Movies of the week

Since I haven’t been allowed to do much training this past week, I’ve had a lot more time on my hands than usual. That means I’ve been able to work ahead on my homework, and even more importantly – nourish my passion for movies. Okay, maybe it’s not exactly more important, but it’s certainly more fun!

Below are the movies I’ve watched over the past week, as well as my own personal opinion about them.

Woman in Gold (2015)
Woman In Gold
Y’all know I have a “weakness” for true stories, and this one was no exception. It was a little on the slow side, but considering how lengthy the character’s mission actually was, I think the pace of the film fit the story. Helen Mirren’s jaunty character also helped speed things up a bit. Overall, a high quality motion picture, and I don’t see how it could have been done much differently. In my opinion they managed to make the most out of the story, but the story didn’t quite hit the “OMG this is amazing-button” in my heart.

Cinderella (2015)
Cinderella
As a kid I was never really fond of princesses, because I never identified with them. I was more into Tarzan and Peter Pan, so my expectations for this one were not exactly sky-high. However, the movie was put together in such a beautiful way that it brought out the girly-girl in me. They successfully kept the moral of the story, without getting too lost in the glossiness of the fairytale.

The longest ride (2015)

Author Nicholas Sparks has done it again. This time I think the movie did justice to the story (as opposed to “The best of me (2014) “ which was too predictable, and offered a rather poor choice of actors.) There was something so bright and energetic about it, that made me unable to see it as a cliché.

True story (2015)

Now this is a weird one! When Michael Finkel, a New York Times journalist gets fired, an accused killer steels his identity. Finkel then puts the investigation of the murder into his own hands. And from there… well, the situation takes a number of unexpected turns. I can’t believe I didn’t get bored for a single second, because there was little to no action, but yet it was just so captivating that I was at the edge of my seat throughout the whole thing. I’m surprised someone even came up with the idea of producing the film, but somehow it just works. Watch it and you’ll see.

The age of Adaline (2015)

Adaline Bowman was born in 1908, but after a car accident at age 29 – she would never age a day in her life. In fact, she was able to stay 29 throughout eight decades. After watching the trailer I thought it seemed pretty cheesy, and I initially thought I’d made a mistake by paying $10 to watch it, but in the moment I was about to lose hope – it just sucked me right in. With absolutely stunning cinematography, good acting, and believe it or not, a very compelling story – I couldn’t help it but to like it.. a lot.


Cake
(2014)

Hmm.. this is a tough one. I must admit that I was impressed by Jennifer Aniston’s performance. To me she has (alongside Sandra Bullock and Cameron Diaz) always been the queen of romantic comedies, and to see her portray a character like Claire was somewhat refreshing – because it was different. But at the same time, the story was so incredible dark, heavy, slow, tragic, painful, uncomfortable and without drive that I can’t say I liked it very much.

 

Furious 7 (2015)

You know that feeling when you walk into a perfumery, and all the wonderful smells become so overwhelming that after a while, you’re unable to smell any of them? That’s how this movie was. I’ve always been a fan of the Fast & Furious movies, but this one simply went over the top with action. By the end I was so fed up with explosions, wrecked cars and extravagant stunts that I just wanted to go home. However, the memorial scenes of Paul Walker were beautiful and somewhat saved my overall impression of the film.

 

Big eyes (2014)

Another true story, and another creepy good performance by Christoph Waltz. That guy sure knows how to portray charismatic sociopaths! I loved the 1950-1960 San Francisco vibe, and despite the bittersweet core of the story, I found it quite enjoyable.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
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This is a french biopic about one of the most famous fashion designers of all time. It certainly displays some of that elegance and style you would expect to see from the inside of Paris’ fashion houses in the 1950s, but even the great triumphs and successes of Yves Saint Laurent’s life seems to be overshadowed by the cloudy darkness that filled his life. The unpleasant atmosphere is very similar to “La vie en rose (2007)”. Considering that it’s a true story, that particular tone is perhaps necessary in order to portray the events just the way things were… but it made it rather uncomfortable to watch.

Well, there you go! These are my own opinions about whether or not I LIKED the films. Just because I didn’t like all of them, does not mean they are bad films – Just sayin’

Bless y’all,
Maria

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