Lena Olin, Juliette Rylance and Bruce Dern are the stars of new Tom Dolby directed drama The Artist’s Wife.
It’s a story in which Claire (Olin) finds herself in the middle of a late-life crisis. A crisis that begins when her renowned abstract artist husband (Dern) is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before he completes the paintings for his final show.
Almost right away I thought of The Wife (2018) because both movies are about wives who sacrifice plenty in order to prioritise their husband’s careers.
I’m curious about what Dolby’s film has to say about Alzheimer’s and the creative person. I also want to see this particular experience of the ever supportive wife.
Caryn West, Tonya Pinkins, Catherine Curtin, Stefanie Powers, Avan Jogia, Ravi Cabot-Conyers and Clare Louise Frost also star.
Jojo Rabbit, a comedy / drama about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home is a movie I found more and more impressive as it played.
Director and co-writer Taika Waititi really did a great job of bringing humour to one of history’s darkest times. Jojo Rabbit is as funny and smart as others have been saying. I appreciate the way it reminds us of just how easily a young mind can be shaped; while also showing us that young minds are smart enough to figure things out for themselves, given the right circumstances.
I watched Waititi’s movie mainly because of the very intriguing and clever premise, the comedy categorisation, the fact that everyone told me to and the brilliant cast. A talent list that includes Scarlett Johansson, Waititi himself and Sam Rockwell, to name just a few.
Besides the cleverness and notable performances, the colours and beautiful imagery will stay with me when I think of Jojo Rabbit. As will the super cute and talented young actors, Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates. There’s also the way Jojo Rabbit reminds me of another brilliant World War 2 drama / comedy. Namely Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1997).
Watch Jojo Rabbit because it’s good – and see exactly why Waititi deserved the win for 2020’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.
Miltary Wives is a movie I don’t regret watching. Set in England and directed by Peter Cattaneo of The Full Monty (1997, it’s a story about the relationships between a group of women who form a choir to lift their spirits while their partners are away serving in Afghanistan.
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas (Kate) and Sharon Horgan (Lisa), I wanted to see Military Wives for a better understanding of what life can be like for the wives. Also, both Thomas and Horgan are great dramatic and comedy acting talents. Talents whose skills really shone through during the funny and the tension filled moments between Kate and Lisa.
Another reason I was drawn to Military Wives is the music I heard in the trailer. Particularly Cindi Lauper’s brilliant Time After time. A song I definitely selfishly wanted performed in its entirety at least once in Cattaneo’s film. We do get to hear Lauper’s song sung by the choir, just unfortunately for me, not fully – let alone more than once.
As for what I liked a little less about Cattaneo’s film, I did notice a few moments in the first half when some of the comedy quips by a couple of the wives (not Thomas or Horgan) felt a little wooden and not particularly well timed. The other downside is that there isn’t much that’s particularly new about Military Wives. I didn’t learn much Iabout the military wife experience that I wasn’t already aware of. Plus, the plot is quite reminiscent of 2003’s Calendar Girls. Both movies are funny and feature women working through their differences so they can deliver something for the greater good.
The best moments for me, besides the humour and the music is whenever the camera was on the two leading ladies. I enjoyed watching women taking care of each other. All the singing, especially when the choir’s skills had improved even had me contemplating joining a singing group. I didn’t because I’m busy but the idea was nice for a while.
Also, if it helps, the most heavily featured song in Military Wives, the one performed at the Festival of Remembrance at the end is written by hit making song writing duo Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.