London Film Festival Previews, Pt. 2 opinion

Another quick peek at some films coming to the London Film Festival in the next few days.

Wild Bill

Dexter Fletcher’s directorial debut is a master class of pale imitation, of Guy Ritchie in particular. Deciding against any substantial humour, though, the “gritty” hard-up-family-amongst-gangsters tale desperately needs it because the drama is light, obvious, and expressed with the subtlety of a scream. (2/5)

Wild Bill will be showing at the festival on the 21st and 23rd October and doesn’t yet have a general release date.

Junkhearts

Here we go again. Is this what the British love of gritty social-realistic films has come to? Lightweight predictable crap? Throw a few drug-taking yobs and “working class issues” in a film and it’s classy? Autocommendable? There’s some very good acting to be found and the cinematography’s nice, too, but, please, change the record. (2/5)

Junkhearts will be showing at the festival on the 21st and 23rd October and will go on general release 4th November.

Take Shelter

A supreme, unique guessing game held together by a fine, fine cast. Jessica Chastain, one of the year’s revelations, is completely convincing in her desperation and love for her husband and Michael Shannon, already a known, exciting quantity, is as compelling as he ever has been, exhibiting a presence and range few can hold a candle to. (4/5)

Take Shelter will be showing at the festival on the 21st and 23rd October and will go on general release 25th November.

King Curling

Utter, utter Norwegian daftness sees a familiar group of oddball daft characters coming together through a daft freaky geeky sport. Badly paced, it holds several LOL moments nonetheless and has a lot of character, partly thanks to “cur-azy”, daft production design. More charming than most of its American daft sport predecessors. (3/5)

King Curling will be showing at the festival on the 22nd and 23rd October and I’ll feast on my fez if it ever goes on general release in the UK.

20th Oct 2011