WHIPLASH

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I’m not