Express Reviews (5)

It's movie time again! I saw all of these in the cinema and they are listed from least recent viewing to most recent.
Paranoia


Andi and I risked yet again seeing another sneak preview and we got this kind of spy film about a young man who is accepted for a job position at a company and is sent to spy on the competitors. 

For a spy thriller with Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, I expected a lot more, but it's very forgettable. Actually, it is so forgettable that I've had to go to IMDB to refresh my memory on what exactly the film was about.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


[SPOILERS if you haven't seen or read The Hunger Games]
Katniss and Peeta have survived the Hunger Games but they might have started something that is beyond their control.

I loved the second book because it showed the tension that Katniss's final act in the Hunger Games was having in Panem. The movie also takes us there with images, although not having read the book might make newcomers feel a little bit lost with details that seem unimportant. Definetely worth watching.
 

Frozen


Queen Elsa of Arendelle has ice powers that she cannot control. After she accidentally covers the whole kingdom with snow, her younger sister Anna goes out to look for her.

Oh, Disney. I probably hadn't loved a Disney movie like this since Beauty and the Beast. I loved the story, I can't stop listening to the soundtrack, I have no words to express how happy I am that the story does not really center so much on the romantic interest of the main character. And it has the best line ever in any princess film, especially a Disney film:

Thank you, Elsa.

Also, the morale of the story? Disney movies are full of bad parenting. Although if the parents had done their job right, there wouldn't be a conflict and there wouldn't be a movie.


Inside Llewyn Davis


After his musical partner and friend commits suicide, Llewyn Davis tries to keep his music career going. We spend a week following his pursuit for a recording contract while also struggling with having almost no money left.

I have mixed feelings about this movie. While it was an intense and interesting story and the music had a very important role, I kind of expected a faster pace. It's a good film, though, so check it out.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


Walter Mitty's existence is mediocre, to say the least, so he has escapist fantasies with himself at the center of it. Among these are that a female co-worker that he has been interested in for a long time falls in love with him. His grey life gets an unexpected twist when he learns that his company will probably fire him soon and he embarks on a trip to Greenland, Iceland, and Afghanistan.

Another movie I have mixed feelings about. As a "road trip", it's cool and so unrealistic that you'd totally buy it. But that's the main problem: it's so unrealistically typical Hollywood that the moral of the story gets placed in a second or third term, right behind predictability. It's not a bad movie, but it could be a lot better. Apparently it's a sort of remake of another film that is based on a short story.


La vie d'Adèle 


Based on the French comic Le bleu est une couleur chaude (Blue is the warmest colour), it narrates the coming-out of a teenage girl after meeting the blue-haired Emma and their love story. According to what I read in Wikipedia, they changed certain details from the comic, like Adèle's name, which is actually Clémentine in the comic, or the way that their relationship ends (don't read the Wikipedia article if you want to avoid spoilers).

I liked the movie but it has a couple of major problems: 1) it's TOO LONG! I mean, the story is intense and almost nothing felt superfluous, but it lasts THREE hours, and that "almost nothing" takes me to point 2): the sex scenes seemed out of a lesbian porn flick (apparently the author of the comic book complaied about this too, if we're to trust reviews and Wikipedia articles), and they were so long that they could have cut them shorter and use that time to: 3) develop the non-sexual part of coming out of the closed a little bit more. We find out that Adèle's parents nor her friends are not precisely the most open-minded people in the world. Ok, so what happens with their relationships when they find out that Adèle is a lesbian? It's never showed on screen because it's more important that we see the actresses perform oral sex on each other. Right. (Don't worry, it's nothing too explicit). I think someone missed a point somewhere. Also, I know it's supposed to be for intensity's sake, but is it really necessary to have such close close-ups? And does the fact that it's called "Chapitres 1 et 2" mean that there's going to be another movie?



And that's all for now. Let's see what other movies 2014 will bring.

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