November (2017)

Director: Rainer Sarnet

Writer: Rainer Sarnet (Screenplay) Andrus Kivirahk (Novel)

Starring: Rea Lest, Jordan Liik, Arvo Kukumagi, Katariina Unt, Taavi Eelmaa, Heino Kalm, Meelis Rammeld

 

Plot: In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Weird, Wonderful, Mesmerizing

 

Story: November starts as we meet farmers daughter Liina (Lest) who on her farm has a machine known as a Kratt which is a soul of a deceased person that does work around the farm, everyone has one, but they need to be kept occupied or they cause problems. On the day of the Body of Souls (Which could be considered similar to Day of the Dead) the dead return to their families with Liina meeting handsome village boy Hans (Liik). With love being a cruel game, we see how Liina attracted to Hans gets ignored as he sets his sights on the beautiful Baroness (Hermanis), we are left to see just how far people will go to get attentions of the one they love.

 

Thoughts on November

 

Characters – Liina is a farm girl, she will always be a farm girl regardless of how much she hopes for more, she falls in love with a village boy that doesn’t notice her, which leave her to turn to dark arts to win his love. Hans is the village boy that captures the heart of Liina, but he is in love with the Baroness, the mysterious stranger to the area. When we look at the rest of the characters we have a host of colourful characters, from farmers, village, witches and barons, they help show the social status of the characters.

PerformancesRea Lest is the star of the show here, she captures the character wonderfully to leave us fully understand the position her character is in. this doesn’t take away from the rest of the cast that are great through the film too.

StoryWhen we discuss this story we are going to be trying to example something very confusing, but wonderful to watch. The core of the story is a love story about falling in love with someone above your social status in a 19th century world. This is a story you must experience to truly understand how difficult it is to describe though. Just when you think you have the story wrapped up for its direction it does throw you into a position where you are left wondering just what next.

Fantasy/RomanceThe fantasy world we are taken into is original, weird and a place you need to experience, witches, werewolves and spirits. The romance of the film takes us to a place where we see how the people can fall in love with someone that doesn’t notice them.

SettingsThe settings keep us in the small village in the 19th century which shows the different beliefs the people are believing in.

Special EffectsThe effects being used in this film are wonderful, the Kratt creatures look flawless in this universe.


Scene of the Movie –
The opening sequence, because it prepares you for the experience.

That Moment That Annoyed Me If you blink you might miss something important.

Final ThoughtsThis is a unique viewing experience that must be experienced by all film fans, it is beautifully shot and will keep you want to see more of this world.

 

Overall: Must watch viewing experience.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – T – Titanic (1997)

Director: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron (Screenplay)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton

 

Plot: A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.


Tagline – Collide With Destiny

Runtime: 3 Hours 14 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Masterpiece in Cinema

 

Story: Titanic starts as treasure hunter Brock Lovett (Paxton) and his team are searching the Titanic wreckage for any remaining treasure that could make them rich, on their latest voyage they find a picture of woman wearing a long-lost necklace, the heart of the ocean. With this picture becoming international news Rose (Stuart) comes aboard the ship to tell her story of her trip in the doomed ship.

Returning to 1912 we follow Rose (Winslet) from a rich family using the trip with her fiancée Cal (Zane) to return to America to start their life together. Jack (DiCaprio) on the other hand wins his ticket in a poker game to be a passenger on the ship, in the third class.

As the two get involved in a chance meeting, Rose is shown the life that is care free away from her prim and proper lifestyle that she has only ever been shown, the two fall in love in their short time together but after the ship hits the iceberg, they must battle to survive the fateful night as the panic of the tragic event occurs.

 

Thoughts on Titanic

 

Characters – Rose is shown to us in two different times, we first meet the modern day one, well 1997 where she has lived the life she had always dreamed off, now she gets to return to the Titanic wreckage to tell her story of events on the maiden voyage that will be remembered forever. The other Rose we meet is the younger one, the 19 year-old that is moving to America to start her life of luxury with her fiancée Cal, at this age she isn’t sure this is what she wants and meeting Jack shows her a new look and even a new love in life, she takes risks that she would never have even imagined taking before meeting Jack. Jack Dawson is a drifter, artist and traveller of the world, winning his ticket in a game of poker, he sees this as his chance to return to America with his new craft, he falls for Rose and his carefree lifestyle shines on her and he is shunned by anyone in the first class of the ship. Cal is the fiancée of Rose, he has used his wealth to get all the benefits in life, he looks down on anyone not from the same class as himself and takes an instant dislike to Jack, he tries to control Rose’s every decision making him the villain of the piece. We have the controlling mother, the fish out of water with money in Molly who steals nearly every scene being the only one that can relate to Jack and the portrays of the real people behind the ship tragedy.

PerformancesLeonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet became international A-Listers after this movie, their performances are fantastic and showed the world the talent they both had at this early moments of their career. Billy Zane does make a great villainous character through this film and you will find yourself hating his character. Kathy Bates is fantastic too in a role you could have watched all day long. The whole cast is fantastic in this film and their performances show us just how good they are.

StoryThe story shows us one of the most tragic moments in modern human history, this sinking of the Titanic, an accident in which no one was prepared for, seeing the supporting characters who are based on the real people is fascinating to see how they were to believed to have acted, saying this the love story does feel very forced and having one person telling the story doesn’t give us the understand how she would know what other people were doing at the times without her in the movie. Clocking up at over 3 hours, this story never seems to find a low point well telling the story of this tragedy.

RomanceThe weakest part of the film here, because this event didn’t need a fictional love story which in all fairness is a by the book routine love story of the rich meets poor.

SettingsThe creation of the Titanic for the setting is fantastic, as we follow the journey you feel like you are part of this doomed voyage which is filled with the beauty of first class and the cramped conditions of third class.

Special EffectsThe visual effects used in this movie were ground-breaking at the time, they stand this test of time and deserved any credit the team working on this got.


Scene of the Movie –
The search for survivors, is haunting, disturbing and tragic.

That Moment That Annoyed Me How would Rose know what people were doing in her story.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the greatest movies of all time, a record breaking in its own right, career making, career defining and moment in history that will forever be stuck in tragic events.

 

Overall: Brilliant, and a must watch

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