We really enjoyed this. The way different time streams for the individual stories are interwoven is very cleverly done, and good to see a modern war film that isn't dripping in gore. Very tense, made more so by the beating heart soundtrack. The 4K picture quality is truly astonishing and so is the 5.1 surround sound; not Atmos but wonderfully immersive nonetheless. Not overlong either.
I have just spent much of Christmas and New Year with someone who is on the voting panel for BAFTA, so I had a bit of a film fest over the period watching quite a few of the many dozen films that she had been sent for BAFTA consideration. Another BAFTA member came round for some of the showings, so it was extremely interesting to compare their professional opinions with my own. Unfortunately, I did not get to see either 'Dunkirk' or 'Blade Runner', but will be buying them for myself in 4K format, despite them not being rated by the two professionals. They felt that whilst some of the cinematography in Dunkirk was fantastic, the film itself was dreadful. I suspect I will disagree with them when I eventually see the film.
I'm not sure which of the following films have been released yet, but of the ones I watched, I really enjoyed:
'The Post' - excellent performance by Tom Hanks in particular. Again, the BAFTA pros were ambivalent at best about the film.
'Molly's Game' - an interesting debate amongst the watchers of this film about the real life principle character (Molly) and whether or not she deserved any empathy or was simply an attention seeker. It was also fascinating to find out elsewhere the real life identities of the high stake poker players in the game. Ben Afleck and Matt Damon were apparently the 'nice guys', whereas the character representing (allegedly)Tobey Maguire is portrayed as a really nasty piece of work.
'Three Billboards' - one to avoid if you dislike profanity, but after a dubious start turns out to be a very rewarding and almost heartwarming. A superb performance by France's McDormand. Also really loved by the BAFTA pros.
'T2 Trainspotting' - This has of course been out for some time, and I had seen it before long ago, but I liked it every bit as much second time round. Very funny (if you can understand the accents and dialects, and in my opinion even better than the original.
If you have kids, then I would thoroughly recommend both 'Paddington 2' and 'Coco'. I thought Paddington 2 was even better than the original, and the Pixar animation 'Coco' was simply stunning. Very watchable for both kids and adults. Everyone liked them.
Films that were OK, but no more than that: 'Limehouse Golem' & 'Stronger'.
Worst film and biggest disappointment of the week - without a doubt for me was 'The death of Stalin'. I had expected this film to be very funny, but for me it was gratuitously unpleasant from beginning to end, and whatever comedy that was supposed to be there completely missed the mark for me. A couple of those who watched it with me enjoyed it, so you may not agree with my verdict.
A very interesting week for me.