Thursday, July 8, 2010

Is this love? That they're feeling....

My Summer of Love

This is a movie about a girl who is trying to escape her life. Isn't that what you would do if you felt you're not doing anything that makes you happy and nobody seems to love you?

Mona (Natalie Press) lives with her brother who has been a very bad boy for some years but has now found Jesus and everything is changed. Or not. Mona finds this new brother a person who has no real connection to her and it looks like she's right.

She is also having sex with a man older than her who turns out he doesn't have big dreams for their relationship.

All these are quite frustrating so it's easy to understand why she is happy to have found a new friend, named Tamsin (Emily Blunt) and to invest feelings and hope in what seems to be her salvation.

Tamsin is a rich girl, much more educated and clever than Mona and she seems to be fascinated by this simple, peculiar girl. Both seem to have been disappointed by the people around them so they become really close.

I don't want to spoil the movie so I won't say anything more about the plot. It's a really interesting take on loneliness, anger and boredom and what these things make you do.

The characters in this film are quite flawed but that is an extra reason to watch it.

The two leads are excellent. I loved Blunt's seductiveness as well as how she regarded everything as if it were a game. Press looked as lost, naive and hurt as the movie asked her to.

You won't complain about the cinematography either. There is some ugliness in this movie but it's captured quite beautifully.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

There was a Boy. A very stange Boy A

He will be the next Spiderman so I thought I should take a look at his past.

Boy A

Do you give second chances? Haven't you ever said "he/she cheated on me and doesn't deserve a second chance!"? I bet you have (but hope you didn't have to). This movie is about the matter of whether there are some actions that deprive you of the right to a second chance or not.

Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) did something really bad (euphemism, for sure) and was given a second chance in life. He used it in a very good way. He tried to be a better person than the average one because he believed that he owed that to society. Guilt can be a very useful feeling for others but it can be unbarable for the person in which it exists. The movie succeeds in showing how difficult it is for Jack to adjust to a life he has no experience of (he was in prison for many years) and to carry the fear of his identity being exposed (only the person who is responsible for him knows his past).

We see what he did as a child and how he came to do it. It's one of these cases where it's easy to (kind of) understand why he did that terrible thing but it's also easy to understand why people hated him even after all these years.

Personally, I couln't help but root for him. I really wanted him to be happy with the girl he liked and to lead a happy life in general. But that was because the movie let me watch him. I could see his eyes, guess his thoughts, feel what he felt. For the viewers, he is not just a guy who did something horrible to a person we either knew or at least lived close to.

I don't know how I'd react if I learned that a person I work and hang out with was a murderer. I would probably push him/her away as fast as I could. But this film told me that there are choices. You can let your hatred and fear guide you and you can see the person who is standing in front of you right now. You can think about what this person is and not what it was. You don't have to forgive. You can just evaluate and appreciate. You can also remember that nasty actions are what they are whether they're towards an inoccent or a criminal.

Garfield is just spectacular as a young man who tries to start a new, happy life but does not fully understand how to communicate with others and is constantly burdened by the knowledge of what he's done as well as his hiding it.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Some things are not great throughout but who's perfect?

So, I was watching New York, New York the other.. 4 days and I was thinking about not finishing it.

"James, you have to start punishing these movies that don't make you really care right from the beginning", I was saying to myself. But I decided to watch the whole thing.

I'm glad I did. The last 30 minutes were powerful enough to make me say it was worth my patience. Well, it's not like everything before was a total bore. It just didn't feel as interesting as I'd like it to. It was well-made but I thought it was kind of.. nice instead of exciting.

I had heard great things about Minnelli in this movie and I'm happy to say they're all true! Perhaps I didn't adore her but I thought she was very precise, funny and moving.