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You will be talking about this movie for days
Whether you've enjoyed or loathed the last few movies from M Night Shyamalan I don't think any of us could disagree the talent is still there, and after a few misfires comes Split. I can say unequivocally that this is the best thing I have watched in a long time time.
The first thing I think this film will be remembered for is the stellar performance of lead actor James Mcavoy, a wonderfully charismatic and talented actor, I'm sure most of us adore, I feel here he's announced himself as a serious contender for mega roles. His ability to switch from one persona to another, to be dark, sinister, camp, soft, cute etc. is incredible, people sat around me watching the movie were stunned at how good he was. The Dennis, Hedwig and Patricia characters in particular show his total versatility.
A brilliant supporting cast, Betty Buckley did a fantastic job as Kevin's doctor, as did the trio of girls, Anya Taylor-Joy I thought was especially good.
I make it sound like he's the only reason to see the film, far from it, the opening is gripping, the story itself so chilling, and the ending a real surprise.
I implore you, see this in the cinema.
Not Going Out: Babysitting (2017)
This was hilarious!!
I worried that the show, now in its eighth run would lose some of the gloss of its earlier years, but fair play to Lee and Co. they've managed to reinvent it, the opening episode was fun, but Babysitting harked back to the great days of the show. The beep machine was used to hilarious effect, and those mass arguments were hilarious, there's nothing like a war of words to tickle the funny bones.
The acting I thought was great, Sally Bretton in particular, she's very talented, her rant was brilliant. Geoffrey Whitehead is a favourite actor of mine, he is so dead pan as Lucy's father. Hugh Dennis and Bobby Ball are class acts too, so funny.
One of the funniest things I've ever seen.
Without a doubt this is one of the funniest things you can sit down to watch. It irritates me that The Detectives seems to be a show that's been forgotten, having re-watched them it becomes obvious why this show used to get millions of viewers. This is one of the funniest episodes of the series. Bob and Dave are their usual hilarious selves, but the guest turn from Anthony Valentine is painfully funny, I can't remember seeing him in any similar role, his camp Chauffeur is so wonderfully over the top, but works so well. Rula Lenska adds the touch of 90's glamour, fitting that she plays a titled Duchess, she's brilliant throughout. I vividly remembered the closing scenes, Badgerwatch, with Bob running around with A Lion's head on, daft and slapstick, but true Comedy gold. Hilarious!! 9/10
Firstly, Thank you BBC for putting a drama on for a Saturday Night, how many years has it been? Secondly thanks for making it something as special as Taboo. A few episodes in and I am utterly hooked, it is gripping, beautifully made, somehow cinematic, boasting wonderful music, glorious settings, and acting that is beyond impressive. Tom Hardy will always attract fans in their millions, his looks and talent make him a massive hit, I have a feeling we'll be seeing James Delaney for many years to come. David Hayman and Jonathan Pryce are both superb in their own rights. The trailers made this show look good, but in reality it is quite special, a period drama that is dark, gritty and wonderfully Gothic. I like that there is an air of mystery surrounding it too, can't wait to see how this unfolds. Do not miss this, you'll love it.
A solid back to basics murder mystery
This was a particularly good outing for the new duo of Barnaby and Winter. A story that in some ways felt like a throwback to the earlier times in the show's history. Slightly more realistic killings, it didn't seem like they were going to bigger and more extravagant crimes. A great set of characters, some with the eccentricities that we've not seen for a few years, the neighbourhood law enforcement scheme seems a we bit far fetched in all fairness. Winter is proving to be a good replacement for the nondescript Nelson, and his relationship with Kam is proving interesting. A fantastic cast was put together here, it's obvious why Frances Barber is so much in demand, she is a class act. Finally Vicki Pepperdine has made an appearance, a comedy hero of mine, she's a fine straight actor, and possibly the star of the show, even Neil Morrissey, an actor I'm not really a fan of was very good. I thought the previous episode was excellent, and that trend has continued her with Crime and Punishment
Endeavour: Game (2017)
How good was this!!
How I've missed Endeavour, I still find it remarkable the way this series has managed to capture the essence of the original Morse series, Endeavour goes from strength to strength. Firstly, a bit disappointed that Endeavour was up against Sherlock, two shows which are going to get massive audiences in their own rights.
This opener to the fourth series was a very impressive episode, first off, the music and camera-work were spot on, it looked fabulous, and that music was so in keeping. Great story, loaded with mystery, this one keeps you guessing right through to the end. Good to see a different dynamic between Morse and Thursday, the latter suffering due to daughter Joan going away. Morse frustrated and angry because of his exam papers.
All in all, this is British TV at its best, fantastic 9/10
Endeavour: Canticle (2017)
A very different outing for Morse and co.
This was a hugely enjoyable, very different episode for Morse. The opening shots set the tone, no classical music for this one, instead we were treated to some quite brilliant 60's styled pop, made for an interesting change in tone.
The story dealt with a Society going through a period of transition, relics from the past like Mrs Pettybon desperately to reclaim the society from the 1950's, and the group pushing the boundaries of Social change and free love. The mystery itself almost played second fiddle to the wealth of goodies that were going on around it. Fantastic characters, Morse himself seemingly on a journey of self discovery, and that moment when Morse received that phone call.
Fair play to Sylvestra le Touzel, brilliant portrayal of the Mary Whitehouse inspired character Mrs Pettybon, such a brilliant actress, she added something special to this story.
Very enjoyble, character driven episode, 8/10
Silent Witness: Identity: Part 2 (2017)
A satisfying conclusion.
A solid conclusion to the opening story of Series 20. Most of the dark elements of this story were uncovered in the first part, it contained some grizzly surprises, and delved into the Political opinions of two of the lead characters, Nikki and Thomas. An interesting storyline, with a feeling of harsh reality about it, that many will find disturbing.
Very well acted indeed, I felt young Lydia Kalian did a particularly good job as the tragic Sosa, as did Sofia Amir who played Akka, they made it very believable.
The dynamic between the regulars continues to be one of the strongest elements of the show, I just wish some of the humour between Jack and Clarissa would return, it lightens up some of the more grizzly moments.
A good start to Series 20.
Silent Witness: Identity: Part 1 (2017)
It's hard to believe that Silent Witness is entering its twentieth Series, we were promised a big and dramatic Anniversary season, and I think I'd said it got off to a very solid start. A story which I thought portrayed some of the darkest goings on in the world today in a fairly realistic and down to Earth way, uncomfortable viewing at times, but done in a way which makes you wonder how such things can be going on in 2017. Beautifully acted as always, the team work together effortlessly, now even Thomas feels like part of the team. Nikki once again takes on the role of freedom fighter/anti establishment heroine, and even though at times the story felt absurd (Why wasn't she arrested for the Hospital stunt?) they got away with it. Fortunately no gore and gratuitous violence in this one, hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Enjoyable, if dark matter.
Sherlock: The Final Problem (2017)
Well that was 90 minutes of the most perfect, mind blowing, exciting, intelligent TV I have ever seen. I enjoyed every single minute, right from the very off, you just knew you were watching something pretty sensational, a programme people will watch again and again. The writing will hopefully win Mr Moffat awards and accolades, the acting will surely win awards for many members of the cast. Sian Brooke (Eurus) has made an incredible impact on the show over the last few episodes, surely that story can't end there.
Such a clever job in creating such a complex plot, I'm sure all viewers felt the level of crisis Holmes was placed in, and would have been asking themselves the many questions, who was redbeard etc?
That episode I'm sure has left us all desperate for more, with sadly none expected until at least 2019.
The best thing I've watched in years!! 10/10