ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit ★★★★
Bristol’s Aardman Animations have, to my mind (and the minds of others), only made one misstep since Morph, and that was the computer-animated Flushed Away. A year before, they hit a creative high with this, the first feature-length adventure starring “claymation” icons Wallace the cheese-eating inventor and Gromit the polymath dog. Herewith, an industrial accident connected to their pest-control business leaves the town’s vegetables terrorised by a giant monster rabbit, whom our heroes volunteer to catch. Priceless action set pieces ensue, including an unforgettable fairground biplane chase. Produced in partnership with DreamWorks it may be, but Were-Rabbit remains English to the point of self-parody, with a Ralph Fiennes-voiced tweedy aristo villain and Helena Bonham Carter’s scatty Lady “Totty” Tottington, and a plot that hinges on a vegetable competition. It’s quite scary in a harmless way, too. That it won Nick Park (and co-director Steve Box) another Oscar is hardly worth pointing out.
That’s Entertainment! ★★★★★
“The world is a stage, the stage is a world of entertainment” – saying it all is the title song of this fabulous assemblage of Hollywood’s finest musical moments presented by its biggest stars.
Side Effects ★★★
Director Steven Soderbergh masterfully toys with the audience in his twisting psychological thriller starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara.
The Bourne Ultimatum ★★★★★
Matt Damon is the man of mystery closing in on his true identity as the blistering action trilogy reaches its climax.
Pride & Prejudice ★★★★
6.30-9.00pm Film Four
Keira Knightley picked up an Oscar nomination for her performance as a feisty Elizabeth in Joe Wright’s adaptation. Matthew Macfadyen is on hand as Mr Darcy to try and tame her.
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