Film Review: Woman In Gold

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I remember being absolutely blown away by the trailer when I first saw it. This overriding sense of power and responsibility and passion. A tale of standing up for what’s right, doing the right thing. And then I saw the trailer again, and things started to dilute, every viewing seeming to suggest that the film would turn out to be style over substance and that my original belief that there was meat to the story was wrong.

This growing unease towards the film was almost cemented by the reviews I heard. Comparisons of a fusion between Philomena and The Monuments Men but sadly lacking against both were combined with how this movie was a speculative punt by The Weinstein Company to continue the current trend of topical, historical and biographical stories that has been dominating the big screens over the last few months. Read more

Film Review: The Fifth Estate

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So 24 hours after watching We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks documentary it was time to allow Hollywood it’s shot at portraying the whistle blowing events surrounding a website, a man and a whole lot of secrets, with Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate.

The Fifth Estate is essentially based on the written account of former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and this is where my first problem with The Fifth Estate lies. It feels slanted. I shouldn’t have been surprised though, because if you look at events through a single pair of eyes then you will always see the events with the agenda purely as they see it. But in The Fifth Estate, the slant seems just a little too heightened. It focuses just a little too hard onto one man. Read more