A sweet and silly treat
Madeline 5.20pm, TVNZ2 Frances McDormand and Nigel Hawthorne team up for this 1998 adaptation of the much-loved children’s books by Ludwig Bemelmans. ‘‘This is not one of those children’s movies that depend on noise and action to keep the attention of the audience. The movie has some of the same decorum and understated humour as the books,’’ wrote Chicago Sun Times’ Roger Ebert. The Artist 8.30pm, Ma¯ori TV It’s easy to see why this nearsilent French/Belgian coproduction was the toast of Hollywood in 2012. Shot in the US, it is essentially a love letter to oldschool American filmmaking and the European directors who headed to La La Land to make their mark in those days. An artistic triumph, this film is cinematic gold. ‘‘ The Artist encapsulates everything we go to movies for: action, laughs, tears and a chance to get lost in another world. It just might leave you speechless,’’ wrote Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers. The Monuments Men 9.20pm, Three George Clooney co-wrote, directed and stars in this 2014 period drama about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. ‘‘This is a solid, albeit slow-building film with few dull moments,’’ wrote Chicago SunTimes’ Richard Roeper. Paddington 7.30pm, Prime Michael Bond had every reason to be fearful.
Garfield, Doogal and The Smurfs are all beloved children’s characters whose standings were sullied by a brush with the big screen.
So the thought of a modern CGI-infused update of his more than 50-year-old marmaladeaddicted bear from darkest Peru must have given the author conniptions – especially when first-choice vocaliser Colin Firth pulled out, citing an incompatibility with the character.
However, the end result is a sensitive, sweet and supremely silly 2014 film that will delight audiences of all ages.
Director Paul King (TV’s The Mighty Boosh) has clearly been at pains to look after Bond’s bear and from his lush, plush looks (a mixture of animatronics and pixels) to the gentle, wistful tones of Ben Whishaw, Paddington has All-Star Family Feud 7.30pm, Three The Jono& Ben crew are out for revenge on this special rematch episode. The dynamic duo will be joined by Laura been brought to life in a way that is likely to endear him to a whole new generation of fans.
Inventive and intelligent, Paddington seamlessly combines modern technology with oldschool storytelling, making clever use of sound effects and beautifully executed slapstick set pieces and a stellar cast that includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman and Jim Broadbent.
A sequel will be released in December. – James Croot The Bank Job 8.30pm, Three Inspired by a real-life robbery in September 1971, this engaging 2008 crime drama, starring Jason Statham, was penned by veteran writing team Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais ( Auf Wiedersehn, Pet). Filled with crooked cops, upper-class madams and assorted shady characters with crazy names, it reminds one of Guy Ritchie’s early ‘‘good’’ movies.
Ben Wishaw provides the voice of Paddington in the charming 2014 movie, directed by Paul King.
The Artist won the Oscar for best picture in 2012.