Loving Vincent (2017)

Loving Vincent
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Writer: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Cast: Douglas Booth, Josh Burdett, Holly Earl, Robin Hodges, Chris O’Dowd, John Sessions, Helen McCrory, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk
Seen on: 18.1.2018
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Plot:
Postmaster Roulin (Chris O’Dowd) has attempted several times to deliver the last letter of Vincent van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk). By now, the intended recipient – Vincent’s brother – has passed away as well. Hoping that Vincent’s close friend, Dr Gachet (Jerome Flynn), is the right person to receive it under the circumstances, Roulin sends his son Armand (Douglas Booth) to Gachet’s village with the letter. Armand is not happy about the task, but once he learns more about Vincent, he becomes intrigued and starts to investigate his death.

Loving Vincent is visually astounding, taking van Gogh’s paintings and bringing them to life. Unfortunately the story doesn’t do the visuals justice, so the film only half works.

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Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Jack the Giant Slayer
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney
Based on: the fairy tale
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Eddie Marsan, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy

Plot:
Jack (Nicholas Hoult) has always dreamed of giants, but his life is stuck more in reality. That is until he stumbles upon Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) and her knight protector (Ewan McGregor) at a play and saves her, then trades in his horse for a few magic beans and then Isabelle – who has been promised to the shady Roderick (Stanley Tucci) – shows up alone on his doorstep, looking for adventure. And suddenly Jack finds himself with his hands more than full, a magic beanstalk leading to the giants’ country in his garden and a mission to save the princess.

Jack the Giant Slayer is a movie of almosts. It is almost smart in the way it adapts the tale. Isabelle is almost an actual character. Nicholas Hoult almost actually acts. Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci are almost enough to make this movie worthwhile. But in the end, it just falls short of everything.

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[Slightly spoiler-y, I guess.]

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Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi
Based on: Louise Rennison‘s books “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging” and “It’s Okay, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers
Cast: Georgia Groome, Aaron Johnson, Eleanor Tomlinson, Georgia HenshawManjeeven Grewal, Karen Taylor, Alan Davies

Plot:
Georgia (Georgia Groome) and her friends Jas (Eleanor Tomlinson), Rosie (Georgia Henshaw) and Ellen (Manjeeven Grewal) are very normal teenagers. Not particularly popular, but they do have each other. When two new boys  – Robbie (Aaron Johnson) and Tom (Sean Bourke) move to their town from London, Georgia is immediately smitten and her entire life starts to revolve around the plans how she could end up with Robbie. But in her obsession Georgia may lose touch with the more important things in life, like friends and family.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is a funny, sweet, light-hearted film that will appeal to teens everywhere, especially girls. I think I would have loved it when I was 13. Now that I’m a little older, I still liked it a lot.

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