2013 was quite something and we are now in the grip of awards season with some stunning releases to follow shortly. First out of the blocks this year is Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, arriving with eerie timing. Idris Elba takes the hot seat as the great man in a film that struggles to deal with the historical and cultural weight on its shoulders. It might not be the fitting epitaph he deserves, but it could well help to fill in gaps for people that only know him as the world statesman of the past two decades.
If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, Saga appears to have launched a geriatric debauchery trip as Last Vegas finally struggles into the cinema. With a big name cast (can you beat Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline?) playing it for laughs, it looks like they are shooting for the OAP hangover as Douglas takes his friends to Vegas to celebrate his impending marriage.
If upbeat is not your thing, try heading off the beaten track for The Missing Picture. Director Rithy Panh recreates his own brutal treatment in a Khmer Rouge labour camp using clay figurines and archive footage. Panh shines a light on brutality unimaginable to many in a painful yet highly imaginative manner. One certainly worth searching out.
Well, we’re up and running for 2014 now. I’ll catch up with you again next week.