Anchor and Hope (2018)

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Writer: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Jules Nurrish (Screenplay)

Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, Charlotte Atkinson, Lara Rossi, Trevor White, David Verdaguer

 

Plot: Two women, Eva and Kat, and the best friend of one of them, Roger. A boat in the canals of London and a question: Is it possible to live love, family, and life in such different ways and yet remain united?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Authentic Look at Love

 

Story: Anchor and Hope starts as we meet our couple Eva (Chaplin) and Kat (Tena) who live in a boat on the canals of London, they are at a crossroads in their lives and their relationship as they are figuring out the next steps, Kat’s friend Roger (Verdaguer) joins them as the life questions get asked.

When Eva manages to convince Kat they should have a baby, the couple get Roger to be their sperm donor and now they must prepare for a future with a potential baby even if their methods are not the most medically actuate.

 

Thoughts on Anchor and Hope

 

Characters – Eva is one half of the couple, she wants to have her own child and is pushing her girlfriend to consider starting a family, she doesn’t want to follow the normal and keep her free spirit identity. Kat is the partner who is enjoying the life of just the two of them, not wanting to start a family, but will make that sacrifice for the one she loves. The two have great chemistry and you do believe their relationship. Roger is the old friend of Kat that joins them in, he becomes the choice to be the sperm donor and stays around to make sure they couple get what they want.

PerformancesOona Chaplin and Natalia Tena are both fantastic in the lead roles, they show us great chemistry between them, they hit the emotional range they must go through during the film and make us believe we are watching two-real people. David Verdaguer is good too through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young lesbian couple and their friend who are trying to just enjoy life while escaping responsibilities, making big life decisions and being happy. We follow a stage of their life as they prepare to make a big decision which will test them more than ever. The story makes us feel like we watching a real relationship with real decisions being made which is always refreshing. My only negative is left wondering just how they live this sort of life in the first place, we don’t get any sort of indication that they have jobs or anything.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film works for the most part, we have moments or enjoyment that will get a laugh or two from the audience, the romance shows us just how difficult relationships can be for anyone involved.

SettingsThe film is set in and around the canals in London, what makes the settings feel completely natural is how the scenes are shot with what seems like natural everyday life going on behind them.


Scene of the Movie –
The canal cruising is always beautiful to watch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Trying to figure out how they afford this life.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautiful story of love between two people that need to learn to grow together for one of the biggest decisions of their life.

 

Overall: Love story that feels real.

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The Longest Ride (2015)

longestDirector: George Tillman Jr

Writer: Craig Bolotin (Screenplay) Nicholas Sparks (Novel)

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich

 

Plot: The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: SO Unrealistic

 

Story: The Longest Ride starts by making me feel like this is going to be a shallow feel because the selling point for Sophia (Robertson) to go and watch bull riding is ‘hot guys’ when she clearly doesn’t want to go. To the surprise of us all Sophia meets handsome rodeo Luke (Eastwood) and enjoys herself, well boy this is going to be a hard watch.

When Sophia and Luke go on their first date they find Ira (Alda) who has had a car accident and the pair save his life and his box of memories. Sophia becomes friends with Ira (Alda) as she learns of the young love he once had.

As Sophia and Luke learn about Ira’s love story theirs blossoms even though they both know they will be going in their separate ways.

The Longest Ride gives us yet another one of these fictional love stories that would never happen but give people the unrealistic belief that it could. The only good part of this film is the flashback relationship that has the struggles going on throughout it. The leading love story is all about what you would give up for love and then boom easy happy ending no struggle to make things work between to pretty people, you know the type that annoys you.

 

Actor Review

 

Britt Robertson: Sophia is a college student about to start her dream job in New York when she meets a professional bull rider. Her life is thrown upside down when she falls in love and torn between her lifelong dream or the man who has never made her feel like this before. Britt is good in this role playing you typical dream filled romantic character.

Scott Eastwood: Luke is the professional bull fighter who has suffered a serious accident before he meets Sophia. He will not give up the ‘sport’ he loves even for the girl that changes his life. He is very traditional in how he goes about his relationship but also not willing to learn something else to get away from bull fighting. Scott is the highlight of this film where we see him make a name for himself in a leading role.

Alan Alda: Ira is an elder gentleman that the two rescue from a car accident and who Sophia turns to for all of her advice when she learns of the love story he went through. Alan is solid in this role where we get to see him in a narration style role.

Support Cast: The Longest Ride has a supporting cast with Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin playing the younger couple in the flashbacks who really shine above the rest.

Director Review: George Tillman JrGeorge gives us a good date movie but characters who are written to be too over the top and unrealistic doesn’t help the story.

 

Romance: The Longest Ride gives us an unrealistic love story that is about two people coming from different worlds and what they will would give up for love.

Chemistry: The Longest Ride doesn’t have the biggest spark between the lead couple which takes away part of the film.

Settings: The Longest Ride has an array of settings which all give us how the class between Sophia and Luke comes through.
Suggestion
: The Longest Ride is one for the date night really only. (Date Night)

 

Best Part: Ira and Ruth’s story.

Worst Part: Opening scenes are unrealistic.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $34 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 8 Minutes

 

Overall: Unrealistic story about love which will pull people in.

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