The new trailer for Tim Burton’s 70s-set vampire comedy is setting me all a-tingle with its winsome mix of funny, sexy, and downright spectacular. Continue reading
I mentioned Lady Jane a couple of days back, and so felt motivated to watch it again, having caught only half of it once about 20 years ago. It’s the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was queen for just nine days, back in the 1500s. It’s your usual tale of intrigue, betrayal, sex and scandals, social unrest and gory death – and that’s just the parts of the story that are actually true. Queen Jane was placed on the throne through the machinations of the ruling Council, ignoring the established line of succession. It’s no major spoiler to admit that this plan went horribly, horribly awry.
The cinematography is beautiful. It’s the first thing I notice. If the first film was glorious Disney sparkle and the sixth was eerie and blue, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2 goes straight for post-apocalyptic grey. It’s as bleached and hopeless as Terminator 4, but has the poetry and grace of the first Pirates of the Caribbean. It could be Gore Verbinski at the helm, and that is high praise, but fair: Potter 7 pt 2 is a very good film.