Emilia Clarke, George Michael’s music (which is supposed to be heavily featured) and Emma Thompson are among the key reasons I felt drawn to Last Christmas, the latest comedy / romance from Spy (2015) director Paul Feig.
Also starring Henry Golding, at the centre of the film is Kate, a young woman who works at a Christmas store as Santa’s elf. Kate also happens to be subscribed to making bad decisions; a truth that only starts to change after she meets the seemingly perfect Tom (Golding).
I found myself immediately happy as soon as Last Christmas began, thanks to the beautiful singing at the very beginning. Then came Michelle Yeoh and Thompson’s fun dialogue plus impressive comic and dramatic timing. Another personal highlight is the Covent Garden setting, one of my favourite parts of London.
Overall though, Last Christmas isn’t quite my favourite London based Christmas film – and that’s largely because the story isn’t especially memorable. It really felt watchable at best. The fact that the key revelation towards the end is one I figured out before it was confirmed also didn’t help my enjoyment of Feig’s film. Additionally, I really expected George Michael’s music to be more prominently featured. However, in fairness, it may also be that I’m not quite as familiar with Michael’s back catalogue as I thought.
Last Christmas is kind of ‘easy viewing’ and it’s one you watch if you’re curious enough. Also, maybe watch it for Yeoh and Thompson’s fun performances; plus the rather beautiful singing at the very beginning.
Guy Ritchie’s latest action / crime movie The Gentlemen stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farell and Michelle Dockery.
It’s the England based story of a very British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires…
Ritchie is the director of two of my favourite British films, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). So of course I’m watching this one. The cast and story looks great. The comes the cherry on top of rather posh British actors speaking in far less posh accents. Such fun!
Jeremy Strong, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Jason Wong, Brittany Ashworth, Christopher Evangelou and Eliot Sumner also star.
Crazy Rich Asians, the story of New Yorker Rachel and her trip to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick to meet his family, and attend his best friend’s wedding is a much better film than I expected.
Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan, Crazy Rich Asians truly exceeded my expectations. Particularly my assumption based on the trailer that it would be anything like the Fifty Shades Of Greyromance and films. I’m therefore happy confirm that the only key similarities between both movies start end with ‘rich guy falls in love with non-rich girl’.
I really liked director Jon M. Chu’s beautiful execution of bestselling Author Kevin Kwan’s story. My favourite scenes include the very first scene at the hotel and the surprise Mahjong game towards the end. Then there’s of course the wedding that got Nick and Rachel to Singapore in the first place. A wedding that may just be my favourite movie wedding of all time, thanks to everything that happens in that scene including Kina Grannis’s version of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’.
Seeing all the stunning locations, homes and expensive style were definitely a highlight too, as expected. However, the thing that really made watching Crazy Rich Asians a true pleasure for me is the the humour that came in the ‘crazy’ part of Crazy Rich Asians.
If you haven’t already seen this beautiful movie, make time for all the reasons above and for the romance, of course. The romance!
Director Paul Feig’s crime / thriller about a mommy vlogger trying to find out the real reason behind her new best friend’s sudden disappearance is a movie I liked less than I expected to.
Starring Blake Lively, Henry Golding and Anna Kendrick, what I liked most about A Simple Favor, besides Lively’s character Emily’s great sense of style is her embodiment of a young woman in charge who refuses to take nonsense from anyone.
It’s therefore no wonder then that Kendrick’s outwardly super sweet Stephanie was very much drawn to the clearly inspiring and very fun to watch Emily.
There was a moment after all the key characters seemed to have been established that I wondered where the story was really going. What I most certainly didn’t expect is that I’d find A Simple Favor to be rather unsatisfying overall.
Having never read the book on which this movie is based, I’d prepared myself for a different kind of experience; one that was a fun mystery with entertaining dialogue, but without things taking quite the dark turn that they did. And when I say ‘dark,’ I’m really mostly referring to the truth behind Emily, her true nature. It’s clear to me now that I simply wanted to like her.
The last time a movie did something similar to me, almost like a bait and switch was The Lobster (2015). And just like the Lobster, I liked the earlier half of A Simple Favor more.
Watch it if you’re so curious, maybe you’ll enjoy the darkness.
Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong and Henry Golding are the stars of Crazy Rich Asians, a Jon M. Chu directed comedy based on the novel of the same name by Adele Lim.
The story follows New Yorker Rachel as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Visiting Asia for the first time and nervous about meeting her boyfriend’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life…
In all honesty, I’m mostly interested in this one because I want a glimpse into the ‘Crazy Rich Asian’ lifestyle. I’m also pretty sure that I’ve never watched an English speaking film with what looks like a completely Asian cast. Exciting times.