Shedding light on the behind the scenes battle to get Mary Poppins made is Saving Mr Banks. It’s also a crafty effort by Disney to avoid having to come up with any new stories by making a film about a film they already made. Mind you, with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson on board as Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, a good time is promised for all. For the cash-strapped out there, it’s also likely to be the cheapest way you’re going to get to visit Disneyland any time soon.
Also in the cinema is the remake of the 1976 Brian De Palma horror classic Carrie. Does the world really need another version of Stephen King’s famous novel? Possibly not, but in a year that has seen Bruce Willis churn out 3 clunkers alone (Die Hard 5, G.I. Joe Retaliation and RED2 if you weren’t keeping count), there are worse things to happen in the world of cinema. With high production values and a sharp cast that includes Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, it could be a pleasant (in a terrifying way) surprise.
Sick of Hollywood films coated in enough varnish to keep Ronseal in business for the foreseeable future, how about Jeune Et Jolie. It’s by François Ozon so it promises dry wit and nudity in abundance, but hopefully quality as well.
If the cinema is just too far away (and if so, shame on you), with The Heat and Despicable Me 2 out on DVD, this week is comedy week. Towering above them both is the conclusion to the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End. Clever, funny, and just darn entertaining, the Pegg/Wright/Frost triumvirate delivers again with sci-fi/comedy that either pays homage, or brutally dissects, small town British life depending on your fondness for dingy pubs.
If you don’t watch at least one of them, you’re really not living.