudy through the day. on sunday, the low pressure and its weather fronts are still on top of us, meaning cloud and outbreaks of rain, never particularly heavy or prolonged. sunshine developing across southern areas on sunday. i think that's where the best weather will be, for example around the coasts of sussex and kent. in scotland, sunny spells but plenty of showers in the far north. only 15 in stornoway, around 22 or so in the south. it will be cool in the north because we have cool northerly winds which will start sunday but also certainly spread on monday right across the country. that is where the air is coming from, from the north atlantic and the norwegian sea. fresh conditions across the northern half of the uk, may be only 15 celsius in aberdeen, but around 20 or so in the south. a lot of cloud and sunny spells.
today at six, police confirm one of the vicitms of last night's mass shooting in plymouth was a three—year—old girl. she was killed along with four other people, in a quiet residential area. eyewitnesses saw the gunman, after he'd opened fire... i heard a bang and looked away in the corner. a bloke was walking towards me with a black rifle and ijust smelt the gunfire, you know what i mean? it was like... imitates gunfire and it was about a couple of seconds, and again, and again and again. the gunman has been named as jake davison. he was 22, and later turned the weapon on himself. one of the dead was his mother,