About the best anyone could predict if the UK were to vote to leave the EU is that no one really knew what would happen next. So far that seems to be borne out as politicians bicker and plans are in short supply. Thankfully, the film release schedule continues to tick over, bringing us comedy returns, slick re-runs, scary thrillers, and quite possibly a masterpiece.
In an uncertain world we find ourselves drawn to the familiar. Perhaps that’s why Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie was set for release a week after the EU vote. Nearly a quarter of a century after Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley first brought their awful media types to TV screens, they’ve finally graduated to the cinema. In true film adaptation style they appear to be leaving their usual environs for glitzy foreign shores as well. If you need cheering up, reviews so far suggest there are enough laughs to paper over flaws.
Out on Monday comes Now You See Me 2, the sequel to 2013’s caper thriller of the same name (minus the 2). Three of the four horsemen return in the shape of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco, picking up where the last entry left them. There are also other returnees from the original alongside notable new entrants such as Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan to get excited about. All the tricks, crimes and secret societies met with mixed reviews on release in America, but there might just be enough star power to pull it through.
Now we’re getting a little more intense. Moving away from the peppiness of the releases above comes Queen of Earth, the latest from American filmmaker Alex Ross Perry. Here he teams up again with Elisabeth Moss who plays a woman falling apart following the death of her father, and breakup of her relationship. Heading to a cabin retreat with an old friend, played by Katherine Waterston, a tense psychological drama develops, wrapped in Perry’s usual erudite style. Not easy to categorise, it is rather good.
Every ounce of light-hearted entertainment goes out the window as we arrive at the home release of Son of Saul. László Nemes’ film is brutal, intense and very, very brilliant. Focusing on Hungarian Sonderkommando Saul, locked away in Auschwitz, it follows his attempts to bury the body he believes to be that of his child. With the camera almost never leaving his face, an astonishing performance from Géza Röhrig lights up a dark, unblinking look at one of our bleakest times.
That wraps things up again. See you next week when we find out there’s a new team to call.