The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van (2015)

Genre:  Biography, Comedy, Drama

I had been recommended this movie by a few people and I was ready to be impressed by this “mostly” biographical film 😛 . No one can be disappointed by Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd because she performed great and created a believable character 🙂 . To be fair, she was not the most likable character in this, but I could withstand it to watch this movie. Alan Bennett portrayed by Alex Jennings, was my favourite character as he was easy to follow and to like 🙂 . I also loved that there are “two” Alan Bennett’s in this movie who talk to each other and narrated along with us 😀 . When we did get to know the “twist” and reason for Miss Shepherd’s situation (which is hinted at in the beginning) was good. It was interesting as we found the answer with Alan Bennett plus the relationship between the two characters (Miss Shepherd and Bennett) was charming 🙂 .  The story is mostly okay and does keep you fairly entertained. I do believe this is more of a “marmite” type of film as I was not the most impressed as I know others have been. I found some parts too tedious and I was not entirely entertained. Though there are touching moments and as much as her character was unlikable, the film would not be as good as it was without Maggie Smith 😛 . This is an alright movie if you are a fan of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith or British comedy biographical movies. I don’t know if I would watch this again but I may recommend 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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A mostly true story

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

Genre: Biography, Family Film, History

I was excited to see this biography film about the life of the author A.A.Milne who created Winnie the Pooh 🙂 . I had expected this to be similar to “Saving Mr. Banks” which was an endearing film and was also about the author of a famous literary character. However, I tried not to judge this film on that and enjoyed this tale throughout 🙂 . The scenery and costumes were great and I did feel captivated by their world 😀 . The acting was superb and I believed every single character especially Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) who was fabulous 😀 . The story throws to you straight into the worse part of this story at the beginning which leaves you on an edge of sorrow as you watch the rest (until the film catches back up with itself in the timeline). I loved the scene in the forest with Alan (Domhnall Gleeson) and Christopher Robin as his imagination with the snow was great 🙂 . I even liked the post traumatic stress disorder Milne was suffering appear in the movie as it helped us understand his character more. Daphne (Margot Robbie) was hard to understand and she became my least favourite character. The film did not shy away from the hard issues Christopher endured and the narrative was very enlightening. I never knew that he had to go through this and found the film had more of a depressive feel than heart-warming. Though, during the World War 2 section I completely felt for Milne and it was a rather sad scene (when you watch you will know 😛 ). This is an overall, great movie that is worth the watch but this maybe more suited to adults than for the whole family 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Are you writing a book?

Victoria and Abdul

Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

I was very excited to see this movie from the trailers as it appeared to be a charming story about the unusual friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal). The main two actors were great as their characters as they were believable, their friendship chemistry good and Judi Dench looked fabulous as Queen Victoria 😀 . My favourite actor in this was Eddie Izzard as Bertie the Prince of Wales who was amazing 😀 . He was very convincing as his character throughout and I liked him even at his worst (as it fitted the character’s persona). This film was quite humorous at times and my favourite moments were from Mohammed’s (Adeel Akhtar) jokes about the English food as Barbaric 😛 . The narrative was informative (as I have not heard of this story in history before), scenery and costumes were great plus I was not bored 🙂 . I liked the speech Victoria gave when threatened with “insanity” and the Ali Fazal’s performance near the end was very good 🙂 . The actual end scene was sweet which matched the pleasantness of the movie (when it had time to be 😛 ). However, part way through the movie I lost my interest as it became a little depressive and I found the more I watch, the more I questioned Abdul Karim. Like why did he lie or not tell the entire truth? Though, this is minor but did not keep me from being captivated as it could have been. This is a decent watch and worth it for anyone wanting to learn more about Queen Victoria but I can’t say I would be rushing to see this movie again 😛 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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History’s most unlikely friendship

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures (2017)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

When I first saw this trailer I was so excited to watch this as I had heard so many good reviews 🙂 . It definitely did not disappoint 😀 . This is a great movie that explores the problems back in the 1960’s America and the amazing efforts these three women did for NASA. I had not heard of these women before this year and was amazed at how smart they were. The movie explored the appalling attitudes they had to deal with tastefully and made you feel great to be a woman (or feel great for them 😛 ) when they succeed.  The outfits are great, the set fabulous and the background music (mixture of modern and classic) worked brilliantly for the film 🙂 . There are some epic lines that resonate throughout such as Mary’s when answering a question “I wouldn’t have to. I’d already be one” 🙂 . The court room was also a fabulous scene and loved it when Dorothy was walking down the corridor with all of her colleges (won’t say not more as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ). There are some emotional scenes as well and my favourite (emotional) scene was then Katherine had to justify her trip to the toilet. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe were all fabulous as the leading women 😀 . I loved the ending and learning about what happened afterwards with these three women. A great movie for all who want to learn about the real people behind the Space Race (NASA) and the struggles they went through to succeed. I definitely recommend this movie for everyone (probably more for women then family 😛 ). Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips (2013)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

The true events that happened to Captain Phillips back in 2009 shown through this Hollywood movie. After you watch this film you have to give some sense of awe for the horrors Captain Phillips had to go through. The narrative runs fairly well in the fact it can keep you captivated throughout 🙂 . The film was not too predictable and at times, I was on the edge of my seat 😛 . Tom Hanks is spectacular in this movie and his portrayal as Captain Phillips was stunning 😀 . He was believable and reasonable throughout even during the most “tense” moments. Plus his last five minutes (can’t say when as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ) was so full of emotion, you felt for the character. The four Somali-American actors portraying the pirates were also very realistic in their performance and were quite scary. I enjoyed when the ship was first being taken over as the tension and drama around that section was thrilling and gripping 🙂 . I have to admit the tension did hit a point where I wasn’t as enthralled as I should have been. It dulled while he was at sea without his crew but did pick up again near the end. Overall, a decent and enjoyable biography film to watch 🙂 . I recommend as it is worth a watch once. Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Out here survival is everything.

