Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) grow up with their father (Callum Keith Rennie) just outside of a small town in the Redwood Forest. But then something happens and slowly the infrastructure around them falls apart. First there is no more electricity, then no more gas and then they are entirely isolated in their forest home. When they realize that power, infrastructure and life as it was won’t be reinstated any time soon, Nell and Eva have to try and manage their lives on their own.
Into the Forest is not only a great adaptation of the novel I utterly loved, but simply a beautiful film in its own right.
The orc world is being killed by evil fel magic, that slowly drains the life force of the entire planet. That’s why the warlock Gul’dan (Daniel Wu) creates a portal to the human world of Azeroth: he and his army plan to take over Azeroth for themselves. Among his generals is Durotan (Toby Kebbell) and his mate Draka (Anna Galvin) who risks the journey despite being pregnant; and as a translator they have the slave Garona (Paula Patton) who has the gift of languages. Meanwhile the humans of Azeroth are unsuspecting of the threat to their world. Only Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) who used to study to become a mage notices the signs of fel magic use and warns King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper). The King sends Khadgar and his own brother Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) to find the mage and protector of the realm Medivh (Ben Foster) to ask for his help.
Warcraft really didn’t get much good buzz before its release, so I did not expect much of it, I have to admit (although I was hopeful due to Duncan Jones). But to my surprise I actually quite liked it, although it does suffer from the fact that it really is only one big piece of set-up and not a finished story.
T.S. (Kyle Catlett) is a scientist, despite his young years. And he just invented the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine that humanity ever managed to built. For that, he is supposed to be honored at the Smithsonian. Only that they don’t know that he is only 10 years old. Since T.S.’s family life is complicated – his mother and fellow scientist (Helena Bonham Carter) is completely occupied with her work, his father (Callum Keith Rennie) is a cowboy and farmer who doesn’t really know how to connect to T.S., his sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) is an overdramatic teenager dreaming of an acting career and his twin brother Layton (Jakob Davies) just died – he decides to travel to the Smithsonian on his own to receive his award. But crossing practically an entire continent from the West to the East is not easily done.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a wonderful film. Great characters, touching story, beautiful images, quirky aesthetic and sense of humor. I loved every second of it.