Words From The Editor

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Happenstance means that I have recently been a regular at the Odeon. Is it because of the salty popcorn? The sugary sweets? Or is it because of the brilliant films which have recently been shown? Although I would like to say the former, it is the latter.

2012 is a fantastic year for Film, whether it is cinema which is showcasing British talent, ‘My Brother the Devil’, or a big budget film such as ‘Skyfall’, or even animation from across the Pond which is pushing boundaries once again in ‘Paranorman’.

The medium of film has changed and developed throughout time. Including the way we view it, with modern society as it is nowadays, with tablets, smart phones and laptops, it couldn’t be easier to view our favourite films at the touch of a button.

But, there is something quite exciting and quite rare nowadays to go to the movies. It can feel like such a treat, perhaps because of the high prices, or because there is something fun about being plunged in to darkness, with a room full of strangers, eating salty food and sweets. Often with friends, or loved ones. What better way to experience a film?

So, this week we are dealing with films which are current, of the now, of the moment. The Rabbit Film Section will be serving you what is hot right now in your local cinema. So, if you agree with our team of writers, or even if you disagree. Then get down to your local cinema and enjoy being in the cinema. Take a break from essays and reading, stats and calculations. Just enjoy the film.

I would like to thank The Rabbit Film Section’s dedicated team of writers, who’s enthusiasm never fails, dedication never wavers and who always ensure that the section is chock full of interesting content. So thank you, keep up the good work.

James Bond: Skyfall Review

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

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Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, in his third Bond film. In the Directors chair this time, is Sam Mendes, a British Director who is known for his theatre work and his films. Perhaps you remember ‘Revolutionary Road’? The quiet, reflective film, which brought together Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in their first film since ‘Titanic’.

The film begins strong, with composer Thomas Newman blasting out the well known James Bond film theme.

According to IMDB the synopsis is; “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

Now, this is not your typical Bond film, there’s less sex, there isn’t really a ‘Bond’ girl, they appear for a scene, then are written out.

Instead, Mendes begins to delve deeper in to James Bond, the man, the boy, the spy. We are given snippets as to how Bond became an Orphan and as to why he became the spy we know and love.

Judi Dench is given her best storyline in years, a villain on the hunt for her. She remains cold and British, determined to get the job done.

Visually, the film is a treat. Mendes treats us to a slick London, equipped to tackle anyone and anything.Bond himself races across the screen, gun in hand, Bond style. What is more, the cinematography is fantastic, with silhouette fights and firelit scenes. Mendes sure knows how to visually deliver a film.

What is more, there is a return to the old ways of spying. Bond himself says to M: “We need to go back in time”, this is a reference to the Fifty Years of Bond, but also, a reference to the film. Bond has to return to his past, in order to live in the present.

But, there seems to be something missing, compared to other Bond films. One feels unsatisfied after having viewed the film. Mendes has tried to do something new, and has succeeded, but the climax was slow, drawn out. And may not appeal to hard core Bond fans.

So, if you’re looking for a good Friday night film, see this. But expect to see something a little different than your typical ‘Bond’ film.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review Exclusive

 

Words by James Rednall

In this second film adaption of Stieg Larsson’s Swedish novel ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’,  director David Fincher creates a dark, gritty, thriller, that slots perfectly in his catalogue, next to his other great works, such as ‘Seven’ and ‘Fight Club’.  Stripped apart, the plot is relatively simplistic and understandable. Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), is a journalist and co-owner of the magazine Millennium, and is hired by Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), retired CEO of Vanger industries, to find out what has happened to his grand-daughter who has been missing for forty years. After agreeing to the offer, Mikael enlists the help of computer hacker and researcher Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), to aid the investigation as it becomes more complex and dangerous as once believed.

It is not so much the plot, but the layers that are added on that makes the film a success. The depth to the characters is incredible. Rooney Mara transforms herself into this complex, troubled character and doesn’t hold back on the role. Her performance alone is worth watching the film for and she certainly deserves her Oscar nomination.  This is a new type of role for Daniel Craig and he certainly shows that playing James Bond is not the only role he can develop and perform brilliantly to. As the relationship between Mikael and Lisbeth develops, it is here that both Craig and Mara’s talents are reflected on screen.

However, along with the performances, it was Fincher’s visionary direction that completes the film. His personal style creates a tense and gritty atmosphere that draws you into Stieg Larson’s world. This is also aided by a fantastic soundtrack that is very well adopted for genre and mood of the film.

The film is also nominated for four more Oscars, including cinematography and sound editing, which it deserves, as these are key to the film’s success. Overall, this is a hard-hitting thriller, that was perfect for David Fincher to direct and a role that was made for Rooney Mara, however, it is understandably not a film for everyone to enjoy.