As this ‘based on a true …’ story is told,
It’s a big-hearted joy to behold.
Family pressure to wed,
An existential health dread,
And an abundance of comedy gold.
Time, loss and grief (with its profound feeling of sinking).
Watching, there were fluctuations in my thinking:
From ‘I’m gonna cry. Where’s my hankie?’
To ‘Ugh, now this feels wanky.’
To me, a misstep: sheeted neighbour, with memory shrinking.
A perfect film. Unforgettable, in ways most profound.
Beautiful story of two who are inexorably bound.
‘… they’re ridiculous?’: the best line.
Exquisite framing. Superb use of music and sound.
Gorgeous locations and French food porn aside,
This road trip’s an exceedingly dull ride.
Any agency for Anne? No.
She’s passive. Jacques runs the show.
He’s a one-note bore of an overbearing tour guide.
Hana: a life of servitude – selfish sons squeezing
Too much help out of her. So, the freezing
Water’s a relief.
We see her turn a new leaf
In this black comedy with some elements quite pleasing.
Such a fun, novel way for a film to be devised:
There’s no set script; the story entirely improvised.
Laughs re: Josh’s three-choice pain.
Gotta love the hip hop Dane!
A comedic meditation on relationships (new and demised).
A glorious film (both funny and dark). During the Blitz:
The MOI’s making morale-boosting films for the Brits …
(Such delicious scenes of each set visit).
Scherfig’s work here is exquisite.
Highlight: delightful McCrory and Nighy matching wits.
Due to local marriage laws (with racism ingrained),
The Lovings are cruelly arrested and detained.
Two great leads play subtle and stoic,
Rather than brow-beating heroic …
In Nichols’ film that’s (at times, to a fault) restrained.
Despite two usually charismatic leads at the fore,
Sadly the direction and some script elements equal snore.
And engagement wanes fast
Because it’s impossible to get past
The morally repugnant, unconscionable act at its core.
Here’s infamous Hughes (idiosyncratic to excess),
And Marla and Frank (each under their own type of stress).
Despite charismatic leads,
I wouldn’t say the film succeeds,
As it feels unfocused, and a bit of a mess.