There’s a lot of like about The Revenant, a harsh tale of survival circa 1823 where frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) struggles against impossible odds – well, an Indian attack followed by being mauled by a bear and then fellow survivor John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) leaves him to die, only he doesn’t, which is bad news for John.
It’s the 1920s, and Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) is the toast of Copenhagen’s artistic scene. His wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), also a painter, asks him to model a dress for one of her works, and gradually he begins to spend more and more time living as a woman named Lili.
The fight for women’s right to vote – or “suffrage” – took different forms all over the world, but in the United Kingdom in the years before World War One, a lengthy struggle with little progress led to a growing radicalisation of the movement – which is a tricky thing to dramatise.
Like all major holidays, Christmas is a time for movies where a whole lot of people have individual stories that may or may not come together for a big rousing conclusion. Love, Actually has had the holiday to itself for far too long; now it’s time for the extended Cooper family to stake their claim.
If you’ve ever wondered exactly how to make a story about a couples’ low-key marriage woes actually watchable – if for no other reason than to sell that secret to the ABC to spice up their “quality dramas” – By the Sea has it sorted. Just make sure the couple is insanely good-looking.