Kate Winslet Weekend – The Dressmaker (2015)

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writer: Jocelyn Moorhouse, P.J. Hogan (Screenplay) Rosalie Ham (Novel)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Julia Blake, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox, Shane Bourne

 

Plot: A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.


Tagline – Revenge is back in fashion

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Quirky & Dark

 

Story: The Dressmaker starts when Tilly Dunnage (Winslet) returns to her small home rural town to see her mother Molly (Davis), Tilly isn’t welcomed by all because of something that happened in the past resulting in the death of a child.

Tilly is out for revenge, only she starts turning heads and offering to design dresses for the local women in town, she grabs the attention of the town bachelor Teddy (Hemsworth) with her only friend being Sergeant Farrat (Weaving) who has his own eye for fashion.

 

Thoughts on The Dressmaker

 

Characters – Tilly Dunnage is a glamorous woman that has seen the world learning the fashion world, she has returned home for revenge after being forced to leave the town as a child, she helps the women of the town look gorgeous and extra special, while she convinces herself that she isn’t cursed. She knows how to turn heads using her cloths to make this happen. Molly is the mother of Tilly who has been living in isolation for years, she didn’t want her daughter to return, even though she doesn’t start to bond with her after all these years apart. Teddy is a young man in the town, he is one of the few people that looked after Molly while Tilly was away, he soon takes a shine to her, wanting to prove that she didn’t do anything in the first place. Sergeant Farrat is one of the people that is happy to welcome Tilly back to town, he does have his own secret which involves his cross dressing, making him easy to twist when Tilly wants information.

PerformancesKate Winslet is great in this leading role, bring us a character filled with guilt who is just as happy to show a positive confident side to the people in the town. Judy Davis is a scene stealer in this film, being able to get the laughs required to make her the most memorable part of nearly ever scene she is in. Liam Hemsworth is at the best he has ever been, which is great to see him breaking away from the roles that aren’t working for him. Hugo Weaving gets to have a lot of fun in his role too.

StoryThe story follows a woman who returns home to get revenge on the people that forced her to leave, only to learn that town has just as many secrets within the walls, that revenge is just about letting them out. We get to see how a town can turn enough heads to make everything seem like nothing is wrong, only for a curse to be waiting to be lifted if it isn’t inside somebody’s mind. We do get a lot of characters being introduced which can make things difficult to keep up with because we get plenty of little factors that do lead up to the personal conflict between the characters. this is a lot more fun of a story than I was expecting even though it is sprinkled with very dark moments.

ComedyThe comedy in the film does come the quirky nature of the events as they unfold, we have plenty of fashion related comical moments as well as small town gossip, which will get laugh along the way.

SettingsThe film is set in a small rural Australian town, where everybody does know everybody else, we are filled with gossip and instant reactions to anything that goes on in the town too.


Scene of the Movie –
Leaving town.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Slightly too many characters.

Final ThoughtsThis is a quirky dark comedy that is sprinkled by the elements of revenge, which does keep us wondering just what is the endgame of her decision making process.

 

Overall: Dark quirky comedy treat.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – F – February (2015)

Director: Oz Perkins

Writer: Oz Perkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, James Remar, Lauren Holly, Greg Ellwand, Elana Krasz

 

Plot: Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Think I Misses Something

 

Story: February starts as two girls Kat (Shipka) and Rose (Boynton) are left at a boarding school over winter break, waiting for their parents to pick them up. We also see Joan (Roberts) another girl who looks lost in the world being taken in by Bill (Remar) as a man that lost a daughter looking to help her return to where she is from.

At the school Kat and Rose must deal with a mysterious presence that is drawing Kat to act strangely, while Joan’s story looks to become complete when she returns.

 

Thoughts on February

 

Characters – Joan is a lost girl that is trying to return home from a hospital which brings along a couple that want to help her to make up for the fact they lost their daughter, Kat is the emotionless quiet girl at the school who hasn’t heard from her parents before winter break and must stay there with Rose. Rose is the other girl that got left at the home, I feel she is older and expected to be the one to look after Kat.

