Mike Leigh. Timothy Spall. J.M.W. Turner. Three British legends come together for a biopic centering on the last quarter century of the painter's life, a time filled less with the pop and flash that defines typical biographical films but more with the day-to-day interactions of the eccentric artist and the people he filled his life with. Mr. Turner's titular figure wasn't eccentric in the way that you often see the word used to define a film character -- the Johnny…
And so it comes to this. The final part of a trilogy of films that should have really been one, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies sees Peter Jackson's bloated saga come to an end with all of the familiar flaws in tow. Nothing in this trilogy is going to look flattering when held up against the monumental achievement of The Lord of the Rings films, still lasting in their glory over a decade on, but The Battle…
So to recap the first five minutes of Lee Daniels’ Lee Daniels’ The Butler:
- Forest Whitaker is sitting in the White House.
- He stares into the horizon, even though he’s inside.
- Cut to an image of two men hanging.
- Fade in Martin Luther King Jr. quote next to them.
- Cut back to Forest Whitaker staring into the horizon for a second.
- Cut to his childhood, working on a cotton farm with his parents.