VICEROY’S HOUSE

By GREG KING Director: Gurinder Chadha Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Om Puri, Simon Williams, Lucy Fleming. India, 1947. Financially weakened by the cost of fighting WWII, the British government is planning to pull out of India, leaving the country to become an independent nation. Sent to oversee the transition from a colony of the fading British Empire to independence is Earl Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, from tv series Downton Abbey, etc), the great grandson of Queen Victoria. Continue reading

JANE EYRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cary Fukunaga Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Sally Hwkins, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench. This is the umpteenth version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel of a plain, obscure and poor orphan girl who lands a job as a governess and eventually captures the heart of her mysterious employer. This 22nd version of the timeless Gothic romance is a visually sumptuous and handsomely mounted production, but it is also quite bland and dull. Technical contributions are excellent, from Adriano Goldman’s gorgeous cinematography, to Will Continue reading

TAMARA DREWE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Tamsin Greig, Bill Camp, Luke Evans, Jessica Barden, Charlotte Christie, Dominic Cooper. The press advertisements for Tamara Drewe somewhat grandiosely call it "the best British film of the year!" Such hyperbole doesn’t say much for the state of the British film industry if true! It also ignores the far superior efforts like 127 Hours, Made In Dagenham, The King’s Speech and Mike Leigh’s wonderful Another Year. This is a laboured and surprisingly flatly directed and Continue reading