Longing of celebrations? Do you think that we write when the Tree observes us with its flashing lights and gifts: Movie! Before we dive into the mini feast of works waiting for us we have a titbit for you. It is titled Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, the story of an eccentric and inexperienced detective, Dirk precisely, and his reluctant assistant Todd who together seek to resolve a dangerous supernatural mystery. The first season is on Netflix. We just tell you that to sign the series is Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and that the starting story revolves around a lost kitten. The Dr Watson of the situation is the poor wretched Todd, a graduate hotel bellhop submerged of inadequacy, who has the hobbit face of Elijah Wood, the “whole-face” actor of the Lord of the Rings.
That said, lets catapult us to the theatre. And we start with Arrival, by Denis Villeneuve: not to be missed because it is the first time of the Canadian director in science fiction, in which he ventures to tell us of a world-renowned linguist, burdened by an inconsolable grief (Amy Adams), which is requested when twelve alien spacecraft landed on Earth, we do not know with what intentions. Off the gender cliché, Villeneuve is fascinated by the eternal attempt to put our civilization in contact with the other, or assumed to be so, which inhabit the space, and he is aware that for them the only instrument we are provided with is the language, a common alphabet. It sounds like a call for help, this film, from us to them and vice versa, to try to understand whether the great and mysterious almighty universal design that governs us is provided for our salvation.
The film Sing speaks bluntly (but with many bass lines) of tenacity in pursuing your dreams, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. In a world populated only by animals, Buster barely lives, a wretched koalas once theatrical performer. But he has the ambition to set up the biggest singing competition in the world. So he enlists a pig with 25 children, a gangster gorilla, a punk hedgehog and a mouse. Do not remain anchored to the mean – the animation – but focus on the goal: the art of getting by with the talents you have to give a chance to yourself.
Here is a title that recalls Joy to the writer, a film about the climbing success of the inventor of the mop. The subject changes, but the spirit that animates The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock with Michael Keaton, is no different. While the United States are living an economic boom, the 52 year old Ray Kroc worked as a traveling salesman for Prince Castle company, whose flagship product is the blender Multimixer used in the drive-in. In the film, the real story of his meeting with Dick and Mac McDonald, who in the 50s had started selling hamburgers in Southern California. You guessed it? The empire of fast food, with a turnover of a thousand trillion, as we know it today, finds in this ironic and brilliant feuilleton his consecration.
Cover: Arrival, by Denis Villeneuve, 2017