Starting with the death of their only son in Germany in 1940, Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Elsi Hampel (Emma Thomson), who live in Berlin, are completely devastated.
I suspect from his films that Joel Hopkins must be a rather pleasant and sunny guy, because all his films, with the possible exception of “The Love Punch”, send you out of the cinema feeling that the world and its people aren’t really that bad after all.
Opening with a scene that recalls Spielberg’s sea set masterpiece Jaws. Is probably not a good idea. That Great White Beast of a film is impossible to match and Ron Howard could really have done without it lurking under the waters of his choppy sea-faring yarn In the Heart of the Sea.
Drowned amongst July’s justified Inside Out adulation, Tomm ‘The Secret of Kells” Moore’s enchanting fable is arguably the superior film. Animated as though you’re viewing the art form for the first time, with stunning 2-D cardboard theatre effects that reflect both the intimacy of the story being told, and the majesty of a folklore which takes in sights such as heartbroken giants turned to stone.
With a brilliantly crafted script by the ubiquitous Abi Morgan and very well directed by Gavron, this is an absorbing and moving dramatisation of an important part of feminist history.