Movie Show movie reviews: Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, A Royal Night Out, The Tribe
Published 14/05/2015 | 07:43
The Independent film critic Paul Whitington joins Entertainment Editor Aoife Kelly in studio to review this week's big releases.
The hype about George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road has been deafening, particularly for fans of his original series which ended with the third film, Mad Max: Beyond Thurnderdome thirty years ago.
And the movie more than justifies the excitement with stunning visuals, jaw-dropping stunts, and relentless action from start to finish.
Top that with a powerhouse performance from Charlize Theron, and a perfectly cast Tom Hardy as Max, and it's destined for box office glory - and potentially several sequels.
Pitch Perfect was a surprise hit back in 2012 given its snarky wit combined with Glee-style acapella tunes and although it was far from perfect it has spawned a sequel.
The imaginatively titled Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks and again starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson offers more of the same but, according to Paul, with a little too much screen time for Wilson.
Although it do feature very funny scenes involving Banks, and boasts a great performance from Hailee Steinfeld (of the Coen brothers' True Grit fame), the overall adjective employed by Paul to describe Pitch Perfect 2 is "fine".
A Royal Night Out, a fictional account of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret's night out on the town to celebrate VE Day in 1945, is as lightweight and schmaltzy as it sounds.
Finally, The Tribe is a crime drama set in a boarding school for the deaf. A new arrival gets embroiled in the activities of a student gang who deal in crime and prostitution. The film plays out in silence as the characters communicate solely in sign language.
A shocking, powerful, 5* film.
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