There’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking. There is undoubtedly more to A Bigger Splash, the first English language feature from Luca Guadagnino. However when
drooling over seeing the trailer for his LFF-bound film, it is impossible to deny the bloomin’ sexiness of its four leads – Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes. The former two are a rock star and filmmaker holidaying on a sun-drenched Italian isle, when their bliss is blistered by the arrival of an old friend (Fiennes) and his daughter (Johnson). Taking its title from a David Hockney painting, if this black comedy is a tenth as fun as it looks, it will provide enough laughs to last until Christmas. Guadagnino is set to direct Johnson in a remake of Suspiria, a film beloved by many including this writer; if he can bring some drama to the frolics here, hopes will rise for his take on Argento’s classic. Johnson was the best part of 50 Shades Of Grey and has the potential to make some really great films.
There are still a few tickets remaining for two screenings of A Bigger Splash at London Film Festival; dive in quickly though!