Sunday, October 01, 2023

Sugar, We're Going Down

Wes Anderson has a new movie, his second this year, with a Apple TV+ Netflix film, with the Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

I really know nothing about Rolad Dahl, outside of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But Henry Sugar was one of his short stories, and Anderson made a short movie of it - 37 minutes to be exact. 

As you'd suspect, Anderson doesn't stray from his quirkiness or even colour pallet. 

He doesn't have the usual cast of character, but the cast shines with Dev Patel (I loved him in this), Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley and Benedict Cumberbatch. All do great jobs, as you'd expect. 

Allegedly, Anderson will be making a series of short films with this cast. 

I can't say there are spoilers to be had, it's just a short story in a short film that is extremely well executed. 

It's 37 minutes. What do you really have to lose? 

2023 Movie Count / Goal: 10 of 15

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Raybeard said...

Definitely sounds like one which merits ending my now 4-year-long cinema 'fast'. Wes Anderson rarely disappoints and this short has the huge merit of extreme concision - though, of course, it'll be coupled with something else, possibly trite.

Raybeard said...

Re-reading your article, it seems unlikely that this short will ever make it to a cinema so I'll just better wait to see if I can catch it on some accessible TV channel here which, if so, may likely well be a long wait.

Btw: There's been some recent comments here about Dahl's attitudes to race - largely uncontroversial at his time of writing, in current times questionable or worse. He seems to have become just one of a growing number of now deceased writers (even some not so deceased!) being re-appraised for such. I make no further comment.

Travel said...

The world needs more short films