Tag Archives: Jeremy Irons

The Lion King: Feeling the Love

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.  In the early 1990s, during the production of the songs for Disney’s upcoming animated adventure The Lion King, West End legend Tim Rice had been hired to write the lyrics. When his attempts to get Benny Andersson as a composing partner fell through, he turned to Elton John. The pop star … Continue reading The Lion King: Feeling the Love

Red Sparrow

SEDUCTIVE. DECEPTIVE. DEADLY.  When a Russian ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks her leg during a performance, she’s recruited by her uncle (Matthias Schonaerts) to become a ”sparrow” – an undercover agent who uses her body to trap targets. The lauded novel was written by a former CIA agent with insight into Soviet intelligence, but this adaptation … Continue reading Red Sparrow

Justice League

UNITE THE LEAGUE.  After the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Earth is threatened by a supervillain and his demonic legion, leading Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to form a league of heroes together with a couple of new talents. The DC Comics version of Marvel’s The Avengers tries hard to build … Continue reading Justice League

French Lieutenant’s Woman: Love in Two Eras

SHE WAS LOST FROM THE MOMENT SHE SAW HIM.  The original novel by John Fowles was published in 1969 and became a critical darling, portraying a complicated romance between a gentleman and a woman of ill repute. The novel showed the author’s great knowledge of Victorian literature, which made it easy for him to have … Continue reading French Lieutenant’s Woman: Love in Two Eras

Night Train to Lisbon

When a timid Swiss professor (Jeremy Irons) saves a young woman from jumping off a bridge, it leads him on an unpredictable journey to Lisbon and the story of a doctor (Jack Huston) who becomes involved in the resistance movement. Bille August’s take on the critically acclaimed novel is an example of why some books … Continue reading Night Train to Lisbon

The Man Who Knew Infinity

GREAT KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM THE HUMBLEST OF ORIGINS. After writing to famous mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) in 1913 and sending him advanced formulas, the young Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who’s grown up in India without an education, is brought to Trinity College and urged to prove his work. This biography of the tragically short … Continue reading The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Mission

In the 1750s, a South American Jesuit community led by Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) resist a Madrid decision to transfer the area to Portugal, which allows slavery. Two years after The Killing Fields (1984), director Roland Joffé received a lot of attention for another emotional, reality-based drama depicting colonialism and a conflict played out in … Continue reading The Mission

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who hunts criminals as the masked vigilante Batman in Gotham City, is furious to see Superman (Henry Cavill) partly responsible for so many deaths in Metropolis. The 3D sequel to Man of Steel (2013) is more ambitious, visually and narratively, but once you get over the thrill of watching these … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Beautiful Creatures

DARK SECRETS WILL COME TO LIGHT. High-school kid Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who can’t wait to get out of his narrow-minded South Carolina hometown, is immediately smitten by a newcomer (Alice Englert) with special powers. Another attempt to attract the Twilight crowd, this time with so-called “casters” and magic. We have young lovers, a family … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures

Margin Call

BE FIRST. BE SMARTER. OR CHEAT.  The last thing risk management analyst Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) does before he’s fired from a Manhattan investment bank is hand a colleague (Zachary Quinto) a USB drive containing a project that he was working on; it turns out to be pure dynamite. In this independently produced drama, a … Continue reading Margin Call

Reversal of Fortune: Having a Crack at Claus

THE CASE OF CLAUS VON BÜLOW. AN AMERICAN SAGA OF MONEY AND MYSTERY. Three years after winning an Oscar for playing him, Jeremy Irons met the real life Claus Von Bülow. This was their first encounter. Von Bülow told Irons that he had heard of his old lawyer Alan Dershowitz representing Mike Tyson and Leona … Continue reading Reversal of Fortune: Having a Crack at Claus