UK Film Releases | Friday 4th March 2011
After two weeks of indulging ourselves silly on new and upcoming film releases at Glasgow Film Festival, the Quotables Review is back! We’re looking forward all of the Spring films which are ready to hit the screens. This week, all 3 major releases are catching our eye: Rango, The Adjustment Bureau, and Abel.
Johnny Depp stars as Rango, a pirate-obsessed chameleon who dreams of becoming a swashbuckling hero. When he finds himself in Western town plagued by bandits, he is forced to play his dream role in order to protect it. Directed by Pirates of the Caribbean’s Gore Verbinski, Rango also features the voices of Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, and Ray Winstone.
The Adjustment Bureau
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in this thriller from Bourne Ultimatum writer George Nolfi. The affair between bookish politician David and ballet dancer Elise is held apart by the mysterious forces of fate.
For her part, this is the best Blunt has been onscreen since her early work in My Summer of Love and The Devil Wears Prada and certainly the film in which she seems most vibrant and alive in a romantic pairing… For the film to pay off, it’s imperative that you believe in these two despite it all. And you do.
— Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Diego Luna’s Brazillian drama about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence.
Part Freudian casebook, part satirical fable about absent or delinquent Mexican fathers, Abel is a straight-faced Buñuelian tragicomedy assaulting the absurdities of bourgeois life. After its edgy, deliberately puzzling first hour, it starts to run out of steam, but at 85 minutes it doesn’t overstay its welcome.
— Philip French, The Guardian
Perhaps unsurprisingly (he began acting professionally in his early teens), Luna also elicits fine performances from his cast, not least from real-life brothers Christopher and Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza as Abel and Paul. The result is a pleasingly unsentimental but affecting study of a kid whose behaviour is both a consequence of and a catalyst for family tensions fuelled by outmoded notions of masculinity. Engrossing, intelligent fare.
— Geoff Andrew, Time Out
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