PerformanceThe three girls Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boynton are all good through the film, they each create their own personality for their characters which does make us care what they are up to however confusing it all gets.

StoryThe story here is very confusing, we follow two seemingly different story arcs about girls that find themselves becoming possessed by an evil spirit, we don’t get to focus on either of them enough and they don’t seem to meet up at any point to explain why we need to watch two different stories unfold. I do feel this does end up coming off attempting to be too smart for its own good leaving us with nothing important happening.

HorrorThis tries to play into the psycological horror but ends up falling slightly short because it ends up being confusing.

SettingsThe settings don’t help here either because we follow the two stories one is on the road while the other is around the middle of the home the girls are staying.

Special EffectsThe effects are good without being overused and mostly used for gore effects.

Scene of the Movie – Stop here, because it is shocking.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It was just too confusing.

Tagline – She Returns.

Final ThoughtsThis film is just too confusing really, it makes everything hard to follow which didn’t make it enjoyable to follow.

 

Overall: Too Confusing.

Rating

 

 

In the Tall Grass (2019) Netflix Movie Review

Director: Vincenzo Natali

Writer: Vincenzo Natali (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Patrick Wilson, Will Buie Jr, Harrison Gilbertson, Tiffany Helm, Rachel Wilson

Plot: After hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out…and that something evil lurks within.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Overly Confusing

Story: In the Tall Grass starts as siblings Becky (De Oliveira) and Cal (Whitted) are travelling cross country when they stop for a moment so the pregnant Becky can have her moment to recovery herself, before continuing on their journey, they hear a call from the tall grass of a little boy Tobin (Buie Jr) saying he is trapped in need of help, the pair head into the grass and soon become separated and lost in the grass too.

As night comes they learn they might not be alone in the grass and Ross (Wilson) Tobin’s father tries to help Becky, only for everything we have seen to get spun on us to be left wondering just what is happening in the grass.

Thoughts on In the Tall Grass

Characters – Becky is the pregnant lady travelling across country to start a life with her baby, her maternal instincts take over when she hears a young boy calling for help in the grass, which sees her get trapped, she experiences different pregnancy problems while trying to find her way out. Cal is the protect brother, who couldn’t win a fight to save his life, he wants his sister to date somebody with a future and an education. Ross is the father of Tobin who has gone too far into the grass before, he knows what is happening making him a real threat to the rest. Tobin is the little boy that is calling out for help, he desperate cries for help lead to the events of the film as Becky and Cal go in search for the answer.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances this is a hard one to hate or enjoy anybody in the film, nobody is bad, Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted as the brother sister don’t have the best chemistry. Patrick Wilson does go full crazy for parts of the film and it is the best part to watch.

StoryThe story here follows a group of people that lost in tall grass which seems to have a mind of itself which will see them needing to figure out how to make it out alive. This is a story that does do a lot of confusing things because we do try to capture the magic of ‘Triangle’ only for it to be way to confusing for the most part because we are going over and over through different points of view which just doesn’t give us enough to work with because a lot happens in pitch black too which doesn’t make it clear just what was happening. This is a story you could break down and figure out what happened, but it isn’t a causal watch when figuring out the loops.

HorrorThe horror in the film is meant to come from the unknown in the grass and just what happens within the grass.

SettingsThe film wants to use the tall grass for the settings, I guess this is an American thing for it to be scary.

Special EffectsThe effects used in the film are mostly shock for gore, which are fine, but just don’t shock the way they want too.


Scene of the Movie – Ross finds a way in.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too many attempts to create a reset.

Final Thoughts This is a horror that just doesn’t get to any horror levels, if you have seen ‘Triangle’ you will have seen a much more interesting and better version of this story.

Overall: Just not Triangle.