Film Recommendations: February 2018
by Angelique Jones
We’ve been spoilt for choice with the diversity and richness of the stories being told this past year, and there’s no sight of it stopping with this year’s awards season. Here’s my latest top 3 films to look out for this year - just in case you weren’t already feeling overwhelmed by the monumental talent filling the big screens so far in 2018.
LadyBird | Released 16 February 2018
“I want you to be the very best version of yourself that you can be”
“What if this is the best version?”
LadyBird: a richly entertaining fresh take on the coming-of-age tale, with a script so honest you’ll feel like you’re reading your own diary.
With nominations and awards that speak for itself, writer/director Greta Gerwig’s heartwarmingly honest portrayal of an adolescent girl, experiencing the rocky transition to womanhood, and those all so-common feelings of wanting to get out of your childhood identity that resides on “the wrong side of the tracks.”
This lovingly crafted indie stars Saoirse Ronan, who radiates as the self-christened “Ladybird” - a character beautifully imagined and encompassed by Ronan’s perfect and utterly relatable performance. One of many flawless performances no doubt aided by the poignant, sincere screenplay. It’s an impressive debut from Gerwig, whose alternative, innovative film-making drenches this film in love, deserving all of the excitement it’s been getting. Catch it as it hits UK screens next week.
And this new version starring the academy award winner Alicia Vikander as badass Lara Croft, and other solid names like Kristin Scott Thomas, looks like a refreshing 21st-century take of a cult classic - one that, according to the previews, has eschewed the sexualisation inherent in the original (aside from the fact that Vikander may be one of the most conventionally beautiful woman I’ve seen, ever). If the film is as entertaining and narratively rich as the trailer demonstrates, then I’m all aboard. “It will be an adventure” exclaims Croft, and I’m with you on that one.
Tomb Rader | Released 16 March 2018
An exciting, heart-thumping remake of the action-packed adventures of Lara Croft with a target audience that is not limited to pubescent boys.
The trailer for this leaves little to the imagination: strong independent woman must embark on solo adventure in search of lost father, encounters various baddies and dangerous obstacles on the way, accompanied by a motivational soundtrack, some killer stunts and special effects. But, why not? We already know roughly what we’re in for when we choose to watch an action-adventure, especially one based on a character so widely known.
A Quiet Place | Released 6 April 2018
A haunting thriller with an original hook; and the only horror that I would pay to see.
Real-life couple, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who also directed this film) play the head of a family with two children existing in fear of being hunted by an imminent threat: "if they hear you, they hunt you."
Due to an attack of “total devastation,” the family, alone, must live in utter silence in order to survive, resulting in drastic measures whereby their only communication is via sign-language and cleverly crafted unique light signals.
This supernatural horror takes haunting to an entire new level, exploring the very depths of survival and how we communicate as humans. It’s also the couple’s first time on-screen together, with the trailer giving us a sneak-preview into the abundance of Blunt’s captivating facial range that we have grown to love since her rise to stardom as the sour-faced Emily in Devils Wears Prada.
Like me, you’ll probably be holding your breath watching this trailer, with the film’s instruction to “Listen closely. Move Carefully” printed silently in your mind.
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