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

GOLDEN YEARS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Miller Stars: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna, Alun Armstrong, Simon Callow, Una Stubbs, Phil Davis, Brad Moore, Sue Johnston, Ellen Thomas. Films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel and Quartet have demonstrated that there is a market for feel good films featuring elderly protagonists. Golden Years is yet another comedy about old folks behaving badly. This comedy about a group of pensioners turned bank robbers could have been a decent tale, but the film is ultimately let down by some cliched plot elements in the Continue reading

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Platrow, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Imelda Staunton, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Affleck, Martin Clunes, Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Joe Roberts, Rupert Everett, Antony Sher, Mark Williams. This bawdy, slightly irreverent but delightfully entertaining romantic comedy offers us a fictional interpretation of the creation of Romeo And Juliet, one of literature's greatest tragic love stories. The film is set in the Elizabethan London of 1593. Up and coming young playwright Will Shakespeare Continue reading