Film study… week 47

Legion

I only watched this because I quite fancy Paul Bettany. Imagine how disappointed I was to find that he has not aged well. Anyway… he plays an fallen angel who has come to earth to rescue humanity from, wait for it, a plague of demonic angels, sent by god to wipe out the human race. For some unfathomable reason, the key to this is protecting the unborn child of some backwater girl in a diner. One gets the impression that the writer had some concept brainwave in a dream, wrote it down in the middle of the night and went back to sleep, only to wake up wondering what “bad angels + redneck virgin Mary” actually meant. Don’t bother.

Even angels get backne!

Schindler’s List

This holocaust epic is one of the most beautiful but also depressing films I have ever seen (almost 20 years after everyone else saw it). Liam Neeson plays Oskar Schindler a German businessman who profits from cheap Jewish labour during the Second World War. At the beginning Schindler’s altruism comes from pure greed but as he gets to know his workers, he becomes obsessed with saving them. Neeson gives the performance of a lifetime. If you have not seen this film, you are doing yourself a disservice.

I will get every last one of those parktown prawns!

 Shrek Forever After

After his children’s disastrous birthday party, ogre, Shrek makes a Faustian pact with Rumplestiltskin only to wake up in a world where he was never born. Fiona is now the leader of the ogre liberation front, Puss is her grossly overweight pet, Rumplestiltkin is in charge and Donkey is, well, Donkey. Shrek has one day to convince Fiona to fall in love with him again or disappear forever. The sentiment is sweet but the formula is a bit tired and you’d probably be better off watching Shrek 1 or 2 again.

What you gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk?

Cyrus

Seeing that this film stars Jonah Hill and the trailers were hilarious, I expected a rip-roaring comedy. Instead we got a sort of weird hybrid of comedy and dark emotional thriller. Michael C. Reilly (whose eyes have disappeared into his forehead) plays John, a divorcee who falls in love with a beautiful woman called Molly (Marisa Tomei) only to find out that she has a very unusual over familiar relationship with her adult son, Cyrus (Hill), who is not one bit interested in getting a “new dad”. It works occasionally but for the most part it falls flat because we never get any insight into how  Molly and Cyrus’ relationship became so weird.

The Johnson family loved their WWE family picnics

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