The Book of Love (2016)

Director: Bill Purple

Writer: Robbie Pickering, Bill Purple (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Mary Steenburgen, Orlando Jones


Plot: Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.

Tagline – How far would you go for a lost love?

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Charming Grief Battle Drama


Story: The Book of Love starts when architect Henry Herschel (Sudeikis) loses his pregnant wife Penny (Biel) in a car accident, broken he needs to take time away from work, he notices homeless teenager Millie (Williams) searching for scraps.

When Henry learns what Millie is planning, he decides to jump in and help her with the project to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic, this gives him a new lease for life, to help someone follow their dream.


Thoughts on The Book of Love


Characters – Henry Herschel is an architect on the verge of a big promotion to partner in the company, and a baby, his life however is turned upside down when his wife is killed in an accident. Filled with grief he meets teenager Millie who he helps with her project, taking his mind off his loss. Millie is a homeless teenager, well she is forced to live with her estranged Uncle and she wants to build a raft like in the journal she finds. She believes she is doing the right thing as she is dealing with own problems. Penny is Henry’s wife who even after her death gives him guiding light to help Millie. Julia is the mother-in-law wanting the best for Henry as her own way of dealing with the loss of her daughter.

PerformancesJason Sudeikis continues to show that he is delightful to watch in these drama-comedy roles, he shows enough grief and hope to make you believe that he has been the one to lose his wife. Maisie Williams is good for the most part, but she does struggle to maintain the accent through the film.  Jessica Biel and Mary Steenburgen both give us good performances in the supporting roles.

StoryThe story follows a grief ridden man that decides to help a teenager with her own problems in an attempt to cure his own problems only to there to help cure her problems. This does have sweet moments as we see how the lives have been turned upside down by their own tragic losses and the moments where they can help support each other, we do however deal with grief in a realistic way, being left empty in need of something to keep us going. The glaring problem is the repeating of the facts about people dying, we just don’t need this on repeat to get the point, as we know the focus on the story is, enjoy life however difficult moments have been.

SettingsThe film is set-in small-town America, well the suburbs, which shows us how life can change in an instant in this world no matter who or where you are.

Scene of the Movie –
Closing shot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Maisie Williams accent.

Final ThoughtsThis is a charming movie that gets the message across well, we get to see just how grief can be processed by the people suffering from it.


Overall: One of the dreamers to see where people can make it.





Cyberbully (2015)

Director: Ben Chanan

Writer: Ben Chanan, David Lobatto (Screenplay)

Starring: Maisie Williams, Ella Purnell, Haruka Abe, Jake Davies, Daisy Waterstone, Wilson Haagens


Plot: Casey is forced by a computer hacker to do his bidding. If she resists, the hacker will leak compromising photos of her to the public.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Brilliant Thriller


Story: Cyberbully starts by showing Casey (Williams) getting ready for a night out but someone is messing with her music. After getting hearing a tweet about her Casey’s good mood crashes, with her friend off out she wants to get even with the person responsible and her friend Alex (Davies) agrees to help. After she gets her revenge Casey finds out she isn’t talking to who she thought was in fact she is dealing with a hacker who has full access to her computer watching over her every move.

Casey trapped in her own room being blackmailed by the mysterious hacker who is using her computer to affect her life and her friendships. When the tables get turned on Casey showing her to in fact be the cyber bully we find out the hackers true motives. Casey has to learn to face the consequences of her action while trying to figure out who the hacker is.

Cyberbully tells the very true life fact that people out there will react negatively to material on the internet, while we see how some comments are just on the mean side we also see how some are planned to attack the person. We see the consequences of such a small comment could have because it will lead to much more serious comments that will change people. The story shows how easy it is to get affected on the internet and how easy it is to become the victim. The film tell us how vile people can be showing a very true warning, my only concern is that this is a warning that young people should be seeing and the program is focused to be on later because once you are old enough to realise that people can just be deleted, blocked and not everyone’s opinion matters you can ignore these people. This really was one of the best pieces of television I have seen in a long time. (9/10)


Actor Review


Maisie Williams: Casey the only on screen star of the film who finds out that not everything is what it seems online and when she thinks she is being victimised the tables turn to show that she is in fact the bully without even knowing it. Maisie shines in this and shows why she is fast becoming one of the first names people suggest for her age bracket roles. (10/10)


Support Cast: Cyberbully doesn’t have anyone else on screen, the character appear in videos or over instant messaging, each character helps Casey struggle with the next problem in her ordeal with the hacker.


Director Review: Ben Chanan – Ben does a great job directing showing a very real problem in the world while shooting it in complete real time to show how quick things could happen. (9/10)


Thriller: Cyberbully is a thriller that could have gone in a very bad way, but this really is edge of the seat from very early on until the very final moment. (9/10)

Settings: Cyberbully only uses the one setting and that is Casey’s bedroom, showing how trapped she becomes because of the hacker. (10/10)

Suggestion: Cyberbully is a must watch for anyone that uses the internet to communicate because everything you say, recorded or even do could be used against you. (Watch)


Best Part: Williams shines.

Worst Part: Nothing.

Lessons Learned: Be careful on the internet.


Believability: This could be very real and cyber bulling is becoming a real problem in the world. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: This could win a television award or two.

Runtime: 1 Hour


Overall: Thriller That Hits Hard

Rating 90