Thursday 16 January 2014

Filmic Thoughts #1

Greetings chums and how are you this Thursday morning? Ready for a day of fun I hope! Today I thought I'd share something a bit different on this here blog, I hope you don't mind! I often waffle on about the books I've read and the holidays I am planning on this blog, but the one area I rarely share on here, which is a fairly massive part of my life, is the wonders of a good film. For as long as I can remember I've loved sitting down to watch a good film, it started when I discovered Disney and has continued until now through obsessions with The Sound of Music, the films of Richard Curtis, the Harry Potter Films, Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen (please don't judge me), Lord of the Rings, all but one of the Fast and Furious Films and of course many many more.

This year I've decided I want to share some of my favourite films with you lovely lot as well as my very own film reviews - either of films I've just watched for the first time or favourites I've seen for the 100th time. I figure it'll be interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly to get me to think more about the films I watch and to actually think about them all more thoroughly. The second reason is I like the idea of flicking back to the review in a month, six months or three years time and seeing if my opinion of that film is still the same, or whether time has caused me to have a rethink. So let's start with some short thoughts on the films I've watched over the last month or so.

Hercules - I asked for this for Christmas as I love the songs but hadn't yet watched it. Crazy considering my childhood Disney obsession. Thoughts on this one, hm well it looks really dated doesn't it? But the story is good and it's very very funny. The music was as good as I imagined but I can't help feeling like something was missing. Maybe it's the fact that it's aimed at people almost 20 years younger than me. Who knows! I would definitely watch this again but it wouldn't be my first choice from the Disney shelf!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - I loved the first Hobbit film and I love Richard Armitage and Luke Evans so I had expectations on this one. Sadly I felt like it ended just as it was getting interesting, it's just there was so much build up and you weren't rewarded with anything. Plus there were some sections which it would have been interesting to know more about - like the strange wolf-like creature they met and stayed with - but sadly they were given barely any screen-time. I'm still going to watch the final Hobbit film obviously!

Monsters University - I loved this film! It was so interesting to find out more about two of my favourite characters and this film was tremendously funny. The tasks that the teams had to complete where absolutely genius and the new characters were amazing. One of my favourite things was the fact that the school liked like a monster - genius!

Despicable Me - This was such a joy to watch! I absolutely loved it. It was heart-warming, hilarious and super-cute. The three sisters were adorable and Gru was such a great character - his gradual change to a decent human being was lovely and the minions were a joy to watch. Plus Julia Andrews was in it, I love Julie A. The bit at the end with the unicorn story - I may have shed a tear or three!

Olympus has Fallen - Not what you'd call a classic I have to say. But if you fancy a film that's easy to watch, full of hot guys and has a fair amount of action this is the one for you. Plus I do love Aaron Eckhart in anything, so him as President would be a win in my book. Just make sure you suspend reality and don't expect a classic!

Frozen - Oh this film was absolutely wonderful. An absolute Disney classic, with beautiful settings, flawed but believable characters, the most catchy songs ever, a talking snowman and the most wonderful sister relationships I've seen for a long time. It's one of my favourite Disney films for ages and I could honestly watch it every week without any problem. If you've not seen it yet, why not?! Also if you fancy getting me a present any day soon then the DVD of this would be just the thing.

The Butler - This is one of those films that I knew I would love as soon as I saw the trailer. Why I hear you ask? 1) it's based on a true story 2) it's got an all-start cast: Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Robin Williams, John Cusack and so many more. 3) it spans Cecil Gaines' career as a Butler at The White House during EIGHT presidencies {for a history degree holder this makes my heart sing}. This film definitely lived up to my crazy high expectations! It was tremendous, fascinating, stressful, heart-warming, informative and wonderful all at once. I do wonder how much of the story was embellished for the sake of the films story line but I'm willing to overlook that as it really was masterfully told and the two hour long film flew by. A must watch if you haven't already. As for me it's made me want to read more about certain American events - the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the Black Panthers movement, the Watergate Scandal and the real Ronald Reagan (I've know idea which portrayal of him in the film is correct and I really want to know!).

What about you, what films have you watched recently and what did you think of them? Any recommendations of what I should watch next - either on DVD, available on Netflix or currently showing at the cinema?

1 comment:

  1. Love this and love the comment about The Butler making your heart sing. Bless you xx