Last year Daniel Day-Lewis announced he was retiring from acting. The three-time Oscar winner’s decision was a shock for movie lovers and fans of Day-Lewis. His last film Phantom Thread won’t disappoint his admirers.
Set in London’s fashion industry in the 1950’s, renowned fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) who falls in love with a young waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps). The couple’s relationship alternates between affection and distance until they finally learn to live with one another’s differences.
Daniel Day-Lewis leaves his final film on a high note and gives the best performance of his career. He and co-star Vicky Krieps give remarkable character-driven performances. Both actors work well together and share a beautiful and intense chemistry. The supporting cast is solid with Lesley Manville in tow as Cyril, Reynolds’ sister.
Writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) delivers a masterpiece. Phantom Thread draws you in from beginning to end with Day-Lewis and Krieps’ intoxicating romantic tension. Anderson achieves a well-paced and steady narrative with dialogue is excellently written with a touch of humour.
Serving as his own director of photography, Anderson’s cinematography is visually stunning along with its exquisite and lavish production design and costumes.
An elegant and engaging drama, Phantom Thread is one of best films of the year and of the award season. Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps give compelling performances. The film draws you in with their characters complex love story. As Day-Lewis’ last film, this won’t disappoint his fans. A must see.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Phantom Thread is in cinemas now!
Based on the memoir of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Stronger follows Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who loses his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and must adjust to his new life.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a likeable performance and emotionally draws you in with his character. He is surrounded by a solid ensemble cast. Director David Gordon Green manages strong and touching performances from his cast.
Though predictable, Stronger is an uplifting film. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an excellent performance. Worth a look.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Stronger is in cinemas February 15
The Post depicts the true story of The Washington Post journalists and their attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.
The film features a well-rounded cast led by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Streep is a standout as conflicted owner and publisher of The Washington Post Katharine Graham who lacks confidence in her ability as a woman to lead the newspaper and overruled by more assertive men who advise or work for her.
Hanks is brilliant as The Post’s editor in chief Ben Bradlee who risks his and Katharine’s careers to expose the U.S. government secrets.
Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List) directs this compelling drama about journalism and integrity. The direction is outstanding as Spielberg manages character-driven performances from his cast. The screenplay by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer is brilliantly written and draws you in from beginning to end with its excellent and well-detailed narrative.
The cinematography by Janusz Kamiński is perfectly shot with great editing by Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar accompanied by a great music score John Williams makes The Post a perfect film.
One of best films about journalism and one of my favourite movies of the award season, The Post is a must see. An intriguing story about risking your job and freedom to help bring long-buried truths to light that audiences will find entertaining and captivating.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Post is in cinemas now!
This award season seems to be the year for Gary Oldman. The actor has been sweeping awards for his portrayal of Winston Churchill. Before his nomination for 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Oldman was considered one of the greatest actors never nominated for an Oscar. Now the character actor is a frontrunner to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Darkest Hour follows Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister, as Hitler closes in on Britain during World War II. The PM must decide whether to negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or continue the war.
Watching the film, it’s clear this is a performance movie. Oldman is flawless as he transforms into Churchill with makeup and prosthetics and captures the PM’s accent and mannerisms. Oldman is a thrill to watch and delivers the best performance of his career and worthy of an Oscar
An incredible supporting cast surrounds Oldman with Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas in tow. Ben Mendelsohn is excellent as King George IV perfectly capturing the King’s stutter.
An enjoyable film by director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement). The screenplay by Anthony McCarten is well crafted with humorous moments. The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel is superb along with an excellent music score by Dario Marianelli. Beautiful costumes, makeup, and production designs make Darkest Hour an impressive film.
An enjoyable drama with wit and a marvellous performance by Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour is worth a look. Check it out.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Darkest Hour is in cinemas now!
The Greatest Showman is a musical inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum’s (Hugh Jackman) creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions.
Though Hugh Jackman lives up to the title as the lead along with impressive production design and choreography, this musical spectacular is forgettable. Unlike recent films of this genre, The Greatest Showman misses the mark on a perfect musical. The story is predictable with songs aren’t entertaining and catchy.
A mediocre film not worth watching.
Rating: 2/5 Stars
The Greatest Showman is in cinemas now!
All the Money in the World depicts J. Paul Getty’s (Christopher Plummer) refusal to cooperate with the extortion demands of a group of kidnappers from the organised crime Mafia group ‘Ndrangheta, who abducted his grandson John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) in 1973.
A stellar crime thriller. Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer give stand out performances. A well-made film by director Ridley Scott (Alien).
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
All the Money in the World is in cinemas now!
A mother (Frances McDormand) who, when the police in her town fail to find a suspect in her daughter’s murder, purchases three billboards to call public attention to the unsolved crime, polarising the community.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is an excellent film. The cast gives outstanding and hilarious performances. Writer and director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) skillfully masters a brilliant black comedy crime with drama. One of the best films of the year.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is in cinemas now!