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Film reviews - Young Adult and Martha Marcy May Marlene

UK cinema-goers are spoilt for choice with bitches and basket-cases this weekend


It's been a while since we saw something at the cinema that we properly loved. There have been some good, solid releases recently like The Artist, Iron Lady and Like Crazy, but it feels like ages since we fell hard for a film. It has been a few months since Weekend after all, although its out on DVD next month - can't wait - and it's been even longer since Bridesmaids. However, like waiting for the proverbial bus, this weekend two very brilliant but very different films get their UK release. Both are reviewed in the March issue of GT (pick it up in all good retailers, online or download it), but we've plumped them up, expanded them, added trailers and popped them on the internets because we're just that excited to share them with you all.

First up is Young Adult from Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman the writer/ director team behind Juno, who this time bring us Mavis Geary, who has instantly become our new favourite screen bitch. Charlize Theron sizzles and sneers as this arrogant, drunk, thirty-something on a deluded quest to her hometown to try and win back her high-school boyfriend. Tossing out world-weary but hilarious put-downs like hand grenades at enemies and friends alike Mavis doesn't even glance back at the wreckage she leaves behind her. She’s the blinkered, selfish part of all of us that surfaces at our worst moments, angrily demanding the unobtainable. But with Ms Geary it's out there and in your face all the time. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, there is something sympathetic and ultimately relatable in her. But maybe that's just us.

Young Adult is a wonderfully uncomfortable comedy and, unlike Mavis, it doesn’t look away from the collateral damage caused by her dysfunctional behaviour, nor does it try to ‘fix’ her. Best of all we haven't laughed this much since the aforementioned Bridesmaids. Check out the trailer below, we dare you not to fall in love with the psychotic prom queen bitch.



If you're after a double bill or you fancy something a bit more thoughtful we'd suggest you check out Martha Marcy May Marlene. This dreamy arthouse thriller tells the story of Martha, a young woman taken in by her sister after spending years in a cult. She struggles to adjust to her sibling's upwardly mobile lifestyle and worries that her former ‘family’ are watching, waiting for a chance to bring her back to the fold. The narrative cuts back and forth between her present and past and explains Martha's discomfort both with the cult she escaped from, and her sister. And don't worry, the film's mysterious title does get explained. In fact you'll get the Marcy May part from the trailer below. Elizabeth Olsen, little sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley (but don't hold that against her), makes a deeply impressive debut as the fragile, damaged Martha in this beautiful and haunting film. We predict big things from her and can't recommend this highly enough.



Whatever you watch this weekend we hope you enjoy it...

Words: Alexander Smith

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