10 June 2018
Film of Choice this morning at The Plaza Dorchester Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Like Gods, man interfered to bring back the dinosaurs and their arrogance gives them reason to believe they can manipulate the natural order to their own means. As in previous outings to Jurassic Park and in the words of Dr Malcolm….. ‘life finds a way’. This latest instalment of the hugely popular film series takes us back to Isla Nubla ostensibly to rescue the dinosaurs from a volcano, but hey that’s not really going to get bums on seats is it? Throw in some bad guys with an ulterior motive, a crazy scientific dude who is torn between the love and passion of his developmental work and the dirty dollar, mix it up with an elderly man and his granddaughter, some kick ass special effects and the relationship between Chris Pine and his velociraptor Blue and you have a pretty darn good film. Touching at times we see a different side to the dinosaurs and are introduced to yet another new hybrid which proves biggest is not always baddest. As we came to the final scenes of the film we are left with a line that could either end the franchise or leave it wide open for another instalment, I personally want more!!!!
7 June 2018
Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Deadpool 2. Irreverent from the outset, and the same huge bundle of gag filled scenes complete with the bad jokes, bad references and bad taste we come to expect from Ryan Reynolds and co. Unfortunately it didn’t rise to the promise of an excellent sequel and all the best bits were either in the trailers or the opening sequences. Don’t get me wrong, it is a film worth watching, just not the belly full of laughs I was expecting. The storyline was okay if a little mundane, the effects were pretty good though, especially the scenes in slow motion. I do kind of adore the character of Deadpool and the opening sequences up to and including the humorous opening credits which did make me giggle. Don’t know if it merits a third outing though.
4 June 2018
Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Book Club. From the outset I would like to say I have not read the books, nor have I seen the films and I only have second hand information as to who Christian Grey is!!!!! This film is the stories of four women who have been part of their book club for most of their adult lives. Each has their own story about life and love to tell and the introduction of 50 Shades of Grey into their Book Club bring them all up short with the realisation that all is not right with their situations. Starring four brilliant women, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton we are drawn into their triumphs and insecurities. Highly entertaining, it reminds me of another film Diane Keaton starred in about three women getting even with their exes ‘The First Wives Club’. This was a different tale but, a similar feel to the film and that is a good thing as it was light hearted and full of chuckles. The script was well written, and all the cast were good in their roles. We were treated to Don Johnson being serious and he carried it off well. I enjoyed this film and could definitely watch it again. I may even read the book now……….um, no!!!!
4 June 2018
First Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Solo: A Star Wars Story. I have read numerous headlines that say this is the first Star Wars film flop. That’s a shame, and I’ll tell you why. I think this is a good prequel and back story to explain many things like where Han Solo came from, how he got his name, how he met Chewbacca and how he set out on the life that he led. It’s not an outstanding film, that much is true, but it provides a good solid piece of the Star Wars jigsaw. We were given lots of references all through the film which introduced us to characters, cities, spaceships and planets of the Star Wars genre. One character we met was a young Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover. That was a good casting call, he captured his character perfectly. I was a little concerned that the casting of of our main character would be a young Harrison Ford rather than a young Han Solo, but thankfully we were we were introduced to Han, with all the mannerisms, nuances and attitudes all things that prove, once a scoundrel always a scoundrel. The effects were good, and the plot was written well enough to fit round the story it was trying to tell. You have to remember you are watching a prequel, the characters will not be as you know them, they are young, they have yet to grow up and develop into the people we already know and love. Worth a second watch I believe.
14 May 2018
Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – I feel Pretty. Anyone who is not comfortable in the skin they are in should watch this film. It is an excellent portrayal of someone who strives to be more than she is without realising that what she is, is pretty wonderful already. Amy Schumer stars as Renee Bennett, a girl who is in a dead end job, and when she looks in the mirror sees someone, plain, overweight and pretty ordinary. Everything changes when an accident at a spin class causes her to believe she is a beautiful supermodel capable of turning heads as she walks down the street. Her new found confidence gives her the power to grab the life she has always wanted but is it all real? I defy anyone not to be moved by this film, it highlights the insecurities of not only characters like Renee but shows us that everyone suffers doubt and low self esteem, no matter what size or shape they are. A brilliant way to tackle this subject and well written. This film is a comedy but there weren’t any loud belly laughs, more a mirthy chuckle every now and then, I definitely want to see this again.
14 May 2018
First Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Life of the party. Melissa McCarthy stars as a middle aged woman who gets the divorce bombshell dumped into her lap completely unexpected and having previously dropped out of college when she had become pregnant, decided to seize the moment and go back and graduate. I sat and watch this film in an audience of 99% women, and they screeched with laughter throughout. I’m not so sure……..true there were some humerous moments, and one actual laugh out loud, cringeworthy screamingly funny moment in the middle (this was the highlight of the whole film) I found that there was too much dialogue to make this a really funny film. Melissa McCarthy must have had a ton of lines to learn as she never seemed to stop talking, however she filled the role perfectly as she tried to fit in a world that was obviously younger and much more up to date than she was. Good for a watch, wouldn’t bother adding it to the DVD collection.
1 May 2018
Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Avengers: Infinity War. Never has there been such an assemblage of notables in one film, and never it seems has one film taken so much money at the box office in its first weekend. Let’s face it, this is not just one film”……it’s taken us ten years to get here, ten years of Marvel wowing us with good, not so good and fairly awesome film, ten years to introduce us to all their heroes and villains and I have to say, if you’re going to put them all in one film……this is surely the way to do it. Some of our early heroes are ageing but what’s a little make up between friends and well hey it blinkin works. This film is not a single story, it’s a gathering of many tales told in many different ways, with all paths heading on a collision course. I can’t tell anything of the plot without massive spoilers but what I can say is, it’s great meeting all the characters again, spending a couple of minutes fitting their individual pieces into one massive jigsaw as you remember what their role is in the story, and another thing, it made me want to go back and watch all the other films again. This is a film you’ll want to watch again and again I’m sure……..oh and people….it’s Marvel, stay until the end of the credits!!!!