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NOWHERE BOY (2009): For The Story, Music & Performances…

Nowhere Boy (2009), Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Nowhere Boy (2009), Aaron Taylor-Johnson

By the end of Nowhere Boy I found myself wondering why it is that we don’t see Aaron Taylor-Johnson in more movies. His performance as John Lennon is really quite impressive.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Nowhere Boy tells the story of celebrated musician, activist and The Beatles co-founder John Lennon. We get to find out about the unconventional circumstances of his adolescent years, his relationship with key relatives and of course, the events that lead to the founding of The Beatles.

The movie appealed to me – not so much for the music of the mid 1950s era, even though that is a highlight. The big draw for me was my curiosity about the beginnings of Lennon and as a fan of great acting, I was drawn to the the key cast and their portrayals.

Nowhere Boy (2009), Ann-Marie Duff
Nowhere Boy (2009), Ann-Marie Duff

The performances by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Ann-Marie Duff and David Threlfall (of TV show Shameless – the original UK version ) really stood out for me. I particularly loved the powerful, well paced and perfectly choreographed confrontation scene towards the end. That moment took me back to my High School and College drama class days when you know that you’re experiencing something that just really works.

Watch it for all the reasons above; 1950’s music, fashion, the story and performances you won’t be forgetting too soon.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015): There Is Something I Liked

Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey)
Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey)

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in Fifty Shades Of Grey, the Sam Taylor Johnson directed film adaptation of E.L. James’ best selling book of the same name.

There has been plenty of well publicised negative feedback about the quality of writing in the book and subsequently, the film. But all that seems to have caused minimal damage to the movie’s overall commercial success. Clearly the story of the masochistic relationship between a university student (Anastasia Steele) and a handsome, rich businessman (Christian Grey) is just too appealing; thanks to some rather steamy content and a definitely mysterious Mr. Grey, a man audiences can’t help but be desperate to understand.

For me, there are no particularly stellar performances in the film. I remember laughter escaping my lips in response to some of the dialogue. Had the book been better written, perhaps the movie would be too. Nevertheless, by the end I did find myself quite curious about the tortured Mr. Grey. Though absolutely not curious enough to ever pick up the book(s), in the event that the follow up films were to be cancelled.

Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson
Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015), Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson

Whether it’s the love story, sexy content or even the dialogue, if you’re planning to watch, I hope you’ll find one or two things in the movie worth the experience. Oddly enough, my favourite thing about the this movie is probably not what one might expect. For it is  the following line delivered by Christian Grey within the first ten minutes.

The harder I work the more luck I seem to have’.

Happy Film Loving

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