A Private War is the true story of Marie Colvin, the fearless rebellious spirit who was driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe, to give voice to the voiceless.
Directed by Matthew Heineman; Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci and Tom Hollander star…
I’ve always been intrigued by people drawn to such dangerous jobs. Especially since it’s so far removed from what I’d rather be doing. I’m guessing a mixture of purpose and adrenaline are contributing factors to the choice.
Alexandra Moen, Corey Johnson, Raad Rawi, Jérémie Laheurte and Jesuthasan Antonythasan also star.
Knowing as I do that 2017’s Fifty Shades Darkerdid very little to improve on the original Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015)movie, I was ready for this third instalment, Fifty Shades Freed to be in no way a step up… and it isn’t, at all. I do however feel as though the trilogy shifted from ‘bad’ and ‘definitely still bad’ to something that resembles a much-less-tame romantic Hallmark film. To be clear, Hallmark movies are not great either, even though they’re not always as bad as ‘the worst.’
Starring Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora and directed once again by James Foley; in Fifty Shades Freed, Anastasia and Christian get married, but their troubles with people from Christian’s past are far from over.
Just as was the case with the previous two movies, ridiculous and not well written or well acted things happen in Fifty Shades Freed. Yet though not in a movie theatre, I still sat and watched anyway because firstly, I felt like I needed to see the whole trilogy through to the end. Second, I really wanted a glimpse at the wedding. Third, I wanted one more look at a depiction of the ever intriguing lifestyles of the super rich and last but certainly not least, Rita Ora’s gorgeous face, acting.
The Fifty Shades movies always had little chance of being good because of the not so great source material. Even still, that was never going to be enough to stop many of the millions of fans of the book, fans of Dakota Johnson, fans of Jamie Dornan or fans of Rita Ora (me) from watching the films. It also won’t stop some romantics (like myself) who need a very far from taxing romance film to play semi in the background as they sit still whilst doing other equally non-taxing things.
Whatever your reason to watch or not, your decision is probably right, for you. Also, if you start and promptly abort, you also cannot be blamed.
It’s that time again! Time for the next movie in E.L. James best selling Fifty Shades trilogy. Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and Rita Ora are joined by Arielle Kebbel in Fifty Shades Freed. This timeChristian and Anastasia are an official couple and Anastasia finds herself still haunted by Christian’s past…
You may have already guessed but I’m not watching this movie because I’m expecting great things. I’ve seen the first two so I pretty much know what I can expect in terms of the general gist of the story, the often questionable dialogue and phrases I’ll be forced to verbalise such as, ‘what rubbish!’
The key reason I’m tuning in is because as per a great quote from one of the characters in an old classic British sitcom called Desmonds, ‘You can’t swallow a whole cow and then choke at the tail.’
Additionally, I really, really, REALLY, very much want a good look at that stunning wedding dress.
Everyone I’ve met who has watched any of the Fifty Shades movies knows that they’re the kind of films unlikely to win, let alone be nominated for any seriously prestigiousawards. I’m sure there are others out there who think otherwise; I just haven’t met them.
A friend warned me to stay away from the books because ‘they’re not well written’. I’ve wisely heeded her advice. The reason I’ve gone ahead and watched the second movie, Fifty Shades Darker, even though there was very little in the first instalment that proved particularly memorable is… my mild curiosity about Christian Grey. Particularly how his ‘challenges’ will be explained. I’m a sucker for trying to understand people, you see.
In the movie, some light is shed on Christian’s past, though nothing especially memorable sticks out. We meet a few of the women that have been in Grey’s life before Anastasia Steele (Johnson). There’s more of all the stuff people couldn’t stop talking about in the first movie. A few other things happen. Things that you’d need to watch the movie to find out about because I just remembered how nonsensical I found most of it. I even admit that I literally uttered the words, ‘What is this nonsense?’
This time directed by James Foley; Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan did the best they could with the material they had. I guess this period of their careers can be labeled as the ‘laughing all the way to the bank as people criticise their movie’ phase. At this point I really have to wonder if theFifty Shades films have become that thing I love to hate. Maybe. Also, everyone knows that ‘haters’ are often fans, albeit confused or in denial. If I’m a fan, I’m mostly a fan of how the writer E.L. James has succeeded regardless of her apparently questionable writing ability.
Fifty Shades Darker; watch it if you must. But only if you must.
Until The Siege Of Jadotville, I’d only seen Jamie Dornan in one movie; the hugely successful but not particularly well regarded Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015). Since the latter film, I’ve been looking forward to finding out what else Dornan could do in front of the camera.
Directed by Richie Smyth and set in early 1960s Congo, The Siege Of Jadotville is based on the true story of Irish UN Commander Pat Quinlan and his leadership of 150 Irish soldiers against 3000 French and Belgian Mercenaries.
My enjoyment of this movie isn’t because I was blinded by the beautiful Irish accents. The entire cast delivered good performances and there’s a beautifully tense scene at a bar quite early on. There’s also the cinematography and how well director Richie Smyth and his team rose to the challenge of capturing military combat.
By the end of the movie, I was left inspired to fight my corner when necessary, happy to have found my favourite Jamie Dornan movie to date and reminded to be careful of underestimating my opponents, however in my favour the odds may appear.
Watch The Siege Of Jadotville which also stars Jason O’Mara, Mark Strong, Danny Sapani and Sam Keeley- to name just a few because there’s is more to enjoy than just the lovely Irish accents.
Anastasia Steele and her tormented billionaire boyfriend Christian Grey are back, in writer E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey sequel. Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Darkerhas Steele dealing with the anger and envy of Christians past loves while Grey wrestles with his inner demons…
I’ll be watching because Christian intrigues me. I also want to see what director James Foley can achieve given the quality of the material.