Nitram (2021) Movie Review

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Nitram – Movie Review

Director: Justin Kurzel

Writer: Shaun Grant (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: Events leading up to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre on Tasmania in an attempt to understand why and how the atrocity occurred.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Nitram starts as a troubled young man Nitram (Jones) has started to see his parents Mum (Judy Davis) and Dad (LaPaglia) pushed to the limits. When Nitram meets a lonely wealthy older woman Helen (Essie Davis), he gets involved in a strange relationship with her.

When Nitram sees Helen killed in an accident, the rest of his life starts spiralling out of control. This leads to Nitram committing this horrendous attack on the town.

Verdict on Nitram

Characters

Nitram is a troubled young man, he clearly has learning disabilities that puts a strain on his family. He gets into conflict easily and causes minor troubles around the town. Most of the locals know his problems and let him get away with the minor problems. When he starts losing people in his life, Nitram starts becoming more isolated, deranged and turning toward a more violent side.

His Mum and Dad try to support him while warning him about the dangerous things he does. At times they can feel helpless when it comes to helping him, seeing how he can get out of control.

Helen is the older woman Nitram starts living with, they have a strange relationship. It is more about filling the void of loneliness than love. Her wealth helps give Nitram another look at life, even if she doesn’t know what to do with it.

Performances

Caleb Landry Jones is disturbingly fantastic in this movie. He creates uncomfortable interactions and behaviour, creating sympathy for a psychopath. In the supporting roles, Judy Davis, Anthony LaPaglia and Essie Davis are wonderful too, showing the distant feeling they are all feeling in life, unable to help Nitram.

Story

The story follows the difficult like of a young man Nitram, he hasn’t ever fitted in and once his loved ones start passing away, he snaps. This does feel like a story that puts way too much attention on the person that committed the horrendous action. While it wants to highlight the lack of support, he probably needed to stop it from happening in the first place.

It is a well-told story, seeing how an isolated figure can be thrown into a disturbing mindset that would make them commit such a crime. This is a clear message that things should change because of these actions. It might not be the easiest film to watch, but it is important and does hold back the worst parts of what happened.

Final Thoughts Nitram is a disturbing uncomfortable watch that sees Caleb Landry Jones excel in the leading role.

ABC Film Challenge – 00’s Movies – M – Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) Movie Review

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Director: Steve Bendelack

Writer: Hamish McColl, Robin Driscoll (Screenplay)

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Karel Roden, Emma de Caunes, Jean Rochefort, Max Baldry

Plot: Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two reunite. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love.


Tagline – There’s no telling where he’s going… but everyone knows where he’s Bean!

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mr Bean’s Holiday starts as Mr Bean (Atkinson) wins a raffle for a holiday to Cannes, a simple trip that only goes from bad to worse for the hapless figure. While in Paris Mr Bean accidently makes Emil (Roden) miss his train, leaving Mr Bean with his son Stepan (Baldry) trying to reunite the pair.

Along the way Mr Bean continues to find himself getting into trouble which will always work out well for him along the way, finding a way to enjoy the journey.

Thoughts on Mr Bean’s Holiday

Characters & Performances – Mr Bean is the character we all know, we know he will have misadventures along the way, this time he heads to France for a raffle ticket prize to Cannes. We follow his journey which will see him get into trouble and need to help a child reunite with his father in a race across the country. Rowan Atkinson continues to bring the unique style of humour to the role. When we look at this supporting cast, we get people that bounce off Rowan well to give us the extra laughs along the way.

StoryThe story here follows Mr Bean on his latest adventure across France for a holiday, where he ends up needing to reunite a son with his father, with the language barriers causing the problems along the way. This story does have a much more interesting concept with the idea of the trip becoming chaos and the trip needing to be made more difficult adding to the adventure in the film. Some of the story is more ridiculous than other parts, but this is how a Mr Bean story unfolds, he just seems to fall into the right path.

ThemesMr Bean’s Holiday is a comedy that falls into the slapstick world, which does do a better job than the first film, it does feel like we are watching an extended version of a Mr Bean adventure, which will use the locations to add humour through the film.

 

Mr Bean’s Holiday is an improvement on the first film and will keep the fans of the hapless character happy.