THIS MONTH AT EMPIRE
WELL, WHAT A month it’s been in the UK. We’ve had Brexit, a new Prime Minister, something approaching a complete revolt in the Labour Party (Jeremy Corbyn was still leader as we went to press) and some truly frightening divisions cracking the country open with consequences that have shocked most people, on either side of the political divide. And, maybe a little tangentially, it got me thinking about why I love film. And, actually, why I think we all love film. At its best, it can offer up two seemingly contradictory things: first, a mirror to what is going on in our society. Which you would hope at least gives fuel to movies from those voices currently underrepresented or disaffected in our culture. And secondly, escapism: a leap down the rabbit hole into a place that resembles a world so very different than the one you occupy. Sometimes that refuge can feel essential — I know it has for me in my life. But, actually, at its very best it does something much more fundamental: it unifies us. When you’re sitting in the cinema with 200 other people, the thing that joins every single one of you is that you’ve laid down your hardearned cash to spend a couple of hours in the clutches of the movie unfolding on the screen.
And whether it’s realism, escapism or a shared experience, we are entering the greatest period for movies so far this year: Doctor Strange, Rogue One, I, Daniel Blake, A Monster Calls, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, The Greasy Strangler (Google it) and this month, Suicide Squad. We broke the first look at the squad (and Joker) in our December issue last year and the response from you lot was incredible. It’s fair to say we were excited, too. Now it’s finally here and promises to be as brilliantly bonkers and downright fun as we imagined. In it, David Ayer has pushed the limits of the comic-book movie right to its edges. Fancy a trip down the rabbit hole? Let’s go, then.
Illustrator Jock’s bespoke type for our Suicide Squad feature. and Terri Hewitt Chris Chris’ celebrate White at the award PPA House. Grosvenor Dan Jolin say goodbye to the offic after 12 year Bananas alof and Helen O’hara Tilda Swinton at hanging out Glastonbury. Nick de Semlyen, horrifying in a Suicide Squad goon mask.