FILM REVIEW - SENNA
The fast paced, action packed, heartbreaking documentary film about Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna; him, his life, his career, his fellow racers, his family and loved ones, his death and his legacy.
You do not have to be interested in motor racing or know a great deal about the intelligent, witty and determined Ayrton Senna to enjoy this film. With no visible talking heads or cuts to present day, this film transported you back to Senna’s time period as though you were watching the action live rather than viewing a posthumous documentary. With extraordinary archive footage allowing the audience to follow Senna on his journey, this film was an incredible homage to an incredible individual. It didn’t hold back, showing us the ups and the downs and allowing us to see the real Senna and his life but in an exhilarating, heartbreaking and beautifully made way. Wonderfully humourous and interesting because of the extraordinary personality that Senna possessed and incredibly powerful because of how this superb piece of cinema was compiled and made, Senna is without doubt worth a watch. And, despite the fact the audience knew the outcome, the ending was deeply sad, leaving anyone who watched it in tears, but also moving and respectful to Ayrton and his family. With special note to the wonderfully made but greatly upsetting funeral scenes where Kapadia shows different people such as Prost, Dennis, Senna’s mother and father, etc, at Senna’s coffin then showing footage of each of these different people with Ayrton.
Truly brilliant film.
Directed by Asif Kapadia, with Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Sid Watkins, Ron Dennis, etc.
FILM REVIEW - THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
A lengthy but incredibly satisfying next instalment of the ever popular Hunger Games, the recent release of Catching Fire is all everyone seems to be talking about. Fiesty heroin Katniss Everdeen, portrayed by the ever-brilliant Oscar winning Jennifer Lawrence, is back on the big screens, inverting the more conservative gender roles and ass kicking more than ever. Despite the first one getting slight criticism for not being as bloody and violent as the book, the second film hits back - this one being darker, even more twisted (yes, really) and incredibly sinister, quenching the thirst of the die-hard fans and easily impressing the others who choose to see it. Well worth a watch - a heart stopping, tension ridden ride from the off. Definitely one of the best films of the year - absolutely brilliant.