Oct 102013

The 57th BFI London Film Festival is currently underway in London, and Luke Grima from Wanna go to the Movies? has kindly agreed to share his thoughts on the films he has had the opportunity to see. After the jump check out Luke’s thoughts on Nebraska, We Are The Best! and Captain Phillips.


An aging, booze-addled father (Bruce Dern) makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Crowd favourite Alexander Payne returns to the screen, two-years after his Oscar nominated film The Descendants with a very low-key journey film that is very touching and often hilarious.

Bruce Dern is terrific as the confused but stubborn Woody Grant who adamant on claiming his “million-dollar prize” despite his wife Kate Grant (June Squibb) along with his two sons David Grant (Will Forte) and Ross Grant (Bob Odenkirk).

One of the surprises of Nebraska is the casting of Will Forte who quite frankly has had an awful film career to this point bar a few voice acting work and his solid role in 30 Rock. But in this he naturally great and is a perfect foil for Dern’s grumpy oaf.

The one who steals the show though is June Squibb, as Dern’s long-suffering but highly quick-witted wife. She is absolutely amazing and hilarious. Some truly scene stealing scenes. Phedon Papamichael’s black and white cinematography is wonderful and really suits the films tone.

Nebraska might go down as a minor Alexander Payne film but it’s deservedly up there with his best work, especially something like Sideways. A terrifically simple story that has a heart-warming Father and son journey.


We Are The Best! (Vi är bäst!)

Three 12 and 13-year-old girls Bobo, Klara and Hedvig – ignored by parents and considered “weird” by the other people decide to form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm, Sweden.

I’m always on the look out for a great, hilarious or sweet Scandinavian comedy and We Are The Best! certainly ticks the boxes. The film is very delightful and warming with three great young leads at the heart of it all.

One of the good things to take away from We Are The Best! is its timeless feel. It’s set in the early 80’s but you’d never know it as it isn’t littered and clogged up with in your face references which was extremely pleasing.

The film is as much a story about young friendship as it is about punk music and mentality to be different; and what it’s like being different to others at such a young age. Director Lukas Moodysson tackles this extremely well

The music is great, the kids are amazing, but as much as I love them I do feel the film overall was slightly lacking. Despite this, it wont fail to bring a smile on your face.


Captain Phillips

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Captain Phillips is the latest film starring Tom Hanks, pairing him up with British director Paul Greengrass. And its a match made in heaven because everything in this comes to together perfectly. The true story of the hijacked MV Maersk is a great choice for Greengrass to display his guerrilla kinetic style to focus on the story and its lead in Tom Hanks.

The film increasingly gets better and better as it goes on with full of tension and heart pounding moments. It shares a lot in common with Zero Dark Thirty and United 93 – which is another Greengrass outing.

The last 30 minutes are just masterfully executed. To a point where I nearly cried due to the relentlessness of it combined with Tom Hanks’ best performance since Cast Away.

Captain Phillips is a worthy and brilliant film to officially open this year’s BFI London Film Festival; and it also just happens to be one of the years finest films.


By Luke Grima

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