An instant classic, and rightly so. The mistaken identity plot actually works and the casting is simply flawless. Astaire consolidates his image once and for all with the title number Top Hat, White Tie and Tails and the Irving Berlin score is a constant delight. Also terrific are Cheek to Cheek, Isn’t This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)? and the fabulous Piccolino finale. Good-natured, warm-hearted and very witty.
Amy Adams (Julie & Julia) plays Giselle, who in the brief animated first segment is searching for her prince, and finds him in the form of Edward (James Marsden). But he has a wicked stepmother (Susan Sarandon) who has no intention of giving up her privileged place in the kingdom in favour of her future daughter-in-law, so (as animation gives way to live action) transports Giselle to a spot where there are no happy endings – New York, of course. So begins this sweet and funny tale of a fish out of water in the Big Apple.
Will Ferrell voices the eponymous alien and supervillain who must switch sides after he inadvertently helps to create new baddie “Tighten” (Jonah Hill). Fast, funny, spoofy and groans under the weight of familiar voices (Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller), this pitches itself halfway between The Incredibles and Despicable Me, and whips up some enjoyable city-in-peril set pieces and wacky gadgets.
After an explosive opening at a nuclear test site in the Nevada desert, Indy’s latest quest begins via an exhilarating motorbike chase through a university campus. The sought-after prize is the fabled Crystal Skull of Akator and, this being the Cold War era, the baddies are the Soviets, led by Cate Blanchett.
Bridget is the chardonnay drinking, sad 30-something whose life takes a different turn when she has a flirtation with her boss Daniel, despite the criticisms of friend Mark. Daft, delicious and decidedly dippy, Bridget Jones is quite brilliant.
Tom Hanks plays a Robinson Crusoe for the 21st century in this near one-man-show adventure from his Forrest Gump director, Robert Zemeckis. Alone on screen for most of the film’s duration, Hanks’s plight makes for riveting viewing as he struggles to keep body and soul together.
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