Sometimes when the real world is getting a bit too overwhelming, especially during these crazy times, the best escape is a good film. I honestly do not know what I would do without them. Tonight, in an attempt to clear my mind and to get started on the virtually endless list of award-nominated movies, I watched Florence Foster Jenkins and if I had to describe the movie in one word it would be “charming”.
Warning: minor spoilers ahead
This review might be a tad biased because the Harry Potter books and movies were the great love of my childhood, my teenage years and my adult life. When the movie was first announced I was initially quite sceptical. I did not really know what to expect plot-wise as the book of the same name does not have a specific narrative. However, as soon as the first images of the movie were released I became very, very excited. The fact that one of my favourite actors, Eddie Redmayne, was cast as the main character made it all the better for me. The best news of all, perhaps, was that J.K. Rowling herself was to write the screenplay. To me, that was the big sign that this movie was going to be something truly great. I quickly booked my tickets for the midnight screening and eagerly counted down the days until november 15th.
I wrote a blog post earlier this year where I talked about some of the movie releases that I was most excited about for 2016 and the one that I was looking forward to the most was Suicide Squad. I rewatched the trailers countless times and I literally could not have looked forward to the release day more. The day before I went to see it however, I saw all the horrible reviews about it and I got so disappointed. However, I decided not to let it get to me as I wanted to form my own opinion regardless of what others thought of it. As it turns out, I did not completely hate the movie but I am VERY disappointed with how little they did with these characters. It had so much potential!
Last night it was time for one of my favorite little traditions, pulling an all-nighter to watch the Academy Awards live on television. Due to the time difference this is quite the challenge sometimes, but I am usually so excited that it is not at all difficult to stay awake. This year I looked forward to the show with mixed feelings, however. The controversy about the complete lack of diversity among the acting nominees was something that I felt very strongly about, because I simply do not understand why Hollywood refuses to give actors and movie makers of colour the same opportunities as everyone else. So, with a little apprehension and a lot of snacks, I counted down the minutes until the show would start.
Surprise surprise, another review about an Academy Award nominated movie. Although, shockingly, I did not enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. Get ready for an ‘unpopular opinion’ review!
If there is one movie I am rooting for during the Academy Awards this year, it is Room. Whereas most of the other ‘Oscar-movies’ I have seen so far have been good, this one is simply phenomenal. Even after watching it numerous times, it still holds up just as well as the first time.
I know that countless reviews have already been written about this movie (especially by people with a lot more knowledge on the subject than me), but I figured why not add my two cents anyway. I finally managed to find some time to watch it last week and it left me feeling speechless and in awe.