In cinemas this week: Eddie the Eagle, Midnight Special and Marguerite.
Eddie the Eagle – Cut from the Olympic ski team, British athlete Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Edgerton) travels to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping. Fate leads him to Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a former ski jumper who now works as a snowplow driver. Impressed by Edwards’ spirit and determination, Peary agrees to train the young underdog. Despite an entire nation counting him out, Eddie’s never-say-die attitude takes him all the way to a historic and improbable showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. This has an uncanny resemblance to Cool Runnings – but it does look like a sweet, inspiring story and Dexter Fletcher’s last film Sunshine on Leith was underappreciated.
Midnight Special – The government and a group of religious extremists pursue a man (Michael Shannon) and his son (Jaeden Lieberher), a young boy who possesses special powers. The latest film from one of America’s finest young filmmakers, Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter), looks to have been inspired by the best – Steven Spielberg – while continuing his humanistic eye for lower-middle class American stories and exploring the bonds between parents and their children. Can’t wait for this one.
Marguerite – In 1921 France, a wealthy woman (Catherine Frot) follows her passion to sing in front of audiences, but no one tells her how bad she is. Loosely inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins…hang on, isn’t there a film starring Meryl Streep about this exact person coming out in a few weeks?
Weekly Recommendation – You may have to travel some distance to see Midnight Special – it is screening at Palace Norton Street, Dendy Newtown and Dendy Opera Quays, at least, in Sydney – but we’re confident it will be worth it.