ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Wedding Video ★★★
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This is not the first film to plunder the catastrophic potential of a white wedding for comedy. But its defining gimmick – “found footage” of the best man’s wedding video – keeps it this side of an extended sitcom episode. Rufus Hound is the cameraman – although fans of his bawdy charisma will be glad to know he’s on screen a lot – and Robert Webb and Lucy Punch play the happy-ish couple. Written and directed by the Calendar Girls team of Tim Firth and Nigel Cole, it strives to appear improvised but there’s more slapstick fun to be had from unfolding excesses involving butterflies, ice sculptures and unicorns. At its best, it’s a comedy of manners, with the tensions between the main parties – plus Miriam Margoyles’s snooty grandma and Harriet Walter’s overbearing mum – played out with naturalistic skill.
The Dark Crystal ★★★★
Jim Henson proves there’s a more sombre side to his Muppet creations with this Tolkienesque fantasy in which two elf-like youngsters go on a quest to restore a magic crystal and end the reign of the evil Skeksis.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ★★★★
The forecast is delicious in this vibrant animation about an invention that turns water into food. If only it were true…
Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★
The adventure that kicked off the Indiana Jones franchise, with Harrison Ford on sparkling form as he searches for the fabled Ark of the Covenant while brooking no nonsense from Nazis who want it for their own nefarious reasons.
The Titfield Thunderbolt ★★★
Not a premium Ealing comedy but the tale of Titfield villagers banding together to re-open a local railway still has charm to spare.
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