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COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith
Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith

I may have shed a tear or two because Collateral Beauty is a story about a father unable to function after his six year old daughter passes, but that doesn’t mean it was a ‘weepy’ holiday film done well.

Starring Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton,  Naomie Harris and Jacob Latimore, the signs that the David Frankel directed  movie wasn’t going to be the best experience overall, started with me finding myself irritated by Will Smith’s mourning face – within the first 20 minutes. Not really great since he spends at least 95% of the film wearing said face.

In addition to my apparent impatience with seemingly prolonged periods of misery, I was disappointed that Collateral Beauty didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped. There’s something about the pace and edit that didn’t sit well with me. Mainly however, I find myself leaning towards the quality of the story as another reason for why my experience was underwhelming. Perhaps I didn’t get to spend enough time with Howard (Smith)  before his tragedy. Had I done so, I may have cared more deeply about his distress. Most of the cast if not all are almost too talented for their performances to be the problem.

Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa
Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa

The few moments of humour between Winslet, Norton and Pena’s characters is my main highlight. I also liked the dialogue when Keira Knightly’s character is literally on stage and reading her lines to the young man played by Latimore. I was quite taken at this point. Beyond these few brief moments where I’m really engaged, the only other aspect of Collateral Beauty that made me happy is the imagery of New York City. I really do miss that place.

Watch this movie if nothing will stop you but I’d say don’t expect great things.

Happy Film Loving

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COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016) New Trailer From Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren…

Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Will Smith
Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Will Smith

Collateral Beauty is a movie all about how one man makes it back after a tragedy sets him off on a downward spiral. Directed by David Frankel, the talented cast includes Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton…

I can’t wait because I love ‘Lady Winslet’ That’s how I like to refer to my favourite actresses and generally any inspiring female. I’d say Lady Mirren too but she’s already a Dame, you see.

This movie  is definitely going to make some people cry. Not me though. (LIES!)

Michael Peña and Naomie Harris also star.

Collateral Beauty Release Dates: December 16th, 2016 (US); December 30th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

BEGIN AGAIN (2013): For A Great Story, Good Performances, Music & New York

Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo
Begin Again (2013), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

I’d been looking forward to watching Begin Again for a while. Being a big Mark Ruffalo fan is one of the reasons. The other is Keira Knightly; but really, the biggest draw of all is the story about individuals who chance upon a way to start over after things unexpectedly fall apart.

The story is great for anyone who can relate to the subject matter as well as if you’re just after a well executed drama set in New York City and with good music at the heart.

Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Yasin Bey (better known as Hip/Hop artist Mos Def) and Catherine Keener make up the very competent supporting cast.

Written and directed by John Carney, Begin Again is a  universal story beautifully told. The family element, especially the father / daughter relationship between Ruffalo and Seinfeld’s characters is a lovely highlight, as is what James Corden achieves in his role.

Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden
Begin Again (2013), Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden

Watch it because it’s good and because you can’t be in New York City right now but you really want to be.  In case you find yourself worrying about Keira Knightley’s singing, it’s admittedly not the best but it also isn’t bad enough to kill the film.

Happy Begin Again 🙂

G

THE IMITATION GAME (2014): Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch… 2 British Greats

The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch
The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch

Oscar nominated for his moving portrayal of real life computer scientist, mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing; Benedict Cumberbatch is an Actor whose work I must pay much closer attention to from now on.

His version of Turing, an important man in the history of Britain, especially during the Second World War and how it came to end when it did is brilliant.

Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game is a thrilling biographical drama that grabs you from the very beginning. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud in several parts, thanks to Graham Moore’s Oscar winning screenplay.

The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley

You’re also bound to chance upon feelings of gratitude for the times in which you live – whatever your background. Reason being, when you think about how things actually transpired for Turing in the very end, it’s worse than a great shame. Particularly considering the importance of the work he did in serving his country.

One of my favourite moments is the opening dialogue of Tyldum’s film. Reason being,  it happens to be exactly what I want to say to people I watch movies with – as the voice of the movie. It’s basically what every film commands from audiences that sit down to watch.

The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch
The Imitation Game (2014), Benedict Cumberbatch

If you haven’t already watched The Imitation Game and you want said opening dialogue to remain a surprise, stop reading now.

‘Are you paying attention? Good. If you’re not listening carefully, you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself and you will not interrupt me.

You think that because you are sitting where you are and I am sitting where I am that you are in control of what is about to happen. You are mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you don’t know. What I will need from you now is a commitment. 

You will listen closely and you will not judge me until I have finished. If you cannot commit to this, then please leave the room. But if you choose to stay. remember you chose to be here. What happens from this moment forward is not my responsibility. It’s yours. Pay attention.’

Happy The Imitation Game 🙂

G

LAST NIGHT (2010): You Can Be Happy And Still Be Tempted. True or False?

Last Night (2010), Keira Knightley, Guillaume Canet
Last Night (2010), Keira Knightley, Guillaume Canet

Last Night (2010), a beautifully told story and well paced drama / romance about a young, professional married couple who must confront their past and potential future whilst they spend a night apart. All this thanks to an attractive new colleague and a chance encounter with a past/ first love.

Besides the hypnotic musical score and attractive young cast, featuring the wonderfully faced Keira Knightley, Avatar’s Sam Worthington plus Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet, two things stood out for me in this film.

The first is a reminder to always trust your instincts. The second is the necessity to tread carefully in romantic entanglements – because given the choice, nobody really wants to have someone from their past that they label as ‘the one that got away’.

One more thing. Did I already mention the enchanting musical score?

Happy Last Night 🙂

G