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Book/Film: Me Before You

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skshfsInvited by a friend to watch Me Before You, I went and watched this emotional film at the cinema a few weeks ago. Having not read the book, all that attracted me to the film was the trailer and the impending love story (I’m always a sucker for a love story). However, I did go home and order the book (which I finished reading today), but I would suggest reading the book first and not make the same mistake I did.

Starring a truly wonderful cast of Sam Claflin as Will, Emilia Clarke as Lou, Jenna Coleman as Treena, Matthew Lewis as Patrick, Charles Dance as Stephen Traynor, Janet McTeer as Camilla Traynor, Samantha Spiro as Josie Clark, Brendan Coyle as Bernard Clark, and Stephen Peacocke as Nathan, the film was set up perfectly. It is also pretty faithful to the book, hardly surprising when you consider that the author, Jojo Moyes, wrote the screenplay.

‘Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change each other for all time’.

It’s a truly beautiful story, heartbreakingly emotional but also quite inspirational. The book and the film push the idea that life is meant to be lived and you should be grabbing every opportunity you can.

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Disclaimer – I do own the above image, it is from: http://filmmusicreporter.com/2016/04/22/me-before-you-soundtrack-announced/
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Film: Paper Towns

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downloadAs you can tell, if you’ve seen my posts regularly, I’ve been very lucky this season to go to the cinema to see many of the films I’ve wanted to see as soon as they came out. Paper Towns wasn’t really on that list, but thanks to a friend’s birthday, I was ‘forced’ to see it. However, I was genuinely interested to see the film since I’m a fan of John Green, who wrote the book Paper Towns, from watching his work online, and more specifically, on YouTube (VlogBrothers).

The film itself was really interesting. The story follows as this: Paper towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbour Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love. (Written by ‘20th Century Fox’ and taken from IMDB, click here to see more).

While embodying typical traits of its genres: drama, mystery and romance, Paper Towns is unique in its portrayal of these genres. Its distinctiveness is, I think, a reason to explain why I’m struggling to know exactly what to write about the film in order to truly recommend it, especially for those who, like me, haven’t read the book and don’t know what to expect. All I can really say is that the film shows the importance of lifelong and spontaneous friendships while promoting the message of living in the moment, having fun with your life every single day rather than waiting and hoping for that perfect life years in the future.

It’s important to add that the film also reminds us to remember that people are just people, and as the quote goes ‘What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person.’

Additionally, the cast is made of up of a varied a group of people I had never seen act before and I thought they were great. Paper Towns was cast so perfectly that the characters and the context, however crazy it seemed, just felt believable and so very realistic. The movie is also accompanied by a great soundtrack which leads me to leave a YouTube video below to showcase my favourite song from it. Please give it a listen:

Other than this, I have little else to say. I really recommend the film and hope you enjoy it if you go to it or read the book.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3622592/

Quote: Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey-Deschanel-Tommy-Hilfiger-Collection‘I’m a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome – because you get more practice.’

‘One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth.’

‘I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.’

‘I like old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I’m an old-fashioned gal.’

‘True love that lasts forever… yes, I do believe in it. My parents have been married for 40 years and my grandparents were married for 70 years. I come from a long line of true loves.’

‘A lot of people work out to be skinny. That’s so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman.’

‘You can’t expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding.’

‘I’m into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn’t feel true, I don’t want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that’s why I don’t always fit into the world of performing arts.’

‘If I’m going to be ‘too’ anything, ‘too cute’ is fine. I love puppies. So what? Who hates puppies?’

‘It’s nice that there are movies and songs about romance – it’s what motivates us as human beings. I’m all for being brainwashed by rom-coms.’

‘You don’t have to wear expensive clothes to look good.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.popsugar.com/Zooey-Deschanel

Film: Enchanted

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ad3a9bb7b384dda3967751bf4de82c6aI’ve recently been writing about Enchanted for my Creative Media work, so I thought if I can write about it for that, I can write about it for my blog too.

Over the summer I bought Enchanted from HMV as I had wanted to watch it for ages and had never got the opportunity (and bonus: it only cost £2.99 because I was buying other things). So, yay. I had bought it… but unfortunately it just sat on my desk while I chose to watch other things and then I went back to school so my time was limited. Over my first week back I started to feel ill and by the Friday I had to take the day off because I wasn’t feeling too good. I took this opportunity to just chill and watch films all day. Enchanted was one of these.

I absolutely love Enchanted. It’s about a beautiful princess, Giselle, and all she wants is to find her prince. But as soon as she finds him, she is banished by the evil queen from her animated land to our crazy reality of modern day New York City. Not only does she not understand the way our world works, she is lost, comically so, taking things very literally and getting upset by the fact she’s been ignored by most of the population of New York. This is until she finds a lawyer called Robert. Her entire world gets thrown around, again, when her view of love begins to change and as the IMDB summary finishes: ‘Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?’

