The Queen

The Queen

This is a strange movie to me, I don’t know if I have ever watched a movie about an event that I remember clearly, like the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Because of this, to me, it really felt as if you were actually watching known actions and discussions, and I found that in that aspect it was totally immersing and absorbing. Helen Mirren, as the Queen, is ultimately believable and watchable and portrays Elizabeth the Second as woman who has her own issues that are never truly explored, merely hinted at.

However the matter and materials are a bit thin, only a few people know what was going on in the Royal House at that time and they are not for talking. Which this movie a stab in the dark.

Some people didnt come off that well in the movie, Cherie Blair for one. She was played to be odious and somewhat rude and bitter. Now maybe she is, i dont know but the protrayal will do nothing to boost her flagging popularity with the general british people. Tony on the other hand came off well…… Is this just big screen media spin for 2006?

If anything the Charles character was probably under presented, and when he was he was a bit of an appeaser to Mr Blair, wanting to be seen by the public as a peoples man and not very principled. From what you see about Charles in the press, i never got that impression and I also wonder where they got the bit about his fear about being shot…… (the motorcycle at Balmoral was just a crap bit)

Overall I found it very watchable and would recommend this one. It is not heavy or purposful. Nor does have any thrills or revelations about Diana, or the Royal family for that matter, but it sheds a light on what could have been happening in Balmoral and in the Queen’s thoughts for those few silent days in August…… her drivers (it even touches on the history of a girl who became Queen of a country not long out of a devistating war and was, as the typical britsih family was at that time, pretty emotionless on the surface) and the circumstances (Diana had not endeared herself in her last final years and seemed to revel in causing some kind of pain to the “establishment”)……. and if nothing else it pokes some fun at the Duke of Edinburgh for being a silly old fart and the Queen Mother as being a bit of doddery lush……

Transamerica

Transamerica

This one surprised me, for three reasons. Firstly, if it had not been for Falicity Huffman’s superb protrayal of Bree/Stanely and her Oscar nomination, a lot of people would never had heard of this movie – it is not mainstream at all, infact it is a side stream to the side stream that Brokeback would have been without Ang Lee and it’s stars.

Secondly it continues that ‘normal’ protrayal of life that I think most people (americans?) would not view as normal. [I say that as I view america swinging far more to the right these days.]

Thirdly it contains much more that the story of a pre-op transexual. I addresses many issues such as prostitution, drug addiction and denial of self in a careful but humourous way. Bree’s road trip with his [well he is pre-op] son is enlightening to me as how some people can deny all to themselves, yet still want to do some good (however misguided) to the people they are hiding from.

The disfunctional family is superb and describes that conservative america to me, that in a way I fear. However we do seem them won over, in a way, when it comes to the ultimate push and shove. It does well to show that the experience, education can make us accepting and understanding.

Good movie.

Final Destination 3

Final Destination 3

This film is perfect, for those of you wanting to disengage brain and have a few of those wierd laughs when silly teenagers die in exagerated and horrifying ways…….

I must admit that I saw FD1 at the movies (apparently only 6 years ago…. but feels a lot longer) and never even notice FD2 hit the movies. FD3 has the same story but this time on roller coaster insetad of a plane, a bit more gore and a little less on the handsome actor/actress scale…..

Lessons learned; sunbeds…. bad; nail guns…. worse; flying flag poles…. deadly!

But as I said, it was perfect for a Monday evening after it had been an exhausting weekend and rubbish Monday…. mind numbing…. ;oD

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha.

This is a movie I thought I wasn’t that interested in seeing. I know a couple of people who have read the book and watched the movie and found the it to be far less genuine, where you care less about what happens to Sayuri.

I was wrong. It is a facinating insight to a lost culture. Sayuri, with her water filled eyes, lights up the screen as a beautiful child, sold in to the life of geisha only to lose it and then be rediscovered and discover her freedom with her life as geisha.

The incredible grace that is in this film, is supported by the darkness that punctuates the life of our geisha. Made me feel that as beautiful and graceful the geisha are, there is immense sacrifice and pain in their lives……