Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Movie Review

Director: Stanley Kramer

Writer: William Rose (Screenplay)

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, Roy Glenn

Plot: A couple’s attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Outstanding

Story: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner starts when Joey (Houghton) returns to San Francisco with her new fiancé Dr John Prentice (Poitier) to introduce him to her parents Matt (Tracy) and Christina (Hepburn), which seems to go well, but it is clear the parents are uncomfortable with her being with a black man.

As the mixed race couple go around the day, the parents are trying to deal with her choice, seeing how their own friends, family and clients react to the news, showing how they will support their daughter, no matter what happens to the reputation around town.

Thoughts on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Characters – Matt Drayton is the father of the family, while surprised by her daughter’s choice, he isn’t happy with his daughter’s choice, mostly because he is scared of what society would think of the mixed race couple, believing they will forced into facing their own problems in life, Christina Drayton is the mother that is also surprised, but delighted to see her daughter so happy, she will let the couple be together even if it means pushing people out of her life. Dr John Prentice, is the black man that Joey wants to marry, he has done incredible things around the world with his time, even if he has his own tragic story behind him, he is as concerned about meeting Joey’s parents as his own to meet her.

PerformancesWe have three of the greatest performers of all time in this film, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn show why they are the elite with their performances in this film too, with a supporting cast that includes Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, Roy Glenn and Isabel Sanford being wonderful too.

StoryThe story here follows a new mix race couple that are happily in love, preparing to get married, only when they meet each other parent’s they will face new problems are seeing both sides not behind their relationship, needing to show their love with beat out any racial conversations. We have a story here that for the time of release, would have been a real conversation people had, while the racial divide had shrunk, people would still be left disapproving of certain things, including relationship between two. The way this story unfolds, is showing how the people involved are still doing marriage the correct way, while showing love can turn heads, change minds and make people happy, dealing with plenty of the everyday problems which shouldn’t be a problem.

SettingsThe film does use the setting, which is mostly the Drayton house, to show the privileged life that Joey has come from, which can reflect on her family’s mindsets.

Scene of the Movie – Matt’s speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nope.

Final Thoughts This is a brilliant drama that shows how racially relationships can bring a problem to people who were too shallow to accept changes, with some of the best performances in of the era.

Overall: Brilliant.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – Q – Color Out of Space (2019) Movie Review

You know how Q is always the hardest letter, well here is the cheat once more, we have Q’orianka Kilcher starring in this film, filling the Q hole for Sci-Fi.

Director: Richard Stanley

Writer: Scarlett Amaris, Richard Stanely (Screenplay) H.P. Lovecraft (Short Story)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight, Tommy Chong, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard

Plot: A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Truly Out There

Story: Color Out of Space starts as we meet the Gardner family, Nathan (Cage), Theresa (Richardson), Lavinia (Arthur), Benny (Meyer) and Jack (Hilliard) who live on a remote farm away from the world, where they are dealing with the everyday problems of change, with Lavinia missing the busy world, while the family is here to help Theresa with her treatment.

That night a meteorite hits just outside the house of the family, which sees researcher Ward (Knight) checking out what it might be, along with the local authorities. As the next nights occur strange things start happening around the farm, putting the family in danger.

Thoughts on Color Out of Space

Characters – Nathan is the father of the house, he is trying to runt he farm with his alpaca being his animal of choice, he likes to keep family together after the struggles that they have been through, but after the event, he becomes shorter tempered, getting frustrated at his own actions. Theresa is the wife that has been through cancer treatments, she is carrying on her career away from the world, she does seem to be out of the danger, but after the event, even she starts to change. Lavinia is the teenager daughter that is looking at alternative ways to save her mother, she does sense the danger first and tries to help save her siblings, but is also facing the effects of what the incident brings to the farm. She does have a couple of the typical rebellious teenager traits, with the insecurity being what drives her rebellious side. Ward is the scientist doing research for a bigger plan that is due to create a hydro reservoir, making sure there isn’t an environmental impact with this change happening.

PerformancesNicolas Cage in the leading role is great as always, he shows his ability to click his character in a switch to bring us the unprepared character changes through the film. Joely Richardson is great too, doing the same swaps without just copying how Cage does it, bringing her own way to make this unique. Madeleine Arthur as the teenage daughter works well, becoming more of the central figure of the film, showing the teenage traits well, while also being someone who wants to step up. Elliot Knight does well too, he doesn’t do anything wrong, while I would have liked to have seen more of his character.

StoryThe story here follows a family that live on a remote farm that experience strange events after an object falls on their property, as time goes by the events become stranger and deadlier leaving them to need to fight to survive. This story is based of a Lovecraft idea which means you know you are going to get something strange. While the story handles everything about the strangeness with ease, it does seem to struggle to balance the science side of the story, which seems like it was meant to be more of the science versus the unexplained story. That aside, we do still get to go through the family drama and struggles, the changes that the family notice about themselves and leave us with conclusion that is fitting for the concept.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror in this film comes from just what is happened to the people, we see how they are being affected by something out of their control and will find themselves trying to understand the sci-fi side of what has been happening to them.

SettingsThe film keeps nearly everything at the remote cabin, showing us how isolated the family could be, how the event could build from a small location to become a wider impacted problem.

Special EffectsThe effects are marvellous, with the major ones getting used in the second half of the film, they only add to the disturbing side of the film.

Scene of the Movie – Stay with your mother.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough of the science side of the film, considering he is narrating too.

Final Thoughts This is a horror sci-fi that is way bigger than you would have expected, it will blend other big horror films to give us a truly entertaining experience that you won’t feel again this year.

Overall: True Experience of Cinema.

We Are the Missing (2020) Movie Review

Director: Andrew J.D. Robinson

Writer: Andrew J.D. Robinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Maissa Houri, Mark Templin, Willow Mcgregor, Eleonore Poutilova, Chantel Little

Plot: The scariest nightmares are the ones you can wake up to in “We Are The Missing”; a drama/horror mockumentary following The Madisons’ desperate search for their missing daughter.

Tagline – If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.
Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Creepy

Story: We Are the Missing starts as we start hearing the interviews from Angie (Houri) and John (Templin) the parents of missing Riley, along with her best friend Mackenzie (Mcgregor), as they look back on their final few days with Riley, showing off a few strange moments, before her disappearances.

As the documentary continues to be produced, more people start disappearing, leading to new people trying to fill in the blanks of other people’s lives, leading to a much bigger mystery for everyone in the area.

Thoughts on We Are the Missing

StoryThis is a mockumentary that is looking into a disappearance, which soon turns into a case of studying a string of disappearances, keeping us guessing along the way. Being set up like this, we really don’t get a main character, we get to learn different stories and while the opening of the movie, does feel like a routine documentary dealing with disappearance, things soon get creepy, truly creepy, one that is disturbing to watch. It builds on what Lake Mungo once bought us, with style of filming and just doesn’t let us take a breath to digest everything we are seeing. This is a story that just keeps giving, ones that will continue to reveal more of the bigger picture going on, leaving us wanting more on each scene.

Mystery/HorrorThe mystery starts by seeing just how the first disappearance happened, before people start following suit leading to a much more horrific motivation for the disappearances.

SettingsThe film is set in the small town, which is has been keeping more secrets than the filmmaker is let on before going into the bigger mystery of what is happening here.

Scene of the Movie – Hide.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We do get feed parts of the ending, despite it being an interesting one.

Final Thoughts This is a creepy mockumentary that starts off feeling routine, before diving into a mystery that has horrific side effects.

Overall: Constantly Creepy.