I’m the type of girl who tends to not go to the cinema very often, instead I tend to get a thirty day pass from our local movie rental shop and binge watch movies. I decided to talk about some movies that I have loved recently. Not all of them are ones that I got from the rental store though. Most of the movies that I will be talking about will be historical because I adore history and have a great interest in other people’s stories. There is something amazing about it when you watch a movie and go “wow, this person has gone through so much.” Below are some movies that I’ve loved recently.
The Pianist (2002):
The Pianist is a war time, non-fictional based story about a man called Wladyslaw Szpilman who survived World War two. Directed by Roman Polanski, this heart wrenching story is unmissable. With three Oscars and two Baftas, this movie follows the memoir of Wladyslaw who is a jewish man trying to survive the Nazis’ prosecution of Jews in Poland. With great acting and an interesting story, I love this movie. It is a very tragic movie which had me in tears for days after watching it. In the movie, it’s very easy to empathize with the characters and get attached to them. I would really recommend this movie and the book itself. Both are brilliant and very sad. I would rate this movie 5/5 gold stars.
Child 44 (2015):
This movie is about a man called Leo Demidov – played by Tom Hardy – who is a disgraced member of the military police as he investigates a series of nasty child murders during the 1950’s in the middle of the Cold war, Stalin era Russia. This is a dark and brooding tale with outstanding performances by actors like Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman etc. This movie really intrigued me and made me think of how life must have been like for the Russians during the cold war. In school, we learn more about the Americans during this time than we do about the Russians. This movie is so good that I now plan to read the book. I would give this movie a 4/5 of gold stars due to it being a little bit slow at some parts of the movie.
The Imitation Game (2015):
As a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan, I’m very biased towards his movies but I love this movie. Starring a brilliant cast with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch (duh), Keira Knightly, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode, this movie is based on the true story of Alan Turing who is a mathematician during world war two, who is trying to break the Enigma code with the help of some mathematicians to win the war. In this movie, I really got a “Sherlock Holmes” vibe off the character since Alan and Sherlock have some personality traits in common. This story has an easy to follow plot, isn’t too long and is very interesting. For all of the reasons above, I give this movie 5/5.
Theory of everything:
Based on the biography of Jane Wilde Hawking, this movie centers around the lives of Stephen Hawkings and Jane Wilde Hawking as they meet, fall in love and then, deal with his diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig disease as its also called. Starring Eddie Redmayne – starring as Stephen Hawkings – and Felicity Jones – starring as Jane – , this movie shows how Jane sacrifices everything for the man she loves. Directed by James Marsh, this movie is a great way to be educated of how Stephen Hawking’s earlier life was. Redmayne performs an outstanding performance and at times, I found myself forgetting that I was watching a movie with actors. This movie is inspirational and very moving. I would give this movie a 4.5 out of 5.
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