Toast (2010)

Toast is a movie by S.J. Clarkson, based on Nigel Slater‘s memoir, starring Freddie Highmore, Oscar Kennedy, Victoria Hamilton, Ken Stott and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Young Nigel’s (Oscar Kennedy) mum (Victoria Hamilton) has an aversion towards fresh vegetables and a seemingly general inability to not burn food (except toast, that is). This makes Nigel extremely curious of everything when it comes to food. So when his mother falls sick, he asks her to teach him how to make mince pie, which she does shortly before she dies (making food even more special). When his dad (Ken Stott) starts flirting with the cleaner Mrs Potter (Helena Bonham-Carter), older Nigel (Freddie Highmore) starts competing with her for his father’s attention – through food.

Toast is a very sweet movie with a very good cast and an even better script. It’s got just the right amount of 60s nostalgia, a nice sense of humor and generally makes for a pleasant watch.

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Chick Flick #61545132

I’ve been kind of in a chick flick mood for these past weeks, therefore you’ll get the review of yet another one – August Rush. (For my defense, I managed to squeeze in Harsh Times as well, which was very good, very disturbing and had a very good cast – Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez aka the fighting midget from Planet Terror at their best.) 

August Rush was really, really very nice. The music was wonderful, especially the parts where Lyla’s (Keri Russell) cello playing overlapped with Louis’ (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) rock-ish music. I knew Meyers could sing ever since Velvet Goldmine – which is also a very good movie, so go and see it if you haven’t already – but this was a nice reminder. I don’t know if Keri Russell played the cello herself, so no comment on that. Freddie Highmore is cute as always, I can’t believe he’s going to be sixteen in Febuary…
Anyway, back to the topic. The plot was predictable and not really innovative, but who cares when it’s so nice to watch it anyway. The good guys except for the main characters were all black, a must-have in modern, PC films, which doesn’t bother me, just an observation. Robin Williams brought us one of his best performances ever (why, oh why did he do License to Wed? And why, oh why did I watch it?), and seemed to have fun doing it.
So, altogether it was mindless, it was good entertainment but as romantic films go there are better out there.