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Brooklyn, Early Review – Home is Where the Hearts are

Brooklyn

2015 seems to be the year of the ‘50s New York department store on film. Two of the biggest players in the lead up to this year’s Oscars, Brooklyn and Carol, centre around a young woman in the mid-20th Century finding love whilst working behind a counter in a fancy shop for wealthy East Coasters. Whilst, of these films, Carol is the true masterpiece, singing the praises of Brooklyn is all too easy as well. John Crowley and Nick Hornby have adapted the lovely novel by Colm Toibin and crafted one of the best crowdpleasers of the awards season, featuring a spate of brilliant performances as well as two believable and touching romances.  (more…)

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Wild Early Review – Unhappy Trails

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

 

Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild is the film that, perhaps more than any other in 2014, typifies the majority of output during Oscar season. It’s got an edge, but never dares to really test its audience. It leaves us with a message of inspiration that feels largely unearned by the rest of the film. Most importantly, it’s a generally mediocre script (written by Nick Hornby) held up by brilliant central performances from Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. This puts it in the same camp as this year’s Into the Woods and Unbroken and last year’s Dallas Buyers Club (also directed by Vallée) and August: Osage County, which, whilst making for an impressive series of individual parts, doesn’t coalesce into something particularly worthwhile in this most competitive of seasons. (more…)