Dumb and Dumber, The Client, Hanna - best films on TV tonight

Pranksters, mobsters and CIA agents are up to no good in our top film picks tonight Monday 9 June

Comments
Dumb and Dumber, The Client, Hanna - best films on TV tonight
Written By
Radio Times staff

Dumb and Dumber - 9pm, ITV2

With Jim Carrey, there are no half measures. So you'll either love this as one of Carrey's finest moments or loathe it as a perfect example of mind-numbing Hollywood cinema. However, even the harshest critic will find it hard to suppress at least a couple of chuckles during this cheerfully moronic mix of slapstick, sight gags and toilet humour. Carrey and Jeff Daniels play two of the world's stupidest people who set off on a chaotic road trip when they try to return Lauren Holly's missing briefcase. Disengage the brain and enjoy.


The Client - 11:10pm, Film4

Adaptations of John Grisham novels can be divided roughly into two types. There are the big stars, big directors and big conspiracies of The Firm and The Pelican Brief, then there are the equally starry but smaller scale, more "human" films, of which this is probably the first. Here, Susan Sarandon plays the little-league lawyer who takes on the case of her career when young Brad Renfro, who has inadvertently witnessed a Mob-related suicide, asks her to represent him. She soon finds herself up against the full might of the legal establishment, led by ambitious federal attorney Tommy Lee Jones, while at the same time trying to protect her youthful client from vengeful Mafia hitman Anthony LaPaglia. Director Joel Schumacher isn't exactly noted for his subtlety, but he makes a pretty good go of producing a believable relationship between the stubborn but lonely Sarandon and the rebellious Renfro. He also makes excellent use of the Memphis locations and serves up some expertly staged action sequences, the best of which is a gripping chase through a hospital. The plotting takes some swallowing, but Sarandon is as truthful as ever, while her young co-star gives an amazingly mature performance. Jones and LaPaglia make the most of their more flamboyant roles and there are also impeccable turns from a supporting cast (including JT Walsh, Mary-Louise Parker, Ossie Davis and Anthony Edwards) that most directors would give their right arm for. The film spawned a TV series, with JoBeth Williams in the Sarandon role.


Hanna - 9pm, Film4

Little Red Riding Hood meets The Bourne Identity is probably the easiest way to describe this thrillingly original film from Atonement director Joe Wright, but even that doesn't really capture its unique, oddly surreal tone. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a 16-year-old-girl who has never left her remote Lapland home, where she has spent her life being tutored in the deadly skills of the assassin by her ex-CIA father (Eric Bana). When the Agency comes looking for the pair, Hanna finds herself navigating unfamiliar territory, pursued by the ruthless Marissa (a brilliantly icy Cate Blanchett), who's determined to terminate her and her father. Ronan's character is utterly fascinating, a kind of holy fool who sees the modern world through innocent eyes, but who could also break your neck with a flick of her wrist. Wright also succeeds in blending the strange, almost fairy-tale atmosphere with some expertly conceived action and unusual, well-sketched supporting characters, with Tom Hollander's shell-suit wearing, peroxide-coiffed thug a particularly exotic pleasure.

Want more great TV recommendations for tonight from the Radio Times experts? Download our free iPad app

Add new comment