If all goes to plan, in 10 years when I’m a director and an interviewer asks me what film most profoundly impacted my life, I will answer (from an entirely emotional, personal perspective): Love, Simon.
Its pulpy thrills, well-choreographed stunts and solid set pieces do just about enough to distract from a convoluted, often predictable storyline and (understandably) dated special effects. Tom Cruise's introduction as Ethan Hunt is committed and he unsurprisingly sells himself as a terrific action star, with this perhaps being the role he'll be remembered for - even if the films themselves are stronger the deeper into the franchise we go.
A stirring and emotional tale of someone lost at sea, both physically and mentally.
Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz both impress with committed, well-calibrated performances and Jóhann Jóhannsson's score is as moving as anything else he ever did, enhancing the heartwrenching, teary-eyed ending to a story that has no definitive ending. Up until those final few moments, it doesn't quite come together as planned, perhaps due to the briskness of the pacing and unexplored facets of the story, but The Mercy is an otherwise solid, as-British-as-they-come biopic that rises to the occasion.
I was diagnosed with leukaemia eighteen years ago today (it's all cleared now friends, worry not) and I spent the anniversary watching my favourite film of all time in a lovely, sunny setting with one of my best friends
I love life
(And thank god for the rain just before the epilogue to help disguise my tears)
Thrilling, intense, imaginative, slick, emotional, bold, crowd-pleasing. Outstanding set piece after outstanding set piece. Committed performances. Sleek execution. Relentlessly suspenseful. Creatively satisfying. A thrill ride from start to end.
Hands down, one of the finest action films of the decade. Jump in to Fallout.