I’m a bit behind with my film review posting. January ended up being 74 days long and yet I was still surprised to find it was February already!
I didn’t use my Cineworld Unlimited card as much as I’d hoped in January due to illness and various events, but I’m hoping to make their #100Filmsin2019 challenge by the end of the year.
To start me off I’m reviewing the three films I did see last month.
Mary Poppins Returns 3.5*
My daughter wanted to see this one, so I dutifully tagged along. However, I was surprisingly pleased with how they put this together. It’s still got the original feel and mix of animation and ‘real life’ as the first Mary Poppins film with plenty of colour, ceremony, and dance.
It’s not a re-make of the original which was what worried me. Instead, it’s a new story centred on the kids of the original Banks children. Emily Blunt is lovely although her accent is possibly too clipped for this generation. There’s plenty of fun and upbeat songs to tap your foot along to. As we approached the end, I did long to hear a familiar song, but no, you get an entirely original score with this one!
I was happy to see Dick Van Dyke make an appearance which is what bumped it up by half a star for me. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it which is what it’s all about.
Green Book 5*
I can’t recommend this film enough. BEST movie I’ve seen in a long time. Set in the 60s in America, a world-class pianist played by Mahershala Ali (who was fantastic!) hires a driver and bodyguard played by Viggo Mortensen (also incredible!) to accompany him on a concert tour in the Deep South.
It’s about friendship and understanding during the segregation and how two men from different walks of life become bonded. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this film as well as deeply moving scenes, and it’s all put together so well that you are literally on this journey with them.
If you haven’t already seen it go NOW. If you have, go again!
Mary Queen of Scots 2*
Two hours of my life I’m never getting back!
Within half an hour I was praying that someone’s head would be taken off at the neck so I could go home. Dull, boring, and crammed full of unnecessary scenes that made no sense.
Artistic licence was in full flow in this film! I longed for a battle scene but instead got two queens hiding between the washing lines and hoping to become life-long friends.
The only redeeming quality was the acting by Saoirse Ronan who played Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie who played Queen Elizabeth. Both fabulous actresses who gave their all.
I was glad when the credits rolled. It didn’t do it for me.