March 30, 2011 Latest
Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Cinema films reviewed
film enthusiast Molly Harding, who was last year nominated for
the national award 'Young Film Critic of the Year', reviews the
latest crop of films showing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema in Victoria
Street this week...
The Eagle (12A)
Channing Tatum swaps his dance shoes for sandals as he plays Marcus
Aquila, a Roman soldier who sets out with his slave Esca to find
the golden 'Eagle' and restore his familys honour, after
his father led the Ninth legion to a humiliating defeat.
The film gets off to, if I may be so blunt, a dull start.
But then everyone starts fighting and a Roman soldier gets decapitated
and it all picks up from there!
The Eagle seemed slightly directionless on a couple of
occasions; I didnt really know what was going to come of
it and began to lose interest. The plot jumped around wavered
from the actual matter in hand but, within minutes of me thinking
this, it got back on dusty Roman paths and roamed the Highland
countryside. Which brings me to say that the cinematography was
excellent and made up for any plot holes.
Both leads were charismatic, in particular young British actors
Jamie Bell, who plays slave Esca. In Roman times such a relationship
between soldier and slave would be unheard of but instead of being
cheesy its refreshing and realistic. The Eagle gives
a harsh insight into the brutal reality of the Roman era.
Grim, but good 4/5
Note from Molly: I wouldnt normally do this
but I will make an exception. From the 8th April, a British film
called Submarine is showing at The Ritz. I have seen it
and I thought it was brilliant. Its not to be missed and
has received much critical acclaim. It's a funny, sweet and occasionally
moving insight into the pressures of being a teenager, it really
is a great film for everyone. I will say no more! My review will
be upon its release.
Read more of Molly's regular film reviews on Burnham-On-Sea.com