Just last year audiences were treated to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which saw Ben Stiller undertake a world-traversing voyage to understand the meaning of life. This time it’s Simon Pegg trying to get in touch with his happy-self in Hector and the Search for Happiness. Based on French psychiatrist François Lelord’s best-selling novel of the same name, and directed by Peter Chelsom, Simon Pegg plays our dissatisfied protagonist Hector; a quirky psychiatrist who realises his methods aren’t helping his patients, and so embarks on a trip around the world in a bid to discover the secret of happiness.
After giving us what is now the definitive zom-com Shaun of the Dead and following it up with the equally enjoyable Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright’s cornetto trilogy concludes with the eagerly awaited The World’s End this month. Whilst good fun in its own right, the final instalment doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of its predecessors.
Read the rest of this review at Flicks and the City here.
Almost a year after the quietly impressive Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Tom Cruise is back in cinemas dispensing justice once again in Jack Reacher (2012), an explosive actioner written and directed by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie. Based on the novel One Shot by Lee Child, long-time fans of Reacher have already expressed outrage at Cruise’s casting. Among other noticeable changes between the novel and the film (as is always the case) the fact that Reacher is written as a 6′ 5″ muscle man and Tom Cruise is – well, not a 6′ 5″ muscle man – could prove problematic down the line. Joining Cruise and Herzog is a strong supporting cast including Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Jai Courtney.
Watch the trailer at CineVue here.