The Iron lady (2011)

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Writer: Abi Morgan (Screenplay)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E Grant, Olivia Coleman, Alexandra Roach, Iain Glen

 

Plot: An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Biopic

 

Story: The Iron Lady starts as we meet an elderly former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Streep) who has been having conversations with her husband Denis (Broadbent) while finding herself trying to escape the guards guarding her.

Margaret (Roach, younger Margaret) has flashbacks to the war time the lessons her father Alfred (Glen) gave her in life as she gets into Oxford. Getting through Oxford she meets Denis who loves her determined mindset on making change, we continue to watch in flashbacks as the elderly Margaret remembers her rise through political career to become one of the most famous Prime Ministers England has every had.

 

Thoughts on The Iron Lady

 

Characters/PerformanceMargaret Thatcher is easily one of the most iconic Prime Ministers England has ever had, seeing how her life from humble grocery’s daughter to leader of a country comes about, she was one of the strongest women in history taking on the world centred around men, but in her elderly age she looks back at her role in defying the country. Denis is her husband, we see how he keeps her grounded even after he passes on he plays a big part in what she sees when looking back. The rest of the characters are people from her life, her whole life which all have an impact on the decision-making process.

Performance wise, Meryl Streep is fantastic and you can see why she went on to win the Oscar. Jim Broadbent is fun in this role as the husband both alive and dead talking to Margaret. The rest of the cast all go great even if this is the Meryl Streep Show.

StoryWe all know that Margaret Thatcher is one of the most famous prime minsters the UK ever had. This film focuses on how Margaret was looking back on the key incident leading to her run to Prime Minister, through it and what led to the end of it. I really liked how we looked back without getting bogged down with the politics of her reign. The story is told as if a once great leader looked at what she sees as success and failure.

BiographyThis is a great look at Margaret Thatcher, a woman who came from a family of groceries to become leader of the Prime Minister, we see the good and bad moments of her life as well as paving the way for women in politics.

SettingsEach setting used fits the time we are seeing, nothing looks out of place for this great moment she lives through.

Final ThoughtsHaving a history lesson can sometimes get boring when looking at one person’s life, but this doesn’t focus on this too much instead looks at the idea of how she remembers everything.

 

Overall: This is a biopic with a difference and well worth a watch.

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Hall Of Fame – To the Bone

Hall Of Fame

Over the years of reviewing films I have started to get the odd reply, retweet or comment on my work, so I decided to start highlighting any I get from now on, if you head to the Hall of Fame tab at the top you will see them all but this is just the start of them.

Alex Sharp, one of the stars of To the Bone replied to the tweet about the film of the review.

Watch Over Us (2017)

Director: F.C. Rabbath

Writer: F.C. Rabbath (Screenplay)

Starring: Avery Kristen Pohl, Ella Schaefer, Daniel Link, Bill Kelly, Mike Whaley, Henry Tisdale

 

Plot: A family living with their grandpa find out that there’s more than meets the eyes at their families’ barn.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Idea, Not the Best Viewing

 

Story: Watch Over Us starts as we meet down on his luck father Jon (Link) who can’t find a new job and isn’t the smoothest when going on dates. His two girls Eliza (Pohl) and Becca (Schaefer) are growing up fast with college being a future for Becca in the future.

The family have recent moved into their Grandpa’s home and they get the feeling of a dark presence in the barn. As Jon learns the truth about the barn his must protect his daughters from the evil awaiting them inside the barn.

 

Thoughts on Watch Over Us

 

Characters – Becca and Eliza seem to be your typical teenage daughters, they want to be near their friends, leave the house for college but are very close working together when it comes to battling the evil force. Jon is the father of the girls, he doesn’t come off as the nicest guy in the everyday world as we learn this from his attempts to date, but when it comes to protecting his kids he will do whatever it takes.

PerformancesThe performances here across the board are ok without being terrible or great, the three main stars don’t have too much to work with either.

StoryThis story here does follow the idea of a family being haunted by an unknown evil, this has been done before but the idea behind the story does seem like a good extended version of this idea, but the film does seem to miss out a couple of important scenes which would have completed the storytelling process to reach the true potential in the story.

Horror/MysteryThe horror comes from a lot of maybe moments as we see things could happen and most get held back which is fine but we don’t get that true scare we are teased about. The mystery side of things comes from trying to learn what is in the barn.

SettingsMost of the film is set in and around the house and barn which works showing us the locations we are going to be having any of the scare moments happen.

Special EffectsAll the effects are used well to tease the ideas of what is there without giving too much away, which shows you can use horror moments without the effects.


Scene of the Movie –
Th claw above the girls

That Moment That Annoyed Me The audio is recorded poorly making some scenes difficult to hear over others.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror film that feels like it needed one or two more scenes to help it reach the potential behind the story.

 

Overall: Such promise not delivered.

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New Poster – Better Watch Out

Universal Pictures release U.K. exclusive poster for sadistic horror comedy Better Watch Out in cinemas nationwide from 8th December.

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The sadistic horror comedy begins on a quiet suburban street during the holiday season, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. Featuring a superb young cast including Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould (the stars of M.Night Shyamalan’s smash hit The Visit), and Pan’s Levi Miller who is on sensational form; as well as Family Guy’s Patrick Warburton, and Candyman’s Virginia Madsen.

2017 Watched List – Part 26

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 251 – 260

1.    Summer Camp

2.    The Legend of Tarzan

3.    Search Party

4.    The 33

5.    Vanilla Sky

6.    The Greasy Strangler

7.    Night Moves

8.    Alien Covenant

9.    Besetment

10. Welcome to Me

Favourite Film
Vanilla Sky

This might not be the most popular choice but I found this very interesting idea for a movie as we look into the idea of what could be. I don’t want to give too much away but this film will bend your mind.

Worst Film
The Greasy Strangler

This is the most offensive movie I have ever seen, it was so bad I wish I could never hear or seen this film again.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.