Thoughts: Yes it's better than the prequels but that's akin to saying Idi Amin was better than Hitler.
Okay, maybe not, we're talking the realms of sci-fi films and not the sort of things that escapism lie this was invented for.
The good: Abrams has composed a gorgeous looking film that uses effects in a way that is subtle in order to enhance his world rather than rule it. New characters Ray and Finn are credible entities who rub shoulders…
They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore!
FAT CITY, released in 1972 during the latter part of director John Huston's career really is, and I'm loathe to use such terminology, an actor's film. Based on Leonard Gardner's novel (and adapted for the screen by the author) the film is such a wonderful showcase for the brilliantly realised characters who orbit the amateur boxing scene of a backwater Californian town.
In typical fashion of era's best films, FAT CITY is…
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.