Fashion designer-turned-film director Tom Ford delves into David Lynch territory for his second movie, as the sophisticated facade of a gallery owner’s life is chipped away by the delivery of her ex-husband’s debut novel, in which the lines between truth and fiction are disturbingly blurred. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal give sterling performances as a couple for whom the past is not a closed book.
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are in melodramatic mood (and 1920s Australia) as a lighthouse keeper and his wife whose desire for a child is seemingly answered when they find an abandoned baby in a boat. Unfortunately, the appearance of a desperate Rachel Weisz means tears and hankies are on the horizon rather than joy and laughter.
Ben Affleck actually did a bang-up job as the Dark Knight in this year’s Batman v Superman epic, although here he’s riffing on Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent by playing a bespectacled, mild-mannered accountant (who also cooks the books for crime syndicates). Just beware when he whips those specs off, because that’s when he taps into his inner Bourne and turns assassin.
If you need a bit of feel-good in your life, then this true-story charmer about a young homeless man whose salvation arrives in the form of a ginger moggy should be right up your alley. The real-life Bob plays himself and stardom surely beckons…