I’ve accepted the idea that Hollywood movies are currently embracing the ‘silence or you die’ theme. First came A Quiet Place (2017), then Bird Box (2018), and now director John R. Leonetti’s The Silence.The premise of The Silence is similar to that of the above mentioned movies. All three feature a family who have to stay silent in order to survive the deadly creatures terrorising Earth.
Starring Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka and John Corbett, I settled into the pace and style of The Silence at the start quite nicely. Especially the introduction of the family at the centre of the story. I enjoyed this phase so much that I did then miss it once the scary creatures came to obliterate the peace.
I like that there’s a fair amount of tension-filled ‘scary’ moments in The Silence. Not the kind of scary that would induce nightmares but rather the more ‘suspenseful-scary’ variety. In fact, for me the most horrifying thing in The Silence isn’t actually the deadly, primeval species with acute hearing – but rather the intentions of a specific group within the story. I also liked the Tucci / Corbett dynamic and the design of the primeval species.
Overall I think The Silence is OK. The parts I wasn’t overly enthused by include the final cut of the car crash because it looked to me as though a clip of the crash was missing. There’s also a moment when the family seemed to have forgotten about a vulnerable family member during a particularly dangerous time that annoyed me. I know that almost anything can happen during desperate times, however… maybe I just don’t know, but I found it hard to believe that everyone forgot to do a ‘head count’ of their loved ones during such a desperate moment. The last part that left me wanting is the ending. I understood it but it felt flat and disappointing.
On summary, none of the ‘silence or you die’ movies are perfect but A Quiet Place does sit at the top in my mind. It did come first but I also really connected with the characters, appreciated the pace, the heart and I was more impressed by the cleverness / ingenuity when it came to how to survive a silent world. In second place is Bird Box, mainly because of the films last thirty minutes.
Starring Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, John Corbett and with John R. Leonetti as director, The Silence is the latest horror film from Netflix
Set during a time when the world is being terrorised by a deadly, primeval species with acute hearing, a family seeks refuge to wait out the invasion as they wonder what kind of world will remain by the time they emerge.
I’m guessing that this is the kind of horror film that will make me jump several times, but then once it’s over, I soon forget about it. I could be wrong of course. Either way, I just hope it’s clever. I’ think I’m going to need something about The Silence to be clever.
Kate Corbett, Dempsey Bryk, Kyle Breitkopf, Billy MacLellan, Callum Shoniker, Hannah Gordon and Taylor Love also star.
Written by Ian McEwan and directed by Richard Eyre (Love, Actually (2003), The Children Act stars Emma Thompsonas a High Court judge who must decide whether or not to force a teenage boy to have the blood transfusion that will save his life.
Other key cast includes Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ben Chaplin…
I like Thompson and the plot is interesting. I also know how a Jehovah’s Witness / blood transfusion storyline was handled on Grey’s Anatomy but… how will they do it here?
Written / directed by Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait tells the story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Set in Paris, France, Geoffrey Rush is Giacometti and Armie Hammer plays critic and old friend, James Lord. Lord sits for a portrait and so begins the creation of one of Giacometti’s masterpieces…
Geoffrey Rush is always memorable and that’s my main reason for watching. I’m also open to discovering another artist’s genius. Lastly, I don’t think I’ve seen a movie directed by Tucci before so hopefully this will be good.
The trailer for the Michael Bay directed fifth Transformers movie, Transformers – The Last Knight starring Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci is finally here…
I loved the first Tranformers film; the one that starred Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. The second instalment was so disappointing that I haven’t yet been able return to the franchise.
Maybe I’ll watch this because of the special effects and Anthony Hopkins – but really, I think this may be a movie most ideal for those who love big fiery explosions more than the average amount – which of course is absolutely fine.
Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight, simply and effectively tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of a huge child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese. This is a moving story that deals with the abuse of societies most vulnerable and one that rightly shook the entire Catholic Church to its core.
The main focus of McCarthy’s movie is the work of the Globe’s Spotlight team and the people they encounter as a result. It’s through their hard work that we get to learn about what happened once they dedicated themselves to the child molestation case; the obstacles they encountered and what it took to get the truth to print. All of this comes together nicely to create a good mix of tense, suspenseful and dramatic moments.
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Journalists as a group can be quite the irritant at the best of times. But then I encounter a bunch as passionate and dedicated to a worthy cause as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and I’m reminded afresh that the heart of the journalist is almost always in the right place.
Being a winner of Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards is one reason I had to watch Spotlight. The others include the important story and the excellent cast attached. There’s Stanley Tucci, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery and of course, Mark Ruffalo, an actor who always seems to make great choices. – To put it another way, Spotlight is worthy of your attention. Watch it because it’s good.
When you sit down to watch Julie and Julia, I highly recommend having a few of your favourite foods with you. I say this because you will find yourself with at least one or two serious cravings.
Based on the life of American Chef, Julia Child, and Writer Julie Powell, meet two ladies with a shared passion for food, cooking and feeding the people they love.
Besides the joy of a well executed drama about two women who quite literally come alive whilst indulging in their favourite pass time, Julie & Julia will likely inspire you to dedicate more time pursuing your own passions.
To look at it another way, should the task of silencing doubters be a hobby of yours, or one you wouldn’t mind taking up, then look no further to see it done with such admirable aplomb.
If you’re still unsure, I have two words. Meryl Streep.