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Hello and welcome to the Film Review
on BBC News.
To take us through this week's
cinema releases is Mark Kermode.
So Mark, what do we have this week?
We have Darkest Hour, for which Gary
Oldman is tipped for Oscars. We have
Mukkabaaz a boxing movie come
political romance. And Three
Darkest Hour, you wait
years for a Churchill film to come
along and you get two at once
reviewed Churchill on the show a few
months ago. The story was that Brian
Cox was playing brilliantly, I
think, Churchill anxiety ridden in
the run up to D-Day. Now Gary Oldman
as Churchill, anxiety ridden around
the time of Dunkirk. It's 1940. The
Nazis are sweeping across Europe,
the resistance is crumbling
everywhere. He's being advised to
appease rather than fight. Here's a
Nothing even remotely
patriotic in death or glory if the
odds are firmly on the former.
Nothing inglorious in trying to
shorten a war that we are clearly
Losing! Europe is still...
Europe is lost. And before our
forces are wiped out completely, now
is the time to negotiate. In order
to obtain the best conditions
possible. Hitler will not insist on
outrageous terms. He will know his
own weaknesses. He will be
When will the lessons be
learned? When will the lesson be
learned? ! How many more dictators
must be woulded, a-- wooed,
appeased, before we learn! You
cannot reason with a tiger when your
head is in its mouth.
That is pretty
much the give me an award clip.
There's no surprise it's got such
awards buzz about it.
He won a
Yeah, I think I
remember in 2012, when it looked
like he was going to win the Oscar,
then beaten to the punch. I think
this time may be his year. It is a
terrific performance, despite being
buried under a lot of facial
prosthetics, you know, you can see
his personality coming through. It's
a very interesting take on
Churchill. I think the performance
has conviction and grit, much as I
really, really like the Brian Cox
films, this is a really solid,
awards-courting and probably awards
worthy performance. The problem is
the film itself, which is not as
good. It's to Joe Wrigtt's credit
that he's trying to inject a sense
of immediate Agassi and urgency into
-- urgency into a bunch of people
arguing in rool essentially. But he
mixes up on one hand very well
created, you know historical
recreations with utterly fanciful
dramatic license. Such as a scene in
which Churchill suddenly decides to
take a quick referenda of the way
the British public feel by going on
the Tube train and asking people
what they think about what's going
on, in a scene which whatever the
emotional truth of it may be, just
struck me as utterly preposterous.
The central performance is very
It's a crack cast.
It's a very
good cast and clearly a crowd
pleaser. It's going down incredibly
well with the American critics and I
think, I have no doubt that it will
play very well. I have to say, from
my point of view there were moments
in it that I thought it was cringy.
I felt like it was explaining
everything, you know, obviously,
this is complicated subject matter,
but there are certain moments in
which characters don't have to be
introduced by their name, their
title and rank whilst they're
actually in the room with you, but
the thing that will carry it is the
performance. It is a really good
performance. I think it will
continue to be rewarded with awards.
We will soon know in the next few
weeks. What's the second choice?
Brawler, Mukkabaaz, a politically
tinged boxing movie. Young boxer
struggling to find his place in the
world he finds himself at odds with
the local big boss. He falls in love
with a young woman who has no voice
but whose actions speak volumes.
It's occasionally a ramshackle
affair. The dialogue is full of
cloak we'll can youing. The --
cussing. The fight series you feel
that you're watching people beating
seven bells out of each other. It
has the ability to eschew
conventions and mix in grit and
substance. I felt it could be
tightened up on time a bit. But I
liked that firstly it is a bit
anarchic. You're not sure where it's
going. It seems to switch genres at
certain times. It keeps you on your
toes. I mean a boxing movie should
do, it is a film which dances around
and keeps you alert. I enjoyed. It
it's not perfect, but it's a pretty
solid thriller with some sort of
social things to say as well.
yeah, that's interesting. Good to
bring us something that I didn't
know much about. I feel like I've
read a lot about Three Billboards.
I'm a huge Francis McDormott fan.
She's most famous for fargo. Like
Darkest Hour this is a major Oscar
contender. It's a western inflected
tragedy, comedy. This is a grieving
mother who her daughter was abducted
a killed and the local police force
headed up by the police hasn't made
any arrests. In a state of
desperation she decides to take
those Three Billboards and emblazen
them with signs that name and shape
the police department and say how
come there have been no arrests?
Here's a clip.
When the DNA don't
match no-one who's ever been
arrested and when the DNA don't
match any other crime nationwide,
and when there wasn't a single
eyewitness from the time she left
your house to the time we found her,
well, right now, there ain't too
much more we can do.
You could pull
blood from every man and boy in this
town, over the age of eight.
several rights laws prevents that's.
What if he was just passing through.
Put Blackpool from every man in the
What if he was passing
through the country?
If it was me,
I'd start up a database, every male
born that was born, his him on it.
Cross-reference it, make 100%
certain it was a correct match, then
Yeah, well, there's
definitely civil rights laws
You can see from that
clip that what the film does is it
plays with your sympathies. What
she's saying there is outrageous.
Suddenly the chief is reasonable. I
think the real triumph of this film
is it's a tragi-comedy, that's one
of the few clips we could play
without the swearing in it. It is
very funny. It can make you laugh
He writes brilliantly.
He had a cynical edge before. But
this actually has heart. Because the
tragedy is if anything more powerful
than the comedy. What you get is a
story about people who are eaten up
by rage, eaten up by anger, eaten up
by desperation. It's really a film
about how those things impact upon
the characters. There are these
lines that are delivered as trite
little greeting card messages, anger
only begets greater anger. Through
love comes calm. Yet they seem to be
sincere. What really surprised me is
how tender this film S yes, it's
funny, yes, very violent. Yes it's
very dark. Yes it deals with edgy
subject matter. But it has a really
tender heart. It upsets some people
because all the characters are seen
to be three dimensional, like Sam
Rockwell is introduced as a racist
come. But as it goes on, you see he
is a victim of his circumstances.
That doesn't play very well with
everybody because it is a film about
moral ambivalence in which there
isn't a good character or a bad
character. Everybody is in this more
ras. I have seen it twice. Second
time it was more powerful. When it
needs to be funny, it is blistering
funny. But it's really tragic. Oddly
enough, very tender.
Very rich film.
Yes, I'd be
interested to know what you think
We can discuss next week,
for now, I know Best Out is another
film, stunning scenery, beautiful
setting, but bleak as well.
hostiles the end of an era western.
Christian Bale is a battle hardened
captain ordered to take his nemesis
back to his sacred lands to die. It
is a film therefore about coming to
terms with the legacy of violence.
Actually the reason I've chosen it
is because it has a brilliant score,
which is really einvolve Tiff. The
-- evocative. It seems to come out
of the landscape. It really captured
me. I think it's not getting perhaps
the attention that it should have
got. It's a very interesting piece
of work. It's called Hos tiles. It's
worning it for the score alone --
worth it for the score alone.
DVD, one of the films of last year
Detroit. Why isn't that on the film
I don't begin to understand.
So well made.
Anatomy of an
uprising. Both actors brilliant. I
would have had both of them in
Supporting Actor nominations.
Fantastically directed yet somehow
it seems to have slipped off the
radar, which is a shame. I thought
it was a really gripping piece of
Absolutely. A hard watch, but
It has to be tough
because of the subject matter. It
would be wrong if it waebts.
Absolutely. This is the chance to
see it if you didn't see it in the
cinema. Thank you very much. See you
next week. There is of course, more
film news and reviews from across
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cinema. Enjoy your cinema going. See
-- you next time, bye-bye.