May 22nd, 2011

Third Star

Went to see Third Star at The Empire, Leicester Square last night. It was amazing! Such a beautiful story. Cast were astounding. Cried loads. When the film finished everyone just sat there in silence, no one moved or said anything until the very end of the credits. Although I was very surprised that there were only 11 people in the cinema.
Congratulations to all involved in the making of this incredible film!!!

An epic comedy drama starring Tom Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild and Adam Robertson. 

Four best friends, all in their late twenties, set off on an ill‐advised camping trip to West Wales. With no other skills for the outdoor life, except making tea, the journey will test their strength, their friendship, and their belief in what makes life worth living.

James (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) wants to make the most of this life – what’s left of it.
He invites his three closest friends to join him on a camping trip to his favourite place in the world. The undertaking, however, is fraught with practical difficulties, surreal encounters and emotionally ravaging revelations. For his best friend Miles (JJ FEILD), the trip means wrestling with the gloomy reality that the ones he loves tend to die. For Davy (Tom Burke) it’s about being there and holding the effort together – while for Bill (Adam Roberston) it’s about running away from the mistakes he’s made and the comfortable trap that is his life. Each step of the journey is one step further from the past and to a brave new world about courage, dignity and the beauty that lies in the friendship between these four young men.

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Third Star

yvaine24 beat me to it! Like yvaine24 I also went to see Third Star at the Empire, Leicester Square yesterday.

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What struck me most was that Benedict in real life is full of life and energy and looks healthy. In Third Star, he looks so thin and frail and ethereal and vulnerable and - quite literally - as though he is at death's door. His performance in the film is - as expected - heart-breaking. He really conveys the anger and frustration and sadness of someone who has unexpectedly - against their will and hope - run out of time. The film is sold as being about male friendship and terminal cancer, which it is, but it is also about something else which I won't reveal as that would be a major spoiler! Anyway, I thought the film was excellent as it looks at a range of serious subjects in a thought-provoking way. I know the film has had mixed reviews, including on The Review Show, but I would highly recommend it (no surprise there then!).

This is a link to a review I like by Kate Muir in The Times:


And a short but pithy review from my favourite paper for Arts coverage The Telegraph: