The Beguiled, Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes The Film Review


The Beguiled, Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes

Mark Kermode joins Jane Hill to talk through the week's new cinema releases, including The Beguiled, Cars 3 and War for the Planet of the Apes.


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second Test match tween England and South Africa -- we also have news.

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We also have details about the British Grand Prix, but now it is

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the 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 is Mark Kermode. We have The Beguiled, which is Sofia

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Coppola's remake of the Don Siegel film from 1971. We have Cars 3, the

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animated sequel, more cars. And War For The Planet Of The Apes, the

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ongoing saga continues. Sofia Coppola. Yes, the point is,

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this is based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan that was filmed before by

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Don Siegel in 1971, a famous adaptation. Cult movie. In the Civil

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War a wounded soldier is found in the woods by a young girl from a

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place for young ladies, and he is brought back, he is very badly

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wounded. And his presence immediately starts to cause a

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kerfuffle, not only because he is an enemy soldier, but also because he

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is a man. He is a clip. -- here. You know you're not

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supposed to go that far. Quick, we need to move

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him to the porch. So what happens, because of what she

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calls Christian charity they bring him into the house. They look after

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him and he gets better and immediately he starts to get into

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everyone's confidences and he is flirting and he sees what each

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character wants and needs. The film appears to be one kind of film, but

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who is the beguiled, that's the question. Sofia Coppola said when

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she saw the original, she wanted to tell the story from the point of

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view of the women's characters, and you could say the film and the novel

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which have multiple narrators voices aren't necessarily just on females

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-- just from the male character point of view. But this changes the

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way in which the dynamic between their relationships works and is

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beautifully photographed but almost like a fairy tale. It is very

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serial, it is a beautiful looking film. That fairy tale quality is

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partly deliberate but also what it does, this is set in the Civil War

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but it might as well not become the Civil War is very distant. In the

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Don Siegel version we have shots of the battlefield and flashbacks but

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none of that here, it is just in the distance. In the novel and the Don

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Siegel version there is a character who has been written out of this,

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Sofia Coppola said because she did not want to ever lies the subject

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and also because that is not what the story is about -- trivialise for

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top I am fond of the Don Siegel version, it is expectation with some

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very wall seems, but I like it. This version takes it in a given

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direction, a very different tone. It is a valid interpretation --

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different tone. Is it worth revisiting? It is worth it because

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it is such a different film, and I actually prefer the Don Siegel

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version but I'm happy... The two versions can coexist because they

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are such different films, and personally, I grew up loving 70s

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exploitation cinema and I will always have a fondness for the

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original, but the performances are very good, Nicole Kidman is very

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nuanced and Colin Farrell is terrific. He has the sly look in his

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eye, you think he's in control but maybe he isn't. I would encourage

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people to see this but also the Don Siegel version which is still a very

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fine film. Your next choice could not be more

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different. The problem is, it is very samey, it is Cars 3, and you

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know Cars and Cars 2, there are some cars on it. I remember seeing the

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first one, I remember loving the designs, I like the landscapes, but

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the problem here, the narrative, we have been around this track before,

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it feels very threadbare. The central character Lightning McQueen

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has got to go back to school to learn about new ways of winning a

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race in the process, is trainer has got to learn about being more than a

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trainer. There are individual set pieces which are good and the

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animation is terrific, and it comes with a short film at the beginning,

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and the little short film is really sweet and smart, about bullying and

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how bullying comes from being hurt yourself and it is really short and

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compact and everything that is smart about that little short film is what

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is wrong with Cars. Overall it feels very baggy. Is it about selling

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merchandise? If we start going down that road, we can wipe out most

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mainstream cinema, to be honest. It is not fair to say that about this

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film, but as every mainstream franchise has got that. I wouldn't

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mind that if the film felt more original, but it felt like I had

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seen that before. Right now we have got War For The

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Planet Of The Apes. I'm in the dark hair. -- here. The original series

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of the planet of the ex was great, forget about the Tim Burton remake,

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but now we have got this with performance caption -- the original

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series of the Planet Of The Apes. He is a clip.

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That more soldiers from the North would be joining you here.

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What I like about this, the performance capture work is so

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great. Andy Serkis specialises in this, he is remarkable. His

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relationship with performance capture goes back to Lord of the

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rings and working with Peter Jackson and King Kong and now this. What is

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extraordinary, this evolution has happened in a fairly short period of

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time, I remember watching the Tim Burton Planet Of The Apes and

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thought they had developed a prosthetic to allow one of their

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lips to move, but now they are mapped onto a performance. I think

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the story is good, very dark, and there is a lot of Apocalypse now in

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there, which there also was in skull Island, but I think the way of the

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performance capture, you think, this is astonishing. I'm actually

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watching these characters, and I'm not actually concentrating on how

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well rendered they are. I think Andy Serkis's work is brilliant, and

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there has been talk about whether he will get an Oscar-nominated and I

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think it is long overdue. What I like about this, as someone who is a

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die-hard Planet Of The Apes fan, I have always said everything I have

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learned about politics I learned from Planet Of The Apes and I'm not

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joking. Now I do have to watch it. This has taken the series and then

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it is dramatic. The synthesis of performance and technology is really

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really well captured in this film. Clever. Interesting for the what is

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best out? It Comes At Night, I still think is terrific, some people think

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this might be a slam bang horror movie, but it is not that, and I

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asked you to go and see this, but you didn't? I have had a busy week.

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You have got to go and see this, it is a creepy film, it is a really

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creepy film, family holed up in this house in the woods and there is

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something out there. I really like it and I think you will admire it.

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I'm a bit chicken about that kind of think about I am really desperate to

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see your DVD. This is a great film, The Levelling, one of the best debut

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films I've seen in a long time, set in the Somerset levels after the

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flood. There is a estranged father and daughter, on the farm but he

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owns, that is failing, they are trying to find their relationship

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again, it is a very tactile film, you can feel the earth and the

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history, and all of that stuff bubbling up from the ground. I

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thought it was terrific, great soundtrack, beautiful use of

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incidental music. Her debut feature film? She was named as a rising star

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many years ago, all these newspapers saying this, and it took a long time

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to get this made, but boy was it worth it. If you can make a film

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that good, take as long as you want. Excellent. Mark, as ever, thanks for

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joining us. A quick reminder before we go that

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you'll find more film news and reviews from across the BBC

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online at bbc.co.uk/mark kermode. And you can find all our previous

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programmes on the iplayer. That is it for this week. Enjoy your

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cinema going. Goodbye. Your weekend weather is coming up,

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and we start with a bit of Friday, and for many of us a

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