All the movies worth catching in the capital, from a phenomenal adaptation to an animated film about a pigeon...
Out and about this week? Fancy a film but can’t make your mind up what to see? Look no further: we’ve assembled the best of what’s showing in London and gathered them here to make choosing a great movie as easy as possible. Whatever you’re in the mood for, WeLoveCinema has you well and truly covered…
Greta Gerwig helms what is arguably the definitive adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s seminal novel with her latest effort as a writer-director. Starring Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Eliza Scanlen, the story unfolds as the heart-warming tale of four sisters growing up in the aftermath of the American Civil War, featuring Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper in supporting roles. Richly drawn and narratively ambitious, Little Women is a pure delight to watch from start to end, and a film that confirms Gerwig as one of the best filmmakers working today. Unmissable, in every sense of the word.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
This Chinese drama finds its magic in the place between dreams and memories, as Luo Hongwu (Jue Huang) returns to his hometown for the first time in years following his father’s death and gets caught up trying to track down an old flame. This seed of a story allows filmmaker Bi Gan to create the dreamiest of films, in which time and memory are seamlessly rendered as one fluid whole. It’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night’s second half, however, where the film really comes into its own, unfolding as an hour-long dream sequence shot in a single take that is completely hypnotic and mesmerising in every way. Sumptuous.
Spies in Disguise
What if Will Smith was a spy but also a pigeon? That’s essentially the premise driving this completely absurd yet somehow irresistible animated yarn from Blue Sky Studios, who also made the Ice Age movies. Spies in Disguise, definitely their best film in ages, features a super stacked cast of recognisable voices, including Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, and DJ Khaled, and delivers upon its spy movie parody plot by way of great action scenes and some genuine heart, too. The year’s best film about a shapeshifting secret agent turned pigeon, by far.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
At last, the “Skywalker Saga” culminates with The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth episode in cinema’s most famous – and perhaps beloved – franchise. In the wake of the rather controversial Last Jedi, director JJ Abrams – who helmed The Force Awakens, essentially A New Hope remade – is back behind the camera. His film, overstuffed and apologetic, is one that’s sure to be divisive. Whilst The Last Jedi set out to subvert and demythologise Star Wars, Skywalker U-turns and does the exact opposite. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, it’s a finale that’s sure to delight some with its unashamed attempt to right the wrongs of Last Jedi and disappoint others with just how brazenly it does that. Prepare for discourse!
Acclaimed filmmaker Tom Hooper, who managed a relatively successful adaptation of beloved musical Les Miserables in spite of Russell Crowe’s vocal work, is back with yet another take on an iconic Broadway hit. What is this version of Cats, though? A nightmarish vision of feline dystopia? A spectacularly strange but stunning adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic show? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this – with its alien-ish, CG cat-human hybrids, played by stars such as Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson – is a movie destined to stun and repel in equal measure. Love it or loath it, Cats will lodge itself into your “Memory” and stay there forever.
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