The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is very Jeunet, but in a manner that feels like sub-par Wes Anderson. It’s charming, but little else, and that just isn’t enough. It lacks a substance on which to hang the story. A story which is set in an undoubtedly interesting world occupied by a bizarre and pleasing mix of characters.
It took me quite a while to realise that Alice In Wonderland is set after the events of the book… Needless to say this didn’t really alter anything in terms of what I thought, which was at least my girlfriend is enjoying it.
Despite the superb performance of Firth it is Rush and Bonham-Carter that make the The King’s Speech as good as it is. Rush as the quirky antipodean speech therapist Lionel, and Bonham-Carter as the compassionate wife, Queen Elizabeth. Although not as emotionally engaging as expected the film cannot be begrudged it’s accolades.
Refreshingly gruesome, Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is so Burton that you don’t actually need to watch it, though with the cut throat razors being possibly the most desirable movie prop I’ve seen all year and the neck slicing of a Cronenberg magnitude it will hold your attention – plus I used to eat at a restaurant called Sweeney Todd’s when I was a kid, it was the best fucking place in the world.