Hampstead is a story of unexpected love between a widow and a man who is technically homeless but not quite. It’s also a film you can watch without having to work too hard. The acting isn’t terrible and the story, though predictable, it moved along quite nicely and provided some small moments of amusement.
What I enjoyed most about Hampstead is the fact that Hampstead is a real place and one of the the most beautiful parts of London, England. It was great to see the beauty of Hampstead captured so well. Particularly during spring and summer.
Should I find myself watching it again, it will likely be so I can experience Hampstead the place, on film once more. It’s worth it for that.
Another reason you may watch could be if you’re a big fan of Keaton and or Gleeson. Otherwise it’s an OK romance/comedy.
In Flatliners, the new Niels Arden Oplev directed drama / sci-fi / horror film, Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev and James Norton star as medical students. Students who experiment on ‘near death’ experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences surface…
Since this is a remake of the 1990 film of the same name that I also haven’t seen, I guess I’m supposed to assume that the previous version was good enough to warrant a remake that also stars one of the original cast members, Kiefer Sutherland. I’m rather curious and want this to be even better than the trailer suggests. Especially considering how somewhat nonsensical the concept appears to be. Also, it’s not that I have any expertise on the intricate workings of the human body, you understand.
Kiersey Clemons, Diego Luna and Charlotte McKinney also star.
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.
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.