The Movie Show movie reviews: John Wick, Cobain: Montage of Heck, and tribute to the late great George Byrne
Paul Whitington and Aoife Kelly on this week's releases - John Wick and Cobain: Montage of Heck.
John Wick may star an actor (Keanu Reeves) who is not known for his huge range, be directed by two relatively unknown former stuntmen, and follow the classic revenge story formula, but Paul says it's so much more than the sum of its parts.
Reeves, he says, is actually a pretty good actor, the film is beautifully shot, punctuated by spectacular, organic fight sequences, and has a wonderful ebb and flow. It is, he says, a "pretty special film".
Reeves plays a former assassin who is loved up with his wife, who then dies of natural causes, leaving him a puppy in her memory. When robbers invade his home and kill his dog it sets in motion a rampage of revenge.
Cobain: Montage of Heck is Brett Morgan's documentary, executive produced by the Nirvana frontman's daughter Frances Bean and it is the definitive Kurt Cobain biography.
Featuring interviews with a handful of people including Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, Kurt's parents, his sister, his first serious girlfriend, and Courtney Love as well as beautifully animated snippets of his writings and drawings, audio he recorded in the 80s, and home movies, it's a comprehensive biography that charts his life from blonde toddler to heroin addicted dad.
Fans will not be disappointed.
And finally, we pay tribute to our friend and colleague, George Byrne, who sadly passed away last week. George was a hugely popular regular on the Movie Show and his infectious wit, irreverence, and encyclopedic knowledge of film will be very sadly missed.