ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
PREMIERE The Inbetweeners 2 ★★★
I am unable to review this film dispassionately, as I played a very, very modest part in its production (I am credited as Script Consultant, which means I read it and made some suggestions to the writers). However, I was a hardcore fan of the original hit E4 sitcom before I was allowed anywhere near it, and can say objectively that it tops the first movie for sheer panoramic majesty, against which the trademark gross-out comedy of cringe plays out in reassuringly familiar style. The four ex-sixth formers — nerdy Will (Simon Bird), delusional Jay (James Buckley), sweet Simon (Joe Thomas) and guileless Neil (Blake Harrison) — backpack across Australia and mock “gap yah” pretence at every turn. Rude, crude and surprisingly emotional, and beaten only by The Lego Movie and the final Hobbit at the 2014 UK box office, its success is to co-writer/directors Iain Morris and Damon Beesley’s credit. And probably not mine.
The Red Shoes ★★★★★
Forget Black Swan, Moira Shearer is captivating here as the ballerina torn between her career and her love life, in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s dazzling dance drama.
Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl ★★★★
Johnny Depp is shivering timbers, swashing buckle and generally wowing the crowds as pirate captain Jack Sparrow. Who could resist?
Blades of Glory ★★★
Will Ferrell and Jon Heder play the disgraced ice-skating rivals who return to the rink as the first-ever male/male pair in this knockabout sports movie spoof.
Machete Kills ★★★
PREMIERE 11.00pm-1.10am Film4
Robert Rodriguez directs Danny Trejo in a sequel to Machete that plays like a mad Mexican Bond movie. Ay caramba.
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