Monday 9 December 2019

VIDEO: The Movie Show - Paul Whitington has the lowdown on The Imitation Game, The Drop and Standby

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

This week The Independent's movie guru Paul Whitington chats to Entertainment Editor Aoife Kelly about The Imitation Game, The Drop and new Irish film Standby.

The Imitation Game boasts a stellar cast in Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Alan Leech, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode.

Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the mathematician who managed to break the German Enigma code, leading to the end of WWII and a victory for the Allies.

It's not the first film about the Enigma code, but this is a character study of a man who initially was not understood by his peers and later in his life was prosecuted for 'homosexual acts'.

Cumberbatch gives a stellar performance, and may in the running for an Oscar.

The Drop, meanwhile, may be just the thing to fill your crime drama void this Sunday night given Love/Hate has ended for this season.

However, Paul points out it's a much more slow moving affair with the emphasis on drama.

Tom Hardy plays a seemingly slightly slow bartender who funnels cash for local gangsters in New York.  Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini, in his final big screen role, also star.

Gandolfini is particularly good, and according to Paul, The Drop is worth going to see for him alone although the screenplay is by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone so the credentials are good.

Finally, Standby is an Irish flick about a Dublin lad, played by Brian Gleeson, who bumps into an American girl at the airport, with whom he had a summer romance several years previously. 

He persuades her to stay one more night in Dublin to catch up.  Brian is great and Dublin looks spectacular but Paul reveals it just doesn't work.

READ: The Imitation Game - 'a polished and efficient drama, but there are a few problems'

READ: The Imitation Game - 'cracking tale captures cod eof misconduct toward a genius'

READ: The Drop - 'despite the positives it just doesn’t quite ever take off the way it could have'

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