ABC Film Challenge – Romance – C – Chalet Girl (2011)

Director: Phil Traill

Writer: Tom Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Bill Bailey, Tasmin Egerton, Sophia Bush

 

Plot: Former skateboard champion Kim wants to make more money after her mother’s tragic death. She joins the elite posh servicing company, which sends her off to Austria.


Tagline – How to marry a billionaire.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Sweet, Delightful and Enjoyable

 

Story: Chalet Girl starts as we meet Kim (Jones) a skateboarding icon that has vanished from the circuit following the death of her mother, working in a burger restaurant caring for father Bill (Bailey). Needing to make more money Kim takes a chance to work as a chalet girl for an elite posh household in Austria, giving on the basic training from fellow girl Georgie (Egerton), she gets to start a new direction.

The family includes father Richard (Nighy) that is willing to give anyone a chance, his son Jonny (Westwick) who is happy to accept Kim, his girlfriend Chloe (Bush) and mother Caroline (Shields) are quick to judge. Over her time in the slopes Kim finds that she is a natural snowboarder and learns to love this new life, but struggles to shake her own demons.

 

Thoughts on Chalet Girl

 

Characters – Kim is a common English girl whose talents are great for home life and is now hiding from his potential from the world after the death of her mother. She has always been safe even though her skateboarding career doesn’t seem so safe, she takes a job she clear would never fit in around the clients, she soon learns that she is a natural snowboarder, but will need to overcome her past nightmares to continue her life. Jonny is one of the household that visit, he catches Kim’s attention, but has a girlfriend, he is open to giving Kim a chance in this world even if she isn’t from the posh background like the normal girls they get. Richard is the owner of the house, he welcomes any help as long as they can do the job without any problems.

PerformancesFelicity Jones broke onto the scene with this role, she is fantastic as the common girl, never letting her performance look glamorous and making it easy to connect to her real-life issues. Ed Westwick is good in his role looking the part of the rich attractive guy. Bill Nighy and the rest of the supporting cast are all great through the film with Bill Bailey does get the most laughs.

StoryThe story follows a young girl about to take on adulthood with her first long-term trip away from home, she must learn how the high life live, while battling her own past which haunts her to this day and become the star in the sport she never knew she had the talent for. This is one of the strongest points in this movie, the other side of the film is watching how she falls in love with a guy from this other world, which I feel takes away from just how important her journey needs to be. For a popcorn rom com this is a by the book story that can be enjoyed and doesn’t seem to go in any direction you wouldn’t imagine it going.

Comedy/Romance For a comedy this gets plenty of laughs from the whole cast, while romance side of the film is by the book, but does take away from the bigger story.

SettingsThe film takes Kim from start in her normal common life, to live a life she had never imagined in Austria.


Scene of the Movie –
Snowboard run.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The commentator for the snowboarding event.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable rom com that does have a deeper meaning for our leading lady Kim, this will leave you with a smile on your face and can be enjoyed by all.

 

Overall: Leaves you will a smile on your face.

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Cornetto Trilogy Christmas Weekend – Hot Fuzz (2007)

hot fuzzDirector: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper, Joe Cornish, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine

 

Plot: Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Action Comedy

 

Story: Hot Fuzz starts when successful police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) gets shipped to a small village to work by his superiors. He is sent to stop the making the rest of the force looking bad. Upon reaching the village he instantly gets to work trying to clean up the problems including underage drinking, drink driving and public urination.

Nicholas has to work with slacker officer Danny Butterman (Frost) who dreams of action side of the job. Nicholas discovers the crime rate is high but no one wants to report them and Simon Skinner (Dalton) seems to have a hold everything going on in the town. When a mysterious killer starts picking people off Nicholas has to work Danny to solve the crime.

Hot Fuzz does have the good introduction to an odd couple always good in cop films and especially when it comes to the idea of copying the iconic moment in other films. The story does have a good mystery but the final reveal feels very flat but does build up to the final act that comes off really well. On the negative side I do think the first half is the film is very slow and could easily be a lot shorter. 2 hours long is way too long for an action comedy that doesn’t kick off till final 30 minutes or so.

 

Actor Review

 

Simon Pegg: Nicholas Angel is the big city police officer who gets sent to a small village because he is too good at fighting crime. He must work with a group of officers who have no real idea how to fight crime as a serial killer is picking off the members of the village. Simon gives a good performance and unlike any performance you have seen because he is straight faced throughout.

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Nick Frost: PC Danny Butterman is the slacker officer who has to work with Nicholas on the case which will bring the two together. He is the complete opposite to Nicholas which adds to the comedy. Nick works well with Simon to add the comedy.

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Jim Broadbent: Inspector Frank Butterman is the inspector of the village who lets Nicholas do his own thing while also keeping control of his moves. Jim does a good job but doesn’t really do enough for what his character really is.

 

Timothy Dalton: Simon Skinner is the rich man running the shopping centre in the village, he always tries to become friends with Nicholas, he turns up at all the crime scenes and comes off very smug about everything going on. Timothy really does shine in this film making everything look very realistic for the creepy rich person in town.

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Support Cast: Hot Fuzz has a good supporting cast that is filled with cameos that all work really well and all make them feel individual.

 

Director Review: Edgar WrightEdgar continues to show he has a style of comedy that is popular that can mix with a range of genres here.

 

Action: Hot Fuzz is very slow for action until the final 30 minutes or so.

Comedy: Hot Fuzz has basic laughs for what I enjoy with most being set up to be moments from over films.

Settings: Hot Fuzz having this story in a small town works because we see how it gets effected with what happens in the action.
Special Effects
: Hot Fuzz has good effects for the kills being used throughout the film.

Suggestion: Hot Fuzz is one to try if you like their style of comedy you will enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Action sequences at the end.

Worst Part: Too long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final 30 minutes.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $23 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: In a town where nothing much goes on, a whole lot is about to go down

 

Overall: Solid action comedy that is very particular in the audience it is trying to attract.

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