Sunday 21 January 2018

The Movie Show movie reviews: Avengers Age of Ultron, The Good Lie, The Falling, Emperor's New Clothes

The Independent's film critic Paul Whitington and Ross O'Neill of FilmFixx join Entertainment Editor Aoife Kelly to talk this week's big releases - Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Good Lie, The Falling, and Emperor's New Clothes.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is poised to trounce all other releases at the box office this week and beyond but does it live up to the previous outing for Marvel's eclectic clan of superheroes?

The consensus is it does.  It ticks all the boxes required of it from character development to lamazing special effects to humour and director Joss Whedon manages to juggle all elements with aplomb, even the addition of two new characters played by Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

Characters which didn't perhaps get a fair run last time, namely Hawkeye and Black Widow, have their moment to shine here.

If there is any issue it's with the villain Ultron, voiced by James Spader, who Paul points out is entirely CGI and lacks real gravitas as a result.

A film made for the fanboys which won't disappoint those who amble across it either.

Avengers: Age of Ultron review - 'designed to please, and tick all the fan boy boxes, but feels soulless and prefabricated' 

The Good Lie is a solid outing for Reese Witherspoon, playing an employment agent who is tasked with integrating three Sudanese refugees into American working life years after they have survived the second civil war in their country.

It's heart-warming and frequently funny but at times perhaps slightly patronising to the Sudanese characters, according to Paul.

The Falling is perhaps this week's most promising offering.  Directed by Carol Morley who previously helmed the disturbing but fascinating documentary Dreams of a Life, it stars Maisie Williams as a teenage girl attending a boarding school in the England of 1969.

Her sexually active friend (Florence Pugh) falls pregnant which leads to fainting spells which become contagious and begin affecting the girls en masse.  An atmospheric drama well worth a look.

Russell Brand stars in Emperor's New Clothes, the Michael Winterbottom helmed documentary about inequality of wealth in the UK. 

Brand is endlessly watchable and entertaining (as he attempts to corner bankers in the lobbies of their banks).  Fans of his YouTube series The Trews will be more than familiar with his take on the issues at hand, but the film doesn't really have anything new to say.

Reviews: The Falling, The Good Lie, The Emperor's New Clothes, Gente de Bien  

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