Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Suffragette

Suffragette:

BBFC Certificate: 12A

'Suffragette' is a period drama film which stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep and is directed by Sarah Gavron.

Suffragette is one of the first films to be released in the Oscar/Bafta race of historical drama movies. As expected the performances are great. Carey Mulligan shines in the lead role giving us a strong but also vulnerable character. Helena Bonham Cater delivers another good performance to her very impressive resume. Meryl Steep is, of course good, but don't expect much from her as she only makes a very short appearance in the film, more of a cameo than a supporting performance. Aside from the performances, the film from a technical stand point has some impressive features such as the costume design and make up which stripped down the glossy look of most period dramas.

For me, the film does has it's flaws, I feel the film is a bit cliche at times and does often take the 'safe' route, nevertheless 'Suffragette' will please the audience it's catered for and will be a good example of a film to watch in history class.

Rating: 7/10

Monday, 12 October 2015

Sicario

Sicario

BBFC Certificate: 15

'Sicario' is a crime thriller film which stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin and is directed by Denis Villeneuve.

'Sicario' features another well constructed film from Denis Villeneuve, his direction keeps the audience in a deep suspense during the most climatic of scenes. Roger Deakins cinematography is a beauty to behold, all the scenes in this film look naturally lit, even the scenes which take place during the dusk, I would not be to surprised if he was nominated an Oscar for his work. The performances in this film are excellent especially Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt who's acting and character reminded me of Jodie Foster in 'The Silence of the Lambs'. However, I felt like the story wasn't anything spectacular or groundbreaking and the pacing for me felt a bit off during the second act, however the talent involved behind the film push it beyond it's narrative trappings.

Rating: 8/10 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Macbeth

Macbeth

BBFC Certificate: 15

'Macbeth' is a drama film based on the Shakespeare play 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'. The stars Micheal Fassbender and Marion Cotillard and is directed by Justin Kurzel.

The latest film adaptation of Macbeth has been described as a war film. The films plot is almost entirely set on a battle ground. What I enjoyed most about the film was the recurring theme of conflict, which reflects between the battles and the characters. The performances from Fassbender, Cotillard and Paddy Considine are terrific and perhaps may stand up for a possible Oscar nod. Justin Kurzel direction really lifts up the story into a cinematic one and Adam Arkapaw cinematography is stunning.

However, I felt the films Shakespearean dialect threw me off slightly during the second and third act of the film, but if you are a fan of Shakespeare this adaptation will surely not disappoint.

Rating: 7/10

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