VIDEO: The Movie Show – Paul Whitington provides an update on The Imitation Game, The Drop and Standby
This week, The Independent film guru Paul Whitington is chatting with entertainment editor Aoife Kelly about The Imitation Game, The Drop and the new Irish film Standby.
The imitation game boasts a stellar cast in Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Alan Leech, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode.
Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the mathematician who successfully broke the German Enigma code, leading to the end of WWII and victory for the Allies.
This is not the first film on the Enigma code, but it is a study of the character of a man who at first was not understood by his peers and who later in his life was sued. for “homosexual acts”.
Cumberbatch is giving a stellar performance and could be in contention for an Oscar.
The Drop, meanwhile, may be just what it takes to fill the void in your crime drama this Sunday night, given that Love / Hate is over for this season.
However, Paul points out that it’s a much slower affair with the emphasis on drama.
Tom Hardy plays a seemingly slow-moving bartender who pays out money for local gangsters in New York City. Also on the bill are Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini, in his latest big-screen role.
Gandolfini is particularly good, and according to Paul, The Drop is worth seeing on its own despite the script being by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, so the credentials are good.
Finally, Standby is an Irish film about a boy from Dublin, played by Brian Gleeson, who runs into an American woman at the airport, with whom he had a summer romance several years previously.
He persuades her to stay one more night in Dublin to catch up. Brian is awesome and Dublin looks spectacular, but Paul reveals it just doesn’t work.