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Having You [DVD]
Having You [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Friel
Price: £15.64

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie With A Sad Ending, 26 April 2014
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Anna Friel and Romola Garai are wonderful as usual. The supporting cast are also very good. Andrew Buchan looks somewhat dull and incompetent, but perhaps that is what his role is supposed to be. Anna's decision to contact Jack when she knows about her terminal illness is understandable, since she is scared that their son will not be well taken care of after she dies. However, the fact that she did not contact him for 7 years seems rather cold and heartless. As humans though, such a scenario could well occur in real life. All in all, it is a very well made and captivating movie.
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The Thing (2011) [DVD]
The Thing (2011) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Price: £5.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Effective Shocker, 6 May 2012
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I am a fan of the 1982 John Carpenter's film of the same name, and can remember how terrifying it was when I first saw it 30 years ago. While I agree that this prelude is not quite as good, it is nevertheless a well-made and effective shocker. The script have a few holes which were glossed over (the 1982 film has one or two as well). For example, it was never explained how the two pilots could survive the helicopter crash, nor when was Joel Edgerton infected by the alien. However, the movie is well paced which sustains the momentum. It has moments of genuine suspense and terrifying scenes.

The roles written for the largely unknown (to me) cast lack the more protracted characterisations of the 1982 film. This is not surprising given that its running time is 98 minutes compared to 109 minutes of the earlier one, and it understandably has less time to develope the characters. Nonetheless the overall performances are competent. I disagree with the adverse comments in some reviews on the lead actress, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. While I gather she mainly appeared in teen flicks earlier, she has progressed very well to take on a more mature role here. She also has a certain screen presence, not unlike that of, say, a young Nicole Kidman.

Winstead's last scenes are captivating, for instance the anquish on her face when she is about to torch the infected Edgerton, whom she originally thought is her last surviving mate. Afterwards her expression projects a sense of impending doom and sadness, realizing that she too is infected (the alien got hold of her leg briefly in the spacecraft) and her end is near. This would be the source of the alien/dog in the final scene, though the gruesome transformation is implied rather than shown, which is just as well as there are enough gore already.
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Angel [DVD]
Angel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Romola Garai
Price: £5.75

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful period piece, 11 Nov. 2009
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The mixed reviews I have read about this movie suggest most viewers either love it or hate it. There appears to be very little middle ground. Most of the criticisms centered on the perceived overacting of Romola Garai as Angel Deverell, her unlikeable character, the silly sentiment and laughable special effects. All these, I think, are missing the point.

In the movie, Angel is an immature, spoiled and imaginative girl dwelling on fantasies, but with a great determination to succeed. If this supposed to be her character, then it is a brilliant and totally believable portrayal. One can appreciate her positive qualities and dislike her negative ones at the same time. Far from just being beautiful, Miss Garai has the uncanny ability to actually make one feel the way her role does on screen. She looks different from one role to the next such that one can hardly recognize her as the same person in different movies. Surely these are the hallmarks of a great (but sadly under-appreciated) actor.

The sentiment in the movie, which may look silly in the present day, are quite realistic for the period. Director Francois Ozon said the crap special effects are intentional, which is entirely believable. I cannot imagine he (or any sane director!), with such a big budget, would settle for scenes which will make him a laughing stock. He just wanted to create a movie of the 40s or 50s,warts and all.

The movie is perhaps a bit overly sentimental and unabashedly old fashioned, which again is likely to be intentional. However, as I am prepared to view it as what it is, I find it very well made and highly enjoyable. I guess its assessment will depend on who is watching it.

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