The laughter continues for pretty much the full two hours, although I felt the final third (as absurdity takes over) was slightly weaker than what had gone before. But rest assured, Ron Burgundy's News Team is gloriously re-assembled - the 'funeral' of Brick Tamland is a highlight in particular - and the Fox News agenda expertly taken down. The Anchorman phenomenon remains the classiest of comedies.
With Hobbit 2: Dragon Quest about to burn up the box office for Christmas, there's doesn't appear to be much hope for any other fantasy films this month. But it turns out Boxing Day-dreamers have a realistic alternative after all. For those who would prefer to swerve Middle Earth and go in search of an adventure more down-to-earth yet still packed full of flights of fancy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a most unexpected journey.
It was only…
My Top 20 most memorable (for a variety of reasons) Cloud Atlas characters:
20. Dr Henry Goose (Tom Hanks) - whiskery 19th-century quack with dubious intent and even more questionable dental hygiene (which may explain why he values other people's teeth so highly).
19. Ovid (Halle Berry) - balding, pointy-bearded, cyber-eyed back-street surgeon / locksmith. Appropriately named as Berry's transformation is one of the greatest metamorphosis moments in the whole movie.
18. Older Ursula (Susan Sarandon) - 66 years old…
A rom-com! In black and white! Filmed at his own house in bloody Santa Monica! With all his mates in it! And the screenwriter's almost 450 years old! Well, of all the self-indulgent, pretentious pet projects we've seen from fashionable Hollywood directors down the years, this has to be right up there...
Twenty minutes into Much Ado About Nothing, and the above concerns were still lingering. What an incredible house though, I thought - actually the perfect filming location, even…