I am, as promised, back with more trailer reviews of films that are due out in our cinemas over the coming few months, so here are another three entries that are well worth a mention.
The Danish Girl
From director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and starring Eddie Redmayne (Academy Award winner for Best Actor 2015) and Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ex Machina and Testament of Youth), The Danish Girl will very much likely be big. The trailer teases us with clips from a film that promises to be more dramatic than Redmayne’s The Theory of Everything and more heart-wrenching than Les Misèrables, which was also directed by Hooper.
Although this is about the life of transsexual Einar Wegener, later known as Lili Elbe, the project is not based on Wegener’s own text, Man into Woman: The First Sex Change. Rather, it was scripted on the novel by David Ebershoff, also titled The Danish Girl, which was first published in 2000. The story follows the love life and hurdles of Einar Wegener, later legally accepted as Lili Ilse Elvenes, who was one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
After its premieres at the Venice Film Festival on the 5th September and the Toronto International Film Festival during the same month, it received criticism aplenty, both positive and negative. The Evening Standard had much to say about the story’s fictionalisation, as well as commenting freely on both the main actors. Despite this, both its young stars are being tipped as Oscar hopefuls.
Release dates for this film span over a few months, starting with the USA on the 27th November and trickling into late February for Brazil’s first viewing. There is no set Maltese release date as of yet.
In an adaptation from a novel that is set to hit our big screens sometime later this year, Room will give you goosebumps, most especially if you are a parent. Held captive in a windowless space smaller than most people’s kitchen, a mother and son build their whole world around the love they share and the possessions that make up their ‘room’. To young Jack (Jacob Tremblay), ‘room’ is the whole universe and the only reality he has ever known. Seven years for mother (Brie Larson), and five years for Jack, into this experience, the little boy’s Ma decides it’s time to risk it all for their freedom and concocts a dangerous plan that might, or might not, work. Carrying it through, the adult and child team must come to terms with how their life has now changed. Was that one room safer and saner than the world that they must face?
The film is currently enjoying a limited release in the USA and will be released across the states on the 6th November. Other countries will have to wait a while longer to view this masterpiece, which is a likely contender for more than one Academy Award.
Jem and the Holograms
If you’re a woman who grew up in the 80s/early 90s, you can’t not remember Jem with her pink hair and gaudy make up and her idol status among us little girls of the time. Well, the good news is that Jem is back and this time, she’s not a cartoon. Universal Pictures presents us with the story of Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples) who finds fame through the internet rather than through special powers this time around. She still has her trusty companion Synergy by her side, now in the shape of her father’s 51N3RG.Y holography machine. The film will explore fame alongside family relationships and like in any other cliché story, Jem must at one point choose between the two. The local release date for this film is the 1st January 2016.
Kindly note that release dates are tentative and subject to change.