Elba lends voice to Disney classic
IF only life was like the movies. Yet it is sometimes a movie that makes the most sense – or at least presents options that fact prevents.
In this, Steph Green’s feature debut after her Oscar-nominated short New Boy, an-almost love triangle forms from the catastrophe that befalls an ordinary Irish family.
Conor Casey has suffered a stroke that has changed his personality, making him a stranger to wife Vanetia and their kids. The arrival of Ted, an American doctor who will study Conor’s condition leads to new developments as Conor stumbles towards understanding who he is.
Green is smart enough to hold back on the more obvious aspects of the storyline and rein in anything that smacks of the formulaic.
Maxine Peake and Edward MacLiam are the couple struggling to reconnect, Will Forte the scientist carried away by the effervescence of the wife and the magical quality of this everyday family.
The frustrations – shared, understood, forbidden – that eventually emerge are handled with a deft skill and understanding of human emotion. Green never allows herself to be carried along by events and is partnered in delicious style by her cast, particularly Peake.
Irish whimsy so often corrupts American pictures. This is an Irish picture made by an American with a keen eye for backdrop and character. It is beautiful, heartfelt and affecting with tremendous performances from its three principals. TWENTY years on from its original release Pulp Fiction continues to enthral.
Multi-layered, twisty-turny and composed of a succession of interlocking vignettes with a mouth-watering ensemble that marked the progression of Quentin Tarantino’s repertory company, this is both modern 90s cinema at its zenith and a deliberately retro salute to past glories.
Much of Tarantino’s dialogue has passed into cinema legend. Royales with cheese, tasty beverages, the path of the righteous man… taken in isolation they smack of self-indulgence from a writer seeking to impress. Taken as a whole they mark out Tarantino as one of the premier writers of his generation.
John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson are the hitmen having a bad day. Bruce Willis is the boxer on the run from an unforgiving gang boss with whom he will spend an unforgettable afternoon. Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer are the loved-up robbers for whom a hold-up becomes a stand-off with an immovable force.
Tarantino’s love and knowledge of 1970s cinema infuses Pulp Fiction with a delicious retro vibe that ingests the likes of Leone, Siegel, Peckinpah, Penn and Kaufman. Listen close and you will hear lines lifted wholesale from a string of past classics including Charley Varrick.Tarantino doesn’t hide his references; he revels in them. For ‘90s audiences it was all fresh and exciting. Seen in the context of his all-consuming love of off-kilter cinema it emerges as a key film of the decade, and impossibly cool. IDRIS ELBA has revealed that lending his voice to the new The Jungle Book film has been a big honour for him.
The Luther star will voice tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale.
“It is massive. I love that film and it’s nice to be part of the modern vision,” he said.
Idris admitted he was looking forward to merely using his voice to portray the character.
“You don’t have your face to tell the story, so you have to find different ways to use your voice,” he added.
ROYALE WITH CHEESE: US box office