Our first Family Film on Friday, 25th September, was the feature length cartoon, Minions, and the audience of XX children and YY adults was our second largest so far. The fact that it was only pipped for the record by Frozen puts the second place into context. The Friday night adult film, Mr Holmes, was not a record breaker but those that came along appeared to have enjoyed this unusual take on the Sherlock Holmes stories.
The Friday Film Night organisers, Peter and Lyn Brunton, are not, however, resting on their laurals because we have to more exciting films on the bill for Friday 30th October. The Family Film is another blockbuster from Pixar, Inside Out, is another outstanding addition to their library of modern animated classics.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
The critics and audiences rated it 98% and 90%, respectively. An amazing score when the equivalent figures for Frozen were 89% and 86%! The critics consensus was that it was inventive, gorgeously animated and powerfully moving. The runtime is 1hour and 34 minutes.
Our next Friday Adult film is the drama 45 Years, starring two greats of film and stage, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courteney. There is just one week until Kate Mercer's forty-fifth wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
The critics rating at 97% is nearly as high as for Inside Out but admittedly based on a smaller number of critics. Audience rating was 81% but again based on a much smaller audience sample. The runtime is 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Note that because for the Primary School's Christmas Fair, there will be no Family Film Night in November. There will be a Friday Film Night adult film on the 27th November, starting at the usual time of 20.00 hrs.