With so much grabbing for your attention and dollars these days, it’s easy to miss when the latest releases are heading to a cinema near you. So come back every week as we here at So, Is It Any Good? preview the new movies hitting screens.
This weekend, Guillermo Del Toro’s throwback creep-fest Crimson Peak opens it’s doors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes the eye-popping Walk, and twice the Tom Hardy means double the trouble in Legend.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
Why you should be interested: It’s been almost 10 years since Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth blew audience’s away, and now the director is back in familiar territory, having been given the keys to his very own haunted house. Crimson Peak‘s cast is impressive (Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain) and the premise is suitably creepy (a house that breathes, bleeds and remembers) but it’s the gorgeous production design that grabs the attention most. Utilising his generous budget, Del Toro was able to build his nightmarish creation for real as a massive practical set, and from what we’ve seen from the trailers and publicity stills, it was worth every penny.
Who should see it: Horror hounds and Del Toro disciples
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bron
Synopsis: In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realise his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Centre towers.
Why you should be interested: There are three reasons to get excited about The Walk, and the first is its director Robert Zemeckis. When he’s on his game, the results are absolute movie magic, see: Forrest Gump, Back To The Future, Castaway. And when he’s not on his game? We get The Polar Express…but I digress. Witness exhibit B: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an actor who by our reckoning has yet to make a bad film yet and will no doubt relish the chance to play the fearless Frenchman Philippe Petit, on whose hair-raising story this is based. But the real clincher here is the vertigo-inducing visuals, which Zemeckis appears to have achieved to great effect through state of the art computer generated trickery. Much like Everest, this will be best experienced at IMAX.
Who should see it: Adrenaline junkies, and cinema fans who don’t mind heights
Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton
Synopsis: Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1950s and 1960s.
Why you should be interested: Tom Hardy has had a pretty crazy year already, with a trip to hell and back in Mad Max: Fury Road and the film shoot from hell in the upcoming The Revenant, but for his biggest challenge yet, he’s taken on two lead roles in the same movie. Playing identical twin brothers Reggie and Ronald Kray, Hardy is essentially acting opposite himself in this gritty account of the infamous mobster siblings who terrorised the streets of East London in the 1960s. We know Hardy is an undeniable talent, but he is prone to overacting from time to time, so the real test here is whether he can show some restraint and keep things grounded, in keeping with the film’s more serious tone. But we’re quietly confident that double the Hardy will mean double the awesomeness.
Who should see it: Hardy diehards
So, what are you going to see this weekend? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’ve watched, and if it’s any good!