Wednesday 24 May 2017

Movie Show movie reviews: Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, A Royal Night Out, The Tribe

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

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.

Mad Max: Fury Road review - 'a tour-de-force of adrenaline-pumping thrills' 

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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