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7 13 Issue 71 / 2015 FILM The Movies are Set to be Absolutely Fabulous in 2015 After an arduous 20 years of procrastination and consternation, comedian Jennifer Saunders has finally completed the first draft for the Absolutely Fabulous movie. Having properly knuckled down over the past 12 months thanks to the help of a hypnotherapist to "get rid of the backpack of negativity", Saunders wishes to see it completed by the end of the year. The film, titled Eddie and Patsy after the two party-hard, old enough to know better, too old to care main characters, is an ambitious project to say the least. Aside from Saunders and Joanna Lumley as the eponymous pair, Julia Sawalha as Edina's long-suffering daughter Sapphie and June Whitfield as the bizarrely straight-laced and yet completely out of it mother, the aim is to bring in everyone who had a part. This would include the likes of Jane Horrocks, Helena Bonham Carter, Suzi Quatro, Ruby Wax and Jean- Paul Gaultier, amongst others. Having sporadically been resurrected since its original end in 1996 and subsequent one in 2004, doubt has been greatly cast on whether the film will ever emerge. Good friend and collaborator Dawn French said in a radio show that she bet Saunders £100,000 she wouldn't write it, and so the pressure could be felt. How successful the movie will be only time will tell, if and when it does emerge. But if the specials are anything to go by, it's reasonable to expect great things from Saunders' pen. Based on the book of the same name by Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in US history, Clint Eastwood's film recounts Kyle's experiences in Iraq. After becoming disillusioned with a career in ranching and reacting to news reports of Americans being attacked, Kyle decides to enlist. Cue brief training montage and Kyle is quickly on the ground in Iraq. American Sniper is intense. Very intense. Unfortunately, that is as in-depth as one can go to describe the film. The action scenes are expertly shot and maintain the intensity throughout the film. However, the main criticism of the film is that after action there is no reflection, no contemplation. By not having any characters critically thinking about the war or their actions immediately deprives them of any depth and therefore meaning. There is a brief scene in which a soldier questions the purpose and success of the war, but his doubts quickly dissipate because he had to go on patrol. Kyle's brother mutters something negative about the war but it's barely audible and again, the film quickly moves on. The consequence is that the film feels blinkered.This in turn makes American Sniper a film about a war rather than a 'war film' it wants to be. One argument for why Eastwood took this approach could be interpreted as a desire to represent Chris Kyle's views. Chris Kyle is a true-blue American, whose father instilled in him the desire – and more importantly the need – to protect others. In his mind he is the good guy protecting other good guys from the bad guys. Like the colours of the sheepdog to which Kyle's father compares him to, it's all black and white to him. What is more layered is the acting. Bradley Cooper manages to find complexity in the black and white. His Chris Kyle, calm on the outside and resolute in his role as the sheepdog, still betrays the underlying intensity and pain. One feels stressed just by looking at him. Sienna Miller's long-suffering wife Taya is also excellent, especially in the beginning. Her double take at seeing all 6'2 of Cooper's sturdy Kyle is particularly wonderful. Absolutely FAbulous 2015 AmericAn sniper: sheep, Wolves And sheepdogs

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