Words fail me. Theroux has the reputation of being a provocateur and is known for his unflinching approach to thorny issues but his latest film on Jimmy Saville is astonishing - and not in a good way.
Given that the broadcaster was given access to Savile 16 years ago, whereby he shadowed him for a period of time and even stayed with him at his home, you'd think that he'd of had more than a little suspicion of Savile's extra-curricular…
I was a huge fan of James Marsh's 2008 documentary, MAN ON WIRE, so I wasn't expecting THE WALK to add too much to the (admittedly) great tale of the French acrobat who scaled the North Tower of the still-under construction WTC and walked a high wire across to its South Tower neighbour. Not just once but multiple times.
The lead up to the "coup", as the eccentric French man calls it, is pretty standard sports movie fare and more…
Not an F1 fan, nor am I a lover of sports in general but this film is great. The two central performances are both effortless in their greatness and the actors play off each other well. Morgan's script is great and Howard keeps the whole thing buzzing along at a tremendous pace.
I am really surprised by how much I liked this film.
Wow! Now here's a film that lets the viewer think for a change. A brilliant piece of writing and a cracking ensemble headed-up by a terrifically fearless performance from James McAvoy.
Given that it's based on a book by Irvine Welsh there are bound to be comparisons to Danny Boyle's adaptation of Trainspotting but rest assured, Filth holds its own.