Mark Kermode and Jane Hill review the week's film and DVD releases, including Red Sparrow, A Fantastic Woman and Game Night.
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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 Mark Kermode.
So Mark, what do we have?
Which have Red Sparrow with Jennifer
With we have the fantastic woman
which is up for Best Foreign Film
language at the Oscars and game
night. Red Sparrow.
interesting. It is based op a book
by a former CIA operative. Jennifer
Lawrence is is a Russian ballerina
who is violently recruited to become
a sparrow, an understood cover
intelligence agent. She is taught
how to seduce her prey. She meets
Joel Edgerton and we know she has to
win her confidence. It seems they
both understand what the other is.
Here is a clip.
You know my name?
You stole my ID from the pool.
That would be illegal. Were you just
looking for me
I would know where to
find you if I was.
Did you wanted me
to know you were following me or are
Clumsy. You Americans
think we are so interested in you.
What made you want to become a
My mother is ill. My
uncle helped me get the job.
uncle is a very powerful man.
country if you do not matter to the
men in power you don't matter.
would like to see you again.
going to become friends?
what you want?
I don't have. Any.
There is a Russian restaurant, have
dinner with me. So it is an odd
movie. On the one hand it looks like
a mainstream glossy thriller, it is
directed by Francis Lawrence who did
some of The Hunger Games movie, and
it has English and American actors
speaking Russian accents like that.
But the other side is it is nasty.
It was precut from an 18 to get a 15
certificate, and in the very first
assignment she has. There is a
graphic sexual assault when she is
sent to the training cap. It is
really quite tough and distressing
and oddly explicit and then the
violence, the outbreaks of violence
during the movie are wince inducing
fare. I imagine that some people who
are Jennifer Lawrence fans might
find it hard to take. It is saying
this is really rough, and nasty
stuff. Then you think, well,
Jennifer Lawrence's fans have come
She is having a run of
peculiar films. And that strange
science fiction movie.
Like the fact
she makes bold and strange choice, I
like the fact she doesn't play it
safe. She is the centre of movie. It
is very changeable tonely so some
times it is high camp, sometimes it
is people chewing the scenery and
sometimes it is really, you know,
nasty and I mean properly nasty
gritty and I know some people have
found that intolerable. I think it
is interesting, I think it is
nothing like as mainstream as I
expected it to be and that is for
the better, but it is not for
I cannot handle violence
at all as you know.
You are not
going to embrace it. So.
It is not
going to happen. However.
Fantastic Woman. Daniela Vega who is
brilliant as Marina. She finds
herself shut out of her own life,
when he older partner dies and her
family, the family of her partner
suddenly descend and said you can't
come to the funeral, the wake, you
cannot stay in the apartment you
have been living with Orlando in,
you need to give back the car. The
reason they find her threatening,
not just because he is the other
woman but she is a transgender
woman. They quest consequently think
she is a threat to their what they
call their normal lives. Throughout
the film she says my name is Marina
but they refuse to call her that.
One of the sons calls her Maurice.
At one point the wife calls her
Daniel. It is about finding her own
space, what is interesting is that
her name is echoed in the visual mow
teaches. It opens with water fall, a
sea scape, the film itself goes from
being classical romance, to social
realist drama, to a thriller, at one
point it turns into a musical with
levitation sequence, I thought it
was wonderful. I thought Daniela
Vega was wonderful. Mesmerising in
the role. You understand and care
about her character and the
situation she is in and I thought it
was a really good piece of work. I
loved it so much I went straight
back and watched again a second time
because I throughout there was so
much in it.
There is a
recommendation. Fantastic. I look
forward to that. Game night. I have
read quite a lot about this film and
I still don't understand what it is
OK so it is, basically here
is the best way of describing it.
Game night. It lifts its rifts from
the game, the movie and date night.
Hence game night. There are two
characters who are obsessed with
games, they agree to take part in a
murder mystery but when it starts
off maybe it is not a game. Maybe it
is real. Maybe this loaded gun is
not a prop. That is the thrill. It
is a kind of, an idea we have seen
done before, if you think about
films Like Afterhours or Into the
Night, however it begins with them
having game night with their
friends. Here is a clip.
Come on. And go, go, go.
Ey, famous actor we meed about eight
The only actor we
have met at an airport? He was in
front of us. We wondered why he
wasn't in the first class lounge?
Yes, yes... Who that was?
There is a room of people to
helps you out.
He was Incredible
Richard Gere never played the
Ed Norton. That is
why the games are so annoying.
laughed all the way through that. A
comedy can only count if it makes
you laugh more than six times. You
laughed more than six times. I
looked at the trailer and thought it
is going to be that movie we have
seen umpteen versions of but I got
away with it because the cast gave
it their best, the gags are funny, I
think that gag about Richard Gere,
that is a good, and that standard of
gag is kept up all the way through.
These very sort of conFried set ups,
they bump into people they think are
being criminals, but they are real
criminals, or are they? I kept
laughing. It kept me laughing and
nobody was more surprised than I was
that that was the case.
OK. I am
still 100% sure. OK.
is one you will love.
I am sure
about the Shape of Water.
I love it.
It is wonderful. Do you feel as
strongly as I do?
I loved it in a
curious way but I enjoyed every
It is great it has been
nominated. If it looks wonderful,
brilliant score, fantastic
performances and I have seen it
three times and I will watch it
again, it is a lovely fairy tale. It
is Splash meets the creature from
the black lagoon.
Should I say see
it on a big screen, visually it is
so impressive. When it comes out on
DVD I will tell you, I will lie. You
will have it in the best DVD
That for this week is
Florida project. It is a shame it
wasn't more represented at the
awards. Willem Dafoe is the only one
who has been represented. I think it
is great. It is a humanist,
wonderful modern version of Our Gang
from the director of Tangerine. A
shame it has falling into one nod.
That tells you what you need to know
about awards, they are nonsense.
is beautifully made and it is
starring some people, some of the
people in it have not had formal
acting training alongside like
people like realm Defoe.
someone who is a seasoned
professional against a first timer
and it work, there is no sense of
having an imbalance between the
performances because actually it is
because the director does a
brilliant job of putting everyone
right in the space and you know, the
whole film takes place just beyond
the boundaries of Disney World so it
is like you have been cast out of
the magic kingdom into a nether
Into people in real American
poverty. Alongside Disney World.
Living in a hotel designed as a
resort hotel but has become a hotel
for people who are in poverty, who
are homeless, yet there is vibe sip,
life, the characters are wonderful.
I thought it was terrific. I thought
it was going to be an awards
contender, get everything and that
To be fair you did say that
I wasn't going to remind you.
first to admit I can't predict
awards. It should have been
nominated for more.
Should have been
a contender. More next week. Before
we go, there are all the film news
and reviews from across the BBC
online, you know the address I am
All our previous programmes are on
the iPlayer as well.
That is it for this week, enjoy your
cinema going. See you next time.
cinema going. See you next time.
Mark Kermode and Jane Hill review the week's film and DVD releases, including Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence, A Fantastic Woman with Daniela Vega, and Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.