Reel Reviewer Column: A Tolkien gesture as Hoult and Collins star in biopic about J.R.R.

Jason Day previews the biopic of the English poet and writer, plus a host of other big movies set to hit the big screen this month…

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Tolkien (May 3)

If you love Lily Collins, you’re in for a treat this month as she stars in two new releases – including this. Nicholas Hoult plays author J.R.R. Tolkien and the film chronicles how school, an eventful romance and WWI shaped The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (May 3)

Notorious serial-killer Ted Bundy used his looks and personality to charm women to their deaths. Lookalike Zac Efron plays him but the focus here is on Bundy’s real-life wife, played by Lily Collins.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (May 10)

The global phenomenon gets a live-action big screen outing. Ryan Reynolds voices the title character, a detective creature in the Pokemon universe who teams up with a human whose father is missing. Parents – prepare to be dragged to the multiplex by the kids!

Aladdin (May 22)

Disney’s live-action remakes of its animated classics continues. Aladdin (1992) always annoyed me because of Robin Williams’ motormouth turn as the genie. Here, Will Smith replaces him and manages subtlety whilst not letting up on the fun.

Rocketman (May 24)

Taron Egerton has been upping the Instagram ante of late with copious photos, videos and endorsement from the legend he plays here – Elton John. This movie covers a lot of ground – the songs, the costumes, the drugs – and
Egerton is a great casting choice.

The Blue Angel (May 31)

Director Josef von Sternberg’s dazzling 1930 classic about a cabaret artiste who seduces and destroys a stuffy teacher catapulted Marlene Dietrich to stardom. They made five more films, working collaboratively to turn her into a ravishing, romantically unobtainable temptress. Here she is rough around the edges, but the putative legend is evident.

This is a beautifully filmed, tragi-erotic drama, daringly edgy for its time. Read the full review: BlueAngel1930.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the May 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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