Today’s post is exactly what it says on the tin… Ten films which I’ve watched recently.

A Walk in the Woods

This is a film based on the book by Bill Bryson.  After a funeral, Bill decides to hike the 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail, but he needs someone to go with him.  The only person willing to join him is his old friend Steven Katz, and he’s Bill’s last choice.  However, with no other option, the two head off to complete their challenge.  This is easy, pleasant viewing, but be aware of the dad and old man gags.  I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Mr Holmes

Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is retired and living in the countryside with his housekeeper and her young son.  But why did he retire? As Holmes battles the early stages of dementia, he attempts to finally solve the case which haunts him.  I found this a little slow-paced, but the case was intriguing… another 3 out of 5 stars.

Dark Places

This is an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel, starring Charlize Theron.  It’s funny how they tried to make her look plain by wearing a baseball cap!  Libby Day is the only survivor of her family’s massacre, and lives off public donations.  But, the money’s running out, and Libby decides to make a paid appearance at a true crime club, where most members think her imprisoned brother is not guilty of the crime.  The reveal of what actually happened to Libby’s family is shocking, which makes me give this 4 out of 5 stars.

The Benefactor

I thought this might be a good film to watch with Oliver, but it turned out to be a dud.  Richard Gere plays a man who causes a car accident which kills his best friends.  He tries to make amends by helping their pregnant daughter and her new husband, but he just ends up being creepy… There’s no real conclusion either.  This one gets 2 out of 5 stars.

Focus

I really loved this! Will Smith and Margot Robbie play the leads in this con drama.  Will Smith is an accomplished con artist, who decides to train Margot to become part of his team, and they begin a relationship.  After a successful con, Margot is dumped abruptly and is heartbroken. Three years later, they bump into each other again… The ending is predictable, but I enjoyed the cons and the romance.  I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Blue Jasmine

I was worried this would be a bit boring, but I really enjoyed it.  Cate Blanchett is amazing as Jasmine, the wealthy socialite who is penniless after the collapse of her marriage to Alec Baldwin.  Forced to move in with her kooky sister, Jasmine has to find a job and make her own way.  The only thing I didn’t like was the ambiguous ending, but I’ll still give it 4 stars.

Black Swan

I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this before… Natalie Portman is the ballerina getting in touch with her dark side.  Now I don’t like horror, but I was expecting this to be scarier than it was, so I was a bit disappointed.  I thought the ending was fab though, so I’ll give it 3.5 stars.

The Age of Adaline

I’ve wanted to see this for a while, and it’s finally on Netflix.  Blake Lively stars as the woman who is 107 years old, but looks 29.  The film ignores the fact that many people in our society would love to halt the clock and stay in their twenties, and instead presents it as a curse.  Adaline creates a new life and identity every 10 years, in order to protect her secret.  The she meets Ellis, and her daughter (who is in her 80s) encourages her to finally stop running.  This was a charming film, although the scientific detail given to Adaline’s condition was a bit weird, and you have to ignore some plotholes.  It’s also a bit creepy at times, especially when Harrison Ford’s character steps in (why is this 107 year old woman attracted to men in their 30s? I’m not suggesting that she date 90 year olds, but maybe a George Clooney type?).  My favourite scenes were between Adaline and her daughter, Blake plays the mother surprisingly well! I’ll give it 3.5 stars.

Cinderella

The live action remake of the Disney animation left me a bit underwhelmed.  I have to be honest, the animated Cinderella is not one of my favourite Disney films either, so maybe it’s the story.  It didn’t take long for Lily James in the lead role to annoy me.  The film’s saving grace was Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett, perhaps unsurprisingly.  Hmm, 3 out of 5 stars.

The Pink Panther

The remake of the classic films, starring Steve Martin as the bungling Inspector Clouseau, may have been panned by critics, but I keep it on standby for when I need a good laugh.  There’s something about this type of comedy which tickles my funny bone! For that, it deserves 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you seen any of these, or found any films you’d like to watch from my list?

 

  • Ooo good selection! I’ve seen Black Swan and Focus, both of which I really enjoyed. I’ve read the book of Dark Places so I’d be intrigued to watch the film!
    Hels xx
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  • Kate

    Oh perfect timing Llinos, I’ve got a free weekend and I’ve wanted to find some film recommendations!

