Movie Reviews

The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)

broken-hearts-gallery-review-poster-2020Director: Natalie Krinsky

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Main Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Nathan Dales, Nikki Duval, Chris Sandiford

Plot: Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) collects memorabilia from every relationship she’s ever been in. After a particularly bad break up, she happens to meet Nick (Dacre Montgomery) who is in the process of doing up a hotel but is struggling due to a lack of funds. Lucy offers Nick her help and in return, Nick offers up space for Lucy to build the Broken Hearts Gallery, an art display of the objects other people have held onto to remember past relationships.

My Thoughts: I’m really starting to worry about the future of cinemas. My local has never been busy unless it’s opening weekend of the latest blockbuster movie, but it feels so much emptier lately. Last night I was there with the bestie and we were the only ones in the screen for The Broken Hearts Gallery which doesn’t surprise me too much as the movie has had literally no marketing over here but the rest of the building was eerily quiet! With big movies like Wonder Woman now being pushed back to winter, unless we get a steady stream of smaller movies I’m really concerned about what will happen to our cinemas.

Anyway, let me tell you how much I adored this movie. It is SO CUTE. I’m going to try and refrain from gushing about how much I fell in love with Dacre Montgomery but you guys. I loved him enough in Stranger Things but there’s something about him here I can’t explain. His eyes! How can a man be so…pretty? I digress. One of the many things I love about this movie is its lead, Geraldine Viswanathan. What a breath of fresh air to watch a romcom with a relatable woman who isn’t a size 0 supermodel yet is still stunning and plays a character you can just see yourself in? I lost count of the number of times we elbowed each other in the cinema while laughing and saying “that’s me!”.

I think I was smiling from ear to ear most of the time. Lucy and her friends have such great chemistry and share so many funny moments. Phillipa Soo is a particular stand out – Hamilton fans are going to be so happy with her role here. The Broken Hearts Gallery might not be groundbreaking, it has a lot of the stereotypical romcom tropes in it, but it does them all so well that it doesn’t need to break any barriers. Lucy and Nick don’t fall in love straight away, it takes time, and I can’t remember the last time I got so excited to see a first kiss in a movie. I highly recommend this, and yet I worry I might have built it up to be more than it is. Romcom fans will love it, for sure.

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Best Bit: This is impossible to pick because I have so many. Nick’s grand gesture? The karaoke bar? The moment that Jeff finally speaks? There are so many memorable moments, but I guess the one that sticks out is when we realise why it is that Lucy collects all these things in the first place. It added another level to the movie and I think that’s what makes it stand out from the thousands of other romcoms out there.

Worst Bit: I guess it comes down to great writing, directing and acting but I don’t remember the last time I loathed a character as much as Lucy’s ex, Max. When he tried to get back together with her Ii was repulsed! It was a good job we were alone in the room because I was actually shouting at Lucy!

Fun Trivia: The Broken Hearts Gallery was originally scheduled for a July 2020 release, but got pushed back to August 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However it was later pulled from the schedule, eventually being scheduled for a September 11, 2020 release. The film premiered on the Sony Pictures Studios lot as part of the company’s ongoing “Drive-In Experience” event.

My Rating: 4 and a half meerkats…one of Jeff’s favourite animals which he passionately talks about!

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Movie Reviews

Hamilton (2020)

hamilton-disney-poster-review-2020Director: Thomas Kail (Screenplay written by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Genre: Musical, Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 160 Minutes

Main Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Chris Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Plot: A recording of the live performance of the Broadway hit Hamilton from 2016, telling the story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

My Thoughts: Every now and again I get the pleasure of watching something that I love so wholeheartedly, I find myself at a complete loss for words. I tried to write my post earlier in the week but it turned into a 500+ word ramble about a musical play I was in as a kid, I’m all for going off topic every now and again (hence the blog name) but this was too much, so you can look forward to that in a future post of its own soon. So back on track. I’ve never been a theatre person. When I went to New York for my honeymoon my husband and I made the effort to see a show on Broadway, how can you not? We chose Finding Neverland because it was a) Disney and b) a musical, and we had such a good time. So yes, Hamilton was a must when it got released on Disney+.

My knowledge of American history all comes down to one of my favourite ever games, Assassins Creed III. I know enough to know who the main characters in Hamilton are and how the story goes, which was handy. As for the show itself, I knew nothing at all. When the first song started with that hip hop vibe (I sound 900 saying that) I was really taken aback, but oh boy, it goes so well. There isn’t a single song in the whole performance that didn’t make me want to get up and cheer.

So there you have it, a review that tells you next to nothing useful. Not that I write ‘proper’ reviews anyway but…just go and watch Hamilton.

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Best Bit: I feel like every new song became my favourite song, but the ones that stick out the most to me are My Shot, You’ll Be Back, Right Hand Man, What’d I Miss, Cabinet Battle #1…okay you get my point. I tried to only pick my favourites and it’s still a long list.

Worst Bit: If I tried to fault it at all, the only thing I can think of it that the second half feels slower than the first, but it still contains some epic moments, and the finale itself is just beautiful.

Fun Trivia: The cost of filming the show in June 2016 for later exhibition as an independent movie was financed by its three main producers for less than $10 million. In February 2020, Disney paid $75 million for the worldwide rights to release it, believed to be the largest price ever paid for a single film acquisition. Other studios that expressed interest in the film rights included Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox (which would eventually be acquired by Disney) and Netflix.

My Rating: A full 5 copies of Assassin’s Creed III which gave me all the background knowledge of American history I needed to understand what was actually going on.

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