I’ve seen lots of films recently in London Art-house cinemas. It’s been great watching films for fun when you want to watch them. Kingsman opened recently and it got me thinking about awards as it was the week before the BAFTA’s. I’ve seen films where there’s been lots of muted colour (Mr Turner), films where you can feel the Director’s passion (The Grand Bucharest Hotel), and films where the lead character is unrecognisable as he’s been on a diet (Paddington used to be soft and cuddly – what happened?) and films where you just can’t stop laughing (Kingsman) .
Kingsman has lots of tributes to other seminal films and the script is so tightly paced it out-Bond’s Bond films and is so much more fun. It’s also a wonderful tribute to London’s Jermyn Street and the range of exquisite tailors based there. It reminded me of Mr Benn, the tailor who used to ask his clients who they wanted to be before giving them a new identity in front of a large mirror.
Here are my winners if I ran the LAFA’s (London Academy of Film Award’s).
Paddington is the best tribute to London Life and Ben Wishaw’s voice is the perfect fit.
Best hit you in the face Opening Credits: Kingsman
Best use of colour in a film: Mr Turner
Best film to make you want to get outdoors/go hiking/cry: Wild
Best Musical to make your heart beat faster: Into The Woods
Best homage/promo for London: Paddington
Bestest Baddie in a family film: Nicole Kidman, Paddington
Bestest Baddie in an adult film: Samuel L Jackson, Kingsman
Best Reinvention of a rather predictable well-loved male actor: Colin Firth, Kingsman
Best cultural references/tributes to seminal films: Kingsman
Best slice of British History: The Imitation Game
and my favourite
The most distinctive and heartfelt voice in a film: The Grand Bucharest Hotel
Who are your winners?