Watching nine films in seven days (three of them from one franchise) I have had both ups and downs with film qualities this last week, with some greater than my expectations and some much poorer.
Below is details of all nine with my choice of what was Film of the Week and what was the Disappointment of the Week.
29th February :- Everest (2015)
I gave this film four stars due to harrowing manner in which it brings a true life account to the forefront of the film, while carrying an ensemble cast with no egotistical turns. A true story brought brilliantly to light, the film had me emotionally connected throughout.
Rating 4 out of 5.
For more details check my film review below
1st March :- The Land Before Time (1988)
Giving the first in this fourteen film franchise three stars is a true reflection of Don Bluth’s involvement in the project. Choosing to watch this film a retrospective challenge (with the girlfriend) ‘The Land Before Time brought back various memories of my childhood. Dark and gritty – especially for an animated feature, the film holds many character moments throughout its short duration.
Rating 3 out of 5.
2nd March :- Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Produced during a year of high standard film adaptations of best sellers, I watched this film having missed it on its cinematic release. Although guessable at moments, a detracting factor of a suspense thriller, ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ had some great character performances, with Firth playing out of sorts for the mysterious husband role within the narrative. Beautifully shot, and well acted throughout the film was above average for me – be it just a little bit.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
3rd March :- Room (2015)
Having no cinema around showing this OSCAR winning performance by Brie Larson, this week finally gave me an opportunity to write the wrong and view it for myself. Brilliantly portrayed by two compelling leads, the film brings the adaptation of ‘Room’ to the big screen in a brilliant manner. Dark and disturbing but emotionally brilliant, the film really deserves its full acclaim.
Rating 4 out of 5
For more details check my review below.
4th March :- The Land Before Time II (1994)
After enjoying the first film, I presumed that the second would bring back childhood memories and enjoyable animation. However, the quality throughout was not to the same standard – with the film deciding to become more ‘Disney-fied’ in its premise. This leads the film to feel weaker than the first, although still relatively enjoyable to watch.
Rating 2 out of 5
4th March:- The Land Before Time III (1995)
What another quality drop? After the second film failed to reach the standard that I expected I opted to go into the third without any presumption at all. I am glad I did, as this was the weakest film so far. With 11 more to follow, will the quality drop even more in the future installments – here hoping no.
Rating 1.5 out of 5.
5th March : – Free Willy (1993)
Another childhood favourite, but a film I have not watched since, ‘Free Willy’ actually kept to my memories relatively well. A story of befriending animals is a very much 90’s film, but overall the storyline was still enjoyable. Jason James Richter was a child star of the time, and here he carries the film’s narrative well. To see Michael Madsen away from Tarantino is also a plus of the film – with the tough guy actor holding a more family friendly role.
Rating 2.5 out of 5.
5th March : – The Good Lie (2015)
With work experience at a Middle East Film Festival, I opted to begin an analysis of the film that I have been asked to write about. A true story – that’s not hollywoodised – the film explores Sudanese refugees as they are relocated to America for a new life. Told from the perspective of four siblings, the film allows the harrowing tale to be accounted in its character studies which are completely defined. An informative and interesting film, ‘A Good Lie’ delivers the true feeling of war on the innocents throughout.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
5th March :- Would You Rather (2012)
A cheap horror film with gross out moments, ‘Would You Rather’ carries an interesting take on the childhood game. Faced with unhuman choices, the cast of characters are given life and death choices at every round. With lead actress Brittany Snow opting to do something unlike her previous film choice, the young thesp shows her range in this film. The film just fails in that it does cheap illusions throughout, and awkward dialogue in places too. A horror film that attempts to explore something new, but coming out like a cheap alternative the genres mainstream releases.
Rating 2 out of 5
Average rating of the week : – 3 out of 5
Film of the Week : – Room
Disappointment of the Week : – The Land Before Time 3