Hello lovelies – welcome to the first of a new series of blog posts, my Mini Movie Mentions.
I mentioned in a post after my blog break that I wanted to begin doing mini reviews of films, because I was only ever really reviewing films that are adaptations of books. This limited me to certain films, when I really watch a lot of other films. Today I wanted to mention 5 different films that I’ve seen in the recent weeks. Some of them are recent(ish) releases at the cinema, and others are films I’ve either got on DVD or found on Netflix. I still wanted to mention them, despite them not being new – as I never know, they might be new to you.
Pitch Perfect 2
I went to the cinema to watch this when it was released, and I was eagerly anticipating it. Pitch Perfect is one of my favourite films, and I think it’s hilarious. The film follows an acapella group as they compete for a world title. I love the stars in this film, especially Anna Kendrick and Remi Wilson. Together, they’re brilliant. The songs are great, and it’s a feel good film. With that being said, I was a little disappointed with this sequel. It just wasn’t as good, to me, as the first one. I think because the first film was so original (for me) that this one just seemed to lose some of that sparkle. Still a good film though, and I’d watch it again.
Magic Mike XXL
I’ve seen the first film Magic Mike, and I quite enjoyed it – I mean, Channing Tatum + stripping… anyway, I thought it was a fun film. When I saw there was a sequel, I thought it might be worth a watch. Let me tell you, the majority of it felt like a complete waste of time. Magic Mike is about Mike who is an entrepeneur, furniture designer and part-time male entertainer. Apart from the final maybe 15 minutes, I was sat baffled or bored. It’s almost as if they were stuck as to what to fill the time with, in between the stripping moments. If you never see it, you won’t be missing much.
One Hour Photo
With this film, we watch as Robin Williams takes on a role as a creepy, psychotic individual. The character he plays, Sy Parrish, is a photograph developer in a retail store. He becomes fascinated by a certain family, and his fascination becomes an obsession with chilling consequences. It’s a truly frightening film, and freaks me out to no end. I love it though, it’s a great film to analyse – and I could have seen myself writing an essay about it if I was still at University. There’s so many moments that are incredibly produced. Definitely recommend.
Out of this list, I imagine this film will be one most people won’t have heard of before. Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this film, along with Leighton Meester and Garret Hedlund. Gwyneth plays country superstar, Kelly Canter, who is battling a lot of personal demons. She embarks on a tour to resurrect her career. What I adore the most about this film is the music, in fact I’ve downloaded most of the soundtrack and listen to it frequently. I love the thought that there’s a dark side to becoming famous, and this film really delves into the negative influences that can surround budding stars. Good film for anyone that likes country music, coupled with a bit of romance and a lot of drama.
Everytime I watch this film it gives me goosebumps, because it’s incredibly well made and is really chilling. Based on a true case, we follow the manhunt for a notorius serial killer, Zodiac. I won’t say much more about that, but highly encourage you to give it a watch it. It’s an absolutely fascinating film, the plot is gripping – and suspenseful. It’s a longer film, but I’m engaged throughout as I loved trying to figure out who it might have been, and watching as the characters sieve through the evidence. Jake Gyllenhal is fantastic in this film, and I love him paired up with Robert Downey Jr. Absolutely perfect thriller, mystery and it’s also really interesting.
I hope you like the first Mini Movie Mentions – and if you have any movie recommendations for me, definitely let me know. Have you seen any of these films? What did you think of them?