Oliver Platt Weekend – One More Time (2015)

Director: Robert Edwards

Writer: Robert Edwards (Screenplay)

Starring: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson, Henry Kelemen, Oliver Platt

 

Plot: A New York City crooner plots his comeback.


Tagline – The hardest act to follow is your father’s.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Standard Finding Yourself Movie

 

Story: One More Time starts as an aspiring young music Jude (Heard) returns home to her successful father Paul (Walken) one of the biggest musicians that has faded away. We go through the family dynamics as we learn what has caused problems between them before.

When Pau gets his chance to make his comeback he grabs it and as he is taking his chance he is trying to push his daughter Jude into letting the world see her talent, the talent he thinks the world would love.

 

Thoughts on One More Time

 

Characters – Paul Lombard was once the biggest name in music, he drew crowds from around the world, now his light has faded and he wants to re-create himself once again, the ability he has shown through the years, he is terrible when it comes to dealing with the women in his life and tries to push his talented daughter to follow in his footsteps. Jude is the daughter of Paul, she has the talent but isn’t willing to let the world see her talent, she doesn’t want to take the chance and be branded his daughter, she is lost in life never really knowing where to go next. Corinne is the daughter that has her head screwed on running a business starting a family the complete opposite to Jude. Alan is the long time manager of Paul that has always had his best interests at heart, close friends to the family and even trying to help Jude with her career.

PerformancesChristopher Walken would have jumped at this role with the music side letting him show us his talents, he is good through the film even showing both sides of his character. Amber Heard is good as the lost musician that is trying to find herself. Kelli Garner is strong too as we see the distant her character needs to have from the Paul and Jude relationship. Oliver Platt is good in his supporting role which is one we always like to see him in.

StoryThe story here follows two different musicians from different generations, the father who made his name and lost his fame and his daughter that is trying to figure out her place in the world. we get to go through the family dynamics about sounds they could both have and how they need to put personal problems behind them to make sure they can be the best they could be, but by the end of the film it doesn’t feel like anything was truly resolved with the problems with either Paul or Jude knowing their place in the music world now.

Comedy/MusicThe comedy in the film doesn’t seem to be very effective in anyway, it is here but it doesn’t seem to hit, the music is the strongest part of the film as here different sounds through the film.

SettingsThe settings are used well, but don’t help the film because Paul has the money to support Jude’s dream, it would have been more interesting if he had hit hard times too and they do need to work as well as playing the music.


Scene of the Movie –
Editing the Wikipedia page.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Nothing overly original.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid enough finding yourself movie, it does help that the family has money behind them so the struggle never feels desperate in anyway, though the music works well.

 

Overall: Solid enough

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Favourite Films of 2018 – L – Love Simon

ABC Film Challenge

Favourite Films of 2018

L

Love Simon

Why I’ve Picked this choiceLove Simon is easily taking the number one spot for me this year, it follows a high school student named Simon (Nick Robinson) who has the most simple life, with a loving family, loving friend, in reality he is like every other student, only in his mind, he doesn’t know how to tell everyone in his life that he is gay. He is in his final year of school and wants to wait for college to come out, only to learn the school has another closest homosexual. The two communicate anonymously through email, until one of the guys in the school blackmails Simon into helping him get close to one of his friends. This releases the secret to the school and Simon has never felt so alone after his friends learn how secretive Simon had been, his family wants to support him, with his father feeling guilty for his jokes and remains proud of his son no matter what and his therapist mother knew something was up. Simon must learn to accept people knowing his secret as he learns that it isn’t the most important thing in life and should never put anyone under pressure

The reason I feel I enjoy this movie the most is because I have grown up watching teenage films, my generation was American Pie, slightly more grossed out sex comedy, but you can relate to characters. the 80’s teen comedies are classic with Ferris Bueller’s day off and Breakfast Club being older favourites. This year has been wonderful for the teenage moments films with 8th Grade being another hit, Love Simon is easier to connect to with the idea that the added pressure of technology and being in a position of not knowing where you fit in life, for a reason that shouldn’t ever be a problem.

I have watched this film 4 times in 2018 which for the amount of time I spend watching films, I can barely ever watch any film more than twice in a year. I feel the performances are near perfect, from everyone, we see each character have their own problems in life outside of Simon’s world, and the guessing game to who the student is, makes things very interesting, seeing the different reactions from student a facility shows how the world is still naïve about certain things.

This film will leave you with a smile on your face and that is what I am glad to see in any film I watch.