Every scene has picture book clarity, without becoming chilling or vicious. It's here, rather than in the plot, that the idea of war's horror is most immediately expressed.
How do you take a book which is part-social commentary, part-study of human nature and all complex, slow-moving spy novel driven by research, and turn it into a two-hour film?
At the core of every Marvel comic is a morality tale. The characters in this film are taken from Norse mythology, but perhaps the most interesting themes that are developed are Christian ones.
Emilio Estevez's 'The Way' has a tender accuracy to it. It is the texture of life on the Camino that the film captures so well.
When Colin Firth was asked to guest-edit the Today programme, he wanted to look at the sometimes complex relationship between faith and film. Who better to talk about this than Frank Cottrell-Boyce?
David O. Russell’s film entices you into the ring, dances with you for a few rounds, jabbing and shoving you onto your ropes of reflection and then issues a direct punch to your sensibilities of whether you find yourself endeared to the characters and their life. It’s good, very good.
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale and Olivier Rabourdin
UK Release date: 3 December 2010
Certificate: 15 (122 mins)
Ken Loach directs a very raw portrayal of the human struggle in war. The explosions depicted in this film are mainly 'internal', as the film is focused on the emotional impact of war.
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel ?lvarez, Eduard Fern?ndez
UK Release date: 11 January 2011
Certificate: 12 (147 mins)
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