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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 8 (Feb 19-25)

This week was slower in terms of films watched due to assessments and college work. Due to this, I only got two new films in. I did however re-watch one other film, which just so happens to be my favourite film of all time. All three films that I watched this week were fantastic films, and I will definitely be re-watching all of these at some point. Both of my new watches were on Netflix, so I will just be going by watch order this week with the repeat viewing at the end.

Les Miserables
This is one film that I have wanted to watch for a very long time. It is a musical that I really want to go to London to see in the West End, but have never had the chance to. The major thing that put me off watching Les Mis until now was the extremely long film time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Surprisingly, the film time doesn't matter as the film flies by so quickly. Every person in this film does a fantastic job in their roles. Special shout-outs go to Anne Hathaway who deservedly won an Oscar for her powerful and dramatic performance, as well as Hugh Jackman who always gives 100% in every role he takes on.

The story is beautifully told. If you are not a musical fan, it is clear that you will not enjoy this film. There is little to no speaking dialogue as the music continues through the entire film. Somehow though, the songs flows well together and feel like it is coherent and makes sense for the story. Every character gets a moment to shine, and somehow all of the sub-plots weave together smoothly and don't feel out of place.

This is a very emotional film. As the title suggests, there are some miserable and horrible events that take place. Don't let this put you off though, as there are some touch
ing and lovely moments within and without giving away any spoilers, the ending is very well done.

If you haven't watched Les Miserables yet and want to, do it. Don't let the film time or musical aspect put you off any longer. It isn't everybody's cup of tea, but it is certainly mine and I can't wait to watch it once more.

4.5/5

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
After watching The Breakfast Club for the first time ever this year, I figured it was time to watch the other major release from John Hughes. Just like The Breakfast Club, I had heard nothing but good things from this film, and of course I have seen a lot of stills from the film (particularly from the art museum scene).

Whilst I feel the characters and setting aren't as strong as The Breakfast Club, this is still a very fun and light-hearted film to stick on and enjoy. It is such a fantasy set in the real world, that it is something that all of us want to do one day. To be able to skive off school one day and just travel in a Ferrari to the centre of the city.

The characters, aside from one, doesn't seem to change or be impacted by the events of the day. Ferris in particular doesn't have an arc to his character. The actor, Matthew Broderick, is the perfect choice for Ferris. He is fantastic in the role and honestly nobody else could be Ferris Bueller.

The one character that has development throughout the film is Cameron. He goes through a change throughout with his behaviour and attitude, and he grows drastically throughout.

This is a film that I feel can easily be re-watched and I plan on doing that to see if a second viewing pushes the rating for me up. If you are feeling down and need a fun little film to watch, this is the perfect choice for you.

4/5

Back to the Future (repeat viewing)
Needless to say due to the several times that I have talked about this film (The Legacy of BttF and My Favourite Films), it is pretty clear that this is my favourite film of all time. Action, adventure, comedy and sci-fi all perfectly executed in a single film with Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg behind the masterpiece. I will not say anymore, just go and do yourself a favour and watch this if you haven't.

5/5

There will be several trips to the cinema made this week (in particular for I, Tonya and possibly Lady Bird or The Shape of Water) so there will be more opinions made on the Oscar nominated films before the ceremony on Sunday/early Monday morning. Before the ceremony, I will be posting my Oscar predictions on all of the major awards of the night.

Until Sunday, that was some film for thought,

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