Movies and Shakers review “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Darkest Hour” with Gary Oldman Q&A

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Does Star Wars: The Last Jedi live up to its expectations? There’s great anticipation as to what Writer/Director Rian Johnson (Looper) has been up to. And lots of secrecy. We’re not going to spoil your fun. But get ready to buckle up for plenty of action, tension, twists and surprises in this second installment in the trilogy that picks up from The Force Awakens without missing a beat.

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Think Grimm’s Fairy Tales meets Beauty and the Beast in this charming, alarming, fairy tale. Guillermo del Toro uses beautifully imaginative settings for his improbable love story between a mousy woman, who is mute but not deaf, and a beast from an ancient civilization. Elisa becomes “the princess without a voice.” Sally Hawkins (Maudie, Paddington, Blue Jasmine) is extraordinary saying so much without speaking one word. The actress has a voice but is still captivating using everything but. Del Toro spins the story and she projects it emotionally from the get-go.

DARKEST HOUR

This film is history come to life with an exceptional performance by Gary Oldman who has been nominated before (Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy). Oldman researched the Prime Minister of Great Britain for a full year before shooting began. The actor even toured Churchill’s war rooms. He says there are so many sides to the leader, that he’d love crack at playing him again at another point in Churchill’s life.

Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, The Soloist) and Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) were a little apprehensive when they learned that Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was to come out in the same year. Oldman says they were nervous the two films would be the same movie, but found that they actually complement each other and overlap.

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