FILM CHOICE; Trench foot in mouth.
CRAGGY sergeant Daniel Craig keeps an eye on the young soldiers nervously waiting in the trenches before the big push at Somme in June, 1916.
Novelist William Boyd's directorial debut is a staid but steady theatrical drama, very well acted within the confines of a set that could as well have been created for the stage.
Underscoring the earnestly sensitive nature of the story is the slightly prissy music composed and performed by percussionist Evelyn Glennie and pianist Greg Malcangi.
Paul Nicholls is the naive teenage recruit Billy Macfarlane, Julian Rhind-Tutt the detached but basically decent upper-crust officer and Danny Dyer the gor-blimey cockney chancer corporal. Like the other platoon members, they're all well-worn stereotypes, but immaculately turned out.
It's only Craig's laconic veteran who escapes the general air of caricature, and for all the sincerity of intent there's nothing here to compare with the way that Paths Of Glory chilled the blood or excited the eye. The Trench is closer in style to Blackadder Goes Forth, without the zippy lines and, truth be told, without the haunting effect, too. (1999)
The Astronaut's Wife
NASA loses contact with space shuttle commander Johnny Depp for two minutes and the black box recording sounds a bit freaky. The sci-fi staple body-snatching theme allied to Charlize Theron's paranoid perception of pregnancy, Rosemary Baby's-style, makes for an unsettling if familiar melodrama (1999) PPP
The Paper Brigade
Premier, 7.05am - 8.50am 5.30am - 7.00am
NEW boy in town Kyle Howard takes on local bullies with the help of the paper boys' gang - known as 'the nerd herd' - in lightly comic suburban children's adventure, filmed in Salt Lake City. The rather attractive music score is by Ray Colcord. With Travis Wester, Chauncey Leopardi and Ethan Glazer. (1996) PP
Mickey Blue Eyes
Premier, 8.00pm - 10.00pm
HUGH GRANT is at his foppish best as a fish-out-of-water in this madcap mobster comedy. He plays Michael, a strait-laced auctioneer who proposes to Jeanne Tripplehorn. When it transpires she's the daughter of a major Mafia boss (James Caan), Michael finds himself struggling to keep up with a hilariously spiralling plot involving art forgeries, the FBI and murder - not to mention Michael being forced to pose as a mobster himself. (1998) PPP
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Mar 17, 2001|
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