Recommendations in Brief…February

I’m not sure if you could find a more perfect story for a Hollywood WWII epic than the tale of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. There’s lots of nice gory war set pieces, and Andrew Garfield is a perfect fit for the holier-than-thou lead role which earned him an Oscar nomination, even if the puppy dog eye thing does grate after the fifth teary close up. However the overall Go America! sentiment of the film had America F*ck Yeah going through my head afterwards.

International Rugby Referee Nigel Owens‘ Desert Island Discs had me and most of the country crying.

The documentary Matilda and Me about Tim Minchin’s hit musical is a joy if you’re a fan of the show and his work, which obviously you should be.

Finally, German comedy Toni Erdmann was absolutely bonkers. Awkward, saddening, moving and eventually hilarious and life affirming. An emotional bloody rollercoaster.