May 142015


In cinemas this week: Mad Max: Fury Road, When Marnie Was There and A Royal Night Out.

Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller gears up for another post-apocalyptic action adventure with Fury Road, the fourth outing in the Mad Max film series. Charlize Theron stars alongside Tom Hardy, with Zoe Kravitz, Adelaide Clemens, and Rosie Huntington Whiteley heading up the supporting cast. What can one say? I cannot wait to see this. While such hyperbolic praise can often be tiring, I have personally found the barrage of ‘masterpiece’ claims fascinating. Could it really be this good? I will find out on Saturday. It is sitting on a historic Rotten Tomatoes score and if it contains half as much of the energy and lunacy as I have been led to believe, I am going to be a very satisfied film nerd.

When Marnie Was There – Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face”. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend. Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty. I have almost caught up with all of Studio Ghibli’s films. I expect I will see this eventually, but it might be on DVD.

A Royal Night Out – On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

Weekly Recommendation: Fury Road. Hell, if it is this good see it twice.