Saturday, May 12, 2018

Films I Watched: April 2018

Roman Holiday (1953), dir. William Wyler

Roman Holiday
follows princess, Ann (
Audrey Hepburn) while she's on a Royal European tour. When she arrives in Rome, she begins to feel overwhelmed by her strict schedule and wants nothing more than just one day, to be a normal person and do whatever her heart desires. One night, she decides to rebel and sneaks out of her room, however, a sedative that she was forced to take earlier in the evening, finally kicks in and she ends up falling asleep on a park bench. She's soon found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who unknowing to her real identity, takes her back to his apartment for safety reasons. The next day at work, while she's still sleeping in his apartment, he finally realises her true identity and bets with his editor that he'll easily be able to secure an exclusive interview with the princess herself. When he returns home, he encourages her to have that one day of freedom and to have the time of her life, little does she know though, he's documenting every small detail, but will his feelings get in the way of his article, after all? 

Roman Holiday is definitely one of my all-time favourite Hepburn films, it's such a masterpiece. Romanic comedies these days can be one of the worst things to endure, I get it, but this film is far from that; It's beautiful and utterly charming and the love story is sweet and actually feels genuine and not just some forced relationship to make the film seem a little more interesting. The cinematography and production design is incredible and even though the film is in black and white, it still feels so vibrant and full of life. 

This isn't just your average romance film though and the ending tore my heart into a thousand pieces. The final scene is very reminiscent of the ending of La La Land. If you know, you know. I am dead inside now. It also has a great message on celebrity culture and how, we, as people, sometimes forget that celebrities are actual real people with feelings.

“I don’t know how to say goodbye. I can’t think of any words”
“Don’t try.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), dir. Tim Burton

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
 is based on the classic book by Roald Dahl and follows Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) and his Grampa Joe (David Kelly) as they are amongst some of the lucky competition winners to have been given the chance to attend a magical tour of Willy Wonka's wacky candy factory. All is seemingly well, but does Wonka have an ulterior motive?

This is one of those films that is alwaaaays being played on TV and I end up watching it more than I probably should. This is also a film that I can't really work out whether it's actually good or my nostalgia is just clouding my view. One of my favourite memories of primary school was when our whole class watched this film together while eating 'Fab' ice lollies, GOOD TIMES. 

Tim Burton's style isn't for everyone but I do love his modern take on this story. It's visually stunning, with some very nice cinematography. I also am a huge fan of composer Danny Elfman and I think Burton and Elfman work together incredibly well and he always makes a film feel so much more incredibly magical. Personally, I'll always prefer the original of this film, but this isn't the worst remake ever made. 

Side note, watching this after researching the whole Wonka is a serial killer conspiracy theory definitely makes this a much more...intense experience!

"Everything in this room is eatable, even I'm eatable! But that is called cannibalism, my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies."

Sabrina (1954), dir. Billy Wilder

 is based on 
Samuel Taylor's play, titled Sabrina Fair and follows Thomas Fairchild (John Williams) and his daughter Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn). Sabrina is in love with a man called David (William Holden), but he barely even acknowledges her existence. Her heart is broken and she's finding it terribly hard to move on and forget all about him. Thomas decides that the best thing for his daughter is for her to go to Paris for two years; to attend a cooking school, following in the footsteps of her deceased mother. Once she returns, she's an entirely different person and David finally can't get enough of her, but will it be the fairytale she always hoped for? 

This film has an excellent cast but the actual story is pretty bland. If you're a huge fan of romance films, then this will be right up your street. However, for me, it was pretty mediocre. I hate films that have such an incredible leading lady but make their character so reliant on a man. She went away to Paris and I thought FINALLY, she's going to realise her worth now, I can't wait!! But did she? NOPE. She came back home with a dog and had named him after the guy she couldn't get over and I mean, I'm no expert, but I really don't think that's going to help matters, hun. I persevered and kept thinking when, oh, when is it going to click and she finally realises her worth???? But it sadly never came. The two men in this film are the absolute worst and the fact that the writer actually allowed her to end up with one of them breaks my heart.

I feel like this one has been majorly negative so to end on a positive note,  my favourite scene is definitely when Sabrina sings La Vie En Rose, it's just so magical and reminds us just how perfect Hepburn really was. What an incredibly talented lady!

"Why try to get over it? You speak of love like it was a bad cough."
"He doesn't even know I exist. I might as well be reaching for the moon." 

A Quiet Place (2018), dir. John Krasinski

A Quiet Place 
the Abbott family - Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Lee (John Krasinski), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward), as they attempt to live in a futuristic world that has been overtaken by extraterrestrial creatures. The year is 2020 and these blind entities roam Earth while being extremely susceptible to sound...The slightest noise can draw them in and result in a horrifically gruesome death, in only a matter of minutes. The Abbott family seem to be some of the only remaining survivors in the area and are working together to learn more about the creatures, calculating what could be their weakness. One thing's for sure though, you mustn't make a single sound and so the family have no choice but to live in complete silence. Things are going seemingly well, they've gone undetected, but then Evelyn becomes pregnant and they have to try and discover new ways of making it through, with a crying baby added into the mix...

A Quiet Place is such an incredible film and I highly recommend you all go and see it while it's still in cinemas because I just don't think it will have the same effect if you watch it at home! However, it is a film that heavily relies on sound so please don't be THAT person chomping on popcorn throughout, everyone will secretly hate you and it will be a pretty easy way to ensure you end up in the bad place, I'm 100% certain.

I recently wrote a whooole post on my thoughts on The Quiet Place, if you'd like to read it, click here

...and that's all the films I watched in the month of April. Yep, you read right, I only watched FOUR films last month. How? I am so disappointed in myself. I need to stop watching trashy tv shows and watch something actually worth watching.

I hope you enjoyed this post anyway, even if it is much shorter than usual! If you've watched any films recently, I'd love it if you let me know which ones in the comments! 

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