The Secrets We Keep (2020) Movie Review

Director: Yuval Adler

Writer: Ryan Covington, Yuval Adler (Screenplay)

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina, Jackson Dean Vincent, Amy Seimetz, Muluette Nalin, Jeff Pope

Plot: In post-WWII America, a woman, rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband, kidnaps her neighbor and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her.


Tagline – A quiet neighborhood. A deadly past.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Secrets We Keep starts in the aftermath of World War II, a Romania woman Maja (Rapace) has married an American doctor Lewis (Messina), with the pair running the local clinic.

When Maja notices a new stranger in the town, Thomas (Kinnaman), she becomes convinced he is the man that put her and her family through horrific war crimes, which will see her kidnap him, demanding the truth to come out before considering letting him go, while Lewis, looks to dive into the past, to figure out which one of the twos stories is true.

Thoughts on The Secret We Keep

ThoughtsThe Secrets We Keep is a thriller that will show us one of the many stories of survivors from war crimes in World War II and what they would do if they could get their hands on the person they believe to be behind them, giving us the fine balance of whether the man in question is innocent, or really the man that did these horrific things to Maja family. It will show how both sides will have looked to move on and how both sides could be seen as just the nightmares of what they experienced. We will get the bigger question on what would happen if this had happened to you, where would you stand on revenge side of things. The performance in this film are brilliant with all three leads showing the sides of their character that will have been pushed to the extremes from before and after the war. The small town location proves to us where the people might go to hide after the war, showing us that you might never know what your neighbour had done or been through in the post-World War II world

Final Thoughts The Secrets We Keep is a tense thriller highlight the new lives both victims and war criminals might try to have despite being haunted by their pasts.

King Richard (2021) Movie Review ‘Inspirational Story’

King Richard – Inspirational Story

 

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Writer: Zach Baylin (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Mikayla Lashae Bartholomew

Plot: A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.


Tagline – Venus, Serena and a plan for greatness.

Runtime: 2 Hours 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: King Richard starts as we see the routine Richard Williams (Smith) put his daughters Venus (Sidney), Serena (Singleton) along with his three other daughters Tunde (Bartholomew), Isha (Lawson) and Lyndrea (Crawford) in his plan to make the pair tennis superstars.

Richard spends most of his free time trying to help with coaches, which will see the beginning of the careers of Venus and Serena, as they will look to become the superstars we know now.

Thoughts on King Richard

Characters & Performances – Richard Williams is a man with a plan, his plan starts with him having two more daughters to turn up into tennis superstars, drilling them to be the best from watching every tennis match he can get his hands on, most importantly he wants to make sure they get an education and never have to live in the conditions he went through. Richard has a way he likes to make sure things are done, a different path to anyone else has done in the past, a decision that will see him test the coaches he finds, putting the future of his daughters on the line, even if he just wants it to be a way to remove the pressure from the girls, unlike any other tennis parent. Will Smith does give us a wonderful performance as the stubborn father and coach. Oracene Williams is the mother of the girls, she has worked double shifts to make this a reality, getting involved, but knowing and letting the professionals guide her daughters, needing to keep Richard in check from making the reckless decisions. Aunjanue Ellis will give us the most reserved character in the film, getting the biggest lines needed for the film. Venus is the elder of the two sisters, the one that will become the centre stage of the bigger story going on, with her success leading to become the inspiration for Serena. Saniyya Sidney is amazing in her role as the star in the making. Rick Macci is the trainer that Richard trusts to help his daughters, he knows how to make a superstar and knows he must deal with Richard’s quirks to make the star.

StoryThe story here follows Richard Williams as he looks to turn his daughters into Tennis superstars following the plan he has put in place, believing he knows exactly what is needed to achieve it. This is an interesting biopic looking into the birth of the stardom for two of the biggest stars in tennis history, it shows the demands needed to become a sports star and the unusual methods their father used. Certain parts will leave you scratching your heads towards what is behind his methods, ones that will get questioned through the film. It does feel like there should have been a more subtle way of getting over the point of wanting to make sure his kids have a childhood, not only drilled into the only knowing one thing.

ThemesKing Richard is a sports biopic that will show how Venus and Serena Williams became the superstars we know, showing the different training programs they have been through and understanding how to make the system the professional level occurs.

Final Thoughts King Richard is an inspirational story behind creating the superstars in the tennis world.