Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all the films I’ve watched in March and April, and giving my thoughts on them. Onto the post!
Life Itself- how I’d describe this film would depend on whether or not I was trying to sound clever and/or diplomatic. If you want my honest one-word description, it’s weird. If I was being kinder, I’d say it was odd but kind of clever in a way. Let me try and explain why. This film is written and directed by Dan Fogelman, creator of my beloved This Is Us, which also has an experimental format albeit a different type that runs like clockwork. The experimental format for this- which is that it shows you a tiny bit of a person’s life then swaps to another just as you’re starting to actually care about them- did not work in my opinion. There wasn’t enough time with each protagonist to develop any sort of affection towards them, and character driven films kind of depend on you caring a lot more than remotely about the cast. I also found the sections in Spanish quite strange (not least because I’m pretty sure some of the Spanish was incorrect…) as the promo would never have gave you the impression it was coming and it was felt so out of place and self-indulgent from the director till it was almost over and I guessed (correctly) what they were doing. I will give this film that the ending was pretty satisfactory, but it’s not one I’d ever watch again or recommend to someone else. Use the hours you’d have spent watching this on starting This Is Us instead, because it shows how brilliant Dan Fogelman can be a hell of a lot better than Life Itself.
Dog Days– I bought this because I wanted to see Nina Dobrev in a role outwith Vampire Diaries, and I’ll be honest and admit I wasn’t expecting much from this romantic comedy with an ensemble cast that tells the stories of various people meeting each other in L.A.. It ended up being my favourite film I’ve watched so far this year. I absolutely loved every plotline and every character; I laughed often; the romantic gestures were just the sort I like in my romance movies and the focus on dogs/the way the stories eventually link is so clever. I’ve not heard anyone talking about this, but I adored it and if you enjoy light hearted romance in your films you’ll very probably enjoy this.
Brother Bear– Louise and I buddy watched this, and had a lovely time doing so. We agree that this is a ridiculously underrated film, that we love Koda beyond belief and that it’s incredibly clever. The animation is just beyond stunning as well. If you’ve not seen this, I highly recommend. Though be warned, it will very likely make you cry.
Ralph Breaks the Internet– I watched this one afternoon when I was feeling incredibly ill (shoutout to my health condition for that 🙄) in a bid to cheer me up. Put simply, it worked well. This is so clever, just like the first film, and I loved all the Internet Easter eggs and references. My very favourite of these was of course the Disney princess scene, because it was epic and hilarious. I enjoyed Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship again too, and while it surprised me greatly I thought the ending was fantastic.
The Perfect Date- this is the newest Netflix rom-com, starring Noah Centineo and Laura Marano this time, and it’s about a boy who sets up an app where you can hire him to be your perfect date in order to save money for the university of his dreams. Brooks, the main character, isn’t Noah’s most lovable but he did grow on me by the end, and Laura Marano’s Celia is an utter JOY of a heroine; I adored her utterly. This film didn’t break the mould or bring anything especially new to the rom-com party but it was super fun to watch and I really liked it overall.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post– I didn’t especially enjoy this when I read I the book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film version. If you don’t know what this is about, it follows a teen called Cameron who’s sent to a religious conversion “therapy” camp after she’s caught kissing a girl in secret at prom. I thought this was incredibly well made and moving, and though it’s a little slow in places, it cuts out a fair bit of the backstory in the book and means it definitely didn’t have so much of an issue with pacing for me. I loved Cameron when I read the book, as well as her friends Jane and Adam, and they were played to perfection by the cast. God’s Promise made me just as livid too. Basically, this takes all the best bits of the books and improves on things I wasn’t so keen on there to make a pretty excellent film and I definitely recommend giving it a watch.
What films have you watched in March and April, and what would you recommend to me? What were your thoughts on the films I watched? I’d love to hear in the comments!