Movie Reviews

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

thinking-ending-things-2020-review-netflixDirector: Charlie Kaufman

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 134 Minutes

Main Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis, Guy Boyd

Plot: Jessie Buckley plays a young woman travelling through treacherous weather with her boyfriend to go and meet his parents for dinner at their farm house. She isn’t certain about how she feels about her relationship and when they arrive things get strange.

My Thoughts: What a happy movie title! Oh you guys, I don’t know where to start with this one. I started writing this post the second I finished watching the movie but it would have been a hate-filled rant, and I needed to let my thoughts settle. I never watch a movie expecting to hate it. I wouldn’t watch a movie if I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it, and if anything I was SO looking forward to this one. I adored Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman’s last movie and everyone on Twitter and Letterboxd was raving about it. Then I saw it getting comparisons to Tenet (2020) and I got really confused. Yes, time is a prominent feature in I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and if you dare to try and tell me it makes more sense than Tenet I will fight you.

The 20 minute car journey at the start of the movie dragged a bit but I gave it the benefit of the doubt, mainly for Jessie Buckley who always plays interesting characters (we’ll forget about Dolittle, okay?). When the couple arrive at the farm house I was relieved, we were finally getting into the story, and then the weirdness kicked in. I mean, anyone who is about to meet their partner’s parents for the first time needs to watch this movie. You’ll instantly feel better about it because there’s no way it could be more awkward. Toni Collette has proven many a time that she plays crazy with ease, and David Thewlis kicks it up a notch too for the creepiest atmosphere ever.

I was hoping the strange events that take place would be explained. At some point, towards the end of the movie I thought that they might be. Perhaps they actually did, but it was completely lost on me. I’ll explain the plot of Tenet to a room of grannies and toddlers before I watch this movie again…I’m so disappointed!

thinking-ending-things-2020-netflix-movie

Best Bit: As much as I disliked the movie, getting to see Toni Collette makes it worthwhile. How she hasn’t won an Oscar yet is beyond me. For the ultimate creepy-mom-athon, watch this back to back with Hereditary (2018). I would genuinely be scared to meet her!

Worst Bit: Possible spoilers here so skip down if you want to avoid them. Like I said, I thought the ending was going to come with an explanation and then it just turned into…La La Land?! What the actual eff? Also, there’s a movie that keeps being discussed and I’ve never seen it. Is it essential watching to understand?!

Fun Trivia: The young woman is not named in the credits or closed captions, and is referred to by multiple names like Lucy, Lucia, and Louisa. These first names are also the only thing on the caller ID or on the texts she gets.
(BUT WHY.)

My Rating: 1 and a half copies of the Genus edition of Trivial Pursuit…and I was today years old when I realised it isn’t in fact the Genius edition. Doh.

thinking-ending-things-trivial-pursuit-genus

Movie Reviews

Dolittle (2020)

dolittle-movie-review-2020-posterDirector: Stephen Gaghan

Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Buckley, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Mantzoukas

Plot: John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian with a talent of speaking to animals, turned to a life of seclusion after losing his wife. His peace is disturbed one day when a young boy turns up at his door with an injured squirrel, as well as a young girl summoning him to save the Queen who is on her deathbed.

My Thoughts: Doctor Dolittle (1998) is one of my childhood favourites, so I was always going to be interested to see this remake/reimagining. By the sounds of it, this newer version stays much truer to the original source book. And look at that cast list! I usually chop down the list to just the main, big names, but that’s impossible in this case. How on earth all these names signed up for this movie is beyond me. Some of them are instantly recognisable, like Jason Mantzoukas, very much playing himself…if he were a dragonfly.

Let me get to the point – you’ve probably read a lot of negativity surrounding this movie, and I’m not going to try and change anyone’s mind. I still can’t work out where in the UK Robert Downey Jr.’s accent was meant to be from, but he seemed to struggle with it so much he never expressed a single emotion throughout the whole movie. It feels very much like he’s turning up just to collect his paycheck. It’s all very silly and predictable.

BUT. This movie wasn’t made with most of us in mind. It’s a movie for children. And I’m sure children will love watching a dog in glasses dragging its butt across the floor, a gorilla kick a tiger in his private parts, a grown man pulling objects out of a dragon’s ass, and a polar bear complaining about being cold all the time. There are a few adult jokes scattered throughout to keep the parents chuckling, and I’m sure it’ll be a hit this half-term in the UK.

dolittle-movie-robert-downey-jr-tom-holland-2020

Best Bit: In the credits, they show a shot of each of the animals along with the name of who voiced them, and my friend Steph and I turned to each other at the same time when Chee-Chee the gorilla came up and went “THAT WAS RAMI MALEK?” It’s almost enough to need to see it again.

Worst Bit: I’ve already mentioned it but seriously, what accent was that? I’d decided it must have been Scottish, and then I read someone else’s’ review where they said it was Welsh! I should know, shouldn’t I? And yet I’m clueless.

Fun Trivia: Nicolas Cage turned down the role of King Rassouli.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 bagpipes which were retrieved from…well, I think you can guess where.

dolittle-movie-dragon-bagpipes-2020

Movie Reviews

Mini Reviews: Movies Watched in February

A week or so ago I made a post with some mini-reviews of the movies that I’d watched in January but hadn’t got round to mentioning or reviewing on my blog. You can find that post here. It was mainly because I’ve started putting my reviews into my film diary on Letterboxd and I wanted to have a little something written for everything I’d seen! It was fun to do so I might keep it going.

Anyway, there were four movies I watched in February that I haven’t told you about, two of them being Netflix documentaries that I had no idea how to actually review properly. Here’s what they were…

velvet-buzzsaw-jake-gyllenhaal-rene-russo

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

When I crawled out of the rock I’d been living under and finally heard about Velvet Buzzsaw, I was so hyped. Then I found out it was getting a Netflix release that weekend! I watched it as soon as I could. Jake Gyllenhaal is amazing in this role, he plays weird so well. He’s one of those actors I would blindly watch anything for. The movie was a lot of fun but it wasn’t that memorable in all honesty. I was expecting more.

fyre-festival-netflix-documentary

Fyre (2019)

Oh my God. With every new disaster that happened during the planning of Fyre Festival I just wanted a note to come up on the screen to tell me it was all a joke and it didn’t happen. What a bunch of idiots. The fact that some of them haven’t even learned from the mess is baffling! My favourite moment was when they said something about the ridiculous amount of money spent on influencer marketing over social media, and then all it took was a photo of a cheese sandwich to bring it crashing down.

wild-rose-2018-jessie-buckley

Wild Rose (2018)

I got to see Wild Rose really early thanks to a secret screening at my local Odeon. It was the first time I didn’t look at any of the clues either so I went in completely blind which was great. It’s the story of a young Mum from Glasgow who dreams of being a Country singer. Thing is, I found the main character to be so damn unlikeable that I really struggled to watch the movie, and it dragged like hell. I think I’m alone in that assessment though, it has really positive reviews overall.

abducted-in-plain-sight-netflix-documentary

Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

For a few weeks now I’ve seen people talking about Abducted in Plain Sight on Facebook, so the FOMO was strong and I put it on during dinner one night. Excuse the blasphemy but Christ almighty this documentary made me angry! As a parent myself, I don’t know how that woman’s parents can live with themselves. They were stupid enough in their actions before the first abduction, but to allow it to happen again?! I don’t want to live on this planet anymore…