tv The Film Review BBC News July 30, 2022 11:45pm-12:01am BST
ron howard, who's a very good director and has, in the past, directed things like apollo 13, which is again, a real—life rescue mission. colin farrell and viggo mortensen — who you wouldn't recognise when they come on screen — as the british cavers who first find the boys and their coach. here's a clip. you are very brave. how do you stay so strong? we are team — we help eachl other, and our coach help us. coach. on behalf of our coach, we stay strong. - he teach us to meditate. and we pray. you pray?
i bet you do. all right. we dig! this is to get out? good work. so, the terrifying thing is — yeah, i know, caves, water. my stomach is already going. i'm claustrophobic at the best of times. then, 0k, they've found them — how do they get them out? because in order to get them out, you have to be a trained diver to go back that route that they came in from — terrifying. joel edgerton is then the anaesthetist to whom they turn for a plan.
he initially says, "look, this is insane, you can't do this, it's mad" — basically to find a way of making the boys almost like packages. at one point, they say, "they're packages, we are the delivery people." they say, "but, look, if we don't do anything, "everyone is going to die." so, this is an incredibly dramatic a story, and i have to say, it's very well—rendered by ron howard. it's remarkable that even though we know the outcome — because of course, an international news story — i still sat there watching it, biting my nails, thinking, "this is just. i mean, if you made this up, nobody would believe you. if you wrote this as a hollywood spec script, everyone would go, "no, that absolutely cannot happen, "it cannot have worked." the film is very much about people volunteering to help. there's people on top of the mountain trying to divert the rain, there's one really moving bit in which the farmers are asked, "look, we need to flood your
fields to get the rain off." and they go, "will it help the boys? "yeah, fine. in that case, do it." so, it is a story of everyday heroism — but it is also like a really gripping thriller about people trapped in an underground cave. i'm just... i sort of want to see it, and i sort of don't know whether i have the stomach for it. which, as you say, we know what happens — i don't think they'd be able to make the film this close to it a few years on... ..if the outcome hadn't been as remarkable as it was. i mean, i was reminded that when i saw ron howard's apollo 13, i saw it with somebody who didn't know how apollo 13 ended, because they were younger than me. and they were really surprised that it ended the way it did. it's like, "wow, who would've thought?" but i think this is a very well—made drama, the documentary is obviously very powerful. this is in cinemas now, then it will be on prime video on august 5. ron howard does know how to do this stuff. 0k, yes, and i loved apollo 13. so, we move to...? animated — 0k, dc league of super—pets.
animated super—animals, lex luthor captures a bunch of superheroes, puts them in cages, and then, it's left to an assortment of, you know, superman's dog and then a bunch of shelter dogs to save the day. the voice artists are dwaynejohnson, kevin hart, and kate mckinnon as hela's guinea pig, who's gone over to the dark side and dreams of world domination. i kind of sat there, watching this, thinking, "ok, this is a dog's dinner of a movie." this is something in which a bunch of people have sat around and gone, "you know, are there any holes "in the superhero market that we haven't plugged yet? "why don't we try and see whether this works?" all the individual voice artists sound like they're on different planets, notjust in different rooms. the plot is weirdly — sometimes it's really stupid, and sometimes it's unnecessarily complicated. it's notjust that i'm not the target audience — look at the lego movie, look at how great that was. look at into the spiderverse, look at how great that was. this just felt utterly soulless and corporate.
you know, maybe a young viewer who is particularly excited by a flying dog, but... you see, i watched the trailer, and i laughed several times because it was about dogs talking to each other about their humans. and, as a dog owner and a dog lover, i laughed out loud. but maybe that's the best bit of the film. here's the thing — love dogs, have always had dogs, wouldn't be without dogs. really thought this was below par. laughs 0k — can't think why i haven't seen it yet. so, a really curious documentary? fire of love, which is a documentary about french volcanologists — people who study volcanoes, katia and maurice krafft. now, you've seen this documentary — we are told very early on this is the last image of them. so, we know that the story has got a tragic ending. it's the national geographic label at the front, so you know what you're about to see
is some spectacular science footage. the pair of them, very much equals who dedicate their lives to going to exploding volcanoes, erupting volcanoes, and filming and doing research. and, of course, you're going to get extraordinary visuals, but what the film is also trying to tell you is that this is not just about volcanoes, this is a love story. here's a clip. alone, they could only dream of volcanoes. together, they can reach them. they meet on a blind date at a cafe _ from here on out, life will only be volcanoes, volcanoes, volcanoes. for katia and maurice, the unknown is not something to be feared. it is something to go toward. so, i mean, spectacular footage,
an extraordinary story. extraordinary story — the story holds your attention, for sure. i could've lived without narration. yes, i found the voiceover, i'm afraid — to me, although you're right, it's a love story as well as telling factual issues, am i seeing this too journalistically? to me, it is still a documentary and i wanted the script written in a slightly more documentary style, a few harder facts, and a tougher narration, i'm afraid. it felt, to me, weirdly kind of emotionally overruled. i thought that what it was trying to do was get towards that werner herzog "ecstatic truth" kind of narration that very few people, other than werner herzog, can get away with. that said, their story is remarkable. i mean, some of the footage is absolutely extraordinary — of them wearing those silver suits, standing really close... right by it, yes! you spend a lot of the film going, "get back, get back!" molten lava — i mean, just for the footage alone,
