The first date: Bohemian Rhapsody
A drama about the extraordinary life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was inevitable. With Mercury played by Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) a set of prosthetic teeth and direction from Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) Bohemian Rhapsody takes us from the band’s formation up to Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 in front of 72,000 people (and a further 1.9 billion watching live at home).
Consulting closely with the surviving members of the band, it’s not a warts-and-all depiction of Mercury’s life – it’s a feel-good one. Here’s some trivia: in a bit of behind-the-scenes skullduggery, director Singer was fired halfway through production. Dexter Fletcher was brought in to finish the job before starting work on Elton John biopic Rocketman (out next year). This’ll either impress your date or bore them senseless, and it’s a good chance to find out which. If they don’t like Queen, dump ‘em.
In cinemas November 1.
The ice breaker: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan (ah, excuse you) the latest movie from the Harry Potter extended universe is a sure-fire way to inspire date night conversation. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel edges closer to the world of Hogwarts and Dumbledore than the previous film – in fact, young Dumbledore is in the film, played by Jude Law.
Claudia Kim (playing Nagini – a big reveal to HP fans) and Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) are among new additions to the cast, which includes returning characters Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and the villainous Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Go along if you’re a fan of the original series or are looking to test your date’s fantasy tolerance.
In cinemas November 15.
The compromise: Robin Hood
In any relationship, you need to compromise to keep both parties happy. Sometimes this means seeing a type of movie you don’t necessarily usually seek out – but not today, friends. Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood is a combination of action, romance and comedy (and a heist film to boot) that will satisfy most movie-goers.
Starring Kingsman’s Taron Egerton as Robin, Jamie Foxx as Little John, Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlett and Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, the adventure film is a fresh take on well-worn material (remember when Russell Crowe played Robin Hood? And Kevin Costner? And Sean Connery?). “Who is your favourite Robin Hood?” is an excellent conversation topic for the drive home.
In cinemas November 22.
The comedy: Second Act
In the early 2000s Jennifer Lopez was the queen of the romantic comedy. Films like The Wedding Planner and Maid in Manhattan are beloved for their daggy warmth (and true commitment to slapstick comedy), and they’re still some of the few mainstream Hollywood comedies with a non-white star.
Second Act will please lovers of the classic era of J.Lo comedies. Lopez plays Maya, a 40-year-old mother who is dissatisfied with her job at a superstore and gets a chance to work at a Madison Avenue finance firm when she falsifies her social media accounts. A true 2018 story! This movie will match well with some sugary snacks (and a glass of wine).
In cinemas November 29.
The conversation topic: Louis Theroux Premiere Event: Love Without Limits
If you prefer for your date night to be an opportunity for vigorous intellectual debate, then a Louis Theroux documentary is the choice for you. The British filmmaker and broadcaster is renowned for being invited into dangerous and sensitive situations, and then charming his subjects with his wide-eyed (but polite) incredulity. Now he’s tackling the most contentious phenomenon of all: love.
Love Without Limits sees Louis travel to Portland, Oregon, the US capital of polyamory and “ethical non-monogamy”. There he talks to people who have challenged the traditional notion of a “happy relationship” with varying results.
In cinemas November 30.
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