In Stonger which is based on a true story, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Whilst struggling to recover from the devastating trauma, he helps the police track down the killers. Stronger is directed by David Gordon Green and also stars Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown…
I want to and will watch this because Jake Gyllenhaal is super and director David Gordon Green also directed one of my favourite films, Pineapple Express (2008). I kind of don’t want to see it because a) I just saw plenty in the trailer and b) I don’t want to watch too many movies that make me cry – a lot. I’m a sensitive soul, you understand and tears can be draining.
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.