Come Away (2020) Movie Review

Director: Brenda Chapman

Writer: Marissa Kate Goodhill (Screenplay)

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Angelina Jolie, Michael Caine, Reese Yates, Anna Chancellor, Keira Chansa, Jordan A Nash, David Gyasi

Plot: When their eldest brother dies, Peter and Alice seek to save their parents from despair until they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Come Away starts as we meet a family living an a perfect house surrounded by countryside, mother Rose (Jolie), father Jack (Oyelowo) with their three children, Alice (Chansa), Peter (Nash) and David (Yates), the family is going to be facing is difficult decision when it comes to David’s education, but their world is turned upside when he dies in an accident.

With Rose and Jack filled with grief they return to old lives which will only cause the family more heartache, while Alice and Peter look to go on their own adventures to help them deal with the pain, using the fairy tales they grew up on to get them through the hard times.

Thoughts on Come Away

Thoughts – Come Away is a film that will show us how difficult loss can be on a family and how they will turn to different ways to try and overcome it, one might turn to gambling, while children will turn to a fantasy world, where they can still be together, this magical side of the film, is by far the strongest part of the film. We need to see the most important part of the grieving process is being together, not falling apart. We see Angelina Jolie in the supporting role does feel almost wasted, but she does let the younger stars take centre stage with Keira Chansa and Jordan A Nash shining with their roles in the film. The story doesn’t end up feeling as magical as it seems to want to be, failing short on making us get the true impact the story is going for.

Final Thoughts Come Away doesn’t hit the full sparkle of magic it is trying to get with the reality of dealing with grief.

Signature Entertainment presents Come Away in Cinemas from 18th December

Climate of the Hunter (2019) Movie Review

Director: Mickey Reece

Writer: Mickey Reece, John Selvidge (Screenplay)

Starring: Ginger Gilmartin, Mary Buss, Ben Hall, Jacob Ryan Snovel, Laurie Cummings

Plot: Two sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Climate of the Hunter starts as we meet Alma (Gilmartin) and Elizabeth (Buss) two sisters that are away and meet the strange neighbour Wesley (Hall) that they both want to win the attention of, this will lead them to flirt and try and compete for his attention.

As the sisters start to get closer to Wesley they start to suspect something isn’t normal about him, leading them to investigate more, while still trying to play each other on who can win his affection.

Thoughts on Climate of the Hunter

Thoughts – Climate of the Hunter brings us a throwback styled vampire movie, which takes us back to the classic films from the sub-genre we have seen before. It shows us how the vampire in question always has a lure over the women that come into his life, as he could look to slowly seduce them for his own benefit, while the two sisters are putting their own problems into the battle to win his heart. This is a film that relies heavily on the style, which is helped by the wonderful performances through the film from the whole cast and you will be left wanting to know more about the world we are entering. While this movie does look to build up the tension throughout, it doesn’t seem to have the killer punch behind everything but will still manage to standout in the vampire world of recent years.

Final Thoughts Climate of the Hunter is a stylish breath of fresh air for the vampire movie.