Killing Eve is ‘Killing It.’

Loving the new TV series on BBC iPlayer about a crazy assassin and her counterpart, a witness protection officer, turned agent.

Sandra Oh is magnificent as the agent who makes it her life mission to catch this intriguing and bonkers miscreant, played by Jodi Comer. I was first drawn to this drama when a friend said it was set in some of my favourite locations, such as Paris and Berlin. Loving the cast, including Sean Delaney and Fiona Shaw. Brilliantly comical and entertaining performances fused with a clever and witty script make this a real gem!

The episodes begin with comedy and continue with moments of high drama, delicately filmed in quite glamorous settings. The programme is beautifully shot and stylish with clever editing and a fast narrative. The interconnection between Sandra and Jodie is fascinating as it unfolds.

I hope you all take a moment to check out this series and let me know how you find the whole thing.

Brilliantly ‘Crazy Rich Asians…’

I was excited to go and see this brand new movie last night, knowing how successful it had been in America and expecting a laugh-out-loud comedy. I got something quite different, but definitely great.

This was a romantic film with incredibly good photography and a stunning insight into Singapore and its lavish society. I loved the way that Henry Golding managed to carry off his role as a charismatic and clever rich guy who fell for a beautiful, yet grounded, economics lecturer from New York.

Michelle Yeoh was an overbearing mother who was annoyed to discover her son was dating a girl from a relatively poor background (although not hard up at all). She wanted to put the dampeners on his relationship to stop her legacy being passed to someone she deemed unworthy.

The twists and turns were in some places predictable but still entertaining and the cinematography was stunning. I liked the involvement of Awkwafina, who had already established herself in the recently impressive Ocean’s Eight flick. Her comedic role as the best friend of Rachel (Constance Wu) was matched by a laughable yet endearing turn from Ken Jeong who played her father.

Without a doubt, a fully captivating, visual masterpiece with a heart and sweetness that makes it long-lasting. *****

Pleased with SOLO

Ron Howard does not let anyone down.

I had wanted to see whether the new Star Wars spin off would be any good and finally went to see it yesterday. Part of me just wanted to see if Emilia Clarke was able to convincingly play anyone other than Daenerys from Game of Thrones. Part of me just cannot stop wanting more Star Wars stories. Having Ron Howard at the helm was a definite plus point.

Seeing how they created a back story for Han Solo, Lando and the rest of the motley crew was interesting, well conceived and definitely held my interest. I especially loved seeing Han come across Chewbacca for the very first time in most unexpected circumstances.

Emilia played a love interest for Solo and was in it right from the start, although there was a period of absence during which her fortunes changed and when they reunited there was a lot of history that we had not known about. Her role was important and useful and she certainly showed a different side to herself, without the dragons holding her back.

Ron Howard carries forward a gripping story. The characters have missions that are breath taking but still in keeping with traditional Star Wars outings. It was good to see that Lawrence Kasdan wrote the script, having written the Bodyguard and a few previous Star Wars stories, including The Empire Strikes Back. His script is fun and anecdotal with a real depth. The fast paced movie really keeps you on your toes as it drags you kicking and screaming along with Han as he dabbles in gambling for a new ship, trying to hijack a train and getting to know his new Wookiee.

If you like Star Wars then you will not be disappointed. This is funny, charismatic and sits well with the previous incarnations. It has a new theme tune which complements the original and it is easy to believe that this young version of Han Solo will grow into one that we all know and love. It is believable that this charming rogue went on to become the man that Harrison made famous. Guest appearances from Thandie Newton and Warwick Davis add flavour to this epic movie.

If I were you I would go and have a look at this film. I gave it five stars for being entertaining and making two hours zoom by with eye-catching moments and stunning locations.