Written and directed by Dan Fogelman, Life Itself is a movie about people from New York to Spain whose lives intersect over the course of different generations…
Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas and Olivia Wilde star…
If you were thinking ‘wait a minutes. that synopsis sounds kind of familiar’, you’d be right, for director Fogelman is the creator of This Is Us, a hit TV show about the lives of the members of one family captured over the course of different generations.
I like This Is Us. It pretty much makes me cry at least once every episode. That’s because what’s captured very well in the writing is so true. One might also argue that I’m easily moved. I expect the same thing will likely happen with Life Itself – but of course, a different story with new characters.
Olivia Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson and Laia Costa also star.
Set in Cold War era America, circa 1963, director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale and fantasy / romance about a lonely mute called Elisa. Played beautifully by Sally Hawkins, Elisa falls in love with ‘amphibian man’, a sea creature captured for a secret classified experiment due to take place at Elisa’s work building where she cleans.
Featuring good performances by all, including Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, I found Hawkinsto be particularly captivating as Elisa. Her great performance along with the beautiful visuals, filming style – the way the camera barely stood still combined with the editing and pacing managed to keep me engaged.
The Shape Of Water is generally a well executed movie. Nevertheless, I’m not as enthused post viewing as I thought I might be. I understand the film’s message about love and how there are near to zero limitations in terms of where one can find it. Still, perhaps it’s just the kind of film, though good, it doesn’t inspire a certain level of excitement within me. It could have something to do with not really seeing myself ever falling in love with ‘amphibian man’. It could also be that the ‘love can be found anywhere’ message is one I’d already fully digested. Lastly, maybe I loved the first half more than I did the second half, where things got really serious. Yes, that may be it. I think I had more fun when Elisa was happy and tap-dancing in her corridor!
Richard Strickland’s (Shannon) voice and suit before the true nature of his character is revealed, the capabilities of ‘amphibian man’ and Hawkins’ performance are my favourite things about The Shape Of Water.
Watch it if you’re curious. Maybe you’ll be more wowed and enthused than I. It is the Best Picture Academy Award winner after all.
Regardless of how much I wished and hoped, Irreplaceable You which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman is not a good movie. However sweet the premise of the love story may be and as tragic as the story’s end is, the execution was not satisfying.
It’s odd to say this of a movie about a young couple whose love story is cut short by terminal illness but, I kept thinking where’s the heart, the soul? Why am I not connecting to this story – let alone the characters?
Overall, I don’t think I really bought much of what was happening throughout. My viewing session kept being interrupted by thoughts of ‘this is not great’ and ‘The Fault In Our Stars (2014)’ did a much better job of telling a similar story.
What I know for sure is that story editing, the writing, cliches and perhaps insufficient chemistry between the two leads has something to do with why Irreplaceable You isn’t great. There were a few moments where I thought ‘this is where it takes a turn and gets better’ but it never did.
If I had to pick a thing or two I liked, I’d say the moment in Central Park during the ‘Did you know’ game because I learned one or two things I didn’t already know. There’s also Jacki Weaver. However small the part or disappointing a film, ‘Queen Weaver’ never seems to give a bad performance. I haven’t watched all her movies, of course but I always buy everything she’s selling. The Voices (2014), for example.
The Fault In Our Stars, definitely watch that instead. Really.
In Guernesy, Lily James plays Juliet Ashton, a writer who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, and writes a book about their experience of the war.
Directed by Mike Newell; Michiel Huisman, Jessica Brown Findlay and Matthew Goode play the other key cast…
I’m interested to find out what happened to Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay). The words ‘untimely and possibly gruesome death’ come to mind. However, it would be great to be surprised.
Glen Powell, Marek Oravec and Tom Courtenay also star
Irreplaceable You is a Stephanie Laing directed romance / comedy / drama about a couple for whom ’till death do us part’ is coming coming much sooner than expected.
Key cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman and Christopher Walken.
I’m in for the comedy and romance. No doubt I’m also going to ‘boohoo’ quite a bit The story rather demands it.
I had no idea that I’d just been looking at Michiel Huisman of The Age of Adaline (2015) and Game of Thronesuntil 1:09 into this trailer. Perhaps the people behind Superman are correct, spectacles are quite the disguise.
Claire Holt, Jacki Weaver, Brian Tyree Henry, Tamara Tunie and SteveCoogan also star.
The boundaries of faith and sexuality are explored in Disobedience, a new drama / romance that stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.
Directed and co-written by Sebastián Lelio, Weisz plays a woman who returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend…
I generally enjoy the work of the stars of this movie and I can’t wait to see everything come together well creatively. I also like that Disobedience is set in England. If I’m hearing correctly, Rachel MacAdams appears to be speaking in a British accent.
Anton Lesser, Nicholas Woodeson and Alexis Zegerman also star.