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MOVIE: Christmas comes early to the cinema

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 7:00pm
MOVIE: Christmas comes early to the cinema
MOVIE: Christmas comes early to the cinema

EVERYONE loves a good Christmas movie. Granted they can be annoying in June, and the Hallmark Channel recently started showing them all year round, but the right crimbo creation at the right time, can be magical. 

This week we celebrate the long-awaited release of ‘Frozen 2’, the follow-up to 2013’s billion dollar mega hit.

This time out, snow Queen Elsa and her sister Anna, set off on an adventure into a secret forest that results in more ice-making, musical interludes and comical moments.

Josh Gad deserves special mention for playing this year’s cutest character, snowman Olaf, as well as the most obnoxious character (Teddy McGiggle in ‘Little Monsters’).

That’s quite the range. And while ‘Frozen 2’ has some story issues and perhaps lacks a killer song like ‘Let it Go’, it does deliver on humour and just the right amount of Disney magic that fans of the series love. We award it a review score of 3.5 chilly stars.

Recently released is another Christmas offering, ‘Last Christmas’, starring Emilia Clarke who works as an elf in a London department store.

She meets Tom, and you can guess the rest, (or can you?) in a story that is interwoven with songs from the genius of George Michael. Feel good festive fun that will be a holiday favourite for years to come.

If you’re not quite ready to put the lights on the tree just yet, check out the marvellous ‘Ford v Ferrari’ starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale in a ‘based on true events’ recounting of the 1966 Le-Mans 24-hour race, and the attempts of old reliable Ford to rival the lightning quick Ferrari machine.

You don’t have to be a car enthusiast or racing fan to enjoy this movie that gets the heart racing and is acted and directed with real quality. 

Finally, special mention to ‘Blue Story’, a kind of musical ‘Cardboard Gangsters’ set in Peckham, and a feature length version of a YouTube series by Rapman, who features throughout with musical commentary. It’s fresh and bold and if you’re into your street gang drama, you might just enjoy this gritty offering.

Paul O’Rourke

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