Tuesday 27 November 2018

Mini Film Reviews #1 - Crazy Rich Asians, The Incredibles 2 & More

I've been getting through so many films over the last month or so. In Autumn and Winter, I love nothing more than a cosy night in, it's the perfect excuse to get wrapped up in a blanket so George and I have been watching absolutely loads. I do a few posts each year with mini reviews of the films we've seen at the cinema but I've been wanting to do something similar for the films I've seen at home but until now I've just not really known how as sometimes putting them in a monthly favourites doesn't do some of them justice. I'd noticed the lovely Jenny did a few mini film reviews in one post a couple of months ago so I thought something like that was the best way forward, make sure you give her post a read too as there are some fab films included! I'm going to give each film a rating out of 5 so let me know if you've seen any of them too and if you agree!
Crazy Rich Asians, Finding Your Feet, Juliet Naked, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, The Incredibles 2

Crazy Rich Asians - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'm starting with Crazy Rich Asians as it's genuinely one of the best films I've seen this year. When it was first released at the cinema I'd not heard much about it so we didn't get round to seeing it but I watched the trailer a few weeks ago and knew it would be one I'd enjoy. Well it didn't disappoint at all! It's about Rachel Chu who accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young to his best friends wedding in Singapore. On this trip she finds out Nick's family is actually extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. She soon has to content with a flurry of jealous girls, quirky relatives and the worst thing - Nick's disapproving mother. It was just absolutely brilliant. So funny at times but also heartbreaking at others, and all the way through I was just willing for someone to stand up to Nick's mother and for him and Rachel to be happy. I'm actually desperate to watch it again.

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom - ⭐⭐⭐

I'm really not sure what I was expecting with this film but it kind of disappointed me. The Jurassic World films wouldn't usually be my sort of thing anyway but I did really enjoy the 2015 film with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The sequel Fallen Kingdom is set three years after the destruction of the theme park and Owen and Claire return to the island to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about to erupt. I don't know why but I just found myself pretty bored throughout and it just didn't live up to my expectations based on the first film. It's definitely not the worst film I've ever seen, I think the cast were brilliant and I'll watch the next one but I wouldn't be in a rush to see this particular one again. Also the trailer totally hypes up Jeff Goldblum but he's in it for like 5 seconds which is a bit disappointing.

Finding Your Feet - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Finding Your Feet was a film I'd been wanting to sit down and watch for quite despite it not looking like the most exciting film in the world. I think that's why we watched so many others before it but it was actually a really beautiful film and I'm so glad we got round to watching it. It's about 'Lady' Sandra Abbott who discovers her husband of 40 years has been having an affair with her best friend and how she has to move in with her estranged sister, Bif. The two of them couldn't be more different with Bif being an outspoken, free spirit, serial dater but that's just what Sandra needs. She joins Bif at her community dance class and it's there she starts finding her feet. With a wonderful cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley, honestly it's just lovely. It's hilarious at parts but it makes you feel so much for each character at different times. It has quite a heartbreaking ending for one of the characters but don't let that put you off. Just a brilliant British film.

Juliet, Naked - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I watched the trailer for this absolutely ages ago so I was thrilled to finally see this recently. I'm a big fan of Chris O'Dowd and Rose Byrne and as they were both in Bridesmaids too, I couldn't wait to see what this film would be like. It just looked really interesting and a little different to your usual romcom. Annie is stuck in a long term relationship with Duncan who is an obsessive fan of rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When an acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record surfaces, it leads to a life-changing encounter for Annie with the rocker himself rather than Duncan. I just adored this film, I really didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I actually like that the trailer doesn't really give too much away and actually that the film kind of follows a different path than the one you might be lead to believe. Whilst I thought the film would be very much about Annie changing her mind on Tucker Crowe and kind of falling for him in a way, I definitely didn't expect it to be such a nice love story and to actually to end up hating Duncan, Chris O'Dowd's character so much! It's just a lovely film, all three of the main actors are excellent and now I'd love to read the original novel.

The Incredibles 2 - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The film everyone had been waiting for. I do like the original Incredibles, though I'm probably not a mega fan like a lot of people seem to be. I was excited for the sequel and given how long it had taken to be made, I had high hopes and I ended up being really impressed, I actually think I prefer it to the first. In the sequel, the whole family of superheroes are back but it mainly focuses on Helen. Bob is left at home to look after the kids which is tough given baby Jack-Jack's superpowers are starting to emerge, then a new villain arrives who hatches a dangerous plan meaning the whole family and Frozone must work together. Whilst it's another film I wouldn't rush to see again, I didn't feel let down given the long wait and I do think they came up with a great story. There is a part with Violet though that just thinking about it makes me laugh so much, it was hysterical.

Have you seen any of these films? I'd love to know what you thought of them too!

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