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En kongelig affære (2012)
Great interpretation of interesting historic event
I found the story itself rather intriguing and the fact that it is based on real events makes the movie even more worth seeing. I assure you won't be bored watching this, lots of things happened during the relatively short period of time at the Danish court that this movie pictures. The characters are believable and you get a deeper understanding for the complex relationships between them. The actors are all very skilled and I can feel how kings and queens back then where only just people, looking for love and a meaningful life. This is unlike many other period dramas, where the dialogue tend to be too formal and characters archetypal. This is not the case with this film. I truly enjoyed it.
Romantic drama without emotion
I expected a passionate love story. Instead I had a botoxed Cate Blanchett glaring emptily at something far in distance for most of the movie, and a whimpering and gray little mouse trotting around her feet. I'm not sure what the age gap is meant to be between the two women but Rooney Mara barely feels like more than a child to me, and the older Mrs is just using her for sex and comfort. I saw no love at all in this supposed love story, and no convincing acting what so ever. It is also rather slow paced. I could compliment the photo, the make up, the scenery, the movie is pretty to watch, but there is more to a good movie than just looks. This movie has no soul, or at least it failed to touch my own.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Possibly most depressing movie ever
This movie works as an effective instruction video for dealing with the practicalities after someone close to you die. If you've ever been in contact with an experience like that, you will be very much reminded by watching this movie. Thanks to that, me and my husband had an awful night out at Stockholm film festival. Funeral music in the background, and a story which is downright sad and tragic. Hospital and morgue visits, lawyers visits, funeral parlor visits, funerals, sad pub visits with sad drinking and lots of built up grief and aggression. A movie about a man who has lost almost everything and, understandably, fails to deal with it. The relatively positive element of the relationship between the uncle and the nephew fails to compensate adequately for the total amount of darkness in this story. The acting is good and the story and the reactions of the actors are all very realistic, but as a movie experience it failed to entice me, and I was rather annoyed instead of my ruined night out. This is of course much down to expectations. Manchester by the sea should really come with a worming sign, saying one of the most depressing movies ever made.
Sticky Notes (2016)
Slow paced and pretty
I was expecting something more. When I watched this movie it was rated 8,9(!). I had my doubts, and rightfully so. I would give it 7,5 if I could, tops. I have only a few reflections. 1. The twist is too late. When finally a point is made, I have already given up waiting. This leaves me somewhat annoyed. Like I'm waiting for hours for a break through and when it finally comes, the movie is over. The humor is also a bit dopey and somewhat annoying. Too much, in contrast to the serious theme. Why? And the characters weren't really likable to me. Yet, a sensitive coming of age story, with the hardships pictured of a young adults life. Even though the twist is late, it makes the movie worth watching. My advise is to stay patient.
I didn't get it
As i watched this movie i had a few good laughs.. but in the end, i failed to get the point. If there was one.. the acting is stiff and artificial, which by all means may have been intended, but not to my liking. The interconnected stories didn't connect at all which made the plot impressively uninteresting. Was it even the same dog pictured throughout the movie? Who knows... the humor is quirky, dark and bizarre, I can give credit for that, but there is no story.. Half way through I started yawning and towards the end of the movie I longed for it to end. Even so I rate this movie with a 6, since it was actually funny, when you managed to look past the pointlessness of it all.
Before Midnight (2013)
Never ending dialog
We were exited about a new drama with such high ratings.. But ended up watching only fifteen minutes, and those minutes felt like torture. The ridiculously long conversation scene in the car very efficiently killed our interest and made it impossible to keep watching. We tried to jump forward bit by bit but in every scene - more talking! blah blah blah blah! A never ending stream of complete nonsense. I guess the conversations are meant to seem natural, but if i ever had people around me who talked that much, i swear i would go mad in a minute. Don't waste your time with this movie, unless you have a very high tolerance to people ranting about nothing.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
A confusing failure
I personally like fantasy and the escapism it provides, but a fantasy movie with the pretensions of being a drama is always at risk of becoming more of an unintended joke than a serious and gripping story. Unfortunately, Cloud Atlas completely fails to live up to its high set goals. The storyline feels forced, likewise the acting, and it is painful to see how hard everyone is trying to hold this impossible saga together and force some sense into it. There are loose ends everywhere and the multiple plots are confusing and poorly interconnected. The movie makers are trying to deliver some kind of universal and powerful message, but at the end of the movie that message still has failed to reach me. All I see is Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant everywhere, dressed up as different silly characters that has nothing to do with each other. It all makes me smirk, but at least that means the movie is entertaining in a way, and I thus manage to endure the drawn out three hours.
Le hérisson (2009)
Wonderful story, but...
I totally loved this film to begin with, and thought I would rank it as one of my favorite films ever. It reminded me of "Amélie" or similar feel good movies. I was really drawn into the story and felt for all the crucial characters. Also, the photo was fantastic and I felt so happy watching this film. Until the sudden ending...
Why is is that film makers and writers these days can't stand a happy ending? I was totally devastated watching this ending. To me it really ruined the film, destroying everything that had been built up. I understand the philosophical viewpoint and all, wanting to add some kind of depth to the story... But depth isn't necessarily synonymous with misery! Of course, this is probably how the book ended and thus the film had to end the same way. Yet, I am disappointed and even though I liked the film I wouldn't recommend it. It is just too sad. The last thing I want after watching a great and (to a certain point) happy film, is a bad feeling lingering on inside.