Monday, 14 February 2011

DVD: Eat Pray Love, The Social Network, In Bruges and RED

Eat Pray Love

This film is sentimental. If you hate sentimental films do not watch it! If you think you can stand one woman's search to 'find herself' then give this film a look. I haven't read the book so cannot comment but the film was actually lovely. It's not overly sentimental just honest as a recently divorced (by her own doing I might add) Liz decides that life without feeling is useless and embarks on a year abroad to learn once more how to get back her appetite - for food and feelings.

The scenery is INCREDIBLE! (Possibly helped by the fact that I have just got back from Rome myself) and her journey is plausible - helped by the fact its based on a memoir not a book of fiction. The people she meets along the way are quirky and brilliant in their own ways and each have a part to play. The yummy Javier Bardiem is as fab as always.

This film is great for its story, characters and scenery and is not just for those post break-up looking for inspiration but for anyone who has looked at their life and just thought - there's got to be more than this.

Not worth it on the big screen but good on DVD.

LE xx

Social Network

Funny moments - when Eduardo's crazy girlfriend doesn't understand why he hasn't responded to her 47 messages and then sets fire to his room, the opening conversation which starts it all and the final scene where Zuckerberg friend requests the girl that started it all.
Oh and Andrew Garfield is hot - I'd probably keep watching if he was reading the yellow pages.
The rest is dull, only made interesting by the fact that its based on reality.

In Bruges

When this film was first released it didn't do too well. But it has developed, over time, into a bit of cult classic with a loyal group of followers spreading the word of its brilliance. And I am now one of them.

The film is fundamentally a serious one. The plot is based on two hired hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who are sent to the remote Belgian town of Bruges after a hit goes wrong by their boss (Ralph Fiennes).

But the banter between the two is the funniest thing I have seen in years. Well done to the scriptwriters and the main cast are just brill. Add to this the constant Bruges bashing, the insults, the complete un-PCness of the entire film and the random inclusion of a dwarf and a film dream sequence and you have pure comedy genius.

Fiennes is fantastic as always as the cockney gangster and the one-liners throughout made me laugh out loud. It's been a while since a film has made me smile as much as this one did - go and see it right now!

RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous)
I'll admit it was the cast more than the plot that drew me to this one. For those who don't know the plot is about a bunch of ex-CIA agents who are being systematically wiped out and they have no idea why. Of course, they won't go down without a fight...

Bruce Willis is seriously like a fine wine and just gets better with age. Throw in Helen Mirren with a machine gun and the likes of Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich and you've got yourself a kick-ass film! The one-liners are brill, the acting is ace but of course it is the cast list is made up of the best actors over the age of 40. John Malkovich is once again playing the crazy man - but just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you're not being followed! Bruce Willis is just trying to get a date but can't seem to leave the old CIA life behind.

Favourite dialogue from the whole film:
Marvin Boggs: [from trailer ] Why are you trying to kill me?
Frank Moses: Look, why would I be trying to kill you?
Marvin Boggs: Because last time we met, I tried to kill you.
Frank Moses: That was a long time ago.
Marvin Boggs: Some people hold on to things like that.

It was silly and will win no Oscars but was class-A viewing and made me laugh hysterically on many occasions. The good thing is you don't have to really pay too much attention so it works brilliantly for a night in with your mates and a bottle of vino. It's also got enough violence to keep the guys interested.

Check out Bruce Willis walking away guns-a-blazing from a moving vehicle:

LE xx

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