The international film circus has packed up and left London, leaving Leicester Square solely to confused tourists and drunken revellers. No one has to wait long for the fruits of the 58th London Film Festival to make it into cinemas though. Already this week, general release welcomes Brad Pitt in a tank and Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in period clothing, alongside pre-Halloween horror and a bit of revamped Disney on DVD.
This week’s headline film, Fury, comes straight from the closing night of the film festival. David Ayer’s World War II tank drama certainly set a few pulses racing. Spare a thought for poor Logan Lerman though. Just imagine how much testosterone Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña must generate trapped in a small metal death trap together. Then imagine being the newbie who has to join their established crew in Europe. When David Ayer’s good, he can be End of Watch good so there’s certainly promise here. Mind, when he’s bad he’s Sabotage bad.
Leaves are falling off trees, darkness is drawing in and soon kids will be wandering around in horror fancy dress demanding treats. Halloween is near and with it comes a rush of horror into cinemas on an annual basis. While most is dross, The Babadook might be different. Hailing from Australia, it follows a single mother and her son as they battle a possible monster in the house. Receiving widespread praise everywhere it’s opened so far, this could be 2014’s great horror film.
Rumours have swirled around Serena for some time. Nothing beats a troubled production after all. Still, with director Susanne Bier, and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, this great depression drama should have enough on paper to warrant a watch. It did its best to slip under the radar at London last week but if you like US period drama, troubled relationships, or possibly even movie duds, why not check it out.
Outside of the big screen, Maleficent appears on DVD. Angelina Jolie takes on the role as the great villain from Sleeping Beauty, recasting her as an angry, wronged victim. Jolie certainly looks the part, and if she hams up the performance at times, that’s kind of the point. The story is flimsy but the visuals just about make up for it. It’ll get you round even if it’s not the homerun it could have been.
That’s all for now. Next week, Daniel Radcliffe grows horns and Turner moves out of the Tate Britain and into cinemas. See you then.