This feature is where we discuss a topic of film and decide which three movies from that specific topic fit into the categories of ‘acquire, hire or fire’. We will be getting guests to do their versions too. Guests may include readers, fellow writers or even stars of film. Today, it’s our Editor-in-Chief Adam Ray Palmer.
'Acquire' means a film you would buy, 'Hire' means you would rent it and 'Fire' of course means you wouldn’t give it the time of day.
Today’s theme is ‘Ricky Gervais’.
My ‘fire’ film is quite obvious when looking at Ricky’s back catalogue. I could make a claim for ‘The Invention of Lying’ to be up there as a sinner but for me, there’s too many one-off funny scenes to carry it through. On the flip side, Muppets Most Wanted doesn’t have that luxury. It’s just weak in every area. It’s not his most entertaining movie, it’s not as funny as others and it's simply not Ricky Gervais’s style. It must have been a pay day.
My hire film is potentially another surprise, mainly because it’s not a ‘so-called Ricky Gervais’ film. Ricky is famous for writing, directing and starring in everything he does. However, it’s the ghostly rom-com Ghost Town that gets my ‘hire’ nod. I find this film different to a lot of other rom-coms, it’s not your average romantic-comedy. It’s original with slick writing and a great cast and soundtrack – I’d recommend catching this movie on a lazy weekend.
My acquire film was a tough call between his new David Brent movie or the film I have opted to go for. There’s just something loveable about Cemetery Junction that made me need to pick it. Gervais writes and directs this joy of a film and only briefly appears in a few scenes. With Ricky having a back seat, it’s the executive decision of the casting where this movie wins. Tom Hughes, Felicity Jones and Christian Cooke all provide stellar performances. A supporting cast of Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes is also a delight. Cemetery junction is funny, emotional, original and an all-round feel-good film. It’s easy to relate to and a must-see for film lovers.