Although they only had a few scenes together in Marc Forster’s wonderful Stranger Than Fiction, actors Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson established such a strong chemistry that they knew they had to do another film together. When up-and-coming writer/director Joel Hopkins began discussing the idea of doing a love story starring Thompson, she recognised that this project was the ideal opportunity for her and Hoffman to work together again. The resulting film is Last Chance Harvey, a light romance set in London between local woman Kate Walker (Thompson) and an American man, Harvey Shine (Hoffman), who is in London to attend his daughter’s wedding. It turns out that Hoffman and Thompson really do have incredible onscreen chemistry as the dynamic they share in Last Chance Harvey is absolutely gorgeous.
James Bond and Batman are both mythical characters in pop culture who have been repeatedly reinterpreted and reinvented to suit the times. Like Christian Bale’s Batman from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Daniel Craig’s Bond, from Casino Royale and now Quantum of Solace is a darker, more morally dubious character, reflecting a post 9/11 and War on Terror world where the goods guys and bad guys are no longer clear-cut.
Unlike his recent restrained performance in Stranger Than Fiction, Will Ferrell returns to play the over-the-top type of character in Blades of Glory that he is best known for, But this time he shares the scene-chewing duties with Napoleon Dynamite himself – Jon Heder. Audiences will largely respond to Blades of Glory according to how they already feel about Ferrell’s and Heder’s comedic styles but overall this is a satisfying comedy that sustains genuine laughs throughout.