A quick round-up of the films I watched last month.
1. The Fault In Our Stars
Having read the book back in the summer, I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for, and fully expected to have a tear in my eye while I watched this sad-but-uplifting teenage cancer/love story. Had I known, however, that it would actually be a full-on sob-a-thon, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to watch it on a plane … not a good look. Great film, though, I thought it was a fabulous adaptation, and actually enjoyed it more than the book, which is rare.
2. The Other Woman
Far more suitable for watching in the air, this was the second of the movies I chose on the journey home from Dubai, and it was great fun. Easy-watching comedy, and Cameron Diaz in the type of role she plays best.
3. The Inbetweeners 2
I love The Inbetweneers – God knows why, it’s really not my type of comedy at all, but it just makes me giggle. This was my third in-flight choice, and I loved it. I didn’t think it would be as enjoyable as the first Inbetweeners film, but it was just as good, maybe even better in parts. Brilliant.
4. Saving Mr Banks
Emma Thompson was so good in this film. I didn’t know much about it before I watched it, and was quite surprised to discover it was based on a true story, of the making of the film of Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson plays PL Travers, the author of the original books, and Tom Hanks is Walt Disney. Some great character acting and a lovely story – another really enjoyable film.
5. Fast Girls
A British film about the rivalry between two professional female sprinters. I didn’t have high hopes, but ended up really liking this. Enjoyable story, and with some well-known faces popping up here and there.
6. Pitch Perfect
American musical comedy. Not the worst I’ve ever seen, but I could have done without the projectile vomit scenes, I must say. Why spoil an otherwise not-too-bad film with that sort of thing? Really most unpleasant. The acapella singing was very good, though.
Movie of the month? Saving Mr Banks, I think. That would be my top recommendation.
Have you seen any good films lately?