How would you like to live in a town that basically has just two rules? Those rules being: 1) one must have the means to earn a living and 2) one must live in a place that has a roof overhead. There's a fictional town in Norway, at the tip of the Artic Circle, called Fortitude and it's also the name of a UK TV series that stars Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon.
Fortitude is the most northern city in the world. It claims to have no crime, because everyone living there is happy. Sounds like a nice place to live or visit. To attract more tourist is the primary the governor is trying to get investors to back an ice hotel construction project. All is proceeding nicely until something is found in the glacier that the hotel is to be built on that likely will jeopardize the chances for the building to ever reach completion.
A newcomer to the town is told that he must by a warm hat with earflaps and purchase a rifle. The hat is to combat frostbitten ears. The rifle is combat all the polar bears that hunt this coastal town. Rifles are more prevalent in shopping carts than purses. We learn that once a polar bear attacks a human, that bear is eating the human. The bear isn't concerned with killing its prey, just devouring it. One gets the feeing that a rifle is a little more important than the hat with flaps.
The production is top-notch. The scenery is awesome. It's refreshing to watch brutal cold depicted on the screen when it's 90 degrees outside in reality. It might be cold outside in Fortitude, but the residents heat it up. Small towns are places where everyone knows everybody and their business. Dark days for half the year give way to a great deal of frolicking in Fortitude. The characters in this town are complex and believable. The actors playing these characters are so spot-on that not once did I think that I was watching actors.
Make no mistake. This is an adult TV series. What starts out as a dark, moody atmosphere, turns a lot brighter "red" by episode 9. Critics love this show. An option for a 2nd season was picked-up and will soon be available at our library.
starring the late Mary Martin as Peter and Sir Cyril Ritchard as Capt. Hook.
I was hooked.
I'm still scared that if I hang a foot or arm off the end of the bed, a crocodile is gonna
snatch it off while I'm sleeping. To date I've seen just about any and every version of
this classic tale and of course read the novel by J.M. Barrie. I was gonna pan outta
viewing this latest film adaptation until I brought it home and thought, what the heck, I'd
give it a try.
It explores an interesting angle. . .that Hook and Peter once were friends and not always
aversaries. It stars Hugh Jackman, who I enjoy his work. It also has refreshing newcomer,
the 13 year old, Levi Miller, in the title role. His expressive eyes only adds to his
Adding to the charm of this film is a score that is both lively and supportive. The CGI is
okay. I liked the way the pirate ships float in space. Garrett Hedlun (of Friday Night
Lights fame) shows some potential to play a more devious role in the obvious sequel.
It is rated PG and not that scary. I almost was able to let my arm drift off the bedside as
I fell asleep the night I watched this film. Almost...