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A review of Simon Powell’s new film Girl Shaped Love Drug, and a few words from the man himself

In Film Reviews, Interviews, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions on December 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

If a stranger walks up to you on the street, insisting that you share a connection – have been drawn together by fate, divine providence and the undulating restlessness of the stars in the swirling cosmos above you, you would think, this guy is a bit different. If this stranger then asks to take you out for a glass of wine, and he leads you to a supermarket kindly offering you the world and anything under £4.99, your provisional conclusion would be correct.

Girl Shaped Love Drug is a film that explores how coincidence brings two strangers together. But it is so much more than a gritty, urban fairytale. Simon Powell has created a quiet and tender love story that exposes the brutal scars of its characters as they fall victim to reality. The premise is simple: two strangers’ paths cross and they share a day together. It unlocks the secrets, misery and desires of a city and its inhabitants through the intertwined lives of Him and Her, the hedonist and the cynic. The fatalistic undercurrent is reminiscent of David Nicolls’s bestseller One Day; the love story that took over every beach, train and heart last summer. But in this one day, it is not so much what we learn about the characters, but what we don’t know about them that is so intriguing. Its beauty lies in the playful and naturalistic script, the unwritten words that instruct looks that linger too long, and eyes that have seen too much pain to trust. It is up to the audience to imagine the back stories of these characters. How did they get here? How did they escape? Why are they pretending to cope?

Him and Her

Him and Her

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The Soapbox: Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises reminds us sex still sells – Mancunian Matters

In Film Reviews on November 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

MM’s writers get the chance to air their views in our new regular rant column. Comment is free on the soapbox – MM has no control over what topics our writers choose to as targets…

Okay, no one is talking about it.

People of England, remember how irritated you were by Anne Hathaway’s terrible attempt to imitate a Yorkshire accent whilst playing Emma Morley in 2011’s epic romance film, One Day? Remember her schizophrenic, oral journey through England as ‘bath’ could become ‘barrrth in the space of once scene?

Hathaway was criticised for being cast as the plain, dumpy and relatable Emma Morely because she was too American and too pretty. And yet, despite her attempts to prove herself as ugly and English and her extensive research of Yorkshire life by watching Emmerdale and the best vocal training money can buy, she was terrible.

Judging by the backlash of stern British distaste at her performance, director Lone Scherfig probably should have gone with a home-girl instead. Such a performance as Hathaway’s, could tar the career of an A-list Hollwood star.

Let us not forget how it is notoriously difficult it is (and hilarious it is for us) for our friends across the pond to master the British accent – think Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe in the Robin Hood films and of course, Mike Myers as Austen Powers and Fat Bastard and the stick they all got.

Well, Hathaway’s uttering of such sentences as: ‘you gate-crashed my birthday party, called me Julie and spilled red wine down my top’ in a slurry Northern drawl that Mel B would be proud of, are long forgotten. Because she looks hot in a catsuit.

Somehow, we seem to be shocked at the current hype surrounding EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, as if we momentarily forgot the age-old wisdom that sex most certainly does sell.

In her defence, Hathaway cannot play the twee, girl-next-door forever. It is definitely about time she broke away from those roles before they define her career. Just imagine if Hugh Grant even thought about playing an action-hero.

No, he must remain forever more on our screens as that bumbling English man who sells books and who constantly falls in love.

In The Dark Knight Rises, Hathaway plays a more mature version of Catwoman’s alter-ego, as the uber feminist, femme-fatale and con-artist, Selina Kyle. Not only is she the first female villain in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, she is a real-life sex-kitten-come-cat-burglar.

Clad in a fitted leather catsuit, so tight that Olivia Newton John would be proud, Selina Kyle wraps the male characters around her little paw to climb the social ladder. She holds a delicate balance between self-preservation and combating social inequality as a modern day Robin Hood.

She purrs into Christian Bale’s ear kick-ass lines such as: ‘you’re going to wonder how you lived so large for so long and didn’t leave enough for the rest of us.’

So Anne Hathaway has made a concerted effort to ‘go sexy’, as she performs – with the help of her stunt double – mixed martial arts in a pair of killer heels. Her sultry performance as Catwoman has completely negated her embarrassing portrayal of Emma Morley.

She is now charming and elegant and demure and talented and sexy. She can now tick that off her list as she sheds her nice girl image on and off-screen in her new role.

Remember Anne Hathaway in One Day? Thought not.

CATTY: All down to the leather?

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