Film reviews. Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh take a look at the latest film releases, including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
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Hello and welcome to Film 2013, we're live. If you would like to
ghet touch the details are on the screen now. Coming up on tonight's
show: The Legend Continues, Ron Burgundy and the boys are back in
Anchorman 2. You have to do the thing that God put Ron Burgundy on
this earth to do, have saloon quality hair and read the news.
Dreams become reality in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Hey. Hi. How
was your weekend? I had an awesome weekend. Ben Stiller talks about his
prolific career. Ecs-terrifying. I like that. We look at some of the
big films coming your way over the coming weeks. Danny is here. Hello.
We are excited about our guest the brilliant critic Camilla Long.
Hello. First up, Will Ferrell recreates the role of legendary TV
newsreader Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2. Oh, I'm so sorry someone put the
story in all capital leaders I thought I was supposed to yell it.
We find yourselves in the year 1980. We are starting a 24-hour news
channel, the first of its kind. A new opportunity to join a brand new
station that's going to begin 24-hour news and he assembles the
team once more. Welcome to GNN, the Global News Network. That is where
we find them. Then it goes down hill. Linda Jackson is a winner. Are
you, my friend. This is Linda. Oh, black, black... . Ron. It's amazing
how people have taken to this group of guys. I think people like the
kind of sense of a rock band you have these four guyes who are
hanging out and a sense of fun behind them. That will make one hell
of a story. They are buffoons. They can say the most racist, offensive
horrible things and you laugh. What are you doing? I'm breaking down the
barriers of race by asimulation. Which one of your convicts with the
longest record can pass me the mash potatoes. They mask the pain with
their own... Can I help you? You are staring at me? Do you want my
autograph. He was explaining who you are and I was looking at you. This
cast specifically is speaking about Paul, David and Steve. Are just so
comfortable with improadvisation. Brian I read somewhere, tell me if
this is true, some of the silicone implants were filled with taco meat.
The improving is not about competition, it's about trying to
make each other laugh. We can improvise for days. Then they will
approve upon what they had in the first place. I like the parts of
your face that are covered with skin. A rot lot of the time it's us
saying, no, let's please not do that, what you wrote is so funny. I
don't have any legs, Ron. It's because you're wearing green pants.
Over the years Anchorman has grown in notoriety. If the fans demand it,
if the oddients is out there we would consider a three. This was too
much fun. We will do at least eighth. The very minimum eight. The
news team is back. I want to do Anchorman movies for the rest of my
life because it's so much fun. That is your foot between my legs No. It
was my hand. When I watched that I think that might be the funniest
film I have seen seen. I will trend carefully. The good news for
Anchorman fan this is has been tailor made for them. It takes them
and smoothers them in polyester and sideburns and gags, miles of gags.
Some of the gags are funny of the for an Anchorman will love the gags
and will quote them for 10 years until they make Anchorman 3, which
is the point. I have made myself comfortable on the fence with
Anchorman. It does have some very, very funny moments, I don't think it
has enough funny moments for two hours. What I do like about it is
that Will Ferrell has worked out there maybe aren't enough jokes for
two hours. He has made this other movie which is this slide middle
finger of the film about TV news and why it's so terrible in America and
why working in the media will suck the brain out of your ears. I'm not
sure when he decided to make that film, I'm glad he did. A mixture of
disappointment and relief. Relief it wasn't as bad as the last film which
I didn't particularly enjoy. Disappointment it's still the
same... I agree some of the jokes were really very funny, but some of
them were really awful. We saw that scene in the... When he goes to take
his... Girlfriend. Girlfriend's parents, I thought it was... It felt
racist and made me feel really uncomfortable. I didn't think that
worked. I thought that, you know, it's a slightly better era for the
Anchorman brand. It's the 80s now, which is kind of like broadcast news
territory. The satire is, comes much easier. They have this really funny
montage where they bring in the car chases and bring in fluffy toys and
font font font is doing, h why, what are your Top 50 Greatest Vaginas
