13 June 2024
Andrew Legge's LOLA out now to rent or 3rd July on blu-ray from Signature Entertainment

Film Review – Lola (2022)

Intricate time-travel thriller with multiple threads and unforgettable duo leads of grandiose proportions, Lola is one of the most fantastic movies of the year so far that will chill you to the bone.

Better known as Mars and Thom, reclusive orphaned sisters Martha (Stefanie Martini) and Thomasina (Emma Appleton) have created a machine through superior ingenious technology they call, Lola.

The beautifully named mechanism has rigged hardwires and assorted vintage electrical workings that when in full working mode, has visions, sometimes with sounds of the future beamed onto its television screen.

The fact it is England 1940, life during wartime is about to be changed by these two inventive gurus, but keeping incognito doesn’t last long, especially when lives are saved and deathly dark Nazi history as we know it, is averted.

Filmed in glorious black and white this is a movie that never stops, something is happening throughout either romantically, suspensefully or tragically, wow is all I can say with the impact Lola, left me with long after end credits rolled.

The girls do great to begin with from saving lives to discovering futuristic music such as Bowie and Dylan and looking at inventions yet to be created.

Just like we have seen in classics Back to the Future (1985) to Avengers Endgame (2019) and one of my personal favourites, unseen gem, Project Almanac (2015) changing threads of time has consequences, not usually good. Micro budgeted Lola is up there with the best-of time-travel adventures.

Acting on the brink of greatness, Emma Appleton (extraordinary as Nancy in series, Pistol) is of such high calibre, from fabulous and likeable, to power trip kookiness is all raw brilliance, whilst relatively unknown Stefanie Martini (what a great actors name) is equally shining in character.

Trailblazing musical outfit The Kinks, cover of ‘You Really Got Me‘ they perform together to an unsuspecting 40s audience recalls Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) rocking ‘Johnny B Goode‘ at the ‘Enchantment Under the Sea’ dance. This movie is full of surprises I will further reveal here.

Lola; must see movie congratulations to all involved for a remarkable indie achievement. Frequently inventive, smart, delivering shocks and respite.

Not your average 79 minutes of viewing pleasure. You’ll see what I mean the moment you press play. All hail director Andrew Legge.

Sci-fi, War | UK/Ireland, 2022 | 15 | Rent (now) Blu-ray (3rd July) | Signature Entertainment | Dir. Andrew Legge | Stefanie Martini, Emma Appleton, Hugh O’Conor

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