At the Movies for 31 January 2024
Simon Morris returns and discovers that mere size doesn't constitute "a great big movie". He compares films about wrestling superstars, based on smash hit Broadway musicals and a little art film that triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival. Perfect Days is a sweet Japanese character study, directed by German auteur Wim Wenders (Paris Texas), about a middle aged man content to clean Tokyo's famous public toilets. Starring Koji Yakusho (Shall we dance, Babel). The Iron Claw is based on the real-life story of a family of superstar wrestlers, the Von Erichs, and the astonishing run of tragedy that stalked them. Stars Zac Efron (The greatest showman), Lily James (Pam and Tommy) and Jeremy Allen White (TV's The Bear). And the Tony-winning musical of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The colour purple returns to the big screen. Produced (but not directed) by Steven Spielberg, it features Oscar nominee Danielle Brooks.