Sunday, May 21, 2017

Their Finest

Director Lone Sherfig’s Their Finest is a beautifully made film about the making of an upbeat British propaganda film during World War II.

The interesting thing about this film is that individually scenes are so well directed by Sherfig and so well shot by Cinematographer Sebastian Blenkov, yet the viewer is often left wondering what has actually happened.  That may be the fault of Screenwriter Gaby Chiappe and/or the Sound Department.

However, also interestingly, it rarely matters.  We get what the story is about.
Gemma Arterton is excellent, playing a young woman, who gets roped into working on the film and, ultimately, becoming its main writer.  And, Bill Nighy is in top form as a fading star, whose life and fortune are revived by the film.

 I give Their Finest a 3.9 out of 5.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Writer/Director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the epitome of springtime “popcorn” movies, providing loads of fun for the entire family.

The family of misfits, led by Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, are off to save the galaxy with quips all of which only the most media savvy will understand.  But, it doesn’t matter, because the way they’re said doesn’t make you feel left out.  You’ll get the gist of it and keep smiling as you down your snacks and drinks.
The characters come to an understanding that it’s all about family and, hopefully, you will, too.

If you’re in the mood to enjoy yourself, see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  I give it a 4.1 out of 5.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I think the reason viewers stayed away in droves from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is because Writer/Producer/Director Guy Ritchie so twisted the Arthurian legend that it turned off the core audience from championing it.

It would have been better to rename the main characters so the audience would get to feel part of a new story instead of bastardizing the old one.
If you don’t know or care about the true legend, then this is an exciting, if not overdone, movie…overdone because it has so much CGI, you feel like giving it a valium to calm it down and play out in a way that befits the time-period.

The film’s saving grace is Astrid Berg├Ęs-Frisbey, who plays The Mage, or magician, driving on the unenthusiastic Arthur (Charlie Hunnam).  It’s because Arthur is unenthusiastic that the audience asks, “Then, why should we care?”  My answer is that Astrid is worth watching.

The real story is yet to be made.  This one gets only a 3 out of 5.