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IRREPLACEABLE YOU (2018): It’s…

Irreplaceable You (2018), Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Irreplaceable You (2018), Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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.

Happy Film Loving

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IRREPLACEABLE YOU (2018): New Trailer From Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Christopher Walken…

Irreplaceable you (2018), Michiel Huisman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Irreplaceable you (2018), Michiel Huisman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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 Thrones until 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.

Irreplaceable You Release Dates: February 16th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

 

A WRINKLE IN TIME (2018): New Trailer From Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

A Wrinkle In Time (2018), Oprah Winfrey
A Wrinkle In Time (2018), Oprah Winfrey

Fantasy / adventure, A Wrinkle In Time is a story about a young girl called Meg. Meg is sent into space with her brother and a friend by three peculiar beings.  Together they must venture there to find Meg’s scientist father after his sudden disappearance. Directed by Ava DuVernay; A Wrinkle In Time stars Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

Reasons to watch this movie include the story, which is completely new to me, the magic, the talented cast and the beautiful visuals. I’m liking Oprah Winfrey as the voice of the narrator, as well as the hint of a vibe similar to Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz. 

Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis,  Michael Peña, Bellamy Young and André Holland also star.

A Wrinkle In Time Release Dates: March 9th, 2018 (US), 23rd March, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE WHOLE TRUTH (2016): New Trailer From Keanu Reeves, Rene Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

The Whole Truth (2016), Keanu Reeves
The Whole Truth (2016), Keanu Reeves

The Whole Truth is the latest movie directed by Courtney Hunt and starring Keanu Reeves, Rene Zellweger and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Essentially a courtroom drama, the story centres around the ruth yet to be revealed in a story where a son is standing trial for the murder of his father, but should he be. That is the one of the questions…

I’m hoping that the payoff at the end of this movie is worth it. I say this because the cast is great but is the overall story  execution worthy of the talent? I wish I felt more confident after watching this trailer. Here’s to hoping I get to eat my words.

The Whole Truth Release Dates: October 21st, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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MISS SLOANE (2016): New Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Lacy…

Miss Sloane (2016), Jessica Chastain
Miss Sloane (2016), Jessica Chastain

Miss Sloane is the story of an ambitious lobbyists’s efforts to pass gun control legislation in the United states. Starring Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jake Lacy, the movie is directed by John Madden of Shakespeare In Love (1998) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)…

I was really wanting to be more excited about this film after learning of the subject matter but this trailer doesn’t have me as desperate to see the movie as I’d hoped. I hope my lack of enthusiasm will be proven misplaced. Maybe it’s the knowledge that there’s currently very little, if any success in the US where gun control legislation is concerned.

I can’t help but wonder about that time in the future when a movie like this will be based on a true story and the result will be a very welcome change for everyone who knows that they way things currently stand isn’t good enough.

Miss Sloane Release Dates: December 9th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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FREE STATE OF JONES (2016): New Trailer Starring Matthew MacConaughey & Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Free State of Jones (2016), Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight
Free State of Jones (2016), Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight

Set during the American Civil War, in Jones County, Mississippi, director Gary Ross’s latest film, Free State Of Jones tells a true story of defiance and rebellion…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Featuring a talented cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell, I’m looking forward to what I’m hoping will be an inspiring tale of courage and conviction.

I’m also excited about the chance to watch and listen to one or more perfectly rousing speeches delivered by McConaughey in his role as as American farmer, soldier and leader of the rebellion, Newton Knight.

Free State Of Jones Release Date(s): May 13th, 2016 (US); May 27th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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CONCUSSION (2015): Intense New Trailer With Will Smith As Dr. Bennet Omalu

Concussion (2015), Will Smith
Concussion (2015), Will Smith

I knew this public holiday had to gift me with a great new trailer. And it has, for Will Smith has a brand new movie…

I can’t wait to see this,first because it looks good and second, Smith sounds absolutely nothing like himself, therefore making for an even more satisfying transformation for the spectator.

Concussion is written and directed by Peter Landesman, the man responsible for 2014’s Kill The messenger starring Jeremy Renner.

Alec Baldwin and British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star, along with Stephen Moyer, Luke Wilson and Albert Brooks

Due for release stateside on December 25th (2015) and January 29th (2016) for the U.K.

Happy Concussion 🙂

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BELLE (2014): For Your Faith In Love & Humanity

Belle (2013), Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Belle (2013), Gugu Mbatha-Raw

At the centre of Director, Amma Asante’s film is the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.

Brought to England from the West Indies to live with her aristocratic great uncle and his wife, the young Dido over time, learns of the matters of class and rank that rule her new world. A world with laws she simply must not accept, for the sake of her own dignity, happiness and sense of self.

Great performances, particularly from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Reid.

Belle (2013), Sam Reid
Belle (2013), Sam Reid

Watch it for the story of an admirably strong young woman, a courageous young man, a beautiful love story and great characters from an interesting and important time in history – 18th century England, when slavery was still a grave and common reality.

As is the case with most historical films I watch, I’m left with a sense of gratitude for the times in which I live and reminded of how things do change; rarely at a satisfactory pace, but change they do.

Happy Belle 🙂

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