So, my summer has begun and now that I have spent the last few weeks basically sleeping to recover all the hours that I lost during this school year, it is time to get back on track with review movies. I will admit that I have been procrastinating. I’m going to be pretty far back for a while but good news is that you can take these as short DVD recommendation for now.
1. Saving Mr. Banks
Director: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Collin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman.
The Plot: The story of Mary Poppins being made into a film and the hidden story behind the tale itself.
The Review: I was really excited when this movie was announced but I don think that going I knew what I was expecting. It is the story of Walt Disney acquiring the rights to make Mary Poppins into a film and the difficult process with the writer, P.L. Travers. That’s what I thought the whole movie was about but it is also the story behind Mary Poppins and how in ties into the writers life. I guess it turns out that I really didn’t understand the story as a child. To say the least, the story was enlightening, interesting, and well executed with good dialogue and transition between the past and the present. It paid attention to detail, so that even the smallest thing like pear can be apart of the plot. It made point of the plot interesting. As for casting, was it the most look alike casting not really. I mean come on does Tom Hanks really look like Walt Disney? No, but did each of the actors embodied and execute the feeling of the person they were play? Yes, and that is what is important especially Emma Thompson, who just stole the movie. It heartfelt, funny, and sad in all the right places with good dialogue, acting that made you attached to the characters, beautiful cinematography and score, and an enchanting story that I found interesting.
I thought it was worth it and I personally really love it.
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5kYmrjongg
2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, Sean Penn,
The Plot: After the cover photo for the last magazine issue is lost, a daydreaming photo developer must go on a journey to track down.
The Review: I don’t know what about this movie really caught my attention but its first trailer is still one of my favorite and the best I’ve seen. Nothing said just a series a nice clips set to Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men. The film has a very somber pace and is something that is visual based. Meaning it has beautiful cinematography but don’t expect a lot of action and CGI explosions. Its funny and has good dialogue performed by just a great cast. It has feeling and a good feeling and I find it different from what Ben Stiller is known for doing. It’s not heavily romance based but self-discovery with a bit of impossibility to it but I think that’s where the fun lies. Not bad for your first serious directing shot Ben Stiller.
I think it’s worth a shot.
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGWO2w0H2V8
Sorry to cut these short but like I said I’ve slacked a lot.
Until next time,