Ever" and the ratings go up. I quite liked that. That was funny. In terms
of memorable, kind of, scenes, memorable lines, I just... It goes
out of my head with Anchorman. Maybe Will Ferrell isn't funny. The thing
is if you didn't like the original, this is kind of completely
pointless. From the point of view of reviewing a film it's like reviewing
an avocado. Do you like the green fruit when you open it up has a
paler green and creamy inside, then you don't... I love that talking
about avocados. I think I'm possibly too old for this film. I am e old
for everything hand on heart other than lying down and watching Miss
Marple if I was 16 and went to see Anchorman 2 I would laugh until I
was sick. Great Friday before Christmas film. Very funny. Nothing
in this commercial big bluster type of thing. If you are a 16-year-old
boy you wouldn't see Disney's Frozen, which would be my choice on
Friday night. It's slicker than the last one. I liked the last one. The
problem is the last one was made almost by accident. They would make
an entirely different movie at one stage... What were they going to
make? Annan orrorman, a different Anchorman. You had so much mayhem on
set they carved it out. All that quotability happened by accident. I
think the problem with this movie is it is working too hard and it
doesn't feel like nobody cares. It feels like everybody cares and awful
lot and every single line is designed so people will be quoting
the lines for the next 10 years. A bit self-aware. I agree. Will is a
good battle scene. That is all I'm saying. Next, Ben Stiller directs
and stars alongside Kristen Wiig in daydreamer remark The Secret Life Of
Walter Mitty. Danny went to meet him. Hello, are you still there? Can
you hang on a second. Go, go, go! Get out, she's going to
blow. Go, go! Ben, thank you for joining us today. You are welcome.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty it feels like the film you couldn't
have made without a personal connection with Walter himself, is
that true to say? Definitely. You have to feel a personal connection
when you are playing a part. Have you to figure out what that is. For
me the story and what was in Steve Conrad's script was an identifiable
thing, how we see yourselves in our head that doesn't translate in
reality and the potential we have and being able to somehow get in
touch with that. It did feel personal. Are you still there? Hey.
If you had to encapsulate the experience of making the movie in a
word, what would it be, ebbing sill rating, terrifying?
Ec-ra-terrifying. You should be scared going into making a movie.
It's daunting. That energy is good energy to have because you feel that
and it means you are pushing yourself in some way and you are out
of your comfort zone. That is always a healthy thing, I think. Hello! Oh,
hi, sorry, the door was... So I just... Yes, she's getting dressed.
Has been almost 20 years since you made Reality Bites, do you dig out
the DVDs and watch those, or is it a case of the movie is done and you
are always moving forward? The movie is done, I don't go back and watch
them. You look beautiful. You look like a Doyly. Unless I show my kids
something or if they ask. If you see something, if you are flipping
channels I will watch a scene to see how it holds up. The chance to see a
movie that you made long time ago with an audience is always
interesting. You ever watched pornographic videos? No. I mean,
well, I don't... Yes or no? I should say I'm a very, very big fan of the
Cable Guy. It didn't get the due it deserved. When that happens, is that
frustrating to you? Does it bug you, are you happy now, 17 years later,
there are people like me who can proudly say I love
Can the Cable Guy? I'm happy that anybody still cared about it. By the
way you, might want to put on a bathing suit because you will be
channel surfing in no time. We had so much fun making it. We got New
York Times Blu-ray came out 15 years after the movie and finally they
wrote something nice about. It all right, we got a good review for that
movie. OK, I'm going. Take off. See ya. Bye. When you make the movies
you make them for yourself and for the audience, hopefully they have a
life and it's nice when they do. Sure.
There are rumours floating about a see kwul to Zoolander, can you
confirm that? I don't know. I mean possibly. It is a matter of trying
to figure out the right situation for it in terms of how it all comes
together. There is a script we wrote that the I like and, I think it
would be fun to do. I'm not sure if it will happen. It might. It still
hasn't come together the right way. Zoolander was fun to make, but it
was not an easy shoot. The studio were not totally behind it, so there
were challenging times on it, but a lot of fun situations came out of
it. What is your trademark? I am best known for blue steel. What does
that look like? A big part of it is the developments of the new look.