    I saw the Cinderella remake at Backyard Cinema in London – it was cute as they had fake snow etc (it was at Christmas time), but I found the whole thing so OTT fluffy! I loved Lily James in War & Peace TV Series, but I’m with you, I found her pretty grating, pretty quickly!

    I think I might check out Mr Holmes though – I somehow missed they’d even made this film – d’oh! But I love Ian McKellan and I do like a good mystery.

    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

  • I saw The Age of Adaline and I loved it. Ageing is a natural part of life and being young forever is a curse if the eternal youth is can not shared with the others.

  • Courtney

    None of these are really my kind of films apart from sherlock I love the tv programme I just worry another adaption might ruined it for me so I’m debating weather to watch it or not

  • Eva

    Ohhhh theres some good ones here! The Pink Panther is such a classic, I love it! Also I’m obsessed with the Cinderella film! I’ve seen ‘The Age of Adaline’ on netflix and I’ve been meaning to watch it, I guess I’ll give it a go!

    http://www.whatevawears.co.uk

  • carla

    I need to watch black swan as well – was hoping it’d be scary though! :/

    Carla x
    https://makemeupinside.wordpress.com/

  • I love movie posts! I share your feelings on Mr. Holmes. It was quite slow but I adore Ian McKellan and it was truly intriguing despite its pace. Also, I <3 Cate Blanchett but what was up with that ending? I need closure for her and me. 🙂

  • If you love Sherlock, I wouldn’t recommend this film, Sherlock is much better!

  • Blake was amazing in it, I agree! It’s such a unique film.

  • Yes I love your take on it!

  • I think I’ll give Black Swan another go, I kinda want to watch it with my bf because he likes creepy films but he’d hate the ballet.

  • It’s a while since I read the book but as film adaptations go, I think Dark Places was fairly true to it, I definitely recommend it.

  • Oh wow what a coincidence! I enjoyed Lily in Downton but there was something about her as Cinderella that rubbed me the wrong way. The mystery in Mr Holmes was good, but as a character I found him a bit too sentimental for tough old Sherlock!

  • Yay another Pink Panther fan! Yes if you have a free evening, The Age of Adaline is well worth a watch.

  • It is scary in parts but it’s not exactly what I was expecting, it’s definitely one to watch and make your own decision about.

  • I did enjoy Ian McKellan but I don’t think Sherlock Holmes would be quite like that as an old man, it was slow as you say. Yes I am so glad you understand, I need closure too! It’s like they didn’t know how to end it, so just said ‘CUT! Let’s leave it there, job done.’

  • I also watched The Age of Adaline recently and I really enjoyed it! I think Blake Lively was perfect in the role, and it was entertaining to watch if you didn’t think TOO much about the plotholes haha! I really want to re-watch Black Swan now as I haven’t seen it in ages! Thanks for sharing your films with us!

    Abbey 🌻 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • Blake Lively was so great in the role, I agree, I read that Katherine Heigl and Natalie Portman were both offered the part before her, can’t imagine them playing the part! I think I will re-watch Black Swan too.

  • Alisha Valerie.

    The Age of Adaline is such a wonderful movie! I really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing the others babe. I will have to check them out 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
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  • Yes hope I’ve given you some ideas for your next film night!

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    I love The Age Of Adeline! I have to agree, it’s not the most accurate of plots, but it’s a nice heart-warming watch anyway! I also love the new Cinderella film! Dark Places sounds really interesting, and right up my street! I’ll have to give it a watch!
    Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

  • Yes it is heartwarming, that’s a good word for it. Happy film watching!

  • My husband and I loved Mr Holmes…Justin is a bit obsessed with the detective.

  • I do love Sherlock Holmes!

  • Kate

    I’ve seen the Cinderella film, Helena Bonham Carter was brilliant in it, wish she had a bigger role in it! I saw it in the cinema when it came out. It was great to read your reviews of the films. I would like to see Mr.Holmes.

  • Oh man, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t seen a single one of these!! I really want to watch Mr Holmes – I think it’s on Amazon Prime Video so I should watch it on there soon. I also want to watch Black Swan (my friend studied it for her uni dissertation so I heard a lot about it) and Dark Places (but I want to read the book first)!

  • Thanks, glad you enjoyed. Yes, Helena Bonham Carter was not in Cinderella enough, being the narrator did not make up for her short screen time.

  • I read the Dark Places book first, for a film adaptation it is surprisingly close to the book.

  • Kate

    No problem!
    Yes, I definitely agree.