Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Johnny English Reborn

Last Night I went to see Johnny English Reborn.

Rowan Atkinson's unlikely super-spy returns to cause more hilarious chaos in the espionage world
Since we last saw him, secret agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) has been honing his martial arts skills in a remote region of Asia. But now the call has come through: Her Majesty's Secret Service needs him back! Summoned by Pamela Head (Gillian Anderson), the cat-loving boss of MI7, Johnny is set to work hunting down a gang of international assassins who plan to bump off the Chinese premier at a heads of state conference. With just days to prevent the world being plunged into chaos, Johnny must master the latest hi-tech gadgets and unravel a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the CIA, KGB and even MI7. Dominic West and Rosamund Pike join the cast of this eagerly-anticipated second adventure for Rowan Atkinson's phenomenally-popular comic creation. As the famously accident-prone man himself would say: "Let's kick some bottom!"

Jane Eyre

On the 27th September I went to see Jane Eyre.

A bold, atmospheric, stunningly filmed new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic love story.
After fleeing the imposing Thornfield Hall, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) runs across the eerie, foggy moor until she arrives at the door of young clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell). While recuperating, Jane reflects on the experiences that formed her, from a Dickensian childhood to her employment as governess for the cruel, cold Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Anyone who's familiar with Charlotte Bronte's much-filmed classic will recognise that this is a brave departure from the text. Director Cary Fukanaga ('Sin Nombre') frames the story as a series of flashbacks, underlining how Jane is haunted by her past. He also gets the best out of a to-die-for cast. There's a stand-out central performance by 'Alice in Wonderland' star Mia Wasikowska. Michael Fassbender makes a memorable Rochester. And the great Judi Dench is on excellent form as Thornfield's all-knowing housekeeper, Mrs Fairfax.