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  • Fast Five Review: Woman in Gold (2015)

    WomanInGold

     

     Reviewed by Naomi

    1. Did you like it?

    Yes.

    2. Why/Why not?

    Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is based on the true story and novel The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor.

    During World War II millions of dollars of valuables and art was stolen from Jewish families by the Nazis. Maria Altmann’s family’s collection of prized Gustav Klimt paintings was among them, including a treasured painting of Altmann’s Aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer. In the interceding years between the war and theft and the movie-present-day, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer became to Austria what the Mona Lisa is to France. Undeterred, Maria is determined to fight for her family’s paintings which she believes to be rightfully hers. She enlists a friend’s son, a young lawyer to take on this juggernaut of a case.

    The story is dealt with in good humour and sincerity. I found the interactions between Mirren and Reynold’s characters particularly compelling and layered. This is a drama, but it is with a light touch!

    3. "You would enjoy this film if..."

    Helen Mirren is marvellous in most things. If you are a fan of her, you will be a fan of this film.

    4. "This film made me think..."

    A week later, I bought a book on art restitution from the second world war. So interesting.

    5. Stars out of five?

    4

  • Fast Five Review: Jurassic Park (1993)

    JurassicPark

    Review by Naomi

     1. Did you like it?

    Yes.

    2. Why/Why not?

    When I first saw this movie, circa 1996, it scared the pants off me. I had Raptor nightmares. Who wouldn’t! - the claws, the sneakiness and the guards being dragged around the corner of the cage when the raptors are moved to their new enclosure (!). I have watched it a few times since and I’ve got to say, I do love this movie. The sheer audacity of reanimating dinosaurs using prehistoric DNA preserved in amber (which absolutely does not work, but I can suspend my disbelief). The park investors bring in experts AFTER carrying all of this out to decide if the theme park that has been created is safe to open to the public. We experience the craziness of the whole thing through the eyes of palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), as well as grandchildren of the park’s owners. Perhaps a park that is not yet certified safe for the public might not be the best place to bring your grandchildren? Just a thought.

    During the grand tour of the new park, there is a power outage which turns off the electric fences that keep the dinosaurs safely locked away. All hell breaks loose and thrills and spills ensue. Some excellent and thrilling scenes of note involve the T-Rex attacking the tour cars and also pretty much any scene involving raptors. The special effects stand up really well even today. There was extensive use of animatronics and puppetry which helps to make the dinosaurs completely believable. Jurassic Park has a soaring score by John Williams that injects a sense of adventure and suspense all the way through. To sum up, this is a cracker.

    3. "You would enjoy this movie if..."

    You love dinosaurs, classic Geoff Goldblum one-liners and lots of suspense.

    4. "This series made me think..."

    Say ‘no’ to theme parks full of murderous prehistoric monsters!

    5. Stars out of five?

    4

  • Fast Five Review: Pom Poko (1994)

    PomPoko

    Review by Paul

    1. Did you like it?

    Yes

    2. Why/Why not?

    I don’t usually like animie but this was enjoyable. It has an interesting, fast-paced storyline with a fun soundtrack. The charming depiction of Raccoon dogs in rural Japan serves as a warning about the downsides of environmental destruction for the sake of progress.

    3. "You would enjoy this movie if..."

    You like animation. Young children will love this film.

    4. "This series made me think..."

    Of the clash of progress, employment and preservation of nature.

    5. Stars out of five?

    4

  • Fast Five Review: Gone Girl (2014)

    GoneGirl

    Review by Paul

    1. Did you like it?

    Yes

    2. Why/Why not?

    Features a twisting storyline which generates a level of doubt and uncertainty matching real life incidents. Gone Girl holds an undercurrent of humorous and light heartedness which serves to balance a storyline and style which is dark and ominous.

    3. "You would enjoy this movie if..."

    You enjoy films which make you think and second guess yourself and enjoy being engrossed in storylines.

    4. "This series made me think..."

    Explores the themes of media responsibility in its portrayal of criminal suspects and the how society views accused individuals.

    5. Stars out of five?

    4

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