The time has come for a remake of the classic Little Women story of four sisters who come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, Greta Gerwig directs Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan…
Hello wonderful cast! Greetings promising trailer! Well, well, well, delightful dialogue! I simply cannot wait to see this one. Looks like miss Gerwig is in Fantastic form. I’m of course completely ready for every word that comes out of Streep’s character’s mouth.
Laura Dern, James Norton, Chris Cooper, Bob Odenkirk, Eliza Scanlen, Louis Garrel, Abby Quinn, Sasha Frolova, Eowyn Young and Jamie Ghazarian also star.
There are a number of things including the history lesson that made me want to watch Mary Queen Of Scots; the story of the troubled relationship between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and her cousin Mary Stuart.
Considering that director Josie Rourke’s film is a costume drama, I’d hoped to see lots of sumptuous clothing design, in addition to very well written dialogue delivered by great actors. The film’s trailer even had me expecting something not too far from as epic as director Shekhar Kapur and Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth (1998).Unfortunately for me, things didn’t quite transpire that way.
Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Joe Alwyn and Guy Pearce, there certainly were a handful of well designed costumes to enjoy. Yet it’s the few moments of beautiful visuals – especially outdoor cinematography that proved most arresting for me. Even more so than the dialogue and general story editing which I have to admit had me less engaged and interested than I envisioned I’d be.
It’s likely that in addition to finding the story more dull than anticipated, my interest also started to diminish in part because of how distressing sitting through the sexism and misogyny proved to be.
Just like my recent review of On The Basis of Sex (2018), another historical drama, it’s the part near the very end that I liked most about Mary Queen Of Scots. Meaning, everything from the moment the two royals finally meet. Actually, even with that said, I still choose the few visually arresting moments over the dialogue and this telling of the Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart story.
Watch Mary Queen Of Scots if you absolutely must. As for myself, I think it’s time I re-watched the great Elizabeth (1998).
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Billy Howle and Ann-Marie Duff, I’m glad I made it to the end of On Chesil Beach. Though a seemingly slow-moving story, I didn’t completely hate watching life unfold for a young couple whose idyllic romance in 1962 England collides with issues of sexual freedom, societal pressure and more.
The romance at the heart of the story is pleasant enough but when I think of On Chesil Beach, whatI’ll first recall is the gorgeous blue hue of Ronan’s beach outfit. Besides that, I’ll remember director Dominic Cooke’s movie becauseit had me thinking about two key topics that have always intrigued me. The first one being effective communication, which sadly isn’t always possible when in the heat of the moment – and as a result can lead to some fairly unfortunate circumstances. The second and most heartbreaking subject is that of how a toxic parent child relationship can negatively affect the child’s life, particularly when truth and / or reconciliation plus therapy don’t happen.
Overall, I don’t think ‘enjoyed’ is quite the right word for how I feel about this movie. The performances were good even though it took me a few minutes to stop seeing Cillian Murphy in Howle’s role – not that Howle did a bad job, mind you.
Overall, On Chesil Beach is a film I watched that I neither loved nor hated. I guess the value of it for me personally is in all the thinking it had me doing about effective communication and toxic parent child relationships. And yes,, that gorgeous beach outfit blue.
See it if you’r so curious. Just remember, it’s definitely heartbreaking.
From director Josie Rourke, Mary Queen Of Scots is a new historical drama about the relationship between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and her cousin Mary Stuart.
Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Joe Alwyn and Gemma Chan star…
First of all, isn’t it special and interesting that two Australian actors have had the opportunity to play Elizabeth I on the big screen twenty years apart? Cate Blanchett’s performance in Elizabeth (1998) is still so powerful and fresh in my mind.
When I first saw Margot in this trailer, I wasn’t sure… but then as the trailer played some more, my faith increased. The real main reason I can’t wait to see this one is the brilliant Ronan. I just want to see her deliver all the great dialogue that wonderful way she knows how. I’ll also be marvelling at the visual spectacle of it all, of course.
Bring on the rivalry!
David Tennant, Brendan Coyle and Jack Lowden also star.
Based on Russian Playwright Anton Chekov’s famous play The Seagull. Saoirse Ronan, Anette Bening, Elisabeth Moss and Corey Stoll star while Michael Mayer directs.
The Seagull tells the story of ageing actress Irina who visits her brother Pjotr and her son Konstantin on a country estate and brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. What follows is the chaos of romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters…
All I knew about The Seagull until now is that it’s a famous play by Anton Chekov, one that many great actors have been delighted about having a part in. Knowing that as I do, I find myself a little underwhelmed after seeing this trailer. I was perhaps expecting greater dramatics. Maybe the finished product will provide what I imagine to be missing.
Billy Howle, Michael Zegen and Jon Tenney also star.
For some time now I’ve been annoyed by the way some of the marketing people responsible for approving movie trailers have gone about their business. They have been happy to release film promos that reveal more of the story than many film fans care to see prior to release.
In the past, most of the films that have fallen victim to this ‘reveal virtually everything in the trailer’ movement have been movies I haven’t really been that interested in seeing. Today unfortunately, is a new day and I’ve just watched the so-called ‘trailer’ for Brooklyn (2015).
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegan and Written by Nick Hornby, the John Crowley directed movie’s trailer reveals what looks like approximately 95% of the film’s plot in just 2.5 minutes.
What should have been a well executed trailer that reveals just the right amount to make you want to see the actual movie, was instead turned into what is essentially a very condensed short film sans the actual ending.
The feeling I got at the end is akin to how you might feel if a technical glitch occurred at the most inopportune moment, just before the big revelatory last scene of a movie. In such a situation, you might feel forced to immediately seek out the true ending. Perhaps ask someone that may have already seen it. Me? I felt forced to google the ending and I have no regrets.
The trailer has left me with completely no reason to want to watch the film. Why would the marketers do this? I just can’t believe it’s because the the film is based on a book that a lot of the audience would have already read. Money has to be behind it, along with laziness and a lack of imagination. What’s obvious is that there’s an opportunity for balance and compromise unless because trailers have been done well before without being turned into short films.
Go ahead and watch the trailer but only if you like spoilers.