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor (2013)

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

This movie is alright especially for those who love biographical war movies 🙂 . Personally, for me I can’t say it was anything other than being alright, nothing really wrong with it and nothing really good either. I was kept entertained throughout plus some moments were quite shocking and captivating. This is a definitely good war movie with the brutality, realistic moments, plenty of gun fire, the odd explosion and the tension between the Americans and Afghanistan’s. The set was good, the costumes were effective, and the main soldier characters were likable 🙂 . The actors who played them (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster) portrayed them well and you liked them all. Plus the deaths that happen in this film (the deaths of likable people not the unlikable 😛 ) were touching and dramatic. Those moments I did like and I loved the tension as people try to find them and the complications the “character” encounters 🙂 . However, try as it might it still isn’t the most entertaining movie and it’s nothing to rave about. It had predictability in it and some uninteresting sections. Though I was not entirely bored, as I mentioned earlier, but this definitely not the best war film you will ever see. I don’t think I will watch this again and probably won’t remember it. Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

Live to tell the story.


Passengers (2016)

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

This is a well crafted sci-fi movie that can keep most captivated with its interesting storyline. The premise is that two characters wake too early on a spaceship and that is intriguing on its own but with the dramatic action and edge of your seat moments it becomes unique 😛 . I loved the fact that this was as unpredictable as expected and that I was unsure who would make it or how it would end 😀 . The two lead characters Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) were absolutely stunning  😀 ! Their chemistry was believable and their acting superb. I loved Chris at the beginning when he realises he has woken too early and loved Jennifer when she discovers the truth (can’t say what truth as that would spoil the whole thing! 😛 ). The visuals are pretty good and the sense of “things worse to come” builds nicely throughout the movie 🙂 . I loved this for its romance and (kind of) suspense. Although, as much as “Passengers” kept me entertained, I was disappointed. It was such a good film that I was expecting a brilliant ending that would match the rest of the film. Don’t get me wrong the ending is good and fitting, but it was missing something and I’m not sure what that was. Overall, a decent movie that you can enjoy but I’m unsure if you’d want to watch it more than once 😛 . Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Plus Merry Christmas 😀

There is a reason they woke up .

A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

The true life story based off the bestselling book “A Street Cat Named Bob” . This is a fairly entertaining movie for those who like biography movies, heart warming real life troubles or those who simply loves cat 😀 . The cat is fabulous in this movie and is played by the real Bob which gives this film a wonderful sense of authenticity 🙂 . Every scene that cat was in was spectacular and had you finding him either cute or funny. I loved the relationship and surprising survival between James and Bob. Luke Treadaway’s performance of James Bowen was amazing 😀 . I believed him throughout, felt for him the entire way through and seemed very authentic. His scenes alone were quite good and I felt for him when he had to deal with those horrible situations. There are some awkward moments in this film that make you feel sorrier for the main character and had some touching moments. Even through the rough parts of this movie and the exploration of the homeless situation it ends off quite heart warming 🙂 . Also I loved the cameo of the real James Bowen and the pictures in the end credits 😀 . The downside to this movie is that it is a bit too long and I found some of the scenes with Betty (Ruta Gedmintas) a little unnecessary. Though I get why they are they (it is base off real life). Overall, a decent enough movie that is worth at least one watch. Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Sometimes it takes nine lives to save one.

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game (2014)

Genre: Drama, Biography, Thriller

I was tentative about watching this movie because I knew what had happened to Alan Turing beforehand. I am glad I did watch this as it was informative, entertaining, captivating and surprisingly uplifting even through the darker tones surrounding the narrative. Benedict Cumberbatch was stunning as Alan Turing 😀 ! He was believable, relatable, made you feel so much for Alan and was probably one of his best performances 🙂 . Keira Knightley was also good in this film along with the other great British cast in this film who are quite recognisable for being in period dramas 🙂 . The setting and costumes were typical of the era and gave a good aesthetic appeal to the film. I really liked how this movie built up, I loved the clip of the war that was slotted into the narrative and I liked the relationship between Alan and Joan 🙂  My favourite scene in this film was when they finally break the Enigma code and the aftermath that came from the initial joy. The narratorial style that flowed over the entire movie worked as it made you more involved and connected to the tale. I also loved the fact this film was not as depressive as I thought it would be 😀 . A truly deserving film about a great man, that has focused on his achievements rather than focusing in his downfall. A film I seriously recommend 😀 ! Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Behind every code is an enigma