Movie Reviews

Remember Me (2010)

remember-me-2010-movie-review-posterDirector: Allen Coulter

Genre: Romance, Drama

Runtime: 113 Minutes

Main Cast: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin, Chris Cooper, Ruby Jerins, Martha Plimpton, Gregory Jbara, Meghan Markle

Plot: Tyler (Robert Pattinson) accepts a bet from his friend to try and hook up with the daughter of a police cop who wronged him as payback. Along the way he ends up falling in love with the girl, Ally (Emilie de Ravin) as they both struggle to deal with traumatic family events they both suffered years ago.

  • My Thoughts: Straight up, I’m giving you a SPOILER WARNING. There’s no way I can talk about this movie without mentioning the ending. Let me tell you how I got here in the first place, though. I’m starting to fall down a Robert Pattinson hole. It snuck up on me, he’s found himself into a lot of things I’ve been watching and well, it’s been a while since my last obsession so it was bound to happen eventually. Remember Me has been on the edge of my radar for years now and ironically, I could never remember why…

This is straight up angsty romance in every sense of the word. If you don’t like your romance movies to be depressing you’ll hate this, but I have a weird love for them. Tyler is completely lost, with no idea what he’s doing with his life but he’s a passionate family guy, and has a fierce protectiveness for his little sister. Ally has struggles of her own but fits into Tyler’s world perfectly. Of course, when a relationship starts because of a dare…it’s not going to stay a secret forever, and I knew the fallout was coming.

What I didn’t see coming? THAT ENDING. Bloody hell. Those last few minutes were so confusing. Everything seemed fixed, things were starting to look up, for everyone, but the music didn’t match the tone of the images and I couldn’t work out why. And then the tiny pieces of the puzzle fell into place and…oh man. Was it a cheap and easy way to evoke emotion from an audience? Maybe, but it ruined me. I turned the movie off and disappeared upstairs to ugly cry under a blanket!

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Best Bit: Although it’s one of the biggest, did not see that coming, kind of twist, it broke my heart and it’s not allowed to be the best bit. Being the total loser I am, my favourite scene was in the coffee shop or diner or wherever it was that Tyler introduced himself to Ally. His awkward yet witty charm…I fell for him.

Worst Bit: You know how everyone just hates it when the dog in the movie dies? Well that’s how I feel when kids in a movie are upset. Ever since becoming a parent, I just can’t handle it. So when Tyler’s little sister is mercilessly bullied at school, it really hurt to watch.

Fun Trivia: When casting, Twilight hadn’t come out yet, which means the producers had no idea the attention the movie was about to get when they cast Pattinson in the lead role of Tyler. “I didn’t know who he was,” Allen Coulter [Director] admitted. “That was an advantage, because I cast him just because I liked him.”

My Rating: 4 out of 5 cigarettes which Tyler will swear to you are his last ones.

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Movie Reviews

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

eurovision-song-contest-fire-saga-2020Director: David Dobkin

Genre: Music, Comedy

Runtime: 123 Minutes

Main Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato, Jamie Demetriou, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Graham Norton

Plot: Lifelong friends Lars and Sigrit have forever dreamed of performing at the Eurovision Song Contest and representing their home country, Iceland. When the team responsible pick their 12th entry at random, Fire Saga is chosen to take part and Lars and Sigrit are given the chance to make their dreams come true.

My Thoughts: I’m not ashamed to say I was really looking forward to the release of this movie. Will Ferrell is hit and miss for me, but mostly a hit, and whilst I wouldn’t call myself one of the biggest Eurovision fans, I love the cheese of it all and the catchy tunes, so that’s what I was hoping for.  This is a movie most will scoff at, but I found it a clever mix of pure comedy and feel good, follow your dreams and it paid off. It opens with a fantastically funny musical number and then takes a while to find it’s feet, but after the first half-hour I was sold.

That may, of course, be thanks to the character Dan Stevens plays. I haven’t been following movie news or watching trailers during these last couple of months so I kind of went in blind but when he showed up, I actually did a little scream. You can ask my husband. The spend the next 90 minutes rolling his eyes at me. This is Dan Stevens’ best role since The Guest (2014). I mean it. He’s arguably the best part of the whole movie.

If you enjoy the kind of comedy that comes with Will Ferrell, and if you like music-orientated movies like Pitch Perfect (2012), then you’re going to find a lot to love here. It was kind of ironic that we got this movie in a year when we didn’t get an actual Eurovision, but that’s just another thing to look forward to in 2021. Oh, and the UK still got 0 points. Cheers for that painful reminder!

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Best Bit: I know they were written to be a bit daft but…I just love the songs in this! They’re all on Spotify thankfully, I can’t wait to sing them badly and loudly in the car on the way to work when I finally go back. But the best moment could have possibly been when those 4 dancers tore Dan Stevens’ shirt off of his body mid-song. You guys…they got PAID to make Dan Stevens shirtless. I’m in the wrong job for sure…

Worst Bit: With ABBA songs playing and Pierce Brosnan on screen doing a terrible accent, I got Mama Mia flashbacks. And what’s worse? I remembered how much I enjoyed the Mama Mia sequel.

Fun Trivia: Will Ferrell’s interest in the Eurovision Song Contest began when his Swedish wife Viveca Paulin took him to her cousin’s house in May 1999 and the family turned the competition on. Since then, he kept following it. In 2014, Ferrell travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark to watch the final.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stunning, well-endowed Greek statues which Dan Stevens’ character claims to have no idea that they look identical to him.

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Movie Reviews

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

mamma-mia-here-we-go-again-movie-posterDirector: Ol Parker

Genre: Comedy, Musical

Runtime: 114 Minutes

Main Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Andy Garcia, Lily James, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Hugh Skinner, Pierce Brosnan, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Cher, Meryl Streep

Plot: Taking place 5 years after the original movie, Sophie is planning a grand opening party for the Bella Donna hotel. As her plans come crashing down, she learns more about her mother and how she met Sophie’s 3 fathers.

My Thoughts: I don’t even know how I found myself watching this at the cinema last night. I’m not an ABBA fan and would struggle to name 10 of their hits, but I watched the original movie about 2 years ago when it was picked for a family movie night, and despite finding it completely cheesy, it had a certain charm to it that made it hard to not like it.

Here We Go Again brings much of the same charm, if not more. If you can look beyond the cheese and the subpar acting (no one was really trying their best here) then there’s a lot of joy to be found. The cast is huge, there was no way I could cut it down for the post without doing someone a disservice, and if seeing Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård doing the Titanic pose doesn’t warm your heart and turn your frown upside down then nothing will!

What I thought was so clever though was how well the ‘young’ actors and actresses did. I mean Lily James is just stunning no matter what she does, and the boys had the characteristics down to a T! It was Jessica Keenan Wynn who stole the show for me though as a younger Christine Baranski. It was almost scary how similar she was.

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Best Bit: The Greek Passport Control guy was hilarious when he judged everyone’s photos. The bit never got old, in fact, it got funnier every single time.

Worst Bit: Not being an ABBA fan I only knew a handful of the songs, so I felt pretty left out when the people either side of me in the cinema were bopping along and hoping no one noticed them singing.

Fun Trivia: Meryl Streep and Lily James, the two actresses portraying Donna, are distant relatives – ninth cousins, three times removed to be precise.

My Rating: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was a 3.5 out of 5 up until now, when writing this post made me realise I enjoyed it more than I thought. A solid 4 out of 5 crazy outfits it is!

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