Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, David Strathairn
Seen on: 25.1.2018

Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) just became Prime Minister of the UK and he already has a huge decision to make: should he enter into peace negotiations with Nazi Germany or should he refuse any kind of arrangement with them, even if that means waging war against them? With less than enthusiastic support from the most powerful people around him, Churchill tries to make his decision.

To put it plainly, Darkest Hour is not a good film. Maybe it would have stood a chance with another (better) script, but what we got is just insufferable

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Death of a Superhero (Anthony McCarten)

Death of a Superhero is a novel/movie script by Anthony McCarten.
Finished on: 20.7.2015

Donald has cancer. Terminal cancer. And he’s just fourteen years old. He mostly copes with drawing a comic book, filled with evil doctors and bigbreasted vamps, refusing to confront reality. So his parents bring in psychologist Adrian King who tries to crack Donald’s shell. King also struggles with getting through to Donald, at least at first, since Donald is mostly occupied with really wanting to have sex at least once before he dies. But then King hatches a slightly crazy plan.

Death of a Superhero is a book for boys, in the worst sense. And I’m not saying that because it’s a book that features comic talk and superheroes, I’m saying that because it plainly just doesn’t care for the women in it. And that made it really hard to read for me.



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The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Based on: Jane Wilde Hawking‘s autobiography
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Christian McKay, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake
Seen on: 06.01.2015 [cornholio suggested I add that info to my posts, let me know what you think.]

Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is a brilliant, but a little aimless physics student who not only spends his time studying, but also having fun with his friend Brian (Harry Lloyd). During one of their outings he meets Jane (Felicity Jones) and they fall in love. But then Stephen is diagnosed with an illness said to kill him in a very short time. Supported by Jane, he takes up the fight to survive and finish his studies and surpasses all expectations – not only regarding his health, but also his scientific accomplishments.

The Theory of Everything is a nice film, but it is so completely paint by the numbers, that it is also boring. It never does anything really wrong, but there is also nothing that really makes it stand out.

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