This week, we get to cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war! Well, only with one of our new releases, but I guess it still counts.
As an aside, a kind Twitter follower of ours (hi @Sageville!) suggested adding the age restriction ratings to the new releases, so that everyone can get an idea of what films they’re allowed to take their kids to. As a non-parent, this is something that’s never occurred to me, so I’ve added it in. If anyone has any other suggestions on how we can improve, please let us know!
Age restriction: 16 (L V D)
WAR DOGS follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
Billed as a black comedy, War Dogs does hit the comedy mark, and it is on the dark side. That being said, there’s not a heck of a lot of story. The main characters are repulsive by design, but not exactly hard-hitting. There’s nothing majorly impactful about the film in general, just mild entertainment. You’ll probably laugh, and feel guilty about doing so.
The Light Between Oceans
Age restriction: 10-12 PG
On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander), discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a two-month old baby. Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise her as their own but the consequences of their choice prove to be devastating.
Superbly acted by a stellar cast, The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful, mesmerising film. Ultimately though, it forces its drama and tear-jerker moments, becoming too ponderous and melodramatic at times. But it’s very pretty, so the scenery will give you something to stay occupied. Oh, and bring the tissues, this one’s a weepy.