Hey Academy! Start polishing up those Oscars, ‘cos Ewan McGregor’s got you in his sights. To be fair, everyone’s favourite naked Scotsman hasn’t had a lot of success with the little gold fellas. Could that be about to change with the release of ‘The Impossible’? Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish director best known for 2007’s creepy ‘The Orphanage’, the film tells of a holidaying British couple – played by McGregor and Naomi Watts – and their three sons when they’re split apart by the 2004 tsunami. Expect the usual (somewhat valid) criticisms to be thrown at ‘The Impossible’ – are the travails of five white folks really more interesting and worthwhile than the experiences of local people who lost everything? – but that shouldn’t sway the Academy, who have a long track record of rewarding real-life stories of hardship and heroism. One complaint though: this trailer really does seem to give away pretty much the entire story, so approach with caution if you don’t want to find out whether Ewan and Naomi find their way back to one another.
The film’s set for a UK release on Jan 4. Keep an eye on timeout.com/film for all the news, reviews and complete film listings.