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In this week’s Stuff to Watch, I’m joined by Emily Brookes and Bridget Jones and we find ourselves lamenting the recent explosion of time travel tales and dramas involving women gassed by their partners.
These seem like two tropes and themes that TV executives have been going crazy for lately – with mixed results. Hear our thoughts on the best and the worst, plus these final two examples:
Paper Girls (Prime Video): Based on a comic book series, while it might look like a ripoff of Stranger Things with its protagonists and initial 1980s setting, there’s a very different tone and feel to it.
Surface (Apple TV+): Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the latest British actor to play a woman who discovers her life may not be what she thinks. Suffering from amnesia, she begins to discover clues suggesting that her husband lied to her. It’s disappointing and predictable.
We also review:
The Gray Man (Netflix): Ryan Gosling plays a government-backed hitman in this Bourne-esque blockbuster that has its moments, but never really catches fire. The jury has spoken out on Chris Evans’ performance as the story’s nominal “villain”.
Hitmen (Vibe): Former Great British Bake Off hosts Mel and Sue reunite for this British dark comedy series about two rather incompetent killers. If the list of guest actors is impressive, humor will not make everyone happy.
Classic fit: Apollo 13 (neon): Ron Howard’s 1995 space drama is one of the great reality-inspired tales of the past 30 years. Tom Hanks leads a brilliant ensemble of dudes, but it’s the lack of sentimentality and the magnificent attention to detail that really impresses.
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