Knives Out (2019)

knives-out-movie-review-2019-posterDirector: Rian Johnson

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Runtime: 130 Minutes

Main Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford

Plot: In the morning following his birthday, Harlan Thrombey is found dead. The police have ruled the case as suicide but private detective Benoit Blanc has been annonymous hired by someone who suspects foul play. The entire family is called together before Harlan’s will is released for more questioning.

My Thoughts: My husband claims he reads all of my posts, I can guarantee he won’t read this one – he’s sick of me talking about Knives Out! I’ve been waiting for this movie for months. If you know me, you know I love a murder mystery, and I feel like Rian Johnson knew that and directed it just for me. I’ve only ever read one Agatha Christie novel (it was tough) but if you’re a fan this is definitely the movie for you.

One family, all together on one night. Several arguments happen during the party. But one was much worse than the others. One caused a family member to murder another…but who? And why? Daniel Craig is going to find out, and oh boy I hope he carries on taking these funny roles. I don’t give a monkeys about James Bond – this is the kind of role he should be taking on! I worried early on that the movie had played it’s hand far too soon, to be honest it’s still my only concern, but there are still many twists along the way.

And whilst I know my husband isn’t reading I can tell you this. He’s always annoyingly spot on when guessing secret murderers but he was wrong this time! Turns out he’s only human, after all. Mum if you’re reading, you were right! Kind of. You’ll know what I mean when you watch it yourself, but I bet you’ve already forgotten who you picked when I showed you poster, right?

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Best Bit: I have many favourite parts I can’t talk about for spoiler reasons, but the MVP of the family has to be Greatnana Wanetta. She only has like, 3 lines, but they’re glorious. She’s amazing (and terrifying) even when she doesn’t speak.
Also, I need to share some appreciation for Chris Evans in chunky knitwear ❤

Worst Bit: I panicked for a full 10 minutes when Marta threw up in that cup and then put it back in the cup holder before Benoit Blanc got into the passengers seat. I was expecting something seriously gross to happen and whilst I’m so glad it didn’t, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DO THAT TO ME?!

Fun Trivia: The police detective heard on the television series Marta’s sister is watching is voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (Billed in the film’s Credits as Detective Hardrock) Gordon-Levitt has appeared in all five of the films Rian Johnson has directed.

My Rating: 4 and a half buckets of fried chicken, because ever since Benoit Blanc was referred to as CSI KFC, I’ve been craving one.

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Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why – Season 2

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Last year it seemed all anyone on my Facebook feed was talking about was the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. It didn’t sound like my usual go-to show, but when something is hyped that much, my curiosity gets the better of me. If you’ve never watched it before, it’s a 13 episode series in which each episode features a different tape that a girl called Hannah (Katherine Langford) made, each with a reason as to why she killed herself.

So Season 1 was absolutely fascinating, watching the story unfold himself as the main character Clay (Dylan Minnette) works his way through the tapes. It’s also super clever and kind of immersive as when I was talking to friends about the show, we’d ask which tape we’d gotten on to, just like the characters in the show did.

No surprises here but at the end of the 13th tape, we learn all of the reasons why Hannah ended her life, and in a very unsettling scene, we watch her commit the act. The show’s over, rave about it and move on, right? Wrong. They decided it needed a Season 2.

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Season 2 follows the aftermath, and the ongoing court case of Hannah’s Mum against the school, as she blames them for what Hannah did. We still have 13 episodes but this time, each episode follows a character giving their testimony in court. Throughout the case, a new mystery develops as each person taking the stand is sent threatening messages before going in, and some disturbing polaroid photos are left for Clay.

That’s as much as I can say without spoilers, so be warned from this sentence on!

After Season 1, I became attached to all of the characters, so of course I loved having another Season to find out how they’re coping and also find out more about what happened whilst Hannah was still around. Two of my favourite storylines here are Tyler finding a new group of friends, and Zach’s romance with Hannah, although the latter broke Clay’s heart a little which makes me sad.

However, I have 2, no actually 3, main issues with the Season as a whole. The first being, why did we need a second Season to begin with? It feels like the show did better than the creators expected and then scrabbled around to write more of the story. Which ties in nicely with my second issue – why weren’t some of these revelations in Hannah’s tapes? The romance with Zach was HUGE, and yet she mentioned none of that? It just makes my first issue even more obvious.

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Finally, what an anti-climatic ending! I’m not saying that I wanted to watch Tyler commit mass murder, but why build up to him doing exactly that for so long, just to have him jump into Tony’s car at the last second? I thought for sure someone was going to take down Bryce for getting away with it all. I guess there’s always Season 3?

What did you think, if you’ve seen it? What about that awful scene involving Tyler in the bathroom? I’ve never felt sicker!

Review: Love, Simon (2018)

love-simon-movie-review-2018-posterWho has two thumbs and went to the cinema twice in two weeks? This gal! No, I can’t believe it either. Thanks to my amazing husband for pushing me to actually leave the house and my bestie for being my date! This week was a movie we’d both been really looking forward to and the rave reviews just made us even more excited. Love, Simon might just be the best Rom-Com of 2018 and we’re not even halfway there yet.

Simon (Nick Robinson) is your average teenager. He has two loving parents, a sister who he actually gets on with but wouldn’t dream of telling her and, well actually Simon does a pretty good job of explaining his life in the opening narrative so I won’t take that away from him. Thing is, Simon has a huge secret that no one knows – he’s gay.

Simon’s school has a gossip blog and one day a confession post is published by an author titled as Blue. Blue reveals that he is, in fact, gay, and so Simon creates an anonymous email profile to contact Blue and strike up a friendship which eventually leads to love. That’s the basic plot here, with plenty of other High School drama and antics thrown in here and there. It was so much fun trying to work out who Blue actually was and it was an amazing reveal at the end! I don’t know if it was obvious to anyone else but I never see these things coming.

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It’s the characters that drive movies like these forward and separate the mediocre from the ones you’ll never forget, and the characters in Love, Simon are great. Even the ‘bad guy’ has lovable qualities and you can’t help but find him funny. I absolutely loved Tony Hale as the hilarious Vice Principal, in my favourite role of his since Arrested Development.

In fact, I think my only gripe with the entire movie was that it wasn’t quite angsty enough – but that’s just my own personal preference. There are sad moments for sure but everything still feels a bit sugar coated. Having said that though I think Love, Simon is a really important movie. I was reading through a few reviews on Letterboxd after seeing the movie and some movie fans were using their reviews as their own chance to come out, and I think if a movie can have that kind of positive effect on people then that’s an amazing thing.

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What else I think is great is that it’s a movie for all to enjoy. It doesn’t feel like a movie made for the LGBT community, is accessible for all. If two married women approaching their 30’s (sorry Steph if you’re reading this) can enjoy it, then so can you! Love, Simon gets 4 and a half Halloween Oreos from me and gosh darn it I wish they were available in the UK, they sound delicious.

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