Another quick round of mini reviews of films I watched last month.
1. Love & Other Impossible Pursuits
Family drama centred on a woman’s difficult relationship with her stepson. I found myself really drawn into this film, and the acting was excellent, particularly by the little boy. A nice film, and a believable story, with a proper beginning, middle and end.
2. Taken 2
Having moderately enjoyed the first film, I decided to watch this sequel, but oh my goodness, it was a real disappointment. Hammy acting and the sketchiest of plots couldn’t be saved by the action scenes, I’m afraid. Suffice to say, I shall not be bothering with the Taken 3, which is currently at cinemas.
3. Labor Day
Love love LOVED this movie. Depressed single mother Adele and her pre-teen son give a strange man a lift one day, and this film tells of the consequences. I was transfixed all the way through this film and was so rooting for a happy ending … I won’t tell you whether I got one or not, in case you haven’t seen it, but the whole thing was just brilliant. I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a Kate Winslet movie, thinking about it. Film of the month for me.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
Ashley and I watched this one evening when Will was away (thank goodness, HIGHLY unsuitable for teenagers!). We both enjoyed it: Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent in the lead role and the story (based on a true one) is moderately entertaining with some real laugh-out-loud moments. We both felt, however, that at three hours, it was too long for the amount of content, and parts of it felt very padded out.
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I’m hoping to get to the cinema far more this year than I did last, so am looking forward to seeing more films as they come out, rather than waiting for the DVDs. Have you seen anything good recently?