8 January 2018
Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – The Greatest Showman. Wow, I can say from the outset I loved this film. Hugh Jackman and Zac Ephron combine with many other talents to bring this all singing, all dancing, all judgemental, all emotional, all round entertaining film to the screen. This film tells the story of Phineous Taylor Barnum, the man who brought together a very special collection of people to enable him to bring his ‘freak show’ to the public. Shunned by society in life this group of people become a family and the circus becomes their home. However some so called normal members of society cannot accept this and they are challenged at every level, from the working man up to the rich and powerful. At the heart of this film is the story of a man trying to do the best for his family, the love he has for his wife and his children is what spurs him on and even when he makes bad judgement calls you know that he is always trying to do the right thing by them. There are some great song and dance scenes and the soundtrack is loud and catchy. The characters draw you into the film and the bright colours of the circus clash gloriously with the sometimes drab city around. If you don’t like musicals then this film is not for you but if you love a good old theatrical performance with singing and dancing then this is definitely is one to see. I need to see it agin!!!!
8 January 2018
First Film of the year and first Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Pitch Perfect 3. So I hadn’t seen the first two, I thought I better catch up, one mega acapella binge watching session later I’m fully caught up and ready for the third instalment. It didn’t really matter much about the plot which was probably just as well, as long as the music entertained……..and I reckon they didn’t do too bad. This instalment sees the Bellas all grown up and beginning to make their way in the world, only it seems they can’t make it without their acapella sisters. A little regret on parts of each of the girls makes them jump at the chance to take part in entertaining troops on the USO European tour. It’s all the old crew with Beca and Fat Amy leading the way, add some competition in the form of a lean mean girl band, a rock/country group and put them slap bang among aircraft and helicopters on a selection of US naval bases and you have a fun light-hearted film which is guaranteed to keep your feet tapping throughout. Rebel Wilson is gloriously unfazed by all she says, sings and does and the whole film is once more led graciously by Anna Kendrick from disaster to singing magnificence as the film reaches its crescendo. You can almost keep your eyes closed throughout as the music is bouncy and easy to listen to, and ever so slightly leaves you wanting more. Aca-enjoyable.
28 December 2017
Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Today – Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I have heard rumours of people campaigning to get this latest instalment removed from the whole Star Wars franchise…….why people, why???? This film deserves its place in the telling of the Jedi story. True the beginning is a little bitty, but we need to be reminded of where all the characters have got to on their journey through this well loved collection of tales brought from the far reaches of the Galaxy. We have travelled long and far from that young man on Tatooine fixing moisture vaporators for his aunt and uncle, indeed our cinema going experiences have changed much in the ensuing years and it goes without saying that the latest episode of a franchise like Star Wars has to become updated both with the times and the technology. The Last Jedi is edge of your seat stuff, bigger battles, bigger losses, bigger egos and some really cute critters. The story zigzags all over the place and at times you have no idea where it is going to lead. We are introduced to some new faces but it’s reassuring to see the likes of Chewbacca, R2D2 and even the infuriating C3PO back on our screens. The effects, as always were outstanding, and once again you are left with questions at the end of the film. I always sit and watch the credits and the list of people involved in making this film was staggering, all necessary and all deserving our thanks for making it possible.
28 December 2017
First Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Today – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. This film is not a remake, it is a continuation and begins with a link paying homage to the original. We then see that as technology gets upgraded so does the concept of Jumanji. Whereas we first saw the board game unleashing its malevolence on the world, this time the players are sucked into the jungle world of the game itself. There are echoes of The Breakfast Club in this production in that we have a group of high school kids who are very far removed from each other socially thrown together in detention. They are then sucked into the game where they discover they have to work together to survive. They are transformed into characters that are the exact opposites of the real them and each one has to realise that being this far out of their comfort zone is the key to utilising their assigned skill sets in order to survive. This film was fast paced, gritty, humorous and very cleverly written bringing out some great performances from the main characters. Dwayne Johnson is becoming a darn fine actor and Jack Black never fails to please. This is definitely one for the DVD collection.
27 November 2017Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Daddy’s Home 2. This sequel to Daddy’s Home starring Will Ferrell and Mark Walhberg introduces us to their respective Fathers, John Lithgow (Father to Will) and Mel Gibson (Father to Mark). What ensues is a hilarious series of unfortunate events, misunderstandings and explosions of pent up frustrations, all singularly caused by or egged on by Mel Gibson. Consisting of Fathers, Stepfathers, Mothers, Stepmothers, siblings and Grandfathers, the whole family drives five hours to a beautiful log cabin to spent the holidays together, but as Christmas draws nearer the already dysfunctional families drift further apart. This film didn’t have me rolling in the aisles clutching my sides, but there were enough humorous moments to make it a great piece of family entertainment in time for the Christmas season. The script must have been twice as thick as a normal film because the characters did not stop talking from start to finish, and there were cute kids, guaranteed to win you over. I think this instalment was better than the first, but don’t take my word for it, go and find out for yourself.
27 November 2017First Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – The Justice League. DC strikes our screens again, and following the death of Superman, chaos is gaining the upper hand and Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Ben Affleck) starts to assemble a team to take on the newest threat. DC films are darker and more gritty than Marvel and while this may not suit everyone, I find them quite refreshing. This particular offering was definitely a film of two parts…..the first being laid out to give a back story to each of our superheroes and the latter half focusing on the team working together. All of our characters have issues and it’s those issues that make them pull together and conquer their adversaries. I think my favourite character had to be Barry Allen aka The Flash played by Ezra Miller. Here is a lad who is very uncomfortable with his powers, he’s not sure of his position in the team yet he suits up and jumps into the fray with no real clue as why he’s there. You can really see him grow by the end of the film and assert himself as a real player and not just some tag along fly by night. An extremely watchable film which I’m sure will be appreciated by all ages.
20 November 2017Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Paddington 2. Three years after the amazing original movie Paddington bursts back onto our screen. Full of good intentions, his naivety lands him in hot water and he finds himself locked up with everyone trying to clear his name. All our old favourites are back, Hugh Bonneville as Mr Brown, Julie Walters as Mrs Bird and Peter Capaldi as Mr Curry among others, however I think the real human star of the show was Hugh Grant, who played the dastardly Phoenix Buchanan with aplomb. Phoenix is a washed up actor reduced to doing dog food commercials who takes advantage of Paddington and makes you want to yell Boo Hiss from the audience. There is some brilliant acting from everyone who is interacting with Paddington, you wouldn’t know there wasn’t a real talking bear there. A great film for all the family to enjoy, oh and stay sat down for the credits on this one!!!