The Nazis meet their ends like contestants in “Stricly Come Dancing” or Ronaldo diving for a penalty when no one is near him.
Toss in a couple of beautiful female agents, a double-crossing bastard, and the obligatory all-star cast and you have the classic World War II adventure.
“Spartacus” is no different from many other Hollywood epics, the memory of them is often better than the reality.
Hughes revamped the comedy genre to make room for a new brand of adolescent angst that merged heady rebellion with wistful romanticism.
Here we are given our first close-up, the initial spark of human intelligence behind terrified eyes. We realise we are no longer watching apes but men.
The Bond theme is further developed by Kubrick’s employment of “Dr. No” and “Goldfinger” designer Ken Adam.
A lesser director would rely on cross-cutting between the protagonists to build tension, but the chess player in Kubrick prefers a logical approach.
After getting Bridget into a stable relationship, one may well wonder what is left to make her life complete. Let’s pause for a moment and think, shall we?
The film has been banned in Iran, despite receiving accolades at the Toronto Film Festival and winning the 2008 Audience Choice Award.
For over a decade, we have been sucked and seduced into a Richard Curtis middle-class hell, populated by fops and cockney stereotypes with hardly a black person in sight.