Film Friday #105

My Week With Marilyn

During the filming of The Prince and The Showgirl, young studio, “runner”, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) becomes the favourite of the legendary Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) for a brief period of time. Focused as much on the relationship between the immature Clark and the fragile but intense Monroe, as her interactions with a frustrated Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), this film is an interesting look into how life in the public eye affects someone’s psyche. And it’s easy to draw parallels between Monroe and some of the “hunted” celebrities of the moment. I found this enjoyable and engaging but I’m not sure if I entirely bought Williams in the role of Monroe. Best summed up as “nice”. 3/5

Yes, I have become trapped in the bath

The Hangover Part II

This time Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifiniakis) are in Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Despite Stu’s insistence that he doesn’t want a bachelor party, the trio once again wake-up in a strange place with no idea what has happened the night before. This time Stu has a facial tattoo, Alan’s head has been shaved and Teddy (Mason Lee), Stu’s future brother-in-law is nowhere to be found. Every cliché and character from the original film is wheeled out but somehow all of the buddy charm from the first one is missing. I didn’t laugh. Not once. I also marvelled at the willingness of the female partners of these man-children’s to forgive them for their shocking behaviour. Avoid. 1/5

What do you mean, I’m not Mike Tyson?

Chocolate

Zin (Ammara Siripong), a young Thai gang member, enrages her boss/ex when she takes up with Masashi (Hiroshi Abe… phwaorgh!), the boss of a rival Japanese gang. Forced apart, Zin raises their autistic daughter, Zen (JeeJa Yanin) along with the help of a chubby foundling called Mangmoon (Taphon Phopwandee). As Zen becomes a teenager Mangmoon discovers that she has an amazing natural ability to mimic the movements of others, which makes her a formidable martial artist. When Zin becomes ill, Mangmoon and Zin set off to collect on her gang debts, but it’s not long before her original boss and his tribe of lady boy assassins find out… and they’re not happy. This is typically bonkers in the way that most Asian cinema is – visually beautiful but often baffling. Overall this film is very cool but a little bit too “fighty” for me and I had moments of boredom.  3/5

That’s the last time you tell me to make you a sandwich!

Bright Young Things

It’s the 1930’s and writer, Adam Fenwick-Symes (Stephen Campbell Moore) finds himself working as a gossip columnist after his novel is destroyed by customs. Wrapped up in a wild party set, he desperately tries to earn enough money, by hook or by crook, to marry his glamorous fiancée, Nina (Emily Mortimer). But under the hedonistic lifestyle there is a dark side and when Nina agrees to marry the wealthy, Ginger (David Tennant), how will Adam get her back? This is in equal parts funny and dark and in some ways very beautiful. It takes quite a bit of getting into though. 2.5/5

This is the greatest pole I have ever touched

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