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ADRIFT (2018): The Things I Liked…

Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley ..
Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley

I actually wasn’t sure how engaging Adrift would be considering that a good amount of it takes place at sea. I’m therefore very glad to report that a key highlight of the film for me at least is the smart way the story is told and edited.

The structure of director Baltasar Kormákur’s movie did a good job at ensuring I remained interested throughout. The performances by Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley certainly helped with that. As did the film’s general premise – the true survival story of a young couple stranded at sea. Being the sucker for a touching love story that I am, I also appreciated the romance.

I’d love to say that I’ve retained a few nuggets of knowledge about surviving at sea after watching Adrift – but really all I’ve learned is that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to know how to sail. Watch it if the story and actors appeal. Who knows.

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JOURNEY’S END (2018): Good…

Journey's End (2017), Sam Claflin
Journey’s End (2017), Sam Claflin

Directed by Saul Dibb, at the core of the story of Journey’s End is the unfortunate disintegration of a young officers mental state.

Set in 1918 in Aisne, France; officer Stanhope (Sam Claflin) leads a group of British officers into a dugout where they must await their fate.

Also starring Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Asa Butterfield, I was drawn to this movie as a Claflin fan, a fan who wanted to see him in a new type of role… a less romantic one. I have to say that Claflin’s portrayal of Stanthorpe’s struggles may just be my favourite of his performances yet. I appreciates the fact that his character isn’t fully likeable, yet one can’t help but forgive him.

Another reason I like this film is the truth that, unlike what I’m used to in most war films I’ve seen, I appreciate the way Journey’s End showed me an officers mental troubles whilst still at war, as opposed to once he’d returned home. Equally, I was taken by the attitude of Stanthorpe’s superior(s). Particularly how desensitised and seemingly numb they’d become to the unspoken truth of what was coming. In this way, among others, Journey’s End is a film that left me with plenty to think about. Especially pertaining to how I realise that I may not have truly grasped the meaning of what it is to  ‘soldier on’ until after watching this film.

In my heart and mind, The Hurt Locker (2008) is still my favourite of the war films I’ve seen. However, Journey’s End is definitely one I’ll remember for reasons including the performances and perspective(s) I didn’t quite expect.

It’s good. So watch it if you’re so intrigued.

Happy Film loving

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ADRIFT (2018): New Trailer From Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas…

Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley
Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Adrift is  an action/ adventure/ drama based on the true survival story of a young couple who find themselves facing one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Thomas star…

I’ll definitely be watching for reasons including Sam Claflin’s wonderful beard.

Of course, the story, particularly anything useful I could pick up about survival at sea are also motivating factors.

Adrift Release Dates: June 1st , 2018 (US & UK)…

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JOURNEY’S END (2017): New Frailer From Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield…

Journey's End (2017), Sam Claflin
Journey’s End (2017), Sam Claflin

Directed by Saul Dibb; starring Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin and Asa Butterfield, Journey’s End is a war movie set in a dugout in Aisne, France in 1918.

Journey’s End is a story in which a group of British soldiers who are awaiting their fate and happen to be led by the the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope (Claflin)…

I’m interested because this trailer reminds me of a somewhat similar war movie I enjoyed more than expected. Namely, The Siege of Jadotville (2016), I’m onlso intrigued by the ‘mentally disintegrating young officer’ angle.

Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge and Theo Barklem-Biggs also star.

Journey’s End Release Dates: February 2nd 2018 (UK)…

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MY COUSIN RACHEL (2017): Gorgeous Cinematography & Starring Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger…

My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz

Movies are, when done well a beautiful amalgamation of all the arts; music, photography, design, dialogue, all of it. Starring Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz and Holliday Grainger, the trailer for My Cousin Rachel looks like a very promising cocktail of all the above. Featuring great use of Ursine Vulpine‘s cover of Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Game’ and imagery so engaging that I was forced to sit up and pay attention, I very badly want this movie to be good. So good that it lives up to the expectations of all those who read and loved the best-selling Daphne du Maurier novel on which it’s based. If you haven’t already seen the trailer, work your way through the following beautiful images and there it shall be at the end…

My Cousin Rachel (2017), Sam Claflin
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Sam Claflin

My Favourite! ↓↓↓↓ 😊

My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Sam Claflin
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Sam Claflin
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz

My Cousin Rachel Release Dates: June 9th, 2017 (UK); July 14th, 2017 (US)…

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MY COUSIN RACHEL (2017): New Trailer Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger…

My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin
My Cousin Rachel (2017), Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin

My Cousin Rachel, the latest movie from Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger and Iain Glen is based on the best selling novel by Daphne Du Maurier. It’s a story of a an Englishman intent on revenge on his cousin Rachel but matters get complicated as he finds himself falling under her spell…

How could I not tune in with such a reliable cast and such promising cinematography. The beautiful song in this trailer is a version of Chris Isaac’s brilliant ‘Wicked Game.’ I believe this version is by Ursine Vulpine ft Annaca. Good choice trailer maker!

My Cousin Rachel Release Dates:June 9th, 2017 (UK); July 14th, 2017 (US)…

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THEIR FINEST (2017): New Trailer From Sam Claflin, Gemma Aterton, Bill Nighy…

Their Finest (2017), Sam Claflin, Gemma Aterton
Their Finest (2017), Sam Claflin, Gemma Aterton

Sam Claflin, Gemma Aterton and Bill Nighy are the stars of Their Finest, a Lone Schefig directed drama / comedy / romance set during World War II. The story focuses on a British film crew tasked with making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg to help boost morale…

I’ll be tuning in for the comedy and to witness the extent of the sexism of those times. I’m not quite in the mood for the romance just now, no doubt that’s going to change, I’m certain of it.

Their Finest Release Dates: March 24th, 2017 (US); April 21st, 2017 (UK)…

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ME BEFORE YOU (2016): The Things I Liked…

Me Before You (2016), Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin
Me Before You (2016), Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

I enjoyed  Me Before You as one of those films you don’t mind watching even though you know what’s going to happen. The entire cast which includes Charles Dance and Vanessa Kirby, along with the leads, Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke performed well. No one portrayal stood out for me more than the others. 

A favourite moment that I remember fondly is the gift giving scene at the birthday do. The beautiful moment Emilia’s character opens hers and all that it means was just great. One other highlight has to be the parting words to the hostess, Sharon, right after the horse racing.

I’d heard plenty before I sat down to watch this movie. Things  about how sad the story really is – especially considering what happens in  the end. It’s definitely sad but I also had fun. A few tears were shed but nothing major; especially since usually, I’m quite the ‘boohooer’ (a new word I just made up).

If you like a good romantic movie, watch Me Before You because it’s not a bad one. Another reason to watch is to help one’s understanding of those in situations similar to that of Claflin’s character. I for one agree with his freedom to decide.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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