Arena reviews The Wolverine and Frances Ha tonight on RTÉ Radio 1 at 7.00pm.
Directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine runs to 126 minutes. This action-adventure takes Wolverine - the most iconic character of the X-Men universe - to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle.
The 86-minute Frances Ha stars that fine young actress Greta Gerwig in the title role. When the movie settles down after the annoying first section, and the nerdy, urban uptightness fades, it becomes a solid, intriguing ensemble piece. Dancer and choreographer Frances is liked by most people she meets, and not just her friends, because she is so visibly all over the shop and people feel protective of her. She shifts between residence in various friends' flats, with no sense of security or rootedness, determined to make a go of it either as a dancer or as a choreographer. She barely makes ends meet working as a waitress for a spell and in an office job at a dance studio. Will she gain even a modicum of creative triumph in a competitive New York dance scene?