Moulin Rouge is a celebration of love and creative inspiration which takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet begins a passionate affair with the club’s most notorious and beautiful star.
Those in the know are predicting a major sag in the box-office takings for the summer of 2017. Audiences have had it, right? They don’t want to queue up to throw their money away on the fifth iteration of Transformers (this one’s called The Last Knight) or Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Men Tell No Tales), or Pixar’s third Cars movie?
Not so fast. The demise of blockbuster retreads and rip-offs must still be filed under fake news; the revolt against franchise fatigue may be as slow in coming as Trump impeachment proceedings. Lousy movies wouldn’t be spawning sequels if the public wasn’t paying for them. And now studios have a large overseas market clamoring for same-old-same-old.
But all is not lost… well, not completely, at least. Even in this season of the walking braindead, we’ve have founds some great surprises in live-wire escapism and real-deal Oscar heat. Here are the blockbusters and big-name, big-budget movies you need to be paying attention to this summer
If ever a film was a tough watch, it is Starfish: based on the true story of Tom Ray, a man from Rutland in the East Midlands who in 1999 had to have his arms and legs amputated and part of his face removed after contracting a rare form of septicaemia. He and his wife Nicola lived through the ordeal with great courage. One comes away from the film with real respect for the raw honesty of the performances: Joanne Froggatt is Nicola and Tom Riley is Ray.
The film goes on (limited) general release on Friday, 28th October, and is well worth seeing. The hope is that it will raise a lot of money for www.sepsis.org, which is designed to offer support, and to provide awareness of the symptoms to the public and medical community, because speedy treatment can mean a full recovery with no lasting damage in many situations. Currently, in the UK, it results in more deaths per annum than road deaths and several of the major forms of cancer combined (roughly 44,000 deaths).
None of this makes it an easy film to watch, but it has moments of humour, tenderness and joy and hope for the future, and is really beautifully made so do go along and boost the audiences. For us Rutlanders, it makes us proud of where we live and the family are just amazing!
What movies did you see this year? Good? Bad? Indifferent?
The reason studios and indies alike pursue Oscars — at considerable cost in time and money — is not only for prestige and bragging rights in Hollywood, but to get a box office boost from the drawn-out awards season. This year’s results follow a similar pattern from recent years, as most distributors played from an established playbook. Industry experts could look at where nominees stood in mid-January when the Oscar nominees were revealed and given each release plan, project home viewing dates and final results.