Saturday 22 July 2017

The Film Show - Paul Whitington and Doug Whelan review 'Noble' and 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Independent film writer Paul Whitington and Insider Magazine movie buff Doug Whelan go head to head on this week's two big releases.

Noble charts the true story of the life of Christina Noble from her own harrowing childhood in 50s Dublin to her work with street children in Vietnam.

"We find out why she has such empathy with the street children and we go back to her horrific life in 1950s Dublin, and she grows up in a tenement and her father is a sometimes violent drunk, and her sainted mother dies young, and she's sent off to the nuns in Galway.  She ends up in a way on the street living in a park and she has terrible misfortune before going to England and setting up a life ends up going to live with the nuns," explains Paul.

"The film flits back and forth between the present as it were in the 1990s and the 1950s.  It's a solid film, well done for the most part.  Rather careful I think.

"Sarah Greene who plays her as a teenager is fantastic.  That's where a lot of the emotional connection comes from in the film."

Magic in the Moonlight stars Colin Firth as a stage magician who sets out to prove that a young medium, played by Emma Stone, is a fake.  But soon he starts wondering if she might be the real deal after all.

"Despite his cynicism and devotion to logic he finds himself questioning if she really does have psychic powers and sort of starts falling for her along the way," reveals Doug.

"That's the first half of the film and then the mystery element kind of dies off into the background and it becomes a kind of screwball comedy between the two and they have these verbal jousts. 

"It kind of runs out of steam but it's still fun to watch because despite the age difference between Colin Firth and Emma Stone they have a really good chemistry."

"Slightly creepy!" adds Paul.

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