Month: February 2017

20th Century Women

Mike Mills has taken me on a beautiful, natural journey that gives you the spectrum of generational perspectives. The organic simplicity of his writing allows viewers, most importantly women to identify with each stage of life. Mills brought the ageing woman Dorothea, played by the incomparable Annette Bening, to the forefront. She was a woman, Mills made sure that her motherhood was not the one thing that defined her as a character. She had depth and her delivery of these complex ideals of womanhood were delivered beautifully. Mills wanted the entire spectrum of the female experience to be presented by three different perspectives and he did that with Dorothea, Abbie and Julie. It is such a unique film but it is by far one of the strongest feminist films that I have seen. Mills truly wants people to understand how complex women are and how everyone should pay attention to their strengths.

I adored the way Mills structured this film. He allowed women to be themselves, he wrote them in such a natural way; the way female characters should be depicted on screen. Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning are two of the brightest young actors that are working in the business today and to see them telling these stories meant a great deal. Each woman has their own story, their own journey that got them to where they are and Mills wanted that to be shared with an impressionable young man. I enjoyed that the voiceovers were by all four of them, the way they perceived each other and more importantly how they projected themselves into the world. It’s such a fine line between who we want to be and who we are that Mills brought these ideas together quite seamlessly.

When watching this film I felt calm, I watched their stories unfold and I felt at peace knowing that I could relate to more than one character because of the way they approached life and all the messy bumps that come with it. I admire these women and I felt refreshed after watching it. This is definitely a film that I will keep close to my heart.

Lion Review

Lion is a powerful true story that brought the extremely talented Sunny Pawar to our screens. Sunny did a wonderful job carrying the beginning of the film, he has this natural presence that filled every single scene that he had. However, the first half of the film was extremely slow and there could have been other ways to show time passing than having those inter-texts popping up every so often, it really broke the flow. The second half picked up and was stronger with Dev Patel who held this film together. Dev Patel gave such an emotional performance and had great chemistry with Nicole Kidman who of course gave a moving performance. Dev Patel truly shined in this and he moved me to tears by moving his cursor over Google Earth, that’s how wonderful is performance was.

There were many problems with the structure of this film that really impacted the overall feel of this film. At times because of the editing I was taken out of the experience and thrown back in. The last 15 minutes were extremely emotional but it doesn’t make up for the how poor the pacing was for the entire film. I really wanted to like this as much as people have said that they loved it but the film as a whole is flawed. Dev and Sunny were its saving grace and it still wasn’t enough to pull on my heartstrings the way it has for others.