Eternal Beauty (2019) Movie Review

Director: Craig Roberts

Writer: Craig Roberts (Screenplay)

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, Paul Hilton, Morfydd Clark, Robert Pugh, Natalie O’Neill, Elysia Welsh, Penelope Wilton, Billie Piper, David Thewlis

Plot: After Jane falls into a state of despair over her schizophrenia, she encounters new sources of love and life with surprising results.


Tagline – I’m in my oils

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Eternal Beauty starts as we meet Jane (Hawkins) who has gone through a despairing moment in her life after her husband-to-be never turned up for their wedding, leaving her unstable with schizophrenia, her mother Vivian (Wilton) has started to get tired of the troubles, with her sister Nicola (Piper) looking to learn to be like her to claim benefits, while her other sister Alice (Lowe) tries to make time with her.

As Jane starts to take a downward spiral in her mental health, she starts receiving phone calls from a mystery man that seems to what her to commit a crime, leading her down a dangerous path, one that would be difficult to return from, until she meets a new stranger struggling to get through his life.

Thoughts on Eternal Beauty

ThoughtsEternal Beauty is an excellent examination of how someone would need to live with schizophrenia and just how family can either help or hinder making their life better. It will show us just how difficult everyday life is and how that moment that will break someone, will haunt them for the rest of their lives. The performance in the film from Sally Hawkins is exceptional, where she truly shows us just how talented of an actress she is. In the supporting roles Alice Lowe, Billie Piper and Penelope Wilton are great too, each showing the different levels of acceptance for Jane’s problems. The everyday setting shows us just how people can be going through the problems, could well be the people next door to you.

Final Thoughts Eternal Beauty is a brilliant look at how people can live through their mental health problems.

The Djinn (2021) Movie Review ‘Creepy Experience’

The Djinn – Creepy Experience

 

Director: David Charbonier, Justin Powell

Writer: David Charbonier, Justin Powell (Screenplay)

Starring: Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, John Erickson, Donald Pitts, Jilbert Daniel

Plot: A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfil his heart’s greatest desire.


Tagline – The gift that you seek may cost your soul.

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Djinn starts as we meet a mute boy Dylan Jacobs (Dewey) who lives with his father Michael (Brownstein), who looks to summon a Djinn to fulfil his greatest wish. Dylan alone in the apartment summons the monster who starts hunting him down in the apartment, as he looks to break the spell he bought upon himself, while finding a different moment of terror in each room of the apartment.

Thoughts on The Djinn

Characters & Performances – Dylan is the mute young boy living with his father, he has always had questions about his mother, which has seen him look into summoning a Djinn hoping to get answers and time with his mother. Being left without being able to make a noise, Dylan can’t scream for help, instead must use his brains to stay ahead of the evil in his apartment trying to catch him, never letting any of the different creations to the upper hand on him. Ezra Dewey is tremendous in the leading role, taking on nearly the whole film with his grief filled performance, that looks to outsmart the horrors he is experiencing. The supporting cast is Dylan’s father who will always look to care for him, despite needing to leave him alone to work, along with the different creations the Djinn becomes, each one will have a different fear around it.

StoryThe story here follows a young mute boy that looks to dive into the myth of a Djinn in hopes of getting a wish, here he will find himself haunted by different creatures as he looks to have his wish granted, but does he know what he has gotten himself into. This is a story that will look to dive into a myth or legend that has come from different religions in the world, wanting to show how men could be led astray by the promises being offered to them, in this case a young boy who wants to change something about his life. The story will follow the home invasion type of storytelling, with the sinister presence lurking in the home, with the boy having the advantage of knowing his way around the home. There will be a clear message sent by this story, which will become key, with nearly every single word spoken (which isn’t many, because the boy is a mute) having a meaning.

ThemesThe Djinn is a horror thriller that doesn’t hold back on the scares within the home, it will create plenty of moments that will see the boy needing to think fast to avoid being captured, each different design for the Djinn will have a different approach to the scares too. Keeping the whole film within the single apartment building is an excellent choice, as it will show the fear of showing himself to the world Dylan is going through, as well as giving him the advantage of knowing where he can hide.

Final Thoughts The Djinn is an excellent little horror that will remain contained for greater scares.