Among the things the pandemic changed forever is cinema which has partially moved, along with the office, into our homes.
Even if you only subscribe to one streaming service it means you’re probably getting a half-decent movie every week or two.
Subscribe to more – for cheaper than the cost of a box of cinema popcorn sprinkled with gold leaf – and it seems a film arrives every couple of days.
The Harder They Fall popped up on Netflix last week. This stylish western, starring Idris Elba and Regina King, eschews the trend towards realism in on-screen depictions of the Wild West for a violent and surprisingly wordy romp.
King is far too good for this but she’s clearly having loads of fun. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks’ post-apocalyptic drama Finch is on Apple+ and very watchable.
There’s absolutely nothing new in it: Hanks does his Castaway role with a robot instead of a volleyball.
You might regret paying £18 to see either at the Odeon. They are, however, a fine way to pass a Saturday night and there’s no usher glowering at the Dairy Milk you bought from Sainsbury’s.
While more of these mid-level films arrive on our small screens it would be a shame if we stopped visiting smaller cinemas; the Dominion in Edinburgh and Glasgow Film Theatre are but two that need your support. They’ll even let you bring your own saffron.
The Harder They Fall, Finch Netflix/Apple+
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