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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?