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Now on BBC News, it's time for the Film Review.
Hello and welcome to The Film Review on BBC News.
To take us through this week's cinema releases is James King.
So James, what do we have this week?
It certainly is a funny week. We have Valerian And The City Of A
Thousand Planets, a mega budget sci-fi from Luc Besson starring Dane
Dehaan and Cara Delevingne. England is mind takes a look at the early
years of Manchester's answer to Oscar Wilde, Smiths front man
Maurice E. And to quote the man himself, panic on the streets of
London, panic on the streets of Birmingham. Yes, The Emoji Movie has
been let loose onto an unsuspecting British public. Be afraid! O, Lord.
That start with sci-fi. That is an odd week. It is August. I read that
Valerian is possibly the most expensive French film ever? Most
expensive European film of all time. Actually, 20 years ago, there was a
film called The Fifth Element which Luc Besson, the same director, made
which did well. At that point, that was the most expensive European film
of all time. Now it is Valerian, with a budget of 200 million
dollars, which could not buy Neymar, but it is still a lot of money. It
is that in the 20th century. It is about a couple of intergalactic
secret agents who are investigating strange goings-on at the office
space station. Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan start. Let's see.
You said you wanted the shortest way.
Wow. Would I be right in saying you can see the money? You can see the
money. But watching it, I just thought how much has changed in the
20 years since The Fifth Element. The sci-fi and space movies we have
had from people like Christopher Nolan and JJ Abrams with his Star
Trek and Star Wars movies, and Alfonso Cuaron and actually,
Valerian looks expensive, but it looks like an expensive 90s movie. I
don't think it looks as elegant and as chic and certainly not as
readable as the more recent science fiction films we have seen. It
actually looks a bit gaudy. We saw it towards the end of that clip. It
looks quite gaudy and camp and dare I say it, quite silly at times. You
are allowed to say that. 20 years ago, there was a silliness about The
Fifth Element, but we were more forgiving. But a lot has changed in
that 20 years, so now I am not so sure that Luc Besson's style, and he
does have a distinctive style, feels so of the moment as it did then. And
what do you make of Cara Delevingne? Everyone wants to know that. Well,
she's clearly very comfortable in front of a screen. She is arguably
the world's most famous model, so she looks completely at home. Is
she, on the evidence of this movie, the new Meryl Streep? I think so.
However, she's very young and there is plenty of time for her to
improve. I think the leaves are not the most charismatic. If you see the
trailer, you will see Rihanna in the trailer a lot. She's not in the
movie that much. That is a bit of a cheat on the part of the marketing.
Would have liked to have seen her in it more and Ethan Hawke in it more.
They are very much supporting characters. Is it just looked really
good, I would have forgiven it these problems. All right. We couldn't
have anything more different for our second film, England Is Mine. This
is a biopic of Maurice E's -- Liszt's early years in the run up to
him meeting Johnny Marr and forming the Smiths. The title is from a
Smiths song, still ill. It stars Jack Lowden, who is in Dunkirk as
well. He plays an RAF pilot. He is Tom Hardy's colleague in that movie.
Very good in Dunkirk and very good in this as a young Morrissey. The
downside is that the first half of the film, Morrissey is so painfully
shy as a teenager that he is virtually mute. So you have a film
where you don't know what is going on in his head because he is such an
insular character. And the film is about him coming out of his shell.
Most interestingly, the women in his life encouraging him to come out of
his shell, his family and female friends. Do you need to be a fan of
the Smiths to enjoy it or could this be a coming-of-age film? That is
certainly what it's trying to be. It is -- there are Adrian
Moleesque-macro elements of it with the nerdy, shy teenager, but also
about if you follow your dreams, they will come true, which perhaps
is always what you think of when thinking of Morrissey, but it is
there in the movie. The second half is better. That is when he does come
out of his shell and becomes more flamboyant. OK. It's August,
children are not at school. You take them to the cinema a lot. In
watching the trailer for The Emoji Movie made my eyes hurt. Do you
think Morrissey has ever used and emoji? I doubt it, somehow. Yeah. In
terms of plot, The Emoji Movie is very convoluted. You can sum it up
very simply. It is trying to be the Lego movie, desperately, which was a
couple of years ago and a huge success critically and commercially.
It is about this emoji living in a phone in this emoji city which is
very uniform and regimented, but he is different. He wants to prove he
is different to everyone else and special and doesn't follow the herd.
There is actually a meh frets, indifferent, the feeling I had when
coming out of Valerian. So he is a meh face, but he wants to be more
than that. In this clip, we have, I can't believe I am saying this, Sir
Patrick Stewart voicing a poop emoji and James Corden voicing a high five
emoji. Let's hear that. Come on, tell me you aren't just
a little bit tempted. Come on, man, it's Hi-5.
You know me, I'm a favourite. I mean, look at me, I'm
an attractive hand Fist Bump!
Come on in. Fist Bump?
He's a knucklehead, literally! Look at him.
I can look like that. OK, I get it. What age-group do you
think this is aimed at? I would say young and in discriminating. Maybe a
first film when you haven't seen anything else. If it were funny, we
would forgive it and of course, the Lego movie was very funny. Pixar
make funny animations. The level of muddy in animations is very high.
But I have read a lot about the cynical nature of it and the product
placement. Because it is not funny, you are looking at the downside,
which is that it feels very corporate. Even though it is
supposedly about and emoji he was to be an individual a bit different,
actually, what it is selling you are very corporate and mainstream apps
and games. So it does feel a bit like an advert as they run around
this phone and went a different apps and games. Trying to get them young.
Better children's films are available this summer. I would say
so. Best out at the moment, The Big Sick? Doing very well at the box
office, so that is good to see. A romantic comedy about an interracial
relationship. It is also literally about a girlfriend in a coma,
speaking of the Smiths. The lead female character gets very ill, and
it is written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon. It is their story, the
story of how they got together. So even though it is dealing with big
topics, it feels very personal and charming. They are happy to tip
their hat to Richard Curtis and Judd Apatow, who produced the film. I
like romantic comedies when they are done well. We are often down on them
as a genre, but when done well, they are charming. I am pleased that the
man and Gianni and Emily Gordon are celebrating how good romantic
comedies can be. If you want to sit on the sofa instead, what is your
recommendation? Free Fire, from Ben Wheatley, co-written with his
regular partner. He works across different genres, comedy and crime
and dystopian sci-fi, but in all of his movies, there is this great
feeling that things are about to go pear shaped. Things are about to
kick off, literally in this film, because it is about a meeting in the
70s in this warehouse in Boston that goes wrong. It is a meeting between
gangsters and arms dealers, and it is very tense and nerve-wracking and
under Free Fire of the title kicks in. It is not just a shooter 'em up,
though. There are great actors in this. Brie Larson, Gillian Murphy --
Cillian Murphy. It harks back to gutsy 70s action films. Martin
Scorsese is the executive producer of this film and it does have that
dirty feel about it that we had in the 70s. James, thanks very much.
See you next week. Enjoy your cinema going if you can.
As we said, quite a varied bunch. It has been another fairly showery
day, not as