For those of you who haven't been to the Rex in Berkhamsted, it is a stunning Art Deco cinema, lovingly restored and reopened in 2004 with a huge local effort.
Even if you are not sure about the film, the cinema is worth the visit on its own.
Most films sell out here so you will need to be quick.
There are caberet seats at the front of the cinema with tables and a bar serving coffee, alcohol and snacks. Tickets for the caberet area at the front and we have 8 reserved.
Charge is £9.00 (£6.50 for the ticket and £2.50 towards admin, paypal fees, queuing in the rain for an hour, coffee and snacks)
Table 21 reserved.
If demand is high, please put yourself on the waiting list and I will see if we can get some more tickets nearer the time.
We can go to Gatsbys for a drink afterwards.
Due to the number restrictions you will need to pay via Paypal when you RSVP.
Review from Rex site
2013, cert PG, 126mins, Dubbed into English
The master of exquisite storytelling, Hayao Miyazaki (considered the Walt Disney of Japan, but that is an unfair comparison) has entered legend with his, supposedly, final film.
An elegantly crafted tale, The Wind Rises is a fictionalised biopic of WWII fighter plane designer Jiro Horikoshi (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who “created the Mitsubishi Zero plane, a fighter used by the Japanese Navy. His inspiration and mentor is the great Italian aircraft designer, Count Gianni Caproni.” (Independent)
“Jiro has no particular interest in promoting or preventing the war. He is more concerned with the health of his sickly fiancée; more focused on the wonderful nuts and bolts business of designing his planes.
Jiro’s planes were later built at slave labour camps and were used for kamikaze missions, although the film does not mention this. Jiro, for his part, is painted as an innocent, incurious man who perhaps feels that his responsibilities end when his planes are complete.” (Guardian)
For Miyazaki, this is a soaring swansong; a poignant, slow burn of beauty that tells a very mature, and deeply personal tale, whilst remaining every bit the Ghibli production. Here’s hoping, in the wake of Miyazaki’s retirement, Studio Ghibli can continue to produce captivating stories that push generational boundaries, without compromising story, or talking down to its audience. (Jack Whiting)