Film Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted on by 5WC in Film

The British film industry has made a very simple type of film, successfully, for a number of years. It’s found a defining formula that allows it to keep its head held high and offer a usually refreshing change from Hollywood’s seemingly endless franchise blockbusters and comic book spin offs. Films like Pride, Mr Turner, Philomena all good examples of the narrative character driven movies that are shaping and defining what a “British” film now is.

However, that British genre is splitting, because while traditionally it’s films are aimed at all generations, designed to be feel good family entertainment, connecting all age groups through timeless stories of hope and factual depiction, over recently years there has also been a rise in the more mature film. Both in terms of casting and audience. Films specifically designed to fill a gap, mainly the mid afternoon snooze slot, where tea and biscuits is more preferable to popcorn and cola. Read more

TV Film Review: Esio Trot

Posted on by 5WC in Television

If you’ve read my review of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical that I saw in the West End earlier this year, you will know that I am something of a Roald Dahl fan. And so, when I saw that the BBC were showing an adaptation of Esio Trot, written by Richard Curtis, on New Year’s Day, it wasn’t a hard guess to say I’d been sitting down to watch it.

Not knowing anything more about this new production aside from a brief advert, and having quickly reacquainted myself to Dalh’s tale of Alfie, Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver, by reading his original story, I settled in not really knowing what to expect and intrigued as to how they would bring the weirdly wonderful story to life. What I got though, wasn’t as much a retelling of Dahl’s classic, but rather a reimagining that felt the same but instead of missing the point, completely changed it. Read more