You are someone who grew up in the business. Your parents were
comedians and you performed as -- as a child. Have you ever had a moment
when you thought you would walk away and do something else entirely? I
was going to be a glass blower. Is directing something you now prefer
to focus on, or do you want to get back in front of the camera? I love
acting, but directing has always been what I wanted to do since I was
a kid and what I enjoy most. So I look forward more to directing and
acting also, but maybe not both at the same time as much. Hey! Was your
weekend? I had an awesome weekend. It was incredible to watch him where
all these hats - producer, director. And he is in every scene and he
could not be calmer about it. I think every direct is a
perfectionist -- every director is a perfectionist. That is also the fun
of making a movie. The eyes, she moves like a woman.
Cheryl. He is very meticulous. He knows what he wants, and he knows
how he wants things to look and sound and feel. That attention to
detail is one of the reasons the movie is so good. Perhaps I could
contact you through my poetry Falk. I like that. Do you think if I hit
him with a paperclip, you would move? I wonder what you wanted
audiences to come away with. When you see them filing out of the
cinema, what do you want them to come away with? I hope they went to
a movie they connected with, that I made them feel something.
I can't talk, I am on my way to a volcano. I like movies that you can
both disappear into that take you away from reality, and also hit
something inside you so that you are connected on both levels.
That is what I was hoping. Life is about courage and going into the
unknown. What did you think? And by the way
my favourite thing is to start a sentence like that. What is the
point? Sorry. It is beautiful. It touched me occasionally, but I came
away thinking I have not changed in any way by seeing this film. Ben
Stiller is pretty good as Walter Mitty. He is not dreamy enough to be
that carrot to. -- that character . You can see him acting, which is a
bit distracting. This is a very short story that has been stretched
into this two-hour film. Like you said with Anchorman, there is not
enough material. There are great action sequences. You are never sure
whether he is in a fantasy or not. I thought, whilst it is very
beautiful, shot on location in Iceland with volcanoes and
everything, I just came away feeling the. -- empty. See, I am sick and I
found it quite poignant. -- I am sick. I know it is just me and Ben
Stiller's mum who think that. No, I could not agree less with you,
Camilla. Most Hollywood movies if you feeling like you have been
slobbered over and had your pocket picked at the end of it, but this is
not that movie. It would take a cynic to call it cynical. There is
an unusual sense of melancholy and sweetness about this and also
sincerity. It is the sincerity people will take from it. People
recoil from that. But this is an open hearted movie, and it is great
for that. We should embrace that. Actually, it felt like a vanity
project for Ben Stiller. You see there was not drool on your shoulder
when you came out, but I felt that a bit. I felt I was being a bit
manipulated by the story, which has been jazzed up for the film. It is
nothing like the original and I do prefer the 1947 version with Danny
Kaye. It works better. It is much more of the time. The film has a
very old-fashioned vibe, this story is from a time before. They have
tried to pimp it up and it has not worked. It is the lack of pimping
that I like about it. How can you say that when there are these
enormous set sequences that last it past you? But then Stiller always
takes the dead hand option. It would be so easy to milk it, but he is the
same Ben still you was. It would make so much more sense for him to
do the Gurney, but he underplays everything. It is a noble
achievement. Were you disappointed that it was not funny? Yes, I think
I would have preferred... Is Ben Stiller ever going to get away from
the fact that he is a comedy star? Probably not. He is so good at that.
There are some comedy sequences in the daydreams, they are fantastic.
There is a Benjamin button type sequence. Imagined David Fincher's
face during that. I think sometimes you have to admit that a movie has
made a personal connection with you. I am a middle-aged man and this is a
middle-aged movie. I mean that as praise. You get to your middle
years, the V neck years of your life. You are a younger person. But
at that stage, you think, the person I thought I would be when I was 18,
I have not become him . I have come this flabby mess that looks out on a
kebabs shop. I want a movie that says there are worse things in life
than that. There is nothing bad about simplicity and sincerity. The
Secret Life of Walter Mitty will be on cinemas on Boxing Day. Now a look
at some of the treats you get to feast on over the coming weeks.
My name is Solomon. I am a free man and you have no right to detain me.
