The 355 review: Not so much old-school as out-of-date

355 Certification: 12a, 2 hours and 4 minutes

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boiling point Testimony: 15, 1 hour and 32 minutes

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Munich: The Brink of War Certification: 12a, 2 hours and 3 minutes

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These days, when it comes to making films, sisters are increasingly doing it themselves, and that’s true too. After decades of male dominance, the film industry has lagged far behind in rebalancing the creative genders.

But oh my gosh, those of us watching from back booths are desperately hoping that the end result will be better movies than… 355.

More than anything, this feels like a movie that might have been made because its quintet of beautiful and undoubtedly racially diverse stars – Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz and Bing Bing Fan – would look eye-catching on the side of Bus.

Which they certainly do.

Her quintet of undeniably beautiful stars — Jessica Chastain (above), Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong'o, Penelope Cruz, and Bing Bing Fan — would look stunning on the side of the bus.

Her quintet of undeniably beautiful stars — Jessica Chastain (above), Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Bing Bing Fan — would look stunning on the side of the bus.

What the posters and glossy marketing hide, however, is the fact that this thorny task: the impossible wannabe lacks style, wit, and plenty of wit.

It’s fair to point out that it’s directed and co-written by Simon Kinberg, a highly experienced producer with The Martian, Deadpool and several X-Men movies among his featured credits, but here he’s directed a feature film for only the second time after X-Men: Dark Phoenix in 2019.

It wasn’t great, but it’s worse.

It’s partly the fault of the Credibility Expansion Hypothesis, which holds that part of the super hacking technology, the destruction of computer networks, and the triggers of World War III fall clearly into the wrong hands.

No wonder the world’s intelligence agencies are so intent on getting it back, and no wonder the big agents of the CIA, MI6 and the German BND – Mace (Chastain), Khadijah (Nyong’o) and Marie (Kruger) respectively – soon decided their way The only way to do this is by joining forces.

Raise your hand to anyone who thinks it can be that simple?

For those who worry about the title, it appears to have been taken from the code name of an unidentified American spy who was active during the 18th century’s War of Independence.

Even more disturbing is how, in the 21st century, a man can make a film that completely ignores the genre-changing work being done by female filmmakers like Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Emerald Vinyl and still has his own glossy, illustrious personality. Always shedding and a little unconvincing he walks into a climax battle like the Last Day gang of Charlie’s Angels.

Not so much old school as outdated.

The hype is up-to-date and the 90-minute single shot is brilliantly crafted boiling pointThe winner of four British Independent Film Awards, right before Christmas.

How her co-star Stephen Graham (above, with Vineet Robinson) wasn't among the winners that beat me up, given that in this movie he offers an advanced lesson in preparation.

How her co-star Stephen Graham (above, with Vineet Robinson) wasn’t among the winners that beat me up, given that in this movie he offers an advanced lesson in preparation.

How his co-star Stephen Graham wasn’t a winner to beat me up, given that he presents in this film an elaborate degree of meticulous preparation, intense focus, and brilliant conviction.

He plays Andy Jones, the chef of a rising restaurant in London. But when he hits a crowded bout before Christmas, you can tell he’s not at his game.

He’s late, distracted by family affairs, and when he finally makes it to the kitchen he discovers that a picky environmental health worker seems bent on causing trouble.

This is only for beginners.

Thankfully, Carly (Excellent Chef Vineet Robinson), his always trusted chef, is the kind who should stay calm in crises. Well, calm down.

One of the smart things about Boiling Point, which was directed and co-written by actor and episodic filmmaker Philip Barantini, is that it’s not always about Andy’s increasingly bad day.

Turning subplots also plays a role that includes a waitress dealing with a hateful racist client, unexpected celebrity bookings and a lady who isn’t good at her job.

But it’s the increasing pressure on Andy that really catches our eye. It was easy to make a Gordon Ramsay-inspired kind of cartoon, but Graham is a too good actor to do something that lazy.

Yes, it does give Andy a short fuse, but he also makes him reasonable, sometimes, apologetic as well. But there are some days you just can’t win.

Highly recommended for those looking for something homemade and different.

Munich: The Brink of War It is based on Robert Harris’ novel and presents a fictionalized version of the events as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain traveled to Munich in 1938 to negotiate with Adolf Hitler and prevent war with Germany.

The main focus of the film is the imaginary friendship between two young men - Hugh Legat (played by George MacKay, above, with Jeremy Irons) and Paul von Hartmann

The main focus of the film is the imaginary friendship between two young men – Hugh Legat (played by George MacKay, above, with Jeremy Irons) and Paul von Hartmann

To be fair, the picture – directed by German filmmaker Christian Schuchau and coming to Netflix in a fortnight – addresses the nagging question of whether the famous “Peace in Our Time” agreement was a cowardly act of appeasement or a clever delay tactic that enabled the Allied nations to prepare for war.

But the main focus of the film is the imaginary friendship between two young men – Hugh Legat (played by George MacKay) and Paul von Hartmann (Janis Neuner) – who were friends at Oxford but ultimately disagreed over German politics.

Now, six years later, with Hugh’s jittery private secretary to Chamberlain and Paul on the rise of Hitler’s government, much depends on whether their friendship can be renewed in secret.

There is no doubt that the film seems the familiar part of the time period, but the characterization is clearly on the thin side, while the story relies excessively on chance and clumsy plot twists.

However, Jeremy Irons is just as much fun as Chamberlain, a role he was definitely born to play.

Class in our time for sure.

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