Hello and welcome to Day Five of the first ever “Binky International Film Festival“. We have taken a look at quite a few genres this past few days and today we are going “Across The Pond” to the United Kingdom and take a look at some of UK’s best that I managed to see this year, aside from the Harry Potter movies, of course (they’ve already been discussed on Day One: “Big Budget Awesomeness”).
Since it’s Christmas Eve and all, I’m going to keep it short and simple because I have a dinner to get to and family’s coming over tomorrow. Busy, busy day! So let’s get straight to it, shall we? 🙂
“Across The Pond”
Release Date: September 9, 2011 (UK), March 11, 2011 (USA, limited)
Approx. Running Time: 120 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Cary Fukunaga & Moira Buffini
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell
I was really anticipating this movie out of all the others this year because Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels of all time and I am anxious to see Michael Fassbender in the role of Rochester, and I’m happy to report that he didn’t disappoint, neither did Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre. It is a little jarring at first to see the chemistry between them simply because of their age difference (and Wasikowska looks so so young) but after I reminded myself that that’s the way things work back then – it didn’t bother me so much, at least not as much as St. John kissing his sisters on the mouth. Yes I know it was a different time, but still. You don’t kiss your sisters on the mouth, dude.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Never Let Me Go
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (UK), September 15, 2011 (USA, limited)
Approx. Running Time: 103 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Mark Romanek & Alex Garland
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield
Like Jane Eyre, this movie is also an adaptation from a popular novel, but the similarities of the two end there. Never Let Me Go, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, is romance mixed with science fiction, and I usually have a problem with that. But not this time. Probably because the romance (mild spoiler alert) doesn’t have a happy ending, and because there’s no “grand Hollywood miracle of love”. It’s a little depressing, but at least it stays true to the novel and in a way, to life. The only thing I had a problem with is the love triangle. The way both girls act as if the guy, Tommy, had no choice in the matter, is rather infuriating. Have some self respect, ladies!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Attack The Block
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (UK), July 29, 2011 (USA, limited)
Approx. Running Time: 88 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Joe Cornish
Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmall
I was sort of anticipating this movie as well, thanks to the many critics who raved about it on twitter. But I was sorely disappointed. The critics made it seem like this movie was the new “Shaun of The Dead”, and it’s not that at all. It’s more like JJ Abrams’ Super 8, with less sympathetic characters (they’re thugs. It’s hard to be invested in a movie where the fate of the world rests on a bunch of teenage delinquents) and better soundtrack. Luckily for me my Brit friend has already warned me that this movie would disappoint, so I adjusted my expectation prior to watching, but still. I don’t get what those movie critics saw in this film, because I sure don’t see it.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
And that concludes Day Five of “Binky International Film Festival”. Check back in tomorrow where we will continue with Day 6: “Depression-Inducing Flicks”. It’s going to be quite a ride, make sure you have your Zoloft ready. 🙂 Until then!
Happy Holidays to you and yours,