This is a new feature on my blog and has arisen from me starting to watch a lot more movies than I have done over the summer. It’s something I want to continue in the future as I delve further into screenwriting.
Movies and I didn’t get along for a long time, and I think that’s down to me trying to watch films I have no interest in, or are detrimental to my mental health in whatever way. These are definitely war films, both present time and historical wars, which is mostly what my family watch.
However, recently I’ve been finding many more films that are much closer to my interests and don’t make me feel terrible for the rest of the day, and also am not just rewatching my favourites over and over.
So let’s get into the last handful of films I watched!
1. I, Tonya (2017)
Director: Craig Gillespie.
Writer: Steven Rogers.
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
I was totally blown away by this movie. Following ‘The Incident’ involving figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, in which Harding’s ex-husband took out Kerrigan’s knee before a national competition. The biopic follows Tonya’s life both pre and post The Incident, from being a very young child to what she had to resort to after The Incident.
Regularly breaking the fourth wall and interspersed with interviews, I found the film to be so unique and captivating. You’d be so wrapped up in the story that you forget it happened to a real person, until those interviews pop up and pack even more of a punch.
Being set in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, it definitely had the nostalgia factor that I love in films, and though the news stories exploded long before I was born, it was interesting to see other people remembering what happened. It’s so interesting to me that one moment in history, one person’s knee and the swan-dive of another’s career, is such a pivotal moment in people’s memories. Even in non-US countries, everyone knows the story – or at least thinks they know it.
The acting was perfect. Margot Robbie was nothing short of stunning in every scene, as was Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan. Honestly, the entire couldn’t be faulted in any way.
If you do decide to watch this film, however, be aware of scenes of child abuse and domestic abuse. I feel like they were very well-acted, which makes them even more realistic.
2. Infinity War (2018)
Director: Russo Brothers.
Writer: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Cast: Everyone you can think of, they’re probably in it.
I won’t talk too much about this one for the sake of spoilers, but just know that I was a complete puddle watching this film. I’m not able to objectively review the films because of how much they mean to me. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is so close to me and is such a huge part of my life. Sometimes it’s the only thing that makes me want to get out of bed on bad days, and on the days I can’t get up, it’s always there to comfort me and tell me that’s okay.
I’ve grown up with these characters, and to see them together is so emotional for me. So, of course I loved this movie. And it also broke my heart into tiny pieces.
3. Black Panther (2018)
Director: Ryan Coogler.
Writer: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole.
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke (AND MANY MORE AWESOME PEOPLE).
This film, I can say is one of my all-time favourites from both a subjective and objective viewpoint. It had the action and camaraderie I love in Marvel films, but so much more. The storyline was so deep and intricate, in a setting that is the best I’ve ever seen.
Everything about it was perfection, which I realise is a strong word I’ve thrown around twice now, but I truly believe it. The cast, the storyline, the characters, the cinematography, the soundtrack, the setting – all of it was totally on another level. It has completely changed the game.
If you haven’t had a chance to get to it yet, please let this be the push. I haven’t seen anyone who hasn’t absolutely loved it.
Shuri is also my favourite girl, and canon the cleverest person in the MCU. So suck it.
4. Gone (2012)
Director: Heitor Dahlia
Writer: Allison Burnett
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter.
This thriller follows Jill, as her sister is kidnapped by the same person she believes kidnapped her years beforehand. Jill only barely escaped from a deep hole the kidnapper put her in, though the police were unable to find any evidence of the crime ever taking place. With her credibility stained, Jill takes it upon herself to find and rescue her sister, while herself being pursued by the authorities.
The film’s strongest points for me were Amanda Seyfried’s performance, which has to be strong considering she basically carries the entire movie with a not-so-great script, and the concept in its basic sense. For me, the idea of being thrown into a hole, while simplistic, was done in a way that was genuinely scary to me. But in the context of the film, it was the only suspenseful feature. The rest was just a little stable, which is ironic considering how unstable Jill is.
I didn’t not enjoy it, but also wouldn’t rewatch either.
Have you watched any of these films? Let me know and we can discuss – or, you know, cry together!