Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Mini Film Reviews #7 - Little Women, Jojo Rabbit & More

It's been a long time since my last film roundup, in fact I think it was just before Halloween so it's safe to say I've watched many, many films since then. That being said there weren't that many that I felt were that memorable so when it came to writing this, I just chose a few of the ones I've watched and enjoyed over the last few weeks instead. Let me know if you've watched any of these too!
collage - Little Women, Jojo Rabbit, Midsommar, The Last Five Years, The Sound Of Music, Hustlers

The Last Five Years - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A film that is singing the whole way through is my kind of film. I've heard The Last Five Years mentioned many times in the past but it's only now that I'm into pretty much everything musical theatre related that I've actually paid it any attention. It's a musical that's played so many places including New York and London and it was made into a film in 2015 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. The Last Five Years tells the story of Cathy and Jamie's relationship, from how it started to how it unfortunately ended. It's really interesting as it's not in chronological order, Cathy's songs begin after they've separated and move backwards in time to the start but Jamie's start when they first meet and go until the end of their marriage. It probably doesn't make much sense like that and when watching it, it took me a little while to get my head around it but I really like how uniquely it's been told. It's probably not favourite musical film ever but there are some songs that I've not been able to stop playing since!

Midsommar - ⭐⭐⭐

Well this was intense! I mean, where do I even start? The first of two films starring Florence Pugh in this post and she was just incredible. Midsommar is about a couple, Dani and Christian, who travel to Sweden with friends to visit the midsummer festival that's been hailed as a idyllic retreat. Whilst it starts out well, it quickly becomes incredibly bizarre and violent and Dani soon realises they've become part of some pagan cult that they may never get out of. Whilst this is classed as a horror film and it definitely has it's moments of pure creepiness, it's not a film full of jump scares or anything like that if that's usually what you prefer, it's just generally really uncomfortable. In a weird way I enjoyed it and I thought the whole cast were great but it's not one I'd be rushing to watch again.

Hustlers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

After hearing many good things, I finally got round to watching Hustlers a few weeks ago and Jennifer Lopez stole the show! It's inspired by true events and follows a crew of savvy strip club employees who join forces to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Their aim is to essentially get as much money out of these men as possible without having to do much so they can one day leave the job for good. Unfortunately it's not all plain sailing but I'm not going to spoil what happens. It's nothing like anything else I've watched.

Little Women - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I finally got round to seeing Little Women earlier this month and I really enjoyed it. I can totally see why it's been receiving so much praise and I'm baffled as to why Greta Gerwig hasn't been nominated for best director at the Oscars?! I knew a small amount about Little Women but if you're oblivious to it, it shows Jo March played by Saoirse Ronan reflecting back and forth on life, telling the story of the March sisters, four women who were determined to live their life on their own terms. It's got a brilliant cast as aswell as Saoirse, it also stars Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and Laura Dern. I personally loved Timothee and Florence the most, I think they stole each scene they're in but overall I thought it was a great film. There was something about it that was missing though, I just can't pinpoint what, I did expect to be wowed and I wasn't necessarily.

Jojo Rabbit - ⭐⭐⭐

I actually think I need to re-watch this soon as I wasn't in the best mood when I first watched this and I think that clouded my judgement a little! It's been getting rave reviews and there were definitely moments I understood that and I do think next time I'll enjoy it more but maybe it's a case of it been hyped up so much that again I expected a bit too much. I think it's got a really unique story which focuses on Jojo, a lonely German boy who discovers his mum is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. He must then question his beliefs whilst dealing with his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. I'm sure it's not a film for everyone but it definitely had funny moments and it's the first film in a while I've actually quite liked Scarlett Johansson.

The Sound Of Music - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

And finally, The Sound Of Music. I remember watching this a lot when I was younger so it instantly takes me back whenever I watch it. I definitely appreciate it a lot more now than I ever used to so I was thrilled when I spotted it was on TV over Christmas. If you've somehow never heard of The Sound Of Music, it was released in 1965 and stars Julie Andrews as Maria, an aspiring nun who does things a little differently to everyone else. She eventually leaves to become a governess to the seven children of a Naval officer widower and over time they all surprisingly become very fond of one another. It's so heartwarming, is full of beautiful music and just feels like a bit of an escape.

Have you watched any of the films I've mentioned? Are there any films that have really impressed you lately?

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16 comments

Hannah said...

I've not seen any of these films, so I'll have to get onto that. I'll have to recommend JoJo Rabbit rabbit to my boyfriend too, as he loves films based around the war. Great post xx

Hannah | luxuryblush

jennyinneverland said...

I loved Little Women but I had NO experience of the storyline at all. I also agree that there was *something* missing but at the same time, it's not supposed to be this crazy story with dragons and drama - it's just about their life. Which is what I really liked! x

Jenny
http://www.jennyinneverland.com

Makeup Muddle said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I'm always looking for new things to watch, so I'll have to see some of these xo

Makeup Muddle

Lorna Liza said...

Little Women is my favourite book but never feel the film manages to bring it totally to life. Probably because the film's also go into the next book 'Good Wives' x

Heather Nixon said...

I really want to watch little women x

Daisy said...

I've only ever seen The Sound of Music but I really want to see Little Women! I've heard so much about it and Hustlers so will just have to wait for them to come on Sky Movies! xD

Sophie said...

I haven't seen any of these but I'm dying to see Little Women. I've heard so many great things so far x

Sophie
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Tiffany Timms said...

I think he'd really enjoy it! Thanks lovely xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Yeah I totally agree! It was a lovely watch xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Hope you enjoy them if you give them a watch x

Tiffany Timms said...

Ahh I had no idea about that! I really didn't know much about it beforehand but thought it was a lovely film x

Tiffany Timms said...

I definitely recommend it x

Tiffany Timms said...

Hustlers was great, so much better than I expected x

Tiffany Timms said...

It definitely deserves all of the praise it's been getting x

Lady Writes said...

I really want to see little women soon x

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