The concept is very clever with a Disney Princess character falling into a world like ours and seeing how it all unfolds. I think this film is brilliant. It is the perfect family film and has such a feel good ending which, I’m sure by now, you all know I love.

This film also has a wonderful cast: Amy Adams as Giselle, Patrick Dempsey as Robert, James Marsden as Edward (Giselle’s prince), Timothy Spall as Nathaniel, Idina Menzel as Nancy and Susan Sarandon as the evil Queen, Narissa. In addition, Julie Andrews is The Narrator in a voice only part.

If you want something light and lovely to watch, I recommend Enchanted!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the movie poster, it is from: http://www.picpicx.com/enchanted/

Films and TV: Jack the Giant Slayer

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jack-the-giant-slayer-2013-15Yes. I’m late to the game. This week I watched Jack the Giant Slayer for the first time despite the fact it came out last year. I bought the film last month and kept putting off watching it, I just wasn’t keen on it. Please don’t make the same mistake as me because Jack the Giant Slayer is genuinely amazing.

Let’s start with the mass amount of stars in this film. Every second there’s another star, a big name, a big face. It appears like all the great actors in Hollywood came out of the woodwork to do this project. Here’s a list of who’s in it: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Eleanor Tomlinson, Christopher Fairbank, Warwick Davis and Bill Nighy and that’s not even all of them! Even if you don’t recognise the names of these actors, you’ll definitely recognise their faces. Another thing about these actors is that you may not typically put them together, like Hoult and McGregor but the onscreen chemistry just works so well in showing the characters relationship and its development. Side note: Hoult’s and McGregor’s accents alone were good enough to make me watch the film again, so if that’s the only reason you watch the film I wouldn’t blame you.

But if knowing who’s in the film isn’t enough to entice you into watching it, what about the interpretation of the original fairytale? If you can’t tell by the title, Jack the Giant Slayer is a reimagining of the much older fairytale Jack and the Giant Bean Stalk. I love fairytales, I love their feel-good attitude, their combination of good vs. evil, the mixture of all different emotions and use of techniques found in all different genres; Jack the Giant Slayer is no exception. This film includes a good bit of humour, good wholesome romance and good ol’ action.

It goes without saying that Giants are the ‘baddie’ of this film; their portrayal was phenomenally well done. They were so gruesome, as they were meant to be, that I heard myself audibly going ‘ewww’, ‘ahh’ and ‘errrr’ throughout as I became enraptured in something that was made so realistic that it could actually be a living creature in this world, despite being the complete opposite.  It was this that added to the tension in the film to the point where I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen.

In addition, the make-up and costume for this film was exceptionally well done especially for Ewan McGregor. He just looked brilliant through-out.

And finally, this film had a very cyclic nature about it which I really liked by, without giving too much of a spoiler, showing the growth of both Ewan’s character Elmont, and Nicholas’ Jack and the growth of their friendship.

I really enjoyed this film, as you can tell, and hopefully you will too!

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PS. For all of those who have watched the film already, isn’t the sausage roll scene brilliant!?

Disclaimer – I do not own the movie poster, it is from here: http://www.newdvdreleasedates.com/m1047/jack-the-giant-slayer-dvd-release-date

Films and TV: The Tourist

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The Tourist Film PosterI recently re-watched The Tourist and I’ve come to the conclusion that I absolutely love the film. Firstly, the cast is amazing: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Timothy Dalton and Paul Bettany are all people I absolutely love. Having Johnny and Angelina cast against each other was also another suave idea as they both are incredible at their jobs and were able to portray the appropriate type of chemistry between each other for their characters and the storyline and it is this mixed with their shared passion that made the two accurately complement each other.

The film is pretty simple in the way it’s portrayed. Yes, it has action scenes, but these aren’t the main focus and are only spotlighted throughout. This was very skilfully done in ensuring the classic romanticism was achieved to further the story. The Tourist has such an intriguing concept in this way and that’s why it can be loved so much and become ever more exciting despite its seemingly simple surface.

In addition, the film’s costumes and make-up were superbly done, Angelina looked stunning throughout and even Johnny’s normal film make-up was done noticeably well.

I truly recommend 2010’s film The Tourist to anyone who still hasn’t seen it because it really is an exciting feel good romance movie.

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Disclaimer I do not own the photo – The Tourist Movie Poster is from: http://cinema.theiapolis.com/movie-2SB0/the-tourist/gallery/film-poster-1046792.html