The Aftermath (2019)

the-aftermath-movie-review-poster-2019Director: James Kent

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Main Cast: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, Jason Clarke, Alexander Scheer, Fionn O’Shea, Frederick Preston, Flora Thiemann

Plot: In the aftermath of World War II, British Colonel Lewis Morgan and his wife Rachael are assigned to live in Hamburg, in the house of German widower Stefan and his daughter. Rachael and Lewis’ relationship is strained enough already, but these current living conditions push old and new tensions to the surface.

My Thoughts: Are you even on a long haul flight if you don’t have a dodgy movie watching experience? Thanks to my cinema membership I’d seen most of the movies that the in-flight entertainment system had to offer, but I missed The Aftermath. I’m not a huge fan of period dramas but when you’re stuck thousands of feet in the air with a sleeping toddler across your lap, it’ll do. I should also mention I had no headphones so I watched the whole thing with subtitles only.

You know what, I actually really enjoyed it. I wasn’t bothered by the war setting, and goodness me was the plot predictable, but without sound you can really focus on the performances, and they were stellar. Perfect casting all round! I watched the last 20 minutes again back at home with sound because I fell asleep, so I got to experience the real cheesy lines twice. I mean, when you’re about to say the words to end a marriage, can you really be ballroom dancing at the same time?

Also, why is Alexander Skarsgard so dreamy? I’ve watched him twice recently, this time as a potential Nazi and last time as a complete dirtbag and yet…I don’t know. Guy knows what to rock a sweater vest, that’s for sure.

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Best Bit: As if the romance blossoming between Rachael and Stefan couldn’t get any sweeter, they end up having a Beauty and the Beast style snowball fight. I was so ready for the teacups to start talking.

Worst Bit: I’m sure ‘back in my day’ they edited the crap out of movies before putting them on these flight entertainment systems. There’s nothing like being sat in the aisle seat close to the toilets on a full flight to find yourself confronted with one of the slowest sex scenes ever. The cringe is real!

Fun Trivia: Keira Knightly uses a body double for the nude scenes in the film.
Apologies, but this was literally the best bit of trivia that IMDB had to offer me…

My Rating: 3 and a half snowballs that I could totally use in a romantic snowball fight, but I’m too competitive and like to aim for the face.

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TV Rambles: Big Little Lies, Legion & Girls

Is it just me or are having a really slow few weeks for movie releases? I’ve been struggling to find something to watch lately, which has led me to watch a fair bit of TV, which I guess is never a bad thing!

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Big Little Lies (2017)

Big Little Lies seems to be on everyone’s minds (and screens) lately. Based on the best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty, and not to be confused with the similar sounding Pretty Little Liars, this is a 1 season, dramatic story with a murder mystery lying underneath. It also hosts one of the most incredible casts I’ve ever seen on TV, with the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley & Alexander Skarsgard to name a few.

I’ve only read 1 novel by Liane Moriarty so far and I kind of hated it (Truly Madly Guilty) so I was worried about starting Big Little Lies, but the hype dragged me in and I couldn’t help myself. I needn’t have, this show caught me instantly and I binge watched the hell out of it in the end. I actually got so absorbed into these characters’ lives that I forgot about the mystery it was building up to.

That’s my advice if you want to give the show a go, just relax and enjoy every episode for what it is, rather than try and play detective. The final episode absolutely blew me away, but if I tried to over analyse everything I saw it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun. It definitely lives up to the hype!

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Legion (2017 – )

I hadn’t seen much advertising at all for Legion, but it was recommended by my husband’s friends who had got hooked so we decided to give it a try. Guys – this is the weirdest TV show I have ever had the joy of witnessing. It’s produced by FX Productions in association with Marvel Television, set in the X-Men Universe. Dan Stevens plays the main character, David Haller, a man with incredible abilities that he’s unaware of, thanks to the fact he’s been in a psychiatric hospital for years to treat his apparent schizophrenia.

Seriously, I’m not messing around when I say how weird it all is. Prepare yourself to be shocked by mysterious characters not being who you thought they were, and for a giant, fat scary man to show up out of the blue. There’s also a children’s book called ‘The World’s Angriest Boy in the World’ so you know…there’s that. Honestly? I would have quite happily given up after the first episode, but it gets so much better. It’s one of those shows where every episode seems to end on a ‘WTF’ moment.

The only thing that really bugged me by the end of the season was David’s love interest, Syd. She had her uses in the first few episodes but after that she just came across as whiny and needy. She has powers too of course, but doesn’t even want to use them, and yet she somehow holds enough merit to be part of the main squad? It doesn’t sit with me, sister.

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Girls (2012 – 2017)

Okay, I realise I’m the only person in the world who likes Girls (or so it seems) but it seemed to make sense to make this post a triple whammy, and the final season has just finished! I started watching this show just before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out so I could get to know Adam Driver better, and ended up falling in love with the show and spiraling into an Adam Driver obsession. Sigh. Why do I do this to myself?

This final season has been so full of highs and lows. I was all in for Hannah (Lena Dunham) to finally grow up and raise a child, I could have cried for joy when Adam (Adam Driver) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) to realise they’re the worst couple ever, and right now I’m just about ready to campaign for Elijah (Andrew Rannells) to have his own show.

I guess at the back of my mind though I always saw Hannah and Adam as end game. I’m hopeless I know, they were terrible for each other sometimes, but I felt like Adam was the only one to ever call Hannah out on her crap, and Hannah made Adam seem like a normal human being. As normal as Adam could ever be at least. I’ll hand it to Lena, it all ended realistically, but it was still a hard pill to swallow. I can always rewatch the first few seasons I guess.

So, that’s left me with a huge TV-shaped hole in my life! Are there any new shows out there that I have to try? Fargo starts tonight doesn’t it? Yaaaaaaas!