Archivo de la categoría: British movie

The King’s Speech is a winner

After watching The King’s Speech I only have a doubt: Is Colin Firth to win the Oscar or is Geoffrey Rush the elected one? Well, the trick is to nominate one as a supporting actor and the other one as the best actor, but to be honest both should share the maximum prize. It’s impossible to understand the movie without one of them, so who is the supporting actor? The British director Tom Hooper (completely unknown for me before this story) has a winner in his hands and I imagine he knows it. In fact, the story is directed to win, with great dialogues, with a story of overcoming, and above all a happy ending. Last but not least, the movie is partly embedded into the Second World War. So, who is the one who expects to win The King’s Speech next year when the Oscars arrive? I guess no one, not even David Fincher with his Social Network.

Centurion, by Neil Marshall

Neil Marshall had a single idea when he began directing films: never alter the time of the spectator. If someone else had shot a peplum like Centurion he would have cared to give it some spatiotemporal credibility. However, Marshall does not care that their actors spend the entire movie swearing and acting like it they were a modern American commando. Despite being full of anachronistic and absurd scenes it is a very funny movie. The meager 97 minutes also help to have fun. There are scenes so incredible as one with a group of soldiers killing a deer with stones to open the animal’s stomach to eat the grass they find inside. Why don’t they eat the deer meat instead? Why do they have to kill the animal for eating the grass? But anyway, that surrealism (and much more in the footage) is what makes the film so nice and delirious to watch.

Here you can read a review of the film (but in Spanish, sorry).