Fim 2008 with Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross is not only known for his presenting skills, near-the-knuckle comedy and as a radio 2 DJ, but took up the gauntlet as a successor to Barry Norman as a film buff on “Film 2008 with Jonathan Ross”. Jonathan Ross has a keen interest in films – particularly Japanese and his wife Jane Goldman recently was co-writer of the screenplay Stardust. Ross has been presenting the Film series of programmes since 1999.
Film 2008 is a weekly programme that is shown late on a Tuesday evening. It has a standard format, examining releases of latest films, film clips, interviews and how films are doing at the box office.
This week, the main films being reviewed were 10,000 BC and the animated film, Horton Hears a Who – both of the films have been released in time for Easter and aimed at families. As the name suggests, 10,000 BC is set in prehistoric times and follows the story of a young mammoth hunter and his life and loves. Although the film has done well at the box office, Ross was not totally enamoured.
Horton Hears a Who received a much better view and the programme showed Jim Carrey getting into character and his visual expressions as he adopted the role. The animated film is based on the Dr. Seuss book and Horton is an elephant (voiced by Carey). This is the second Dr Seuss film in which Jim Carrey has starred – the first being The Grinch.
Film 2008 is an enjoyable half hour programme presented in Jonathan Ross’s own teasing style. He is courteous to guests but not afraid to “tell it like it is”.