Lady Bird (2017)

Director: Greta Gerwig

Writer: Greta Gerwig (Screenplay)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein

 

Plot: In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.


Tagline – Time to fly

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Charming & Sweet

 

Story: Lady Bird starts in 2002 as Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Ronan) is in the middle of her college tour with her mother Marion (Metcalf), Lady Bird is in the position where her family can’t afford a big move, but dreams of leaving the West Coast and heading to the East Coast.

With her financial situation getting worse, Lady Bird tries to go out of her way to secretly get into a college with a scholarship, but needs to improve her studies, while starting a relationship with fellow student Danny (Hedges). We follow Lady Bird’s final year at high school before needing to make her choice on college.

 

Thoughts on Lady Bird

 

Characters – Lady Bird is our leading lady, as we follow her final year of high school before college, she wants to break away to a big East Coast college, but her family can’t afford to give her this chance. she isn’t the most gifted student either. As the year goes past we see how Lady Bird changes her colours to fit in with different crowds, but she only pushes friends away, while hiding from the stress that trying to get into a college can cause a teenager. Marion is the mother of Lady Bird, she is trying to keep the family together including being considered the bad guy in the eyes of Lady Bird. Larry is her father, he tries to make sure everything seems smooth for Lady Bird, while deep down he is struggling with depression. Danny is the guy Lady Bird starts dating when she is part of the drama class, but his secret will end that love, as he must deal with his own problems. Kyle is the next guy that Lady Bird starts seeing, showing us that she will make mistakes when it comes to her choices.

PerformancesSaoirse Ronan is on top form her as she shows why she is one of the hottest young actresses in the business again. She handles each emotion, decision the character makes with ease. Laurie Metcalf is great in the over caring mother role, it was hard to look past her Big Bang Theory role which shares certain similarities.  When you look into the next level of the cast we get great performances from everyone in the film.

StoryThe story follows one girl who is about to go in her final year of high school before going into college, she needs to find a way to make things work out for herself, facing the idea that her dreams might not come true, well not the path that had dreamed off. She needs to learn that the people in her life are equally as important as herself and she can’t be expecting to have everything revolve around her life. We do get to see the struggle Lady Bird goes through, including being led down paths she wouldn’t for popularity over friendship.

ComedyThe comedy drama being mixed together in this film helps get the emotions our characters are going through during this year, it isn’t a laugh out loud comedy, just one that manages to make people smile, when need be.

SettingsThe settings show the small town feeling shows the issues teenagers will be facing when not everything is affordable for the parents and the grades don’t give them the chance to experience everything their potential has to offer them.


Scene of the Movie –
Coach picking the play team.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This is a strange one, but knowing Saoirse Ronan has surpassed teen roles know, because we want to see her take more adult roles.

Final ThoughtsI can see why people are raving over this film, but it does focus too heavily on the America college system and how people’s lives could be affected by this, something not everyone will go through. This is acted well from start to finish, it does show how the system is flawed and how difficult high school can be in this year.

 

Overall: Deserving of the praise, but strangely not for everyone.

Rating

 

 

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Treasure Planet (2002)

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writer: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards (Screenplay) Robert Louis Stevenson (Novel)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Roscoe Lee Browne, Dana A Davis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Laurie Metcalf, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Emma Thompson

Story: An alternative take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island with a space element to it. Jim Hawkins (Gordon-Levitt) a teenager who seeks adventure in all the wrong places and has many run ins with the law, much to the disappointment of his mother Sarah Hawkins (Metcalf). One-day adventure finds when Billy Bones (Patrick McGoohan) crash lands at the family Inn. Bones passes on a map to the legendary Treasure Planet and after pirates destroy the family Inn looking for the map the Hawkins escape.

Doctor Doppler (Hyde Pierce) a family friend agrees to fund a space exploration to find Treasure Planet. He hires Captain Amelia (Thompson) a cat like figure and her first mate Mr. Arrow (Browne) a golem figure. The rest of the crew are full of a range of different creature and lead by Cyborg John Silver (Murray). With the adventure under way what series entertaining and funny characters including Morph a shape shifting blob, B.E.N. (Short) a robot that has completely lost his mind and many others.

