The Movie Journal is a feature where I keep track of the movies I watch in 2018 and my thoughts about them. Here are the movies I watched in May:
Into the Woods (3,7 stars)
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
- Directed by: Rob Marshall
- Written by: James Lapine
- Cast: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, James Corden
This movie starts really well, it’s entertaining, the acting is captivating and the songs are deep and though provoking, then when there’s 40 minutes until the end, it becomes a bit repetitive and stale and it’s boring and not very compelling by the time the credits roll. Nonetheless, the movie does a great job at looking like a fairytale but leaving behind the innocence of the disney versions and confronting the more ambiguos, darker, challenging aspects of life.
You’re Not You ( 4,3 stars)
A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.
- Directed by: George C. Wolfe
- Written by: Shana Feste, Jordan Roberts
- Cast: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel
This is not the most original movie, but the acting saves it from blending in with all the movies about illness that come out every year. Everytime I see Hilary Swank movie I’m reminded of how brilliant and talented she is. In this case, her meticulous depiction of the symptoms of ALS is mindblowing; the way she portraits the advances of the illness with her body movements and her voice is outstanding. And Emmy Rossum who could have easily being eclipsed by Swank, shines on her own playing a sensitive, lost, caring, rebellious, rowdy woman: the caregiver and friend to Swank’s character.
Have you watched any of the movies I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to watch any of them? Let me know in the comments!
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