Paddington sequel is simply magical
Odeon, Dumfries/Lonsdale, Annan
Paddington 2 (PG). Yes the accident prone bear is back for more adventures and Christmas TV adverts.
Nicely settled with the Brown family in London, he sees a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop and decides to take on odd jobs to buy it for his aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday.
Unfortunately, the book is nicked by the dastardly actor Phoenix Buchannan (Hugh Grant in terrific form). With Paddington in jail wrongly convicted for the crime, the Browns, led by Hugh Bonnevile as Henry, set out to catch the thief.
This is simply magical entertainment, even better than the first film, with amazing animation enhanced by Ben Whishaw’s sensitive vocal performance as Paddington. Brendan Gleeson is a hoot as Knuckles McGinty, a convict cook, with Julie Walters as Mrs Bird and Peter Capaldi as the garrulous Mr Curry, this is the fun film of the year. Do wait for the end credits with a terrific musical bonus.
Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
Howard’s End (PG). Simultaneously with the new BBC adaptation of the E M Forster classic, is the BFI 25th anniversary restoration of the Merchant Ivory version. The intertwined story of three families across the social divide in Edwardian England is superbly visualised and performed by a terrific cast that includes Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave. (Tonight and tomorrow).
The NT live event tomorrow is Follies, the Stephen Sondheim musical in which the one time Follies group reunite in the old theatre before it is demolished.
Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee lead the way in this dazzling new production that has had rave reviews. This is song and dance at their best. This is also at the Fullarton Theatre in Castle Douglas.
Murder on the Orient Express (12A). Kenneth Branagh’s superb new film of the Agatha Christie classic is a beautiful, classy production that is hugely enjoyable as oldstyled entertainment.
Branagh directs and bags the plum role of the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, brilliantly making the role his own, sporting an extraordinary moustache in line with Christie’s own description.
He has spruced up the famous pot-boiler with an amazing cast – Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad giving perfect characterisations in a film that looks terrific, filmed in the clarity and deep focus of 65mm film.
All star cast Johnny Depp in Murder on the Orient Express