ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Snow White and the Huntsman ★★★
Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel and Snow White have all recently enjoyed modern interpretations and the industry standard for such is tween-aimed, CGI-heavy action fantasy adventure. Snow White and the Huntsman plays that card without restraint. If you liked Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, you’ll love the way director Rupert Sanders whips this into a thudding medieval-ish epic, with no less than Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as the scowly, armour-plated Amazonian warrior version of the title character. There are eight dwarves, too, but they’re not very funny, and Chris Hemsworth channels Thor as the hunk of a huntsman sent by Charlize Theron’s pantomimically evil Queen to kill the apple-muncher. It looks great, but lacks heart, and you may yearn for the romance and fidelity of Disney’s recent live-action take on Cinderella.
This vintage comedy about two couples challenging each other to a road race from London to Brighton in their classic cars is marinaded in nostalgia and a beautiful cinematography that captures a world long gone.
Only You ★★★★
6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix
The premise of this reassuringly old-fashioned romance is a kooky one, and finds Marisa Tomei running out on her own wedding to fulfil a romantic prediction. But is Robert Downey Jr really the one for her?
Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, The Thin White Duke… David Bowie’s chameleonic ability to inhabit different characters serves him well here, playing Jareth, the flamboyantly attired and frightwig-barneted goblin king. A fuzzy, family-friendly fantasy from Muppets creator Jim Henson.
Legends of the Fall ★★★★
9.00-11.45pm Movie Mix
Anthony Hopkins tries to hold his family together in the shadow of history-shaping world events in this old-school epic. His boys are played by Aidan Quinn (best remembered as Dez from Desperately Seeking Susan), Henry Thomas (Elliott from ET) and Brad Pitt (umm… sorry, drawn a blank there).
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