Love Actually. About Time. Notting Hill. Bridget Jones. Four Weddings. Richard Curtis, the national treasure behind the scripts of some of our favourite guilty pleasures, is back with a heartwarming homage to the Beatles. A young man (Himesh Patel) wakes one day to find that no one in the world has any recollection of the legendary group. Also starring Lily James – expect laughs, tears (standard) and a cameo from Ed Sheeran suggesting to swap “dude” for “Jude” in one iconic song. Blasphemy.
All the best in film and TV this week.
The Sun Is Also A Star
Riverdale fans, stop everything you’re doing now. Charles Melton (you might know/love him as Reggie Mantle) stars in the forthcoming adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name, which follows a 24-hour whirlwind romance. The beginning of the trailer poses the question: “What does America mean to you?” As well as a love story, the film also makes references to Trump America, as Shahidi’s character and her family face deportation despite having been citizens there for her whole life.
For even the strongest of us Lord of the Rings stans, we still might not know that much about the life of legendary author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Starring Nicholas Hoult as the titular character and Lily Collins as his wife, Edith Bratt, the film looks at Tolkien’s formative years, as well as parallels between real life events and the magic dreamed up in his literature. Think the Battle of Somme vs the nightmarish battlefields of Mordor.
For months now we’ve been teased with terrifying images of Will Smith as a hench, blue genie. And now, all our nightmares have been realised as the longer trailer has dropped for Disney’s live action film, directed by Guy Ritchie. A vibrant, colourful kingdom, the glittering Cave of Wonders, and a hint of a magic carpet get a IRL revamp, and we can’t wait.
Sex Education: S2
We wept, we cringed, we mentally stood in solidarity and claimed “it’s my vagina!” Yes, season one of Netflix’s pretty much near-perfect Sex Education swept social media, and received acclaim due to its dealings with self-acceptance, toxic masculinity and gender equality. And now S2 has been confirmed, along with a Mean Girls-inspired lockers confession trailer. Into it.