Can you imagine taking on a 1000+ mile journey on foot to help you recover from a personal catastrophe at home?
That’s exactly what Reese Witherspoon does as Cheryl, in Wild; the Jean-Marc Vallée directed drama based on the real life memoir of Cheryl Strayed.
This great story of redemption and self discovery is definitely Witherspoon’s least glamorous role yet (not a criticism).
With foot blisters, foregone showers and tension filled encounters with sketchy strangers along the way, Wild is a humorous, perfectly paced and edited film. you’ll find yourself dreaming about your own personal adventure.
Seeing myself travelling to escape undesirable events that may have happened at home is easy. However, my journey absolutely won’t be on foot and it will not involve a tent or my very own portable stove.
Watch it for a hopeful, very engaging film experience and because it’s good for you.
Key highlights include Cheryl’s first encounter as a hitchhiker and her meeting with the little boy
For all serious Tom Hardy fans, a promising cinematic feast is coming.
Legend, the Brian Helgeland directed film has Hardy playing two characters. Namely Ronald and Reginald Kray, a.k.a.The Kray Twins – identical twin gangsters known for terrorising London in the 1950s and 1960s.
In a few months the feast is coming. But first, an appetiser…
Running Scared by Roy Orbison is t the track playing throughout the teaser trailer.
Oscar nominated for his moving portrayal of real life computer scientist, mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing; Benedict Cumberbatch is an Actor whose work I must pay much closer attention to from now on.
His version of Turing, an important man in the history of Britain, especially during the Second World War and how it came to end when it did is brilliant.
Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game is a thrilling biographical drama that grabs you from the very beginning. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud in several parts, thanks to Graham Moore’s Oscar winning screenplay.
You’re also bound to chance upon feelings of gratitude for the times in which you live – whatever your background. Reason being, when you think about how things actually transpired for Turing in the very end, it’s worse than a great shame. Particularly considering the importance of the work he did in serving his country.
One of my favourite moments is the opening dialogue of Tyldum’s film. Reason being, it happens to be exactly what I want to say to people I watch movies with – as the voice of the movie. It’s basically what every film commands from audiences that sit down to watch.
If you haven’t already watched The Imitation Game and you want said opening dialogue to remain a surprise, stop reading now.
‘Are you paying attention? Good. If you’re not listening carefully, you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself and you will not interrupt me.
You think that because you are sitting where you are and I am sitting where I am that you are in control of what is about to happen. You are mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you don’t know. What I will need from you now is a commitment.
You will listen closely and you will not judge me until I have finished. If you cannot commit to this, then please leave the room. But if you choose to stay. remember you chose to be here. What happens from this moment forward is not my responsibility. It’s yours. Pay attention.’
The Theory of Everything is the love story of acclaimed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane.
For those hoping that The Theory of Everything will delve deeply into the science Hawkings is famous for, that’s not the emphasis here.
High quality performances are seen all round including the portrayal of Jane by Felicity Jones. However, it’s Eddie Redmayne’s incredible 2015 Best Actor Oscar winning turn as Hawking that generates nothing if not the utmost respect for his talents and handwork.
Redmayne manages to expertly embody Hawking’s physicality, emotions and famously mischievous sense of humour through the various stages of his life before and from the onset of motor neurone disorder.
Directed by James Marsh, this biography / drama for me, is about the beauty of friendship, love and most of all, what is possible with the human spirit.
As Hawking put it himself:
“There should be no boundary to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope’.
I’ll start by saying I’m glad this is the first movie I’ve seen starring Omar Sy. A truly brilliant introduction and first impression. If you didn’t already know of him or his equally talented costar, Francois Cluzet, you won’t forget either of them after this.
The Intouchables is a true story about the friendship between two very different people, a wealthy quadriplegic and his far from wealthy caregiver.
Written and Directed by Olivier Nakache plus Eric Toledano and highlighting the pricelessness of true friendship, this well paced French drama / comedy will have you smiling and laughing more times than you can count.
If you thought all that was enough things to love in one movie… there’s also the music.
Familial discontent, jealousy and the challenges / blessings that come with sibling relationships are some of the themes explored in Director, Bennet Miller’s award winning Foxcatcher.
Based on the true story of Olympic wrestling, gold medalist siblings, David and Mark Schultz , Foxcatcher follows the story of how the brother’s lives are altered with the arrival of wealthy and socially maladjusted wrestling enthusiast, Jon Du Pont (Steve Carell).
Carell’s Du Pont embodies an uncomfortable presence which acts as the catalyst for much of the dramatic tension in Foxcatcher and subsequently guarantees that the viewer is never allowed to relax – for good reason.
Further discomfort comes from Miller’s close focus on the stressful and painful realities of a character’s experience, making for a documentary feel.
Assuming that all the mention of discomfort hasn’t desuaded you from making time for Director Bennet Miller’s latest, let Carell’s stellar transformation into the certainly unbalanced Du Pont and Tatum’s troubled Mark Schultz be enough to convince you.
At the very least, both Actor’s performances will go some way to silencing any possible doubters of their acting talents.
Watch it to see Carell and Tatum do their best work.