ODEON Magazine Issue 106 - September/October 2018 - Page 12

Watch the trailer A Star is Born TBC Bradley Cooper’s rocker goes gaga for, erm, Gaga Why are magical lands always covered in snow? Watch the trailer The Nutcracker and the Four Realms TBC If you’re in the mood for something wondrous, look no further – this Disney fairytale has magic in spades DIRECTORs Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston StARRING Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman Inspired by the E.T.A. Hoffman story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, this magical adventure sees a young girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) travelling to a strange parallel land. There she encounters 26 OCT a kind soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) who promises to help her find her way home again. But first Clara must locate a mysterious key that will restore harmony to the land’s four feuding realms. Disney at its lavish, ingenious best, the entire family will be nutty about this Nutcracker. fantasticAL four The four realms Clara seeks to unite in The Nutcracker are each ruled by a regent. Get to know them below... Sugar Plum Fairy Keira Knightley’s kindly fairy oversees the Sweet Realm. Hawthorn The Land of Flowers belongs to Eugenio Derbez’ leafy leader. Shiver Richard E. Grant plays the aptly named Shiver, king of the Snow Realm. Mother Ginger Leader of the fourth realm, Helen Mirren’s matriarch is bad news. DIRECTOR Bradley Cooper STARRING Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Dave Chappelle So nice they’ve already made in thrice (in 1937, 1954 and 1976), A Star is Born sees the multi- talented Bradley Cooper (he acts, he sings, he directs!) playing Jackson Maine, an alcoholic rock star whose career is suffering as a result of the excessive booze. Drowning his sorrows at a club one night, he watches talented singer Ally (Lady Gaga) performing and is instantly smitten. But as her star soars (with his help), his continues to fade. Can Ally find a way to pull her new lover out of his personal hell? In his directing debut, Cooper has knocked it out of the park. He and Gaga (in her first major movie role) are both sensational and the script is just the right mix of salty and sweet. The songs are also memorable, especially the Lady Gaga original ‘The Shallow’, while the supporting cast are uniformly excellent. There’s already talk of awards and that’s deserved. Like its two stars, this musical drama hits all the right notes. 5 OCT