Maudie (2016) Movie Review

Director: Aisling Walsh

Writer: Sherry White (Screenplay)

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett

Plot: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Wonderfully Acted

Story: Maudie starts when a shy woman Maud (Hawkins) who finds her house sold and she is left feeling worthless, until she finds employment under outsider Everett (Hawke), who is demanding when it comes to his standards, until wealthy woman Sandra (Matchett) learns of her artistic talents.

Maud ends up involved in a relationship with Everett, as the two find happiness together, while Maud’s new artwork starts to attract attention from people around, with her positive use of colours through her designs.

Thoughts on Maudie

Characters – Maud has had a lonely life, one where she is left on her own through most days, where she paints to keep herself happy, she decides to become a housekeeper, which will see her movie in with outsider Everett, here she finds an unusual love, that her talent is loved by people and that she is important in life, no matter how many times she has been hurt through it. Everett is the outside in the town, he has chance most of his housekeepers away with his demands and behaviour, not wanting to be involved with many people’s lives, he holds everything inside, even though he has so much more going on than he is will to let people know. Sandra is the wealthy woman that first sees Maud’s work and wants to show the world, she offers her a friendship, unlike anything she has received before.

PerformancesWe do have two of the best actors of a generation here, with Sally Hawkins taking the leading role shining once again, Ethan Hawke working wonders in the supporting role too, where they help increase the talents of each other through the film.

StoryThe story here follows the life of Maud, from the time she meets Everett and started making art which mad her famous with the community, as she see the struggles the couple had being outsiders in their own right. This does look at the struggles that Maud when through in her life, though however talented she was, her life didn’t seem to be eventful enough to get a feature length story out off. This is because she did keep herself to herself along with her husband, not getting herself into any trouble, just letting herself live a quiet life.

Biopic/RomanceThe biopic side of this film does show us just how quiet Maud kept her life with a love life that was never flashy about their love.

SettingsThe film does show us just how away from the world the couple live, they are happy together and never look for more.

Scene of the Movie – The interview.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – However talented Maud was, her life doesn’t seem like enough for a feature film.

Final Thoughts This does show the quiet life the couple looked to live and how they found love with what kept them happy.

Overall: Biopic 101.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – Y – You, Me and Him (2017) Movie Review

Director: Daisy Aitkens

Writer: Daisy Aitkens (Screenplay)

Starring: David Tennant, Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay, Sarah Parish, Gemma Jones, David Warner, Nina Sosanya, Sally Phillips

Plot: In You, Me and Him we meet lesbian couple Olivia and Alex (Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay) who, despite their age difference, are very much in love. But as the question of pregnancy rears its head and their neighbour John (David Tennant) befriends them, they both start making some truly disastrous decisions.

Tagline – Two’s company, three’s a total nightmare.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

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Verdict: Comedy That Takes A Dark Turn

Story: You, Me and Him starts as we meet successful Olivia (Punch) who is reaching 40 and living with her younger girlfriend Alex (Marsay) who is a struggling artist who has never made any money from her work, with Olivia getting to the stage where she wants a baby, she asks Alex if she is ready and even starts the early steps herself, only Alex gets drunk and sleeps with their neighbour John (Tennant) getting herself pregnant too.

As both woman aim to keep their babies, the plan is to have them together, while letting John being part of his own child’s birth, which only continues to see him getting in the way of their own relationship, can the three learn to get along for the baby’s sake.

Thoughts on You, Me and Him

Characters – Olivia is the successful career driven woman that sees her biological clock ticking, deciding she would like to have her own child with her girlfriend, she does make this decision without asking here, which shows that she is the bossier of the two, having everything in her life together more than Alex, she struggles to deal with the idea that Alex gets pregnant through John, not wanting him around their baby. Alex is the artist girlfriend that hasn’t been able to make much money, she drinks, smoke and gets high with her friends, she ends up getting pregnant herself with the neighbour on a drunken night. The two do seem very different for the most part showing opposites can attract. John is the neighbour who has just gone through a divorce. He is often in appropriate when talking to the couple and after the night with Alex, he wants to be part of the baby’s life, getting himself more involved in their life, even if Olivia doesn’t want him around.

PerformancesLucy Punch is strong in this film, you can see her bringing out the hysterics when her character is panic through most of the problems. Faye Marsay does bring the common woman to life, while her character might feel like she is out of a sitcom more than a film, she makes her one we want to support in the film. David Tennant does get the most laughs in the film, showing he can do the comedy with ease.

StoryThe story here follows a lesbian couple that decide to have a baby, only for both to get pregnant, with the man that got one pregnant wanting to be part of life, as the complication of pregnancy hits the couple hard. The story does follow the 9 months of the pregnancy which shows how the women are trying to sort out their futures ready for the serious next stage of their life. We do get to look at issues that are real and most people could have to go through, like parental approval, though we do have a very dark side to the story which can shock you once it hits. We do keep most of the story feeling British throughout which might see certain aspects missing for the worldwide audience.

ComedyThe comedy comes mostly with how the women see John and how John acts through the film.

SettingsThe film keeps us in the one location, which sees the everyday life of the couple, we see how close neighbours can be too.

Scene of the Movie – John’s football.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The dark twist is completely out of nowhere.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that does tackle some serious problems in life, while getting to see how life can change when the pregnancy happens.

Overall: Nice Comedy.

Flint (2020) Movie Review

Director: Anthony Baxter

Plot: A documentary based on five years of research into a Michigan auto town where tens of thousands were drinking water into which poisonous lead had leached, and how officials failed to respond.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

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Story: Flint starts by seeing the everyday residents of Flint, Michigan, each one will have a different horror story about what has happened to their family’s over the time when they started drinking water from the Flint River, one that was affected by being used as a dumping ground for years, creating a toxic level that shouldn’t be consumed.

We see how the scientists looked to prove the damage that has been done and the battle to find someone guilty for allowing this and how the people in the city are struggling just to make a living and the people trying to help are leading to multiply stories which only end up complicate the situation.

Thoughts on Flint

ThoughtsFlint is a documentary that shows more of the horrific story of the water situation in Flint, Michigan. We have seen films like Dark Waters, that tackled one approach to everything, while others have gone down the documentary path before, the reality it, people have been suffering from the events of changing the water supply to a city for years now and this documentary will show the last 5 years of trying to find the truth and expose the cover ups. We don’t just hear the stories of the people suffering, which are always going to be the backbone of this documentary. Looking at the different scientists or experts that are looking into the events, seeing how they are almost going against each others information, leaving the residents even more confused about the truth, not knowing who to trust is important to see. This documentary will be eye-opening to the problem in the city and how important the change will need to be for everyone.

Final Thoughts Flint is an essential documentary that will put a new light on the troubles in one city and how the people have been left helpless in their battle for answers.

FLINT is available on BBC iPlayer from 1st December