“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.”
You probably all know by now of my love for the silver screen. There’s not a week that goes by when I don’t go to the movies. This feeling you get when the adverts and the trailers are finished and the movie is about to start is the best in the world! Here are my reviews of a few movies I saw these past 2 weeks that you can still see in the theatres right now.
BEST. EFFING. MOVIE. OF. THE. YEAR.
The film is set in 1912 in London, where the Suffragette movement was led by Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep, who decided that after 50 years of peacefully and quietly asking for the vote for women, it was time to take their fight to another level in order for them to be taken seriously: rebellious actions against public properties, in other words chaos in London. To get what they demanded, these women lost their jobs, went to prison, got banished from their homes and got beaten up by their husbands and couldn’t even see their children anymore. These were the casualties and the price to pay for us ladies to have the same rights as men today…
Maud (Carey Mulligan) is a simple young woman, working as a laundry worker since she was 7 to help bring money to her husband and her very young son. She never knew better and never really thought of having anything more before she met some of the Suffragettes. The film is wonderfully done by the way it shows us how Maud begins to dream of a life where women can allow themselves to think something better is even possible for them.
Suffragette reminds us of what women before us did for us to be treated as equals (well, officially…) today. It’s a slap in the face, a reality check: not that long ago women couldn’t vote, didn’t have their say in anything, were not allowed to manage their own money and didn’t even have a say regarding their own children. Their husbands could put their children up for adoption if they wanted to and women couldn’t do anything about it. Can you believe that British law actually allowed that less than a century ago? Because I couldn’t… Like I said, reality check and big slap in the face!
The actresses (and actor Brendan Gleeson) are flawless and the screenplay poignant. Academy awards, plenty of them, pretty please?
Interesting fact: it is the first film in history to be shot in the Houses of Parliament.
“We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”
I was literally SO excited to see Pan! I’d been waiting impatiently for a long time to see it – I’m a bit of a Peter Pan fan you see. And my reaction after seeing it was… disappointment. Well, there’s a lot of great stuff… but also a lot of things that are not so good.
Quick recap of the movie: it’s basically a prequel of the Peter Pan book and Disney film that we all know so well, meaning we get to know where the famous Peter came from and how he became the flying boy who doesn’t grow up. Exciting, huh? I thought it was!
Visually, there’s nothing to say, it’s simply beautiful. The sets, effects and views are breath-taking. Most of the actors are great, especially the young Peter (Levi Miller). I loved the beginning of the movie: having it set in London during WW2 and seeing Peter as an orphan there was thrilling. I really enjoyed that they came up with the story that Peter is half human / half fairy, which explains why he can fly without fairy dust – so far it makes sense. Also, I liked the fact that before Hook, there was another big bad guy and that Hook and Pan fought together to bring him down, and you can only assume that the story keeps on repeating itself. I LOVED the scenes where the pirates sing modern songs (Smells Like Teen Spirit and Blitzkrieg Bop), I didn’t expect them to start singing and I was really awkwardly surprised at first, but I really enjoyed these weird scenes in the end!
But… why is Hook American? Why is Tiger Lily white? I really like Rooney Mara, but still it doesn’t make sense when she’s the only one in the tribe to be white!! Did we have to have a love affair between the two? I really don’t think that it brings anything to the story and you just don’t believe it for one second. Also, I know Cara Delevingne is the next big thing these days, but the scene with her as a mermaid is plainly useless. And let’s talk about the final fight? MUCH TOO MUCH! You just want it to be over already! Finally, it ends without us knowing why Pan and Hook are mortal enemies, which was, I believed, the whole point of this movie. Of course they are leaving space for another movie (or 2 or 3 probably), but in the end you are left a bit hungry for more. I just feel like they went a bit over their heads with many, many storylines instead of focusing on a few important ones.
Anyway, I know I’ve just been trashing it down the loo, but really I don’t regret to have seen it and I will go and see the next one(s), hoping really hard it will be a bit better in terms of screenplay…
Miss You Already
Miss You Already is the story of an exclusive, powerful and intense friendship between Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore). The two girls have been best friends since they were very little and have been doing everything together. Milly eventually marries a sexy rock star (Dominic Cooper), has two kids, lives in a beautiful house and has all the expensive clothes and stuff she has ever dreamed of. On the other hand, Jess lives a much more simple life on a boat-house with her boyfriend (Paddy Considine) and they struggle with money and with getting pregnant. Nevertheless, the two women are inseparable. And that’s when Milly gets sick and when Jess gets pregnant. We then follow Milly through her chemo that doesn’t work, her mastectomy and what comes after, her mood-swings as she still wants to look attractive and wanted, and brings Jess, secretly newly pregnant, along in her crazy adventures to feel alive.
This movie truly moved me as a close friend of mine recently went through a mastectomy and I can only imagine how hard it must be to try to live normally after that. Also, I truly believe that a friendship can sometimes be as intense and hard as a love story and this movie shows it well. Toni Collette is absolutely stunning in the role, she fills the screen by her presence, and the two friends are so convincing as the two best friends who struggle to keep their friendship alive after what they went through. It’s a beautiful movie to see with your best friend… and a big box of tissues!