Been a while since I’ve updated my blog as not had the time or motivation really to update but as I have a day pretty much to myself today I though I do a post with the Movies I’ve seen this year that I’ve not written about (only Colette I have written about).
These are in no particular order.
Cold Pursuit – Starring Liam Neeson and Laura Dern it’s based on a 2014 film called Order of Disappearance (which is what it says where the credits start) about a Snow Plough Driver (Neeson) who takes on a Drug Lord after his son is killed. The cast and the story has the ingredients of a good thriller however it fails to deliver with only the last part the only good part. The film is overcast by something that happened a long time ago in Neeson personal life but in a way I wonder if this could’ve been hyped up to bring the film more into the spotlight.
Happy Death Day 2U – The sequel to Happy Death Day which I thought failed to life up to expectation as similar to other films but the sequel though started slowly was better than the original which is rare and I really enjoyed it, the original cast is back and this had a bit more to the story than Tree dying over and over again and had more of a story this time.
The Favourite – An Oscar nominated film and with Olivia also being nominated as best actress, it was another nominated film that disappointed me, there is no faulting Olivia, Rachel and Emma in their roles but it didn’t grip me, I’m not familiar with Queen Anne as never really covered her reign in any History classes I did. The film is really about two cousins fighting over who should be the Queens favourite.
Mary, Queen of Scots – A story I am familiar with which result in Mary’s son become the first monarch of England and Scotland as before then and during the reign’s of Mary of Scots and Elizabeth of England these where ruled separately. Mary who had lived most of her life in France returned to rule Scotland after the death of her Husband and according the film try to reconcile with her cousin (once removed) Elizabeth and only managed to get Elizabeth to agree that James (Mary’s son) would reign if Elizabeth fail to produce a heir. Starring Margot Robbie as Elizabeth and Saoirse Ronan as Mary, whilst I really loved Saoirse as Mary I can’t understand why an Australian (nothing against Margot as love her acting) was casted as the Queen of England but that is the only really downside to it though a lot of the film is only set in one brief period whilst Mary fleeing and then arrest before execution is squeezed in to the last 5 – 10 minutes of the film.
How to Train Your Dragon – Hidden World – The third and final instalment of the How to Train Your Dragon animation series of films (There is also a Netflix Series about How to Train Your Dragon) with the Dragons and people of Berk returning with new dangers and more Dragons. Toothless (thought to be the last Night Fury) finds love which whilst putting the resident of Berk under threat turns out that the Light Fury saves Hiccup which in term saves the residents and the dragons who then are freed into the Hidden World. This was a fitting ending to the series and I don hope that this is the end and not like other films like Toy Story that return later on.
A Simple Favour – Based on the Novel of the same name starring Anna Kendrick, when a widower Stephanie (Anna) befriends Emily a high class mother of her Sons friend, Emily soon disappears without trace causing Stephanie to hunt for her as the Police suspect she has just ran out on her husband and after her body is found they become suspects after starting a relationship, but it turns out Emily faked her disappearance and death and ends up trying to kill her husband and Stephanie, this is a decent film, it again could’ve been better (I seem to have higher expectations now) and it was good to see Anna in a far more grown up role.
Beautiful Boy – Based on 2 books and on a true story we see the relationship between a father and son and also how it affects the rest of the family when a son gets addicted to drugs and fails rehab several times before a near overdose that by the sounds of it should’ve killed him finally gets him to recover and gets sober. This is a beautiful film with Steve Carell as the father (David) and Timothee Chalamet as his son (Nic) playing the parts superbly, this is possibly one of the best films dealing with Drugs I have seen as most of them show it from the addicts side but this has done it from both sides and it worked really well.
Instant Family – Starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne it was a pairing I was unsure about but it worked, Pete (Mark) and Ellie (Rose) decide to foster a child after putting off having kids until it seems too late as Pete doesn’t want to be old when his kid is growing up and after doing a course in Fostering they thought they would get a teenager; Lizzy (Isabela Moner); they also get her 2 younger siblings; Juan and Lita. At first everything is good even if hectic but soon as Lizzy has her teenage rebellion stages she starts fighting against Pete and Ellie and with them having to deal with Juan and Lita as well it seems to wear them down and after Ellie finds Lizzy taking Nude Selfies Pete first accusing an innocent 14 year old before than assaulting the janitor who was the boy who was asking for the selfies which lands them in trouble and the kids Mother is soon released from Jail and Lizzy wants to reunite her family but when it is time for the kids mother to take them she doesn’t show and Lizzy runs away crying with Pete and Ellie chasing and after comforting her and Lizzy reading the statement that Pete and Ellie where going to read in court she relates and they all go back to live as a Family, we then see them be officially adopted. This was a beautiful film and Isabela outshined the A stars (Mark and Rose) in the film and it was good to see Mark in a “Family” film rather than an Action film.