Ryan Gilbey is the New Statesman's film critic. He is also the author of It Don't Worry Me (Faber), about 1970s US cinema, and a study of Groundhog Day in the "Modern Classics" series (BFI Publishing). He was named reviewer of the year in the 2007 Press Gazette awards and is Film Critic in Residence at Falmouth University.
Martel’s adaptation of the Argentine novel is David Lynch meets Samuel Beckett.
The movie is now on release in an “unrestored” 70mm Cinerama roadshow version.
Filmmakers love Ian McEwan for his dramatic set-pieces – but ungainly flashbacks and ageing make-up ruin this adaptation.
In the world of breakneck blockbuster cinema, plot logic and characterisation falls through the cracks of emergency rewrites.
Plus, sadistic exploitation thriller Revenge.
But Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn are exceptional in this thriller with fairy-tale overtones.
Cinema’s equine love affair is in no danger of dimming.
The provocative auteur talks to Ryan Gilbey about sex at 71, her obsession with Juliette Binoche and why his questions are “maybe a little bit pretentious.”
It is unfortunate that nothing Maxine Peake’s stand-up comic says, either on or off stage, is remotely amusing.
The film, which tells the tale of two adventurers separated by half a century, falls to pieces in its second half.