Bit of a blah month as far as films were concerned, really – didn’t see anything that I really loved at all. Here’s what I watched:
1. Glory Road
2. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
I wanted to love this, and although it was probably my favourite film of the month, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I anticipated, though I couldn’t put my finger on why not. The little boy’s acting was fantastic, and the storyline (a child coming to terms with his father’s death on 9/11, via a quest which takes him all over the place, meeting all sorts of people) was original and well-written. I just didn’t engage with it emotionally as much as I wanted to.
Incredibly clever film, but SOOO complicated, as the story unfolds BACKWARDS! I started watching this one evening while crocheting, and it quickly became clear that this movie needs your full, undivided attention while you’re wide awake and firing on all cylinders, which I probably wasn’t. It’s the sort of film that you need to re-watch the second you get to the end in order to understand it, and I didn’t have time to do so, so probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have done. Definitely one to watch again, though.
4. My Life
Expectant father with terminal cancer desperately tries to stay alive long enough to see his son born, and learns some life lessons along the way. Felt more like a made-for-TV afternoon filler than a proper film.
Watchable action thriller about an odd chap who is a stuntman by day and moonlights as a getaway driver by night. The no holds barred blood and violence put me off a bit, but it had some good moments, too.
6. Oz The Great & Powerful
Went to the cinema to see this over the Easter weekend, in 3D. We all ‘quite’ enjoyed it, but none of us LOVED it. Says it all, really.
7. Sliding Doors
A copy of this came free with a newspaper a while back and as I hadn’t seen it for years, I decided to watch it again over the long, cold Bank Holiday weekend. It was such a clever film, and I do like Gwyneth Paltrow’s flawless English accent. And John Hannah. Quirky and original.
What movies have you been watching lately? Anything you can recommend?