Friday, February 08, 2013

Seeking a friend for the end of the world - Steve Carell - Kiera Knightley

two of my least favourite actors, Steve Carell (40 year old virgin) and Kiera Knightley (underbite), and a concept that sounds so utterly schmaltzy and vomit inducing...


Seriously, I'm not even taking the piss or trying to be clever.

Every now and then a film comes along with such an amazing script, such wonderfully rendered characters; Carell, Knightley and that dog; this really was a tour de force of casting choices. Writer/director Lorene Scafaria does a brave job of keeping the threatened apocalyptic narrative both light and on point so that, fearing what's to come,  you just can't take your eyes off it.

I knew as soon as I started watching this, it would be an Instant Classic example of the art of 'exactly what escapist cinema should be'. The free-love, the drugs, the vinyl, the orgies, the raping, the pillaging, the looting, the suicider by assassination, the hippy commune, the survivalist, the jobsworth, the the lost dad, the missed bride, the unlikely relationship, the sheer banality of living... daylight savings time!

This endearing film didn't flinch from its original 'end of the world' premise and it carried it through with faithful conviction, right to the end. One can only hope Cloud Atlas is half as good as this gem.


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