Mini Film Reviews Volume 19

Gaga: Five Feet Two

This documentary goes behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show. I am sure Lady Gaga is generally a really nice and eccentric person, but this documentary is not revealing enough and what made her human and it is not character driven at all. It does not offer you something new or being insightful as much.

Stronger

Stronger is the inspiring real-life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. I like the subject matter in this film and the thing is, it not as sincere or sensitively handed and the humor is slightly too crude as well. Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany really tried their hardest and they are so convincing but the supporting cast is bland, this definitely not perfect and it is frustrating to watch.

Entebbe

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted. Good premise and with a great story and Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike are really good and with great chemistry, the thing is the whole film in whole is not convincing enough or hold your interest. The start and the ending of this film is plain weird as there are dancing in it and it really does not work with this type of film, the supporting cast is rather bland and it does not thrill you as much.

Edie

83-year-old Edie believes that it is never too late – packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have – climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. A well-meaning film that is heartwarming and nice with fantastic acting in this almost feel-good film, it has a rubbish ending and it loses momentum in the final third but if they take their time it would be an amazing film, it feels a bit rush but it has got a likeable lead.

RBG

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg seems like a really nice, interesting person and she is really good in her documentary, the only thing is everyone know the story behind her success and you learn nothing new, despite that it still a well-made documentary.

Ratatouille

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. Brilliant and a sincere tale of a usual partnership which certainly captivating many family viewing, wonderful cinematography and with an easy-to-follow story with the message of believe in yourself and finding a place in this world. I can connect with that it is heartfelt. It does not reach the height like with Toy Story or other PIXAR films, it still a really cute film.

Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. One of the most fascinating documentaries that is so beautiful and with certain aspect is rewarding, it is so moving and it is gorgeous to watch especially the underwater shot with great cinematography. It might not be the best documentary but it is sheer beauty and it drawn you from the first frame.

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