London Film Festival 2012 Diary: Day 4

Sightseers:

Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

Sightseers is the third film from acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley, the man responsible for last years Kill List. But unlike Kill List, Sightseers devilishly hilarious with most blackest of black humour I have witnessed in some time!

Should also be noted that this is one of the most British films I have seen in some time, I really don’t think anyone outside of the isles would ‘get’ it.

I ruddy loved Sightseers. It’s dark, funny, horrific, bloody and one of the best British  films this year. A twisted love story that doesn’t disappoint. I implore  you all to see this upon  its release.

★★★★☆

 

 

 Lawrence of Arabia:

Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.

Lawrence of Arabia is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. And what better way to see it for the first than on the big screen, a faithfully restored directors cut at the BFI Southbank. Not only that but a pre-introduction with some of the people who helped bring this restoration back to the big screen.

Sir David Lean’s sprawling Arabian desert epic was a magnificent experience, all 216 minutes of it – including the scheduled intermission.

Peter O’Toole was stunning and whimsical accompanied by those piercing blue eyes and the score along with the majestic sunrises was an awe-inspiring experience to witness on screen.

A film that is made for, and should be seen on the big screen. An undeniable cinematic masterpiece restored to faithful glory.

★★★★★

 

 

Hyde Park on Hudson:

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of Great Britain visited upstate New York.

There’s not a lot to say about this disappoint Bill Murray outing except that the film fails not because of him. T

It’s an underwhelming story that’s just a bit odd, but not for the right reasons. Think The Kings Speech meets My Week With Marilyn but then take that down by 50%.

The only redeeming aspect is in fact Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt who gives off a great performance. It’s always nice to see a new Murray film but unfortunately  this one fails to capture your interests.

★★☆☆☆

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