Mini Film Reviews Volume 18

Notes On Blindness

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette and he navigate throughout his life. I’m normally really into documentary and I thought this would be amazing, but it certainly a massive let down and you don’t hardly feel anything because it has a British comedian who is not blind of playing someone who is totally blind and mimic his exactly words, it has a weird format and for me personally it is so insensitive and it on the verve of being controversial as it shouldn’t be like this.

My Week With Marilyn

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. This film has got everything going for them and it has got moments of great beauty but it has got so many inconsistently and become muddle which is a great shame, what keep it watchable is Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne but everyone else is rather dull.

The Queen’s Corgi

The British monarch’s favourite dog gets lost from the palace and finds himself at a dog fight club. He them begins his long journey to find his way back home. Definitely a light-hearted and likeable film with colourful characters with funny one liner, it is funny and the voice cast is really good and with superb comic timing with a brilliant story that is easy to follow. The only thing is it doesn’t reach the height of other animation films like with Toy Story or Up but it a well-intentioned film.

I Am Greta

The documentary follow Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate activist from Eastern Europe, on her international crusade to get people to listen to scientists about the world’s environmental problems. Normally with documentary it feel like you can go on a journey with them but whereas with this one it doesn’t have that and it is so predictable like you know what going to happened, often you get a chunk of emotional scenes which work really well but it doesn’t have that impact on you.

Miss Americana

A look at iconic pop artist Taylor Swift during a transformational time in her life as she embraces her role as a singer/songwriter and harnesses the full power of her voice. Overall this documentary isn’t perfect but it Taylor Swift who make this documentary actually work as she is honest, sweet and generally nice person and there is a vulnerable side to her, I love all the songs in this documentary as it is so powerful and poignancy at the same time. It can feel a little disjointed and rather unfocused but at the same time, it is really good overall.

News Of The World

A civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home. Brilliant cinematography and with superb story that certainly bring you a convincing film with great acting especially from Tom Hanks as you actually care about him, the only thing is the chemistry with the young girl as she is hard to like and you can’t really warmth with her, never less this is still a superbly made film.

Balloon (2018)

East Germany, 1979. After initially failing to flee from the East to the West in a self – built hot – air balloon, two families struggle to make a second attempt, while the East German State Police are chasing them. Too be honest with you I really didn’t expected this to be so good and it is one of the best movies ever as it is suspense, taut, unpredictable with a whole lot of tension. Brilliantly casted as it is in subtitle with a story that is easy to follow as it is poignancy, moving and really subtle. I really can’t think of any criticism at all, as this film is flawless as it is ingenious and really clever at the same time.

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