Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I’ve watched in the last couple of months. Onto the post!
Smallfoot– I’m extremely picky with non-Disney animation, so I was really pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. It’s about a yeti who is banished from his home after (correctly) claiming that humans exist, a statement which goes against their teaching and laws, and his mission to prove that they are in fact real so he can return to his tribe. It’s really well paced, I liked the characters and I thought the soundtrack of original songs were great- they were stuck in my head for ages because they’re so catchy. If you like books like the Missing Barbegazi or The International Yeti Collective, you’ll probably enjoy this film as well!
Bohemian Rhapsody– this is a really weird one to talk about for me, because I did really enjoy watching it, but I also found it extremely flawed at the same time. It’s about the band Queen as they got started and became world famous, and mostly focuses on Freddie Mercury. This was actually one of my main issues, because while I ADORE Freddie Mercury and think he’s one of the greatest entertainers to have ever lived, it winds me up when the rest of Queen aren’t treated like they were also extremely talented. I do think this shows that to an extent, particularly in the Another One Bites the Dust segment with Deacon, but I felt it could have done a bit more. That said, Freddie is a genius and Rami Malek fully deserved the Oscar for his portrayal, so it wasn’t too much of an issue. What was irritating, however, was the way it rewrote history and had such a messy timeline- I kind of get that it was poetic license but some of it felt manipulative and other parts discredited real people, which I found troubling. Overall though, this is a good watch if you can get past its issues.
The Theory of Everything– I watched this because it’s one of my fave people at uni’s favourite films, and I mostly really enjoyed it. I don’t really like it when non-disabled actors portray disabled characters, but I feel somewhat less uncomfortable with it here given that Eddie Redmayne researched so thoroughly and had the blessing of Stephen Hawking himself, who he portrays in this biopic. I won’t lie, I know nothing about science and so while I admire him, I knew very little about his life. I loved learning more first and foremost, but I also just thought it was a well made film with amazing acting, cinematography and score. I’m actually listening to Cambridge 1963 whilst writing this and it just makes my hurt burst and tears well up in my eyes!
What films have you seen in the last few months? Have you seen the ones I did, and if so what did you think? Or do you plan to? I’d love to hear in the comments!