Film review

Film Review | LA LA LAND

As soon as the curtains rolled up I recall thinking “how can this movie not be good?”

And good it was my friends. Aside from having some of the most talented actors, La La Land was riveting and artistic and relatable on so many levels.

We see the struggle of a small town actress which I know will resonate with creators from all fields. The film brings to light the struggle with rejection that artists endure. The fight to stay authentic but also well-respected. The fight to keep something alive.

Some roles are just made for certain characters and I feel like the roles of Mia and Seb were just made for Ryan and Emma. They have such amazing screen chemistry and they play the part of lost creators in a world full of potential so well. I loved how through Seb’s character you develop a certain respect for Jazz and its need to be alive. From Mia’s character we see how rejection beats us down and inhibits our creative potential.

There is just so much that can be said about this movie. The editing is fantastic, from the music to the cuts and the visual effects, everything flows very well. The producers gives us an alternate ending but in the end the characters have to live with the choices they’ve made. La La Land is truly a timeless masterpiece.

Film review

Moonlight Cinema | Fantastic Beasts

For a magical movie such as Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it was only fitting that I watch it open air, surrounded by nature.

The movie itself was quite literally: fantastic. There were humourous elements to keep things light, there was drama, there was mystery and of course there was magic. It was interesting to see the wizarding world in the US compared to the one in the UK.

I especially enjoyed it when, during dramatic sequences where the characters were fighting for their lives, a wild wind would rush through the grounds where the movie was being projected.

Moving onto the characters, Newt is one of the cutest actors I have come across for a while! I like how he is introverted and just concerned with his Beasts. I also loved how there wasn’t much of a romantic element in the movie, you get sick of all the mooching in the end huh.

My favourite scene would have to be when Newt introduced Mr. Kowalski to all his Beasts. In my experience, a full moon was sneaking up behind the wide screen as the scene played out. Absolutely magical.

The movie makes me want to read the book (yes, I haven’t read the book yet!) and it also makes me miss the beautiful world of Harry Potter!