You don’t have to live in Humberside to balk at Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comic incarnation — a football hooligan on a mission to save the world and generally put noses out of joint with jokes made in bad taste. Yes, it’s deliberately abrasive, the sort of movie critics love to hate, but wasn’t Cohen funnier back when people didn’t recognise him beneath the disguises?
From jaded adult humour to the innocence of youth; it’s well worth seeking out this coming-of-age yarn (and Tribeca award-winner) that introduces Charlie Plummer as the eponymous problem child. As usual with these sorts of movies, it’s set during a hazy hot summer. Rose-tinted nostalgia n’all that.
If you’re a fan of the brilliant 2009 original from Argentina, then you may find this Hollywood remake redundant. Of course, if you missed that one then the story of an old murder case, reopened, offers dark intrigue and a starry cast. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman tell it with their eyes.
Everybody knows, you shouldn’t go into the woods by yourself but Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer isn’t listening. The forest in question is the Aokigahara in Japan, a notorious suicide hotspot, so you can imagine all the unhappy souls that roam there. All together now: he’s behind you…