Welcome to this week’s #AtTheFlix, the weekly trawl through all the cinematic releases in Birmingham.
It’s a quiet week in most respects, as there aren’t that many new releases. There is one though.
I think you know the one.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A)
Okay, so, what needs to be said! I imagine most of you reading this have already seen this or have been wrapped up in the incessant hype.
The anticipation for anyone who grew up loving the original three films has been marked.
Thankfully JJ Abrams has proven that he is the master of crafting a successful ode to the things we loved whilst growing up. He does this whilst seamlessly managing to bring everything up to the technical standards and audience demands of the cinema going crowds today.
In Abrams, there is frankly no one better to deliver the goods and, boy does he deliver. I’ll say no more other than this is the Star Trek film you might have hoped and expected.
Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (3D) (U)
With Snoopy and Charlie Brown returning to the big screen for the first time since 1980, I think this film supersedes The Force Awakens in terms of a pure nostalgia trip.
One would argue that the film’s prime audience with be that of the 50/60+ generation who grew up with the comic strip. It is an iconic part of American culture.
The Peanuts Movie chooses computer generated images rather than hand-drawn representations, an obvious concession, but one where Schultz’s drawings are faithfully referenced.
Elsewhere, check about various Christmas fare, including various showings of Elf, Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life at the Electric.
That’s it from me. Next week, I will reveal my favourite films of the year. Be sure to tune in. In the meantime, have a great week at the movies.