Last Christmas Review

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart and the very next day, you gave it away”

Emma Thompson pens an adapted screenplay from George Michael’s Last Christmas. She takes the song, dissects it and add a completely different meaning to it. If you listen to the song, it’s pretty evident how the story unfolds between Kate (Emilia Clarke) and Tom (Henry Golding) but the important thing is the lesson that is learned by the end of this film.

It’s a sweet film about a family of immigrants, from former Yugoslavia, who currently reside in London, England. Emma Thompson plays the eccentric and overbearing mother quite accurately and Emilia Clarke is the youngest daughter, who can’t get her life in order. Clarke and Thompson had such great energy and complimented each other. The family dysfunction mixed with the Christmas setting is always fitting because the pay off at the end is more meaningful.

The mystery that flows in and out of Kate’s life, is much like a ghost and Tom Webster is more than just a tall, handsome stranger.Whenever Kate is at her lowest or she feels defeated, Tom tends to show up and create some positivity in her life. Slowly, but surely, Tom mends Kate’s broken heart and helps her find her true calling.

The film may not make complete sense but the sentiment behind it is heartwarming. It shows us that we need to look deep within ourselves to rebuild our mind, body and soul. It takes time to mend our thoughts and feelings, but there is always enough time to do so. It also delivers a Christmas message, which should be used year round and that is, without even realizing it, in order to make ourselves happy we enjoy making others happy.

I also want to personally thank Emma Thompson and Paul Feig for using the best George Michael songs for the soundtrack. It’s such a lovely Christmas film and it made me feel warm inside. He definitely deserved a film like this.

Dolemite Is My Name Review

Dolemite Is My Name is one of the best pieces I’ve seen this year. 

It is such a refreshing take on business in Hollywood and how the industry works. Dolemite highlights the work, money and politics that go into making a comedy record and eventually a budgeted film. It also deals with censorship and independent marketing in a very candid way. It definitely presents the moviegoing experience and how the general audience accepts certain films and how film criticism, whether it be good or bad, drives the box office sales. I can honestly say that this is a perfect film. 

At it’s centre, the heart of this film, is Eddie Murphy’s tenacity, energy and quick wit as he embodies the Godfather of Rap, Rudy Ray Moore. Eddie Murphy has never been better, this is his best role and proves that he is a fantastic actor. Rudy Ray Moore’s simple dream about seeing his name in lights carries the entire film and the pacing was spot on. Murphy’s connection with fellow actors brought this film together because they all knew the gravity of this story and the importance of black representation on screen. Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Lady Reed and Wesley Snipes as Durville Martin were scene stealers and their presence was felt throughout. Murphy was divine, his characterization was on point and his physicality made me howl! They did justice to Rudy Ray Moore’s legacy and they should all be proud of that. 

The film also speaks about the mainstream studios taking a gamble on independent films. It has always been like that but to blatantly speak about it in a Netflix film is super important here. Dolemite is playing on select screens BUT it’s playing internationally in everyone’s homes. It’s a different level of global connectivity and that is why Dolemite Is My Name is a very important picture. It deals with the fluctuating industry and the gamble on a dream.

Ad Astra Review

First and foremost, Ad Astra is the most visually stunning film I’ve seen all year. Space is such an extraordinary imaginative area for filmmakers and James Gray delivered on all fronts. 

This story was very simple and the heart of the film was the father-son relationship. Not only was this a space film, it had an in depth analysis about how children are affected but their parents actions. It posed questions about the universe, life, human psychology and mental illnesses. The story is linear but the dialogue was rich in the development of these ideas. Brad Pitt gave a very subtle and powerful performance as Roy McBride and at times he brought me to tears. There was this overwhelming sense that he was in pain and he delivered it beautifully. 

What I absolutely loved about this film was the attention to detail and the inventive content about space exploration in the near future. I have never seen a film actually develop different textures of sediments on each of these planets. The lighting and sound design accompanied each planet differently and it was incredible. 

If you love space, this is definitely a film that elevates that genre of filmmaking.