You are no free man, you are nothing but a runaway. This is the true
story of someone who was a free man in the 19th-century and he was
drugged and sent to New Orleans, where he spent the next 12 years as
a slave. I am not trying to redress the balance, all I am trying to do
is look at that time in history and asking people to acknowledge it. To
know where you are going, one has to look back. This is a very modern
story in its own way, which is what is terrifying about it. It talks
about a society we recognise. In the end, more than anything, it speaks
about human respect. That is something that it is never late to
reflect on. If you want to survive, do and say as little as Zobel. -- as
little as possible. I don't want to survive, I want to live. With this
script, I am going to teach the and everyone of you to be the best. This
is the greatest company in the world! I was becoming a legend.
Aren't you married? Married people can't be friends? I was making so
much money, I didn't know what to do with it.
The real question is, was all this legal? Welcome to Las Vegas! I want
all of you to get in trouble. There is a huge audience of people of our
generation. There are a lot of us. Soon the audience will be pining for
movies about young people. We had a great time, and a movie came out. I
feel like I am getting drunk and electrocuted at the same time.
You are the biological father of 533 children. What? It is about a guy
who, when he was younger, gave generously to its own bank. It is
impossible to be the father of 533 children.
When you are young, you don't think of consequences. These kids need
someone to look out for them. They need a guardian angel. When you are
looking out for these kids, will you be wearing some kind of cake? I did
not see superhero, I said guardian angel. This is the BBC.
Forces in Singapore have surrendered to the Japanese. A lot of films have
made about World War II, but you have to dig a little bit here to
understand quite how heroic these men were. A lot of men went through
something you can't imagine. I'm afraid the museum is closed. I'm
surprised you don't recognise me. I did not expect you to be alive.
There are a lot of people with untold stories, thousands of them,
that badly needed this story to be told. Some time, the hating has to
stop. We will fight for our freedom! This
is your final warning! I am not breaking any laws.
The bits of racism I might have seen as a young kid living in east London
was nothing compared to what happened in South Africa. To get the
offer to play someone like him was a massive moment for me. It is an
ideal for which I am prepared to die.
We had a premiere in South Africa, and people who had been imprisoned
with Mandela were all there as well. And when the lights came up, I
realised people were crying in the theatre. So I felt so proud. What
they have done to my wife is their only victory over me. There is a
love story at the heart of it, and that has helped choose the best
moments in his life. Lots of stuff coming our way. At
this point, I normally ask for your film of the week. But because it is
the last show of the year, I will ask for your favourite film of the
year, Camilla. I have a few. First, I would say Gravity. Loved it. I
would also say the great beauty, a wonderful Italian film about Rome.
Go for the crowd scenes, the music and the jokes. And a documentary I
thought was incredibly powerful, the act of killing, about men who killed
people in a communist massacre in 1965 in Indonesia. It is an
extraordinary film about life, death and human misery and breakdown. I
would also say the act of killing and Gravity. And also a Japanese
movie called I wish, a beautiful film about childhood. And spring
breakers, an altogether different kind of beautiful. I see Captain
Phillips. That is all from us. We are getting an extra long Christmas
holiday and will be back on Tuesday the 21st of January. Teacher
O'Toole, who died on Saturday, was a movie legend. -- Peter O'Toole. We
remember him the Lawrence of Arabia, probably the most brilliant debut in
the history of Hollywood. Thank you for watching. Good night. You mean
the Turks have gone? No, they are still there, but they have no boots.
We took them prisoners. No, that is not true, we killed some. Too many.
I will manage better next time. There has been a lot of killing, one
way or another. Cross my heart and hope to die, it is all perfectly
true. It is impossible. Yes, it is. I did it. You had better talk to
General Allenby. He is in command now. That is a step in the right
direction. First, I want a room with a bed, with sheets. Of course. It is
for him. Right. You want a bed yourself, don't you? I will see
Allenby first, though. Will he see me? I think so. Good night. I had
better shave. Yes, you had. You had better get into some trousers, too.
Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh take a look at the latest film releases. These include the return of Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Plus a look ahead to some of the films due for release in early 2014.