What's On? 28.09.17
I've been scared off these last two weeks by a middling review in Empire magazine, but I think I will finally go and see Wind River this weekend. It has Elizabeth Olsen, after all, and few actors can conjure ghostly bewilderment, with those round startled eyes of a winter sky-blue. I saw Olsen in her breakout movie, the indie Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, one of my favourite movies, about a girl haunted by her participation in a cult. It was Olsen too who helped make Avengers: Age of Ultron a better film than it's given credit for, as the slightly shaken, super-cool Scarlet Witch.
I have given so many negative reviews of late, though. Is it me? Is it them? I talked to some friends last week who assured me that Mother! is a brilliant film, which is like saying laser hair-removal is like having a massage. We had dinner together, my friends and I, and we spoke about the possibility of nuclear war, between America and North Korea, and the impact on the World. Top apocalyptic films? I never thought I'd say this, but Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightly, is possibly the most touching. The Day After Tomorrow is my favourite about large-scale-destruction but I'll be honest, my survival skills would fall apart once my last tin of mackerel was finished, so it's difficult to empathise with or cheer on the survivors. I quite liked Melancholia, and I wonder if that's how I'll go when the terrible event happens, alone, or among people I can't quite connect with, as the light grows brighter.With that in mind, it's okay if the film is nothing special. Just as long as the world doesn't end, this weekend.