There are parts I thoroughly enjoyed in Michelle Dockery, Chris Evans and Jaeden Martell’s Defending Jacob; the story of two parents who have to deal with the idea that their fourteen-year-old son might be responsible for murdering his classmate. Yet, I can’t say I completely loved the experience of watching it.
The best moments besides the big revelation in the courtroom is Dockery’s performance. Evans wasn’t terrible and Martell is a very talented young man. I only wish I enjoyed the series in its entirety and spent less time asking questions such as:
‘Do we really need to keep going back and forth between Evans’s character in the present day as he recounts what happened? It doesn’t seem to be adding much to the experience.’
‘Why isn’t this a two-part, or four-part series instead of eight?’
The truth is I could do with more patience when it comes to movies and TV shows. However, all I want is for something I’m watching to be fully engaging, to the point where I’m happily lost in it, rather than having to question editing decisions.
I like the idea of a story about the possibility that one’s child could be a psychopath, and I felt for Dockery’s character. The bigger issue is likely that I’ve seen elements of this story in other productions several times before. A truth that then makes this experience less new/impressive.
If you’re especially curious, give Defending Jacob a chance. You may find that you love the way it just the way it is. And that you have a lot more patience than I do.
Directed by Michael Engler, the time has come for the Downton Abbey movie teaser trailer. It doesn’t show much but it does confirm that the key cast of the television series are among the stars.
A cast that includes Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, and Elizabeth McGovern – to name just a few…
I actually have no idea how Downton Abbey the television series ended because I stopped watching before it was all concluded. I am however a little bit curious about this new feature film version. I want to know how well the series will translate to the big screen.
Starring Michelle Dockery, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer, The Sense Of An Ending tells the story of a reclusive man who’s forced to relook at his flawed conduct as a young man and re-think his current situation in life…
This one I want to see to find out about the extent of Broadbent’s character’s regrets and precisely what he can do to redeem himself if possible. I simply must know the hand he played in his best friend’s demise.
Directed by Ritesh Batra and based on the novel by Julian Barnes, I really like this trailer – including the music. The cast is so good that it simply must deliver.