Moon Film Reviews: 'Spotlight' and 'Youth'


Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) thinks that 'Spotlight'may be one of the best films they have ever seen. In many ways a companion piece to 'The Big Short' in understanding why we're in the state we're in, no greater tribute to it can be paid than this: during the entire film there was not one sound to be heard in the packed theatre; and, at the end, when people filed out, they did so in single file. And in silence. Plus, despite an increasing urgency to 'spend a penny' as the film went on, Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) was too gripped to do so.

A truly fantastic and incredible piece of cinema. Helped, of course, by the excellence of all the players, but especially Mr Mark Ruffalo who deserves a special commendation, the splendid soundtrack by Mr Howard Shore, and those powerful and never to be forgotten three words, 'enjoy the party'. Which is why, Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) was left reflecting, we're in the state we're in - because people have enjoyed the party. And continue so to do.

Moving on...your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) thinks that you could be forgiven for thinking 'What WAS that all about?' at the end of 'Youth'. Indeed, in response to a query from one of the cinema staff to the last couple in the theatre whether they were there for a second viewing, the man replied, 'No, once was enough.' That said, it would be most unfair not to acknowledge how moving parts of the film were. It would also be unfair not to acknowledge how hard and well the players worked. Sir Michael Caine was terrific, but Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) thinks that Miss Jane Fonda deserves especial praise. In her two scenes she demonstrated that she might well become the new Elaine Stritch as far as cameos are concerned. Then, and perhaps above all else, there was the music. Well done Mr Lang and particularly well done Miss Sumi Jo. Your Cultural Correspondent (Film and Theatre) defies you to listen to this and not be moved.

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