ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Transformers: Dark of the Moon ★★★★
Premiere 8.00-11.00pm C4
The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor… for director Michael Bay these pyrotechnic, filtered-sky spectacles were but warm-ups for the Transformers franchise, which since 2007 has ratcheted up four instalments, all Bay-helmed and each more metal-groaningly tactile and apocalyptically grave than the last. Outside of the origins novelty of the first, this, the third, is arguably the best, with a clever, X-Men-style crossover with history, as the 1969 Apollo 11 mission is revealed to have been designed to investigate a Transformers-linked spacecraft called the Ark. In present-day Chicago, a directionless Shia LaBeouf pieces together evidence with ex-agent John Turturro that leads to the conspiracy, but too late to stop robot baddies the Decepticons mounting an invasion of Autobot- protected Earth via the Moon. Cue: relentless CGI destruction from all angles and personal peril for LaBeouf’s new girlfriend, the Devon-born Victoria’s Secrets lingerie model Rosie Huntington- Whiteley (Bay met her when he directed a commercial for the company). You may end up with metal fatigue, however, at the end of its self-indulgent two-and-a-half hour running time.
The Incredible Hulk ★★★★
A typically intense Edward Norton plays the unjolly green giant in a franchise reboot that backs up the action with a real sense of the beast in Bruce Banner.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ★★★
Andy Serkis is best known for “playing” Gollum and King Kong in major blockbusters, but has reasons to be cheerful with his tour-de-force performance as volatile singer Ian Dury.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride ★★★★
A bride from beyond the grave tries to tempt a mortal away from his intended in a gothic fantasy that sugars its director’s trademark quirkiness with a touching sweetness.
The Young Victoria ★★★
As we prepare for ITV’s lavish new series Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman, here’s a chance to see Emily Blunt’s dazzling portrayal of the teenage princess in this elegant big-screen drama.
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