Movie Reviews

Emma. (2020)

emma-movie-poster-review-2020Director: Autumn de Wilde

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 124 Minutes

Main Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny¬†Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Miranda Hart

Plot: Based on the 1800’s novel by Jane Austin, Emma Woodhouse is a young, independent and wealthy woman with a passion for matchmaking.

My Thoughts: What happens when you have an ODEON Limitless card, a period-drama loving bestie and a free Sunday evening? You end up at the cinema, watching Emma. I don’t know how much longer I can hold onto my ‘I don’t like period dramas’ membership card, but I’m coming very close to losing it by now, I reckon. I just get driven mad by the insane way these characters talk, and nothing much ever seems to happen apart from tea-drinking, gossiping and dancing at balls. But I have to admit, I did enjoy this one.

For a start, the cast is just too good. I’ve missed Anya Taylor-Joy, and she’s perfect in this role. Viewers over the sea won’t know who Miranda Hart is and I worry her humour won’t translate well, but she is a NATIONAL TREASURE in the UK and she’s a delight in this movie. Fans of Netflix’s Sex Education will be pleased too as Tanya Reynolds has a fairly big part and although he isn’t credited, I swear Connor Swindells is there, too.

But anyway, I did enjoy this. It’s full of silly little moments and I found myself laughing more than I thought I would. The characters are tough to keep track of at first but I warmed to most of them instantly. Emma is a tough character to portray I guess because at face value, she’s quite unlikeable. She makes terrible choices and comes across as quite stuck up. In fact, Jane Austen herself described the character as “a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like”. By the end of the movie, she does definitely redeem herself, though.

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Am I at risk of being converted into a period drama fan? Probably not. But will I be going to the cinema with the bestie for the next Austen-type movie that comes out? Absolutely. She brings me wine, after all.

Best Bit: The entire movie is a feast for the eyes, but oh, the cakes! I would quite happily walk around in ridiculous dresses for the chance to feast on some of those gorgeous looking macarons. I also laughed every time we got to see that one fed up Dad. Poor guy is regretting many of his life choices, I’m sure.

Worst Bit: You guys, Emma made my precious Miranda CRY. We had a weirdly busy screen for a Sunday night whilst the storm was raging outside, and I have never heard such an audible gasp at the offending line Emma said.

Fun Trivia: Clueless (1995) is a loose American modern adaptation of the novel, set in Beverly Hills and starring Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz (Emma).

My Rating: 3 and a half tarts out of 5. Put on your poshest, British voice and repeat after me, “You MUST sample the tart!”

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Movie Reviews

Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

pokemon-detective-pikachu-2019-movie-posterDirector: Rob Letterman

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe

Plot: Tim’s father has passed away, and whilst going through his possessions at his apartment in Rhyme City, he discovers a talking Pikachu who claims to be a world class detective with amnesia. The two pair up to work out what happened to Pikachu.

My Thoughts: It finally happened! We got a good video game adaptation! Not only a good adaptation…a brilliant one! Who on earth would have thought it would be Detective Pikachu, when it was announced 2 years ago? Even as a huge Ryan Reynolds fan I scoffed at the idea. A real-life Pokemon movie is something the grown-up fans have been dreaming of for years, and it’s finally here.

I’ll admit, I think anyone watching this with little or no exposure to Pokemon beforehand will struggle to love it – but let’s face it, the movie isn’t for them. It’s for the kids who are playing it currently, and the adults who grew up with it. One of it’s greatest features is all the Pokemon included, in both bigger roles and brief cameos. In fact, half of the fun is spotting them all, especially in Rhyme City where Pokemon live as humans do. There’s a team of Squirtles helping our the fire department, a Jigglypuff singing someone to sleep in a bar, an anxious Psyduck prone to dangerous headaches…and so many more!

They’ve cleverly included Pokemon from all generations too, so there’s a Pokemon for everyone! There are loads of inside jokes that the fans will pick up instantly, and an awful lot of rather adult jokes that I hope fly over the kid’s heads!

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The mystery involved isn’t anything complex, and there’s no Shyamalan-style twist, but it’s not entirely predictable, either. It gets a little messy towards the end too but that’s just me being picky because honestly, I loved every minute. I’m not sure the ending was open to a sequel, but I hope the movie does well enough for the powers that be to consider another Pokemon-related movie! I’ll be first in the queue for tickets.

Best Bit: Part of it was in the trailers, but the scene with Mr. Mime was brilliant. Him miming out his invisible wall was funny enough, especially when Tim ‘opens the door’ to get inside, but when Mr. Mime still wouldn’t answer their questions? Things got dark. Things got very dark, very fast! Our whole screen was doing this ‘did that actually just happen?’ kind of laugh!

Worst Bit: I mentioned before, the ending just gets a little bit messy, but what’s really cool is that it’s linked quite closely to the original Pokemon movie from 20 years ago.

Fun Trivia: The day before the film’s theatrical release, the entire movie was “leaked” onto YouTube. In reality, clicking this video will play a minute of the film, before cutting to a loop of Pikachu dancing for an hour and forty-five minutes.

My Rating: 4 and a half cups of freshly brewed coffee which Detective Pikachu is completely addicted to. He can stop at any time, though.

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