Film Reviews

Me Before You | A Review

Me Before You is being called the romantic movie of the year, with an all-star cast this is a film certainly not to be missed. Based on the book, of the same name, that has sold more than six million copies since being published, Me Before You is a love story centred around Will Traynor, a former active jet-setting banker turned quadriplegic played by Sam Claflin and his carer, Lousia “Lou” Clarke played by Emilia Clarke.

Overall I did enjoy this film, it’s a not so traditional love story. It focuses on the situation the characters are in rather than the love story that is clearly present, this is refreshing as many stories focus on romance. At the very core, this film is two people trying to get the other to see how great their life could be, who just happen to fall in love whilst doing so. Me Before You is a human film with three dimensional characters made even more superb by brilliant actors (even if the line up is mainly made up of the cast of Game Of Thrones) I’m astounded how a film that is undoubtedly a tear-jerker got me laughing as much as it did. Louisa Clarke is girl who you will want to be friends with, mainly because you would want to raid her wardrobe for those creative and unique combinations. Whereas Will Traynor is the man who you would want to be taken out by, despite his situation he is clearly still a witty, charming man, who is unfortunately haunted by the harsh reality that he will never be the man he once was. It is true that it differs from the book, not greatly, but just enough that anyone who has read it in the last year before watching it would notice.

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Lou’s determination to get Will to live and stop him from travelling to Switzerland to end his life, is remarkable. Emilia Clarke’s impeccable acting shows her going from this quirky, clumsy girl to a passionate, strong headed, independent woman. I can relate to Lou a lot, therefore a certain favour could be present. All of the cast are stunning, but Janet McTeer and Charles Dance really show how honed their acting skills are. Playing parents in a situation no parent ever wants to be in, they handle the roles of Mr and Mrs Traynor with respect and ease. For me, McTeer shone in the airport scene, I couldn’t imagine the translation from page to screen to be more flawless, partially due to her acting, she managed to convey so many deep emotions without uttering a word. Amazing.

If they wanted to make an impression they certainly have with this film, it’s premiere was a stage for disability right protests, without a doubt it has raised questions amongst able-bodies people about the presentation of disabled people. As Will’s choice to end his own life has been seen as one that is sending the common opinion that all people in his situation no longer want to live. I don’t agree or disagree with this view, I know it’s easy to sit on the fence with big issues such as this, but I truly believe that we need to see more disabled people on our screens, because we are not a total able bodied society. Saying that we need to recognise that not everyone who is put in these traumatic situations aren’t always full of positive energy and sometimes they don’t always see things the same way we able bodied people do. Surely it’s better that Will was shown ending his life in a dignified, if not controversial, way, rather than the shocking real manner of suicides that are present in the world.

Me Before You isn’t a film desperately trying to be a book, it has it’s own grounding from the book, something that is desperately lacking in the majority of book to movie adaptations we see today.

 

Insurgent Review

This time last year I was contemplating the hotness of Theo James, surprisingly this year I find myself doing the same. Based on the book series by Veronica Roth ‘Divergent’ was released around this time last year it is only suitable that the sequel ‘Insurgent’ has been released.

With a few altercations to the cast the main characters reprise their roles, with Shailene Woodley starring as Tris Prior, a Divergent who doesn’t fit into the categories set out by the society, Theo James (and his extremely firm upper body) star as Four, a Dauntless leader and love interest for Tris. Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort also reprise their roles as Peter Hayes and Caleb Prior respectfully. After the events of Divergent, the foursome are fugitives, due to Jeanine’s (Kate Winslet) villainous actions and separated from the rest of the dauntless faction. The foursome plot to get rid of Jeanine once and for all, but with the threat of her hunting Divergents to open a mysterious box provides a danger to Tris.

Overall I had mixed feelings about this film, I loved some bits but others not so much, I liked the premise of it and the idea of hunting Divergents. But, in my opinion, it was a bit of an anticlimax, as I got to end and discovered what was in this ‘box’ and I found myself not too bothered. However with the first film I was in great need of finding out what happens? I have a healthy interest in the next film, but not an addiction, which is a let down considering what I thought it would be like. On the whole, the acting didn’t falter, I think all of the main cast should get a special mention for their ability to portray internal conflicts and deep emotion, even if a couple of them turn out to be heartless!

In conclusion, this film was good, not great, but good. It truly did have some jaw dropping twists and moments where I was on the edge of my seat, however it isn’t what I expected, so for that I give it 3 out of 5 dragons. Saying that, I have seen worse films!

3 Stars

Let me know if you agree or not and your opinions on the film or book!

Happy Reading,
Ellie

Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

“Oxfords, never brogues,”

You know you’re in for a good film when there are explosions and espionage within the first 3 minutes, accompanied with the opening bars of ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits, Kingsman got off to a flying start. From that point it didn’t drop its standard for a moment, the whole cinema was chuckling throughout at the cleverly placed gags and jaw dropping fighting moves from Mr Darcy.

South Londoner Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is thrust into a world of high class espionage after being saved from arrest by a sharp-suited Harry Hart (Colin Firth) who is in debt to Eggsy’s family after many years. Falling into rank Eggsy soon ditches the trainers and snapback for a tailor suit and trademark Kingsman glasses, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius (Samuel L Jackson)

If you’re expecting a proper, James Bond like spy thriller, I think that you may have the wrong film. This film is a funny and refreshing take on the ‘Spy-Thriller’ with plenty of controversial elements that invite discussion. Matthew Vaughn directs from a script by Jane Goldman, based on a comic book by Mark Millar. Effectively an origin story the plot is left wide open for a sequel, which should be as classy as the first. There were some problems with the film, however they didn’t impact the whole viewing experience; Vaugh’s view of the class system can be seen as stereotypical (posh guy rescues a kid from troubling background) and raises a potential mark for extreme controversy. Although this controversial element is crucial for what can been seen as the moral to come through- that it’s not your accent, it’s your actions that really count – that’s when you get through the chopping off of limbs of course.

Overall it was a great film that was enjoyed by all that attend, I couldn’t pick a best bit because I loved it all, but the church scene really made my jaw drop (you’ll never Mr Firth in the same way again) Kingsman is a film that really did put class in kick- ass, and for that it get five stars/dragons.

5 Stars

Happy reading,
Ellie