Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Girl on the Train

Hello everyone :)  I went to watch The Girl on the Train a few hours ago.  I have not read the book, but I was intrigued after I watched the trailer and decided to give it a go.  This film includes cast such as Emily Blunt, Luke Evans, Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, and many others.  Scored by Danny Elfman, I have to bring that up because I love his works.  Although, I prefer his work for Tim Burton's films, but he is still a great film scorer.  This film has many different pains with different outcome on the characters.  I find that to be very emotional in a way.  It leads to one character to be an alcoholic, another to be violent, another to be doubtful and scared, another to feel betrayed.  There are many different emotions, painful emotions in this film that it's very easy to just get caught up in it.

One thing that I can already expect from this film is a plot twist.  So, from the very beginning, the plot clearly line up a few characters with potential motives to be a murderer.  As the plot thickens, you begin to rule out characters that cannot be the murderer.  Then, some new suspects show up, and you start to have that game in your head to see if you're right.  If I'm completely honest, it felt like I was playing Cluedo with my own mind.  Of course, after more than halfway through the film, I would say closing in to the last quarter of the film I can already guess who's the murderer.  This kind of film is at its best when you watch it for the first time, especially if you haven't read the book.  I'm assuming if you've read the book you'll start doing the comparing routine instead.  Which is understandable, I'd probably do the same thing if I have read the book prior to this.  Considering this is my first time to actually know the story, so it was easy for me to get caught up in the film and really playing around with the potential suspects.

Emily Blunt did a good job as an alcoholic ex-wife.  She looked horrible.  Not in a sense of her clothes or make up, although those definitely contribute.  But horrible as in the way she carried herself in that film, the way she walked, the way she talk.  Definitely doesn't sound or look like someone that has been sober for more than 24 hours.  I like how her confusion actually made me feel just as confused as well.  In the beginning of the film I felt quite confused that it got on my nerve a little.  Not to forget that the confused atmosphere of the plot in the beginning just made it feel like it's not moving and therefore felt like the plot was moving too slow and jumping back and forth.  But everything started to become clearer together as the character progress.  Which means towards the second half is when I got completely into the film that at one point I covered my face not because I was doing it consciously but just because I was automatically reacting to what was happening.  To be honest, I enjoyed that.  You get to really be in it and just feel the atmosphere and emotion of it.

Will I recommend this film?  Yes, I would.  Especially if you are the type that love plot twist and darker type of films.  It has good storyline, nice acting by the cast, although I only mention Emily Blunt, but I can say that all the cast did their best.  I just had to mention Emily Blunt because I wasn't sure if she can pull off a character such as this, but she did, and I'm glad.  It shows her versatility.  If I want to rate this film from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this film 7/10.  Until next time, toodles~  ^_^

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I watched this film a few hours ago.  I have to admit, I've been looking forward to watch this film.  I also have to admit that I have not read the book, and I am aware that Tim Burton made some really big changes from the book.  I heard Ransom Riggs (the author) approved of the changes but a lot of the readers are not very approving of it.  I have to admit that it is also weird to watch a Tim Burton's film without the music being scored by Danny Elfman.  But then again, in general, this film is not like most of the Tim Burton's films that I am used to.  Nonetheless, I am still excited to watch another film by Tim Burton.

In general, the film, even though has its dark tones, is not as dark as Burton's usual films.  It's lighter and a little more mainstream.  This is not the best of Tim Burton, but I enjoyed it in its own way.  It is Tim Burton after all, and I do love his works.  Since I have not read the book, so I am in no place to compare and criticize about the changes made to the plot.  So, I am reviewing solely based on the film and how I see it.  I saw an article on how Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has a cast of mostly white actors, and I found it very interesting to think about.  Mainly because it is such a huge issue in Hollywood at the moment that somehow it becomes wrong if a director chooses to have a certain type of cast for his/her film.  I am not saying one is wrong or right, but I have to admit that it is a rather interesting situation to analyze.  It makes me wonder, for someone like Tim Burton, his films are usually with white actors and not much diversity.  But then again, it works for the tone of his films.  I am not trying to defend racism, and I am not saying Tim Burton is racist, but all I'm saying is that his films are kind of dark and pale at the same time, which is probably why a white cast works well in his films.  But, since diversity is something that people of Hollywood is fighting for at the moment, it suddenly becomes an issue for him to deal with.  I don't know Tim Burton personally, so, I can't say for his side if he is being racist or not.  In my own opinion, I don't think he is racist, I think it's just his choice to suit the tone of his films.  Perhaps he can give more diversity into his casting in the future, with technology these days, I'm sure something can be done to maintain the tone of his films, but at the same time, I don't see his choice as a bias act towards the white actors.  Maybe my perception is influenced by the fact that I love his films.  And maybe he should consider having a more diverse cast for his future films.  But at the same time, is it really really wrong now if a director wants a cast that is not as diverse as the public want it to be?  Arts is very subjective, and this include the arts for films as well.  A director may want his/her film to be of a certain tone or style, which might mean he/she needs the majority of the cast to be of a certain race/gender...and I do believe that it should be a freedom a director deserves to have.  It seems like that might be an issue at the moment because apparently if there's no diversity, the film is racist or bias, especially if it's majority of white and/or male actors.  I don't think it will be much of a problem if the majority of the cast is Black or Asian or Middle Eastern or others.  Don't get me wrong, I wish for more diversity in film industry, I really do, but sometimes not all films need it, and we need to know when it is being bias/racist and when it's just for the sake of arts.  

Okay, I kind of stray away from the topic, lets get back to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  I love Eva Green in this, I think she is perfect for the role of Miss Peregrine.  She has a peculiar look that somehow always works for Burton's films.  I think the plot was fine at the start but might feels a little jumpy from the second half.  I can still follow it, it is not terribly complicated for me to understand, but it did made me questioned a few things, which I will not say for the sake of not spoiling it for anyone.  I think there is a lot of holes in the second half that made me questioned things.  But overall I understand how it happens, but at the same time just ended up giving me a lot of "why" in my head.  The plot definitely could be so much better.  This is definitely a type of film that would work so well as a franchise with one or two sequels of its own.  But I'm not sure if this film set off the right tone for it to actually have sequels.  I don't know, for a Burton's film from a Burton's fan, I definitely expected more.  All and all, I still enjoyed it, I'd probably watch it again if I come across it on TV or something.  But was it memorable?  Not really.  Which is kind of sad, considering I've been waiting for this film for months.

Will I recommend this film?  I don't know, I won't say don't watch it because I did enjoy it.  If you're neutral towards Tim Burton then I think it will be fine.  If you haven't read the book, I think you will enjoy it as well.  For the fans of the book, and Tim Burton, keep an open mind.  If I am to rate this film from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I give this film 6/10 ^_^

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