Saturday, 25 February 2017
And just like the movies, we play out our last scene..
I mentioned that my best friend always buys me a theatre membership for Christmas each year. Luckily, my local theatre pass also works for our lovely little indie cinema - The Old Market Hall - and lately there have been a lot of films I've been keen to see.
Here's what I've been to watch in the past few weeks, with a few thoughts.
Manchester By The Sea - At first I wasn't sure about this one; the first time I saw the advert it didn't grab me and it took me a few weeks to get around to booking it. But I'm glad that I did. By about five minutes into the film I'd fallen hopelessly in love with Lee Chandler and I so desperately wanted him to find a way to be happy after what had happened to him. Definitely, definitely recommend: I could have happily spied on their world for hours more.
The Light Between Oceans - Honestly, for me this one was a little hard to watch in some places. I struggled with the emotional turmoil Isabel went through everytime she lost one of her unborn babies. But, a lovely island and Tom's dapper outfits were something to be seen. I don't know what I'd have done in their position - the things we do for love, hey?
A Monster Calls - Another one I wasn't drawn to to begin with as I've not read the book, and would generally prefer to have read a book before I see the film adaptation. Conor is 12 and watching his mother's demise. He's struggling to deal with it; am unapproachable grandmother and a father who lives in America make it hard for him to find anyone to confide in and he's hiding a secret. In the middle of the night, a monster appears. Although I was clearly in the minority when I left the screen without tears running down my face, what really won me over were the amazing storybook paintings depicting the stories told by Conor's monster - so beautiful.
Sully - A film about the event which was dubbed "the miracle on the Hudson", I mostly saw this because Tom Hanks was in the title role. Having not actually heard about the event itself (seriously, I sometimes wonder if I do live under a rock), I liked watching things unfold on the fateful journey and then awaited the outcome of the aftermath with bated breath. Great acting from my favourite - but I would say that.
La La Land - Sorry to be right on the top of that bandwagon, but I'm a fan. Having had next to no idea what I was letting myself in for when I booked my ticket to this back in November, I was mesmerised by every beautiful little part of it. The songs, which had an eerie familiar feel despite being original and that feeling of longing for things to work out for Mia and Sebastian. A beautiful yet heartbreaking visual feast of first love and how that can shape a person. This one, I'll admit I drove home from in tears and I've been listening to the soundtrack on repeat ever since.
Jackie - Telling the tale of First Lady, Jackie Kennedy and how she dealt with the aftermath of the assassination of JFK. I was intrigued by this one when I first heard about it, although I'll admit I don't know a lot about the Kennedys. I don't know whether it was that, or the film itself, but I found it all a little...flat. Natalie Portman had a lovely wardrobe, though.
Have you seen any of these, or anything else lately?