As a spoonie I inevitably spend a lot of time watching television. Having binged on Pretty Little Liars to the point where I'm completely caught up and waiting week-by-week I thought I'd catch up with some films. Assuming that you're a spoonie who needs film suggestions too, or someone who watches films, or someone - here are a few short film reviews of movies I've watched this month.
I have a confession - I'm a movie snob. Well, okay, that's not entirely true; sit me down with a formulaic rom-com and some chocolate and I'm more than occupied for an afternoon but show me an independent film, something quirky or a foreign film and you really have my interest.
To that end, I was really excited to watch Boyhood. For those of you who don't know (and where have you been?) Boyhood centres around the character of Mason but does something groundbreaking - it was filmed over the course of 12 years. So we really see Mason and all the other characters age and grow up.
There's no denying that it's a great concept and executed very well. The problem was - it didn't go anywhere. I kept waiting for something to happen, and it never did. And towards the end, a film which showed such promise at the beginning bordered on pretension as the film makers realised just how clever they had been. Metaphors symbolising journeys and grand knowing stares weren't upheld by the movie itself.
I believe What If is the first rom-com debut from Daniel Radcliffe since Harry Potter. He's dabbled in some horror and of course getting naked in the West End, but I didn't think he could be leading man rom-com material, until he was. And he was really good.
What If is one of those quirky romantic comedies, akin to 500 Days of Summer, which whilst still following a familiar formula brings something a little bit different to the genre. Daniel Radcliffe plays Wallace. Still torn up about a nasty break up that happened a year ago. At the party of his best friend he meets Chantry who seems to be his socially awkward and dead-pan equal and they talk all night. Then comes the bombshell, she has a boyfriend. I won't spoil the end of the film so I won't add anymore but I really liked this film!
Magic in the Moonlight
I felt a bit weird watching a Woody Allen film in light of recent accusations against him but his film 'Midnight in Paris' is one of my favourite films and I must admit, I really like his films. The fact that my older man crush Colin Firth is in this film swung it for me and I watched it.
Set in the 1920's, the film follows Firth's character who is a world famous magician and illusionist who is hugely cynical, often rude, arrogant and abrupt. When he is told of Emma Stone's character who claims to be a spiritualist who can contact the dead, he travels to the South of France to unmask her as a fraud. The problem is, he can't find fault with her and it leads him to question his life-long cynicism.
I really liked this film as I like all Woody Allen films I have seen so far. He always has beautiful settings and era's which are just wonderful to look at. The film has an interesting narrative and is just a good story. Sometimes I think films loose good old fashioned stories in their attempts to be clever - Woody's films seem to be the opposite to that. Firth's character often overplays his rudeness and oblivion to the fact he is being unkind to the point where, at times, his character becomes unlikeable. The over all film, however, was really charming.