Movies reviews

  • Little Women

    Watched on

    7

    Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms.

    Review

    An intricate story about love, loss and finding your place as four sisters grow up in 19th century America.

    Timothée Chalamet steals the show but is closely followed by Saoirse Ronan. The rest of the cast are stellar, but with more subdued performances.

    The story covers a lot of important topics and from a perspective that is rarely seen in film. There are fun moments and more serious topics. Tragedy and frolics.

    There are some really great conversations and monologues, difficult decisions and perspectives. The photography is a delight – mostly light and airy scenes but sometimes moody. The costumes were also superb.

    However, the narrative choice to switch back and forth between two timelines muddled the story too much. Characters mention a scene we had not seen yet which was rather jolting. I think a more linear style would’ve improved the film.

  • Love and Monsters

    Watched on

    7

    In a monster-infested world, Joel learns his girlfriend is just 85 miles away. To make the dangerous journey, Joel discovers his inner hero to be with the girl of his dreams.

    Review

    Easy watch, unique story and great special effects.

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Watched on

    7

    Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.

    Review

    Great dialogue and a unique perspective, but two very unlikeable main characters.

  • Babyteeth

    Watched on

    8

    Milla, a seriously ill teenager, falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses, her parents worst nightmare.

    Review

    What an unyieldingly bleak story; broken characters mixed with beautiful colours. This film takes its time, with a terminally ill school girl becoming besotted with a drug addict and surrounded by her oddball parents, but the crescendo will leave you an absolute wreck.

  • Extra Ordinary

    Watched on

    8

    Rose, a mostly sweet and lonely Irish driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his fame.

    Review

    Absurdly charmingly strange. It has a “What We Do In The Shadows” vibe from the start, but with a Ghostbusters slant – a very specific dark comedy which won’t be to everyone’s taste. Set to a ‘90s aesthetic with a strong Irish-vibe. The jokes are superb, the acting brilliant and it has some impressive visuals. Grin-inducing.