The Perfection (2019)

Director: Richard Shepard

Writer: Eric C Charmelo, Richard Shepard, Nicole Snyder (Screenplay)

Starring: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber, Glynis Davies, Christina Jastrzembska

 

Plot: When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: More Average than Perfect

 

Story: The Perfection starts when former musical prodigy Charlotte (Williams) returns to her mentor Anton (Weber) after spending time away to care for her dying mother, Charlotte is joined by the new star pupil Lizzie (Browning) and gets to remember the world musical academics once again.

The two start a relationship which sees them travelling around China, only for the journey to take a nightmare turn when Lizzie starts becoming sick, leading to the truth to come out about everything.

 

Thoughts on The Perfection

 

Characters – Charlotte is a former music prodigy that had to walk away because of her sick mother, once her mother has passed away, Charlotte looks to re-enter the world, turning to her former mentor Anton for another chance. Charlotte does have her own reason for returning that she keeps hidden from everybody else. Lizzie is the new biggest name in cello performing, she used to idolise Charlotte with music being the only thing that is important in her life. She does become sick which becomes the catalyst to everything that happens in the film. Anton is the mentor that has been able to produce countless numbers of brilliant celloist only his methods have never been seen until Charlotte returns. Paloma is the partner of Anton, she accepts his methods and shows that the couple are powerful in music.

PerformancesAllison Williams comes off the back of Get Out here, where she gives us a performance that is complicated to describe because certain moments are entertaining, while others are just poor. Logan Browning is the best of the cast with her role which does go through the biggest amounts of change through the film. Steven Weber gets his moments to shine, but it is too late to make a true impact in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a woman returning to the world of celloist where a sinister plan unfolds. We can’t get into too much detail without diving into spoiler territory here, we do go in directions you would expect which does please, only for it have one too many attempts to pull the rug from under the audience’s feet. We do end up going into serious themes which should be addressed on a large scale, rather than just tagged into the motivation. We also get to see the levels people will go to make themselves the star of specialist field in music.

HorrorThe horror elements in this film come from the sickness Lizzie is feeling and the motivation behind everything that happens, this sees graphic injuries once we get to them.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the public life the celloist perform in, the private house and the empty space where the biggest event changes the story.

Special EffectsThe effects here are mixed, because we have the injury detail which looks nasty in places, then we get a moment of CGI which just looks bad.


Scene of the Movie –
The sickness evolves.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Rewind.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that does have plenty going on, it relies on trying to bend what the audience sees to surprise us, only to go to the well too many times to execute it strong enough.

 

Overall: Pushes the audience just too far.

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ABC Challenge – Biopics – # – 42 (2013)

Director: Brian Helgeland

Writer: Brian Helgeland (Screenplay)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black

 

Plot: This movie is about Jackie Robinson and his journey to becoming a Brooklyn Dodger and his life during that time.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Sports Biopic

 

Story: 42 starts with the history of baseball and how after World War II there was 400 players in the MLB and they were all white, the black players had their own league until 1947 when the number dropped to 399. Branch Rickey (Ford) wants to bring the first black man to the major leagues for the Brooklyn Dodgers against everything the world at the time suggests, that player is Jackie Robinson (Boseman).

Jackie must start in a feeder team and must put aside the segregation issues that is still going through America, Jackie and his wife Rachel (Beharie) must show they have the thick skin to deal with the abuse from the crowd, other players attitude and prejudices going through America to become a trailblazer for the African American Baseball players.

 

Thoughts on 42

 

Characters – Looking at the characters we are looking at real people this time and one Jackie Robinson who would stand up for what he believed in while making his name on the baseball field, he becomes the trailblazer given the chance to become the first black major league baseball player defining all the segregation problems going through America. Branch Rickey was a bible loving owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers who wants to make a difference in the game giving Jackie a chance to change the game so he could be owning a victorious team. Rachel is Jackie’s wife that stands by him through the discrimination he experiences.

PerformanceChadwick Boseman is fantastic in this role showing that he was going to be a huge name in the future. Harrison Ford gives us one of his best performances of his elder career that is outside his known franchises, with Nicole Beharie doing well with the character she has to work with.

StoryThe story of Jackie Robinson is the stuff of legends on America, the trailblazer for African America baseball players fight on and off the field against the discrimination he faces to become the star of the season. We get to see how the country of America was so far behind the times with their equality that is still happening without being as serious as it once was. This is an important history lesson if you are a fan of baseball, sport and history in general.

Biography/SportsJackie Robinson is an icon of the sport of baseball, this shows how he fought off everything to become that icon.

SettingsEach setting shows us the different worlds that Jackie must walk into with different opinions on the difference in race.

Scene of the Movie – The team standing up for Robinson against ben Chapman.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I don’t understand baseball.

Final ThoughtsWhen you look at sports biopics you will always see an icon born and this shows just how Jackie Robinson became the legend the game knows and is a must watch.

 

Overall: Must watch for sports fans.

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