Killing Com­menda­tore

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By Haruki Mu­rakami is pub­lished in hard­back by Harvill Secker. Avail­able now With his lat­est novel, lead­ing Ja­panese writer Haruki Mu­rakami takes the reader on an­other jour­ney be­tween the ra­tio­nal and the fan­tas­ti­cal. Killing Com­menda­tore ex­plores the cre­ation of art, fo­cus­ing on a por­trait painter who moves, af­ter a split from his wife, into the re­mote house of a fa­mous artist who is now in a nurs­ing home, and the peo­ple he meets and paints while there. The ti­tle of the book comes from the name of a hid­den paint­ing found in the at­tic of the house. Its dis­cov­ery starts a se­ries of strange events: A bell ring­ing in a sealed pit, ideas com­ing to life, paint­ings that do not want to be fin­ished, and an ex­plo­ration of the shad­ows of the past and what it means to carry se­crets that can­not be re­vealed. For fans of Mu­rakami, this is an­other great read. 7/10 Re­view by Emily Beament Mu­si­cal/Com­edy/Drama/ Ro­mance Star­ring: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Chris­tine Baran­ski, Julie Wal­ters, Pierce Bros­nan, Colin Firth, Stel­lan Skars­gard, Andy Garcia, Cher, Do­minic Cooper, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skin­ner, Josh Dy­lan.

So­phie Sheri­dan (Amanda Seyfried) ner­vously pre­pares for the grand open­ing of Ho­tel Bella Donna, aided by suave man­ager Fer­nando Cien­fue­gos (Andy Garcia) and her ar­chi­tect fa­ther Sam (Pierce Bros­nan).

Her hus­band Sky (Do­minic Cooper) will miss the fes­tiv­i­ties be­cause he is work­ing in New York and her two re­main­ing fa­thers, Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stel­lan Skars­gard), are stuck in Tokyo and Stock­holm re­spec­tively.

Thank­fully, her mother's best friends Tanya (Chris­tine Baran­ski) and Rosie (Julie Wal­ters) are on hand to al­lay So­phie's nerves.

They en­cour­age So­phie to look to the past for courage.

Cue flash­backs to the young Donna (Lily James) em­bark­ing on her lusty Mediter­ranean odyssey with the young Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Harry (Hugh Skin­ner) and Bill (Josh Dy­lan) via Paris.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again lays all of its Abba love on us with plat­form heels, tongue­in­cheek hu­mour and joy­in­fused mu­si­cal per­for­mances chore­ographed to per­fec­tion by An­thony Van Laast.

Frag­mented chronol­ogy ham­pers dra­matic mo­men­tum but view­ers who loved the first film won't care. They will be glee­fully chant­ing I do, I do, I do, I do, I do to writer­direc­tor Ol Parker's se­quel.

The ad­di­tion of Cher as Meryl Streep's im­pec­ca­bly coiffed mother is a mas­ter­stroke.

From the mo­ment we hear the thrum of the chart­top­ping diva's pri­vate he­li­copter, Parker's film cranks up the vol­ume on our plea­sure to 11 and blows the roof off the tav­erna with her rap­tur­ous in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Fer­nando.

The fi­nal 15­20 min­utes, when the full cast is re­united on the is­land idyll, are on the money, money, money. Rat­ing: **** Re­leased

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