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Film Review: A Simple Favour (2018)

A Simple Favour (2018) is a drama thriller that takes a twist on the typical crime films. Directed by Paul Feig (whose works include the remake of Ghostbusters (2016) and Bridesmaids (2011), he follows his previous films that are female centric, casting Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in the lead roles. This story focuses on Stephanie (Kendrick), a mother and vlogger who reports on the disappearance of her friend Emily (Lively), and the story is told through a mix of the vlogs and in person, watching the intricate details of the mysterious case unfold.
To begin, the advertising campaign for this film was gorgeous. I am in love with the poster for this film, as it looks so sophisticated and really gives nothing away about the plot of the movie. All I knew about the film going in was that it was about a crime. I am not usually a fan of crime thrillers, yet this intrigued me due to being so different to the others. I am also a huge fan of Blake Lively in particular, having watched her in

Film Reviews: Week 2 (Jan 8-14)

This week has been a very busy week for me. All of my deadlines were due in for college, and I was assigned a lot of shifts at work. This meant that I had little time to sit down and watch films, and I only got two new films in this week. However, just like last week these two films were both fantastic and I managed to get started on a few things on my bucket list!


Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Having caught up with the original trilogy as well as The Force Awakens, it was finally time for me to head into the cinema and watch the newest edition in the franchise. Having to wait a full month after its release meant that several things were spoiled for me, but I was still going in not knowing what would happen.

There was something about being in the cinema waiting for the title sequence to roll. It got me excited, almost like any Star Wars fan would. When the music began to play, it suddenly felt real and in that moment I understood the fan commitment of Star Wars. It is a true celebration of film, fan culture and pride and that just makes the series a lot more special.

Going in, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. I had heard divisive things about this entry, and many fans did not like this film. If this was going to be compared to the other films in terms of ranking, it is on par with The Force Awakens. I wouldn't say it was better, but I also wouldn't say it was worse.

This film had many good aspects. Once again, the characters shine and the development of Luke Skywalker is fantastic. The porgs were so adorable, and the aliens really do improve as the films go on. This film also made some bold moves and statements, and that is truly exciting. What is honourable about the characters is how they dealt with the death of Carrie Fisher and almost honoured it in this film. There is a lovely tribute at the end credits, but Leia is still shown as a powerhouse to the rebellion and loved by all.

I also continue to love Rey as a character. I wish there was more interaction with her and the crew instead of just Luke and Kylo, but her back story is so well done and she is such a strong badass female that she carries the trilogy forward. Finn in this film seems to be held back a little, as he doesn't get nearly as much development despite possible having the same amount of screen time. His time spent on developing a friendship could have been spent better in my opinion.

The action sequences are where the newest films shine. They feel a lot more authentic, and the weapons are far more advanced in terms of the force. That is the major development of the film. This is the first Star Wars film that I felt truly had the war aspect covered, with battles against two sides and gaining trust and making deals. This was also the film where people's lives felt truly at risk, and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

I don't know why it has taken me so long to watch this franchise. I plan on watching the prequels soon, as well as re-watching the entire series to create a definitive ranking order. This journey has been fantastic and if you haven't started Star Wars yet and have been hesitant to do so, I would recommend it immediately.

4/5


Blue is the Warmest Colour
I have heard so many good things about this film. If you have read my previous blog post about my schedule and resolutions, you will know that one of my goals is to watch films from 10 different countries. When I set that goal, I knew that this would be my choice for France. This came out the year I really started to get into films and Oscar contenders, and I remember people getting mad that this film was not nominated.

French films in particular have a certain romantic flair to them. They are a lot more passionate in their story-telling. This is to be expected from the capital of love, but I knew this from watching "Amelie" during a class in school. It also seems to be a to more authentic, unafraid to show all and say all. It truly is unfiltered.

This is a stunning film throughout. All of the scenes are beautifully shot and reflect the character's creative side with beautiful imagery. The colour palette of the film is also inspired, feeling authentic yet also sort of fantasy.

The characters are also brilliantly scripted and performed. Adele seems truly honest and relatable, and you see the character grow amongst time. Emma is the perfect rebellious teenager that I personally relate to on so many levels, She is creative, wild and outgoing. Both actors gave fantastic performances showing a wide variety of emotion and situations.

This film is rated 18 for a reason. It does show some graphic sexual scenes that are not appropriate for younger audiences and the subject matter of exploration of sex, sexuality and romance is talked about throughout. However, if you are above age and are interested in exploring a genre of film like this, I would highly recommend this. It is three hours long so it is a commitment, but it is worth it.

4/5

So this week has been slow, and I can only apologise for that. However, the next two weeks look to be a lot more open and I am excited about the range of films that I plan on seeing.

So until Thursday, that was some film for thought.

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