Thursday 18 January 2018

The Movie Show: Selma, Jupiter Ascending, Shaun the Sheep, and Patrick's Day

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Paul Whitington of the Irish Independent is in studio to review this week's big releases - Oscar-nominated civil rights film Selma, the Wachowski's sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, the latest offering from Aardman - Shaun the Sheep, and Irish director Terry McMahon's Patrick's Day.

Selma is a powerful and moving film which has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.  However, British actor David Oyelowo was overlooked in the Best Actor category despite a career-defining performance as the late Martin Luther King.

Directed by relative newcomer Ava DuVernay, the film covers just three months of his life, the pivotal time in early 1965 when he headed to Selma, Alabama to stage a battle in the struggle for civil rights.

It doesn't shy away from portraying the man's flaws as well as his brilliance, and Paul gives it his highest recommendation - 5 stars.

Jupiter Ascending doesn't fare quite so well.  The latest offering from the Wachowskis, the brains behind The Matrix, is a jumbled mess that sees Mila Kunis playing a young Chicago cleaner who is attacked by aliens before Channign Tatum saves her and explains she's the reincarnated queen of an interplanetary dynasty and only she can save mankind from an imminent harvest.

Paul says, 'It's a pretentious, grandiose mess'.

Although Paul was not a fan of Terry McMahon's debut feature, Charlie Casanova, he concedes Patrick's Day is a better offering.  It features an excellent performance by Waterford actor Moe Dunford as a young man with schizophrenia who falls in love, much to his over protective mother's (Kerry Fox) chagrin.

It's not perfect and features a relationship between the boy's mother and a wannabe comic detective that just doesn't make sense, but it raises questions about the taboos around mental illness in Ireland and for that it must be commended.

Shaun the Sheep, the latest offering from Aardman, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, is a very engaging offering that will delight both adults and kids, even the very small ones.

WATCH: Douglas Booth talks to Independent.ie about Jupiter Ascending and getting starstruck by Mila Kunis 

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