Time for a quick trip through the films I watched last month.
1. The Book Thief
I haven’t read the book, so I didn’t really have any preconceptions about the film, or know much about it other than the fact it was set during WW2. I thought it was just OK, not brilliant but not awful. Worth watching if you’re interested in WW2 movies, but I wouldn’t make a special point of it.
Loved this one. Set in the 60s, it tells the story of three sisters who form a girl group and their burgeoning fame and how it affects them. I didn’t realise until I watched it that Whitney Houston played the mother – who knew? Very evocative of its time – and the fashions are fab!
My one trip to the cinema during January (I told you I spent the month hibernating!) was to see this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s autobiographical book, telling the story of her 1,000 solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. I was quite interested to see this as Reese Witherspoon is nominated for an Oscar this year in the lead role. I enjoyed it, but I must say it didn’t make me want to read the book, which I get the impression would be a bit too introspective and self-indulgent for my tastes. Worth a watch if you come across it, though.
4. The Angel’s Share
I didn’t get off to a great start with this one when I had to put the subtitles on, due to a combination of the inpenetrable Scottish accents and appalling sound quality. It’s based on a group of youngsters doing community service and their attempts to turn over a new leaf. I turned it off after about 45 minutes. ‘Nuff said.
5. Promised Land
Really enjoyed this environmental drama starring Matt Damon. Involving storyline and great acting. My film of the month.
Have you seen any good movies lately?