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match. We will also look at Rafael Nadal in the Australian open. Now

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though, it is time for film review. Hello, and welcome to

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the Film Review on BBC News. To take us through this week's

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cinema releases, as ever, Mark Kermode is with me,

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and what will you be telling us It is a very big week. Trainspotting

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T2, they beat up after 20 years. Then we have a look at a film by the

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people that brought us minions. And Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson at war.

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Trainspotting two. I can't wait. T2 Trainspotting. One of those titles

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you can't quite get a measure of. 20 years later, the original characters

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are reunited. Renton is drawn back into his past for reasons which are

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not immediately explained and we find the old crew ravaged not so

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much by heroin is by age and by disappointment and buy a degree of

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emasculation and the way in which their lives have not worked out as

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they will have expected. Bigby has been in prison and Spud, when Renton

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first bind him, has basically all but lost the will to live, until his

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friend returns and getting new figure. He is a clip. -- and gives

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him new vigour. I can't fail again. I need to detox

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the system. Spud, detox the system? What does that even mean. It's not

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getting it out of your body that's the problem, it's getting it out of

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your mind. You are an addict. I am trying. So, be addicted. The

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addicted to something else. You have got to channel it, you have got to

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control it. People try all sorts. Some people try boxing. Boxing?! It

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was just an example. What did you channel it into? Getting away. That

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clip is good because it was funny but ends on a melancholic note. As

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somebody who saw the original 20 years ago, I remember being really

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astonished by how dark it was. But people forget about how shocking it

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was. What I liked about this was it felt like a film about middle age,

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about the way in which the world changes, about the way in which the

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characters bodies have changed, their characteristics have changed,

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and as with so many of Danny Boyle's films, it's about friendship, the

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way the present loops back to the past and has this elegiac longing

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for the past. My only reservation with this, I thought it worked

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really well because I didn't want to be let down. I didn't want them to

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be revisiting this for cash, Paul Money, because that is an easy thing

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to do. It is a film with integrity. The screenwriter has created

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something new. They have created something artistic. It is really

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well directed. My only question would be, I don't know what it would

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look like if you were a young viewers seeing it for the first

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time, not having all that history with Trainspotting, because a lot of

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what it is doing is playing with the past. But I like that about it. The

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interplay between the past and the present. It's like meeting these

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characters again and genuinely seeing what time has done to them.

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And the screenplay from the original from the Irbin Welsh book was funny

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and quite philosophical. A brilliant screenplay. If it as good? I think

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he has done a brilliant job. There are an awful lot of laughs in it. It

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is definitely more melancholy than the original. It doesn't have that

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vampiric bite that the original had, not the venomous feeling. But what

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it does have is a sense of ennui, though I feel like I am underselling

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it. A sense that life is full of disappointments but somehow finding

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vibrancy and giving a life to those -- a voice to those characters who

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would otherwise have been written off as deadbeats again, following on

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that tradition. I am looking forward to your other choice. Sing is by

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is about a group of animals in a is about a group of animals in a

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singing competition. It owes a lot more to Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland,

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old school, let's put the show on here than a singing competition. It

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starts out as a singing competition but moves on to saving a bit. It won

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me over very gradually. At the beginning I thought it was sweet

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natured barn but as it went on, it started to have that child, that

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old-fashioned throwback charm which I loved from all those old musicals.

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You can tell it's not just something which is just fluff. Yes, it's

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bright and shiny with more pop tunes in it than you could wave a stick at

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but it has something important. It has a bit part in it and that is

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down to Garth Jennings. Hacksaw Ridge. Mel Gibson reinventing

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himself again? This is about someone who volunteered as a medic in World

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War II and refused to carry a weapon into the unfolding horror of war.

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Let's see a clip. How come you don't fight? You think you are better than

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us? No. What if you were attacked? Do you like that? You have to turn

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the other cheek customer you see, I don't think this is a question of

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religion, fellows. I think this is cowardice, plain and simple. Is that

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right? Well, go on. Take a poke. I'll tell you what, I'm going to

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give you a free shot. Right there. He to me. Though one. Let him have

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it. The peculiar thing about this film is before I saw it, I heard

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people comparing it to what I think is Mel Gibson's best work but this

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is not it. This is to films fighting for supremacy. The first half of it

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is almost cheesy. Its saccharine sweet almost. Then we moved to the

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war scenes and they are brutal and bloody and if you have seen the

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Passion of the Christ, you know that Mel Gibson absolutely really does

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law. What that means is you get to separate movie is going on.

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Sometimes the battle scenes are absolutely horrific and up there

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with the Stephen Spielberg stuff from saving Private Ryan but

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sometimes they teeter over into something which approach is parody,

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almost Tropic Thunder, so you get a weird mix. The movie feels like it

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is pulling in a number of different ways. I came out of this slightly

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baffled because there are things addict that I really cheesy --

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things in its that are really cheesy, something that I really

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saccharine, other things that are brutal and I think it has moments

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that are really striking. The story is really striking. It is a true

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story and I have read a bit about him in the past. It is a great

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story. The point about that was that he is a brave man and refused to

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fight. Just because the story is great, doesn't mean the film is

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consistently great. I wonder if the saccharine start at the beginning

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was Mel Gibson trying to prepare the American public to find someone who

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was a conscientious objector brave. I literally spent the first third of

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the film thinking, when is this going to turn into the great movie

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that everyone tells me it is? Once we had got into the war sequences as

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I said, he can do that stuff really well, but he can also push it too

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far. Not Clint Eastwood then? No, but that is an interesting

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comparison because his movies are different to an American audience

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than to a British audience. What more can we set about Lala land? I

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love it. People are concerned that it is not as good as we have been

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saying, like it is overhyped, but I haven't stopped singing it since I

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saw it. I loved Lala land. Best film and Best Director for the BAFTAs and

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the oft is -- and the Oscars? Yes, I think it will absolutely sweep the

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board. Finally, under the shadow, which I haven't been yet. You must,

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because he will absolutely love it. It is a British production set in

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Jordan. It is about a mother and her daughter in an apartment building

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being shelled but they are being terrorised by a gin spirit. It owes

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a debt to things like the tenant, and's baby. It is smart, it is

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influenced by the brother Dick and I promise you you will love it. Right,

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that is my homework for the weekend. I shall look for under the shadow.

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You will find more film news and reviews across the BBC including all

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our previous shows on the website. Thank you for watching. Enjoy the

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movies. Hello. January has been dry and we

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have been watching for the change to much

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