Feature Flicks at the London Film Festival

BATD ON Oct 13, 2009 AT 5:46 pm

 Bright Star

Bright Star

On the brink of the London Film Festival, here is a line-up of our favourites. Audiences get a pick of the lot, with something for everyone from Clooney to Wes Anderson, and even some 19th century poetry!

Bright Star

Bright Star, the latest work from the ever-lyrical director Jane Campion, is featured at this year’s London Film Festival, 14-29 October. Starring up-and-comers Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, this film traces the tragic romance between the English poet John Keats and his neighbour, Fanny Brawne.

The affair begins when Keats is at the ripe age of 23; the young Fanny Brawne, however, remains uninspired by Keats literary achievements. Between an ailing younger brother and a promising career, Keats still discovers an attraction to Brawne and manages to bewitch her with his words. Their love blossoms, and by the time Brawne’s mother and Keats’ friend catch up to the relationship, it has become too impassioned to slow. Even Keats’ impending illness could not curb their mounting romantic obsession.

The movie offers a glimpse into the overcast English countryside of 1819. Campion’s beautiful cinematography is subtle but powerful, highlighting the rollercoaster qualities of young love. Whishaw—star of 2006’s Perfume—masterfully captures a beloved literary fixture while Cornish broadens her own young career with her portrayal of Fanny.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Could Wes Anderson have possibly squeezed another celebrity into the new Fantastic Mr. Fox? We think not. This animated romp features the voice talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman among others. Clooney stars as Mr. Fox, the sly rascal who steals food for his own brood from the three crooked farmers nearby: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean.

From apples to turkey to duck liver, the meals continue to go missing night after night until the farmers devise a series of plans to end Mr. Fox. The conniving farmers try an ambush, a dig-out, and starvation tactics; meanwhile Mr. Fox is trying to keep the support of Badger, Rabbit, Weasel, and their families, all of whom are endangered by the farmers. Dodging bulldozers becomes an issue for all the residents living under the hill under the tree, but the animals fight valiantly through to the end!

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