Finnegan On Films: A Colourful Combination Of Biography, Dinosaurs And Tinsel

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Our movie guy, James Finnegan, takes a look at what’s playing at the Omniplex this week…

Bohemian Rhapsody is a recent classic, and also the highest-grossing biography movie of all time.  It is the story of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen.

It is, of course, impossible to cram someone’s entire life and work into just over two hours of film without some artistic licence in terms of sequence of events.

However, fellow Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor were consultants to the film, so the general themes must be generally correct.

This is one of those films where the central performance is the stand out feature of the production.

Rami Malek deservedly won the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performance as Freddie.  The music sequences, particularly the recreation of Live Aid, are very well done.

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Jurassic Park is the first, and in my view still the best of this series of films based on Michael Crichton’s book.

John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), an eccentric entrepreneur has opened an exotic Safari Park on an island off the coast of Costa Rica, inhabited by creatures long thought extinct.

By use of genetic engineering, and Dinosaur DNA obtained from a piece of Amber, multiple species now once again walk the earth.

Palaeontologists Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr Ellie Setter (Laura Dern), Chaos Theorist Dr Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Hammond’s grandchildren are visiting the island.

All is well and wonderful until sabotage leads to the shutdown of power and containment measures, and the cast becomes potential lunch on the go.

There follows lots of running, hiding (the kitchen will never be the same again) and excitement while the T-Rex Jeep chase remains a classic “edge of the seat” moment of modern cinema.

It is always a wee bit of a shock to review an old film, and realise just how long ago it was released.  The Karate Kid is 36 years old!

Daniel LaRusso and his mother move from New Jersey to Los Angeles. Daniel falls for Ali, one of the high school cheerleaders, which does not go down well with her ex-boyfriend Johnny, who also happens to be a black belt in karate.

Fortunately, the janitor at Daniel’s apartment, Mr Miyagi (a wonderful performance by Pat Morita) happens to be around at the right time, and he also is handy with Karate.  I won’t spoil the ending.

Other films on show this week include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Spree, and the previously reviewed Pinocchio and The Fast and Furious.

Book your seats in advance Online, avail of the special prices, Enjoy and stay safe!

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