Well well well Autumn has reared her head and it’s getting chillier by the day, also as we are edging towards awards season and away from the blockbuster bonanza that is summer October is a little bit of a dry patch in terms of volume of films, but I guess it’s all about quality and not quantity that counts!
I think literally everyone read the book that this movie is based on when it first came out, well perhaps except me but I am currently 142 pages in, I have paused momentarily as I think I might watch the film before finishing the rest of the book so that I go into the movie without knowing the twists and turns. The premise is very Gone Girl (another book to film adaptation that I’ve watched but not read) but thats not necessarily a bad thing as the David Fincher directed adaptation was a fantastic ride so I must admit that through those comparisons I have got very high expectations for The Girl on the Train.
I think we all knew this film would be on my most anticipated list, to be honest it is perhaps my most anticipated film of the year!! That’s quite the statement really so I really hope the film delivers what I think it will which is great acting, an interesting (and perhaps a mind F*** of a) storyline, fantastical visuals and a better filmic villain role for Mads Mikkelsen (lets face it if given the chance Mikkelsen would have made Le Chaffre ten times the villain he was in Casino Royale, and how do I know this? One word…Hannibal). And when I heard that we here in England were getting the film on the 25th and not the 28th I actually cheered…out loud…in public😳.
So these are the two films I’m counting down the days to this month, let me know in the comments section which movies your anticipating the most this October.
The trailer for Tulip Fever is finally here, I’ve been anticipating this film for quite a while and this first trailer does not disappoint.
Overall I’m pretty excited to see this film as it looks like a fun look at the romantic entanglement of two young lovers in the Tulip Mania of 17th Century Amsterdam.
J.J. Abrams must have had a massive weight on his shoulders when it came to making this film the latest addition to the much loved Star Wars franchise which has been the most hotly anticipated movie since, well perhaps ever. Did he succeed? By Jove did he, this new chapter in the space epic is both nostalgic and progressive and it feels like a beautiful return to the charm of the original trilogy.
The Force Awakens brings together original characters (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia and Luke Skywalker) and meshes them in perfectly with a younger generation of heroes (Rey, Poe Dameron and Finn). This meeting of old and new works so well and also brings a fresh energy to the franchise that was thought to be dormant after the substandard prequels. One thing I would criticise is that we didn’t get to see enough of Oscar Isaac’s terrific and very Soloish Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, Isaac is a very talented actor and has appeared in several of my all time favourite films so I was kind of hoping to see him steal the show a little more. But I will say that John Boyega’s doubtful Stormtrooper Finn was absolutely sensational and his scenes with Rey we perfect with the right balance of action and humour.
Let’s talk about the bad guys. Adam Driver (Best known for the brilliant HBO show Girls) plays Kylo Ren like a damaged, angry petulant child and it really works well, his unpredictable moments of rage make him perhaps a little more scary than previous Star Wars villains (Darth Vader excluded of course) and his tie to certain characters give the film a palatable tension throughout. Serkis astounds again with his stunning motion capture skills, this time as the illusive and very creepy Supreme Leader Snoke whose stature and mangled face made for an imposing villain, and while he remains very much in the background, it is likely that Snoke will have a larger part to play in Episode VIII (we shall see).
The cinematography while being ultra modern (those CGI effects were nothing short of breath taking) still felt like the original films which was definitely some thing that made this film feel like it wasn’t just cashing in on the franchise but that it fitted like a glove and is the start of a poetic new story for a new generation of Star Wars fans.
Overall I give this film: *****