The Nantwich Film Festival 2017 is just a few weeks away. You can purchase tickets for most films from the Civic Hall box office in advance, but there should be tickets available on the door. The usual £5 entry price applies.
Love and Friendship is being presented by Nantwich Bookshop as part of a film and food night. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the bookshop for £10.
In Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg once again masterfully goes to the historical drama with a righteous man’s theme (think Schindler and Lincoln for starters). This time lawyer James B. Donovan is asked to defend an accused Soviet spy, Rudolf Able (Mark Rylance, superb), in order to show the world the American justice system is democratic. The story is “inspired by true events” with the outline of the exchange of Able for U-2 downed pilot Gary Powers historically accurate. As usual, Spielberg recreates the times with the atmosphere, cars, and film noir aspect of a spy thriller in the figurative and literal Cold War. He said, “I always wanted to tell the stories that really interested me in my personal life—which are stories about things that actually happened.”
I felt that this film was captivating in all aspects of story-telling. Especially in it’s acting where all characters in the film did a superb job with special mention to Viggo Mortensen (Ben – Father) and George Mackay (Bo – Eldest Son). This film depicts the difficulty of parenting at the highest level as Ben has to raise his 6 children in the wilderness alone in the way he thinks will be best for them. Bo shows the rational side of this story as he accepts who he is, how he was raised, and who he wants to become in the future. We clearly see the struggle of a young man who will take care of his siblings yet long for a life he has never known.