drama Armageddon Time Cannes Gowns, Round 4 – cpn

Anne Hathaway is in Cannes to attend the premiere of James Gray’s memoir drama Armageddon Time. Juror Rebecca Hall and Cannes mainstay Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai also walked the red carpet. Sheila Atim, who you’ll recall just won the Olivier Award, is having a very good year. She was this year’s actress honorary at Chopard’s annual Cannes ceremony which spotlights one male and one female star each year (Jack Lowden was the male winner this year). The four most recent actress winners were Anya Taylor-Joy (2017), Elizabeth Debicki (2018), Florence Pugh (2019), Jessie Buckley (2021) so that’s very good company to be in. Atim is onscreens now in a small role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and supports Viola Davis later this year in The Woman King.

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Armageddon Time has received very warm reviews which might bode well for a James Gray movie finally being in Oscar competition (*might* because his films aren’t as sentimental as this genre and Oscar voters like to embrace). The movie is based on Gray’s memories of his 80s adolescence. THR says “Hathaway does her best work since Rachel Getting Married” as the mother and both Entertainment Weekly and IndieWire single out Anthony Hopkins as the grandfather mentioning his golden late career phase and that he continues “to mine raw honesty from the depths of human frailty”. The Guardian though didn’t much like it describing it as “slightly laborious and self-consciously acted”

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