Verdict

Story: Treasure Island is one of the great books and Hollywood seems to have made countless adaptation of the story, this one adds a new fresh spin to the story. Filled with a series of likeable characters. A space adventure over sea adventure makes the possibilities almost endless to what could have been created. A classic tale that most people will already know the basic story but still always a good watch or read with slight different takes on it. (9/10)

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jim Hawkins The enthusiastic teenager who seeks adventure in his normal life. Joseph casting as the voice works perfectly as he would be the right age for match Jim and you can hear his enthusiasm shine through on his character. With the desire for adventure I will give this character my Favourite Character  (9/10)

Brian Murray as John Silver The villain who becomes a father figure to Jim. Making him a Cyborg adds to his character showing how he can perform many tasks at once and keeping his human factor, which is key to his character development.  (9/10)

 

David Hyde Pierce as Doctor Doppler Family friend who also seeks adventure but clearly has never even attempted to start his own, David is a great choice for the voice hear as he is very much narcotic which he pulls of very well without being to over the top I will give this my Star Performance (9/10)

 

Emma Thompson as Captain Amelia The no nonsense Captain who will do anything to protect here trusted crew mates, even though Emma Thompson is a great actress this voice role doesn’t really suit what we are used to from her and also not being one of the leads doesn’t promote her performance.  (7/10)

 

Martin Short as B.E.N. The crazy robot who has literally lost his mind, loud, erratic add a good amount of comedy to the story but joins the story a bit too late to really get full effect of character, but still a very enjoyable character to watch. (9/10)

 

Director: Ron Clements and John Musker Following on from their successes with Aladdin and The Little Mermaid these two both have pedigree for success I feel they did an excellent job with this pieces of directing.  (9/10)

Action:  The space peril action sequences are very well constructed along with the jet boarding Jim does from the open sequence to the conclusion are edge of your seat material. For animated the action is one of Disney’s best. (9/10)

Comedy: The support characters provide the comic relief through the film with Morph having most of the funny lines or shape shifting creations. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: The inculcation of the space element add the sci-fi side to the story, Having a supernova leading to a black hole adds some almost educational factor to what goes on in space. (8/10)

Animation: When you point this film up against any Pixar film the animation isn’t up to that level, still having an old animation feel to it which isn’t all bad though. (7/10)

Music: With one of the best songs from a Disney film ‘I’m Still Here’ you can’t but enjoy this film just waiting to hear the incredible song. (9/10)

Suggestion: If someone said a good Disney film this wouldn’t be on many peoples list, which is a bit disappointment as this is one of the best Disney films I have seen full of everything that a true film fan will enjoy (9/10)

Best Part: I’m Still Here video Montage one of the best I have seen.

Worst Part: Its underratedness is one of the worst things many people just over looked this film.

Favourite Quote: ‘Now, you listen to me, James Hawkins. You got the makings of greatness in you, but you got to take the helm and chart your own course. Stick to it, no matter the squalls! And when the time comes you get the chance to really test the cut of your sails, and show what you’re made of! Well, I hope I’m there, catching some of the light coming off you that day. ’

Overall: A top Disney action adventure well worth a watch and the classic tale should add to its appeal.

Rating 90%

 

Scream 2 (1997)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Omar Epps, Heather Graham, Liev Schreiber, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O’Connell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Luke Wilson, Tori Spelling, Elise Neal, Laurie Metcaf
 
Starting with the release of the movie ‘Stab’ starring Heather Graham as Casey from the original and Luke Wilson as Billy. Phil (Omar Epps) takes his girlfriend Maureen (Jada Pinkett Smith) to see the movie. Everyone is given a ghost face costume. while the movie is rolling a ghost face kills both Phil and Maureen make the publicity rise on the films opening night.

Sidney (Neve Campbell) now in college gets a prank phone call but quickly identifies the caller who hangs up once they are exposed. Sidney’s room mate Hallie (Elise Neal) keeps trying to encourage Sidney to join a sorority. When they find out about the murders Sidney goes to find Randy (Jamie Kennedy).

Randy is in a film class where they try to figure out if the movies created the ‘stab’ killer or not. In the class is Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Mickey (Timothy Olyphant). In the class they have a big discussion about how sequels are not as good as originals keeping to the feel of the original not being to serious.

Sidney has a new boyfriend Derek (Jerry O’Connell). Having Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) turn up riding her fame from her book and movie. Gale meets a ambitious reporter Debbie Salt (Laurie Metcalf). Gale brings Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) to do an interview with Sidney about how she accused him and he turned out innocent. Completing the line up is Dewey (David Arquette) who comes to make sure Sidney is safe.

This time we are left with a slightly different list of suspects:

  • A reporter who keeps want to be the story
  • The Ambitious reporter wanting to make a name for herself
  • The Accused murderer of Sidney’s mother
  • The boyfriend proving she can pick the crazy ones
  • The Film student who loves sequels
  • The sorority who want to become the most popular

The Movie is a good follow up to the original. Having the idea of the release of the story in movie as background to the story of what is happening in these characters lives. Keeping its tongue in cheek style very nicely through out. Containing lots of twists and turns leading us to the big climax and revelation of who the killer is. The characters are all different and have very interesting potential motives. This is well worth a watch for slasher fans keeping the series worth watching and wanting more.

My rating is 76%