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Review: Senna

From BAFTA winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, Senna is an insightful portrait of one of the most prolific talents and likeable personalities in sporting history.

Senna

For this engaging documentary, a rich tapestry of footage from the era and of the F1 hero’s life is cleverly woven together to create a moving and in-depth portrayal which is not only for racing fans – or even sports fans in general – but for any film fan with an appreciation for engrossing storytelling and exciting cinematography. And although the focus of this documentary is on Ayrton Senna, no sides are overly favoured from the perspective of the filmmakers – a refreshing rarity in the genre.

Senna was driven, passionate, fiery on the track, but often subdued and softly spoken off it. This is portrayed masterfully by the filmmakers but you also see the side of Senna who struggled with both the politics of the sport he was born to compete in and his own exceptional ability which he was always trying to improve on.

Ayrton SennaWatching from the perspective of inside Senna’s various cars through his career is breathtaking. You’re not just sat in the seat with a fast F1 driver, you experience the sport’s most naturally talented driver to date and his willingness to take it to the edge and push the limits of his body and mind, as well as the car’s capabilities.

With Senna, winning a race with ten laps to go with only a sixth gear wasn’t impossible, it was a challenge. And like most of the other challenges that he put himself up against, he rose to and defeated it.

He was the shining beacon of a country that had little else to believe in at the time and I think the biggest tragedy of his premature death was the void that was left behind in the hearts and minds of all of his devoted fans and followers. This is revealed emotionally and expertly throughout the picture via interviews with his fellow countrymen and peers.

Ayrton SennaHis mindset and personality are also communicated perfectly through the fast-paced editing and from the eclectic range of footage which has been found, compiled and put together with every bit as much care and precision as the impressive motors on screen.

With the enigmatic Senna, sharing home video moments of a family boating holiday are every bit as insightful, moving and compelling as being thrust into action as he wins Grand Prix after Grand Prix.

Director Kapadia and co. deliver a documentary full of spirit and passion to compliment the subject’s unique and unforgettable personality. Senna is a gripping documentary full of insight into the politics and transitions of a sport and its most memorable participant, at a time when it was men competing, not machines.

70/82

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Review: Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz in Bad TeacherIn keeping with the theme of this film, instead of a comprehensive review I will mark the success of some of its prominent ingredients out of ten. Here goes:

Cameron Diaz: 8 out of 10

Jason Segel: 12 out of 10 (I know, I originally said out of 10! Crazy right? He was hilarious though.)

Justin Timberlake: 5 out of 10

Ginger lady who was strangely a lot sexier than Diaz in many scenes: 9 out of 10

Script: 7 out of 10

Direction: 5 out of 10 (only because it was set in a school. It must have been an easy shoot.)

The film overall: B-

(69/82)


Review: Rogue

It is not often I watch a film without both purposefully and inadvertently finding out most of the key details beforehand. These spoilers and light research usually consist of any significant promotional material such as trailers, as well as the main contributors of said film such as the Director(s), Screenwriter(s) and cast.

Rogue

With Rogue, I didn’t have any of this foresight, and there are two reasons for this. Firstly, the film didn’t exactly boast the most prolific marketing campaign. And, secondly, I watched it late at night on LoveFilm and wasn’t planning on getting much further than 20 minutes through this or any other film before falling asleep.

For me, at face value, Rogue looked almost perfect for serving this purpose. It has three and a half stars (not that I trust the site’s less than amateur reviews), and the front cover’s artwork is of a giant crocodile’s head crashing out of the water, on a perfectly vertical angle a la Jaws, as its own nashers frame the tagline “How Fast Can You Swim.” Rousing stuff. Continue reading