and the fact that their story — and it is a story of equals. they are both that thing about, they couldn't do it alone, they had to do it together — i think that is really, really important. ijust wanted the narration to back off and just let me, you know, watch it. but then i suppose, ok, this is the way you would sell it to a mainstream audience, because otherwise, it might seem a little bit niche. but there is remarkable stuff in there — i just didn't need to be told it all like that. it was like that, absolutely. fascinating story, but we are on the same page there. but i finally went to see brian and charles! now, please tell me that you loved brian and charles. yes, i did, actually. a couple of hesitations maybe about wasn't sure how to end it, but fundamentally, i really liked it. there were lots of us in the cinema, everyone was laughing out loud. and that's interesting, because a lot of it is very funny, but it's also really touching. the opening sequence is literally just about loneliness, and itjust
broke me, broke me. ok, that for me is the genius of it. i mean, yes, it's a story about a guy who builds a robot out of the washing machine and a mannequin�*s head. why? because he's lonely. because he's living on his own in his inventing shed in which he's inventing all these crazy things. and then he almost accidentally builds his best friend — and then doesn't quite know how to deal with the best friend growing up. my favourite stuff was when the robot charles becomes an adolescent and says, "i'm going to sit in the front of the car." "no, you're not." "yes, i am. front, front, front!" i mean, ithought all that stuff was lovely. it's so low budget, it's made with such a lot of heart. it's really made with love, that's what i felt. it felt to me like a passion project. i don't know, but that's how it comes across in the best possible way. it is a passion project, it started life as a standup act, and then, a short film. i've been banging the drum for it for a few weeks now,
i'm so glad you liked it because otherwise we would've had to stop speaking. because it's just so charming! it is, that's a good word. properly charming. it is a very good word, yes. then on the subject of re—issues — paris, texas is back in cinemas. they've been doing this series of reissues of wim wenders movies. this is kind of probably the most celebrated, 1984 cannes prize winner, superb soundtrack. the film, if you were of a certain age in the �*80s, you had to have a poster for paris, texas on your wall. and it was that picture! that picture — you have to have the soundtrack album, you had to have had a discussion about, "how does it fit into wenders' ouvre?" there's a very good documentary, if anyone can find it, called wim wenders: motion & emotion, which talks about wenders' entire career and how this film sits in it. had have you seen paris, texas in a cinema? well, maybe when i was at university, but so, so long ago. you weren't allowed to graduate if he hadn't seen it. it was literally a course requirement, it didn't matter
if you were doing mechanical engineering, you had to see paris, texas. i need to see it again. well, it's back in cinemas and it's worth seeing. it's just nice to have seen that wenders' movies are back on the big screen again for people to enjoy. all right, fantastic. thank you very much. interesting week. i'm so glad you loved brian and charles, i'm so relieved. so did lots of people in the cinema. and enjoy your cinema—going. see you next time. bye—bye. hello there. saturday was a warm and humid day for many of us. in places, we got to see some sunshine. in other places, the humidity gave rise to a lot of cloud, mist and murk and some outbreaks of rain, and there's more cloud and rain in the forecast for sunday across some parts of the uk. the sunniest conditions will be up to the north. the earlier satellite picture shows this pipeline of cloud, bringing some outbreaks of rain. we're starting sunday on a pretty soggy note across parts of wales, northern england, the north midlands, eastern england too. very little rain getting down into the south, but quite a cloudy, murky start of the day here. much of the rain will tend to peter out.
still a few showers into the afternoon, but a bit more in the way of brightness developing, particularly in north wales and northern england. all the while, northern ireland and scotland will have the lion's share of the sunshine. always a bit more cloud for eastern scotland. cool and fresh here — 16 for aberdeen, 18 degrees from belfast. still quite warm down towards the south and the south—east. it's triathlon and para—triathlon day at the commonwealth games. quite a lot of cloud, some spots of drizzle to start. should brighten up later on. and for the women's euro 2022 final at wembley, chance for a shower. i think, on balance, it should be dry, quite warm and muggy for the kick—off. so, yes, we could just see the odd shower drifting across the south—east corner during sunday evening, but overnight, into the early parts of monday, we'll see largely clear skies overhead, light winds and, actually, particularly up toward the north, something quite cool and fresh. seven to start monday in glasgow. still 17 there in london,
so still a bit of warmth clinging on in the south. monday getting off to a fine start in most places, with some spells of sunshine, but we see another area of cloud starting to push in from the west. that'll bring rain into northern ireland through the afternoon, perhaps fringing into parts of west wales and the far southwest of england. ahead of that, actually, another relatively warm day. 21 degrees for newcastle, 26 once again in london. as we move out of monday into tuesday, we see this area of low pressure bringing frontal systems and outbreaks of rain, but not much of that rain getting down into the south, where we really do need some. in fact, southern areas through tuesday are likely to be very warm indeed — 27, maybe 28 degrees — with the rain further north and west. it is then set to turn cooler but drier for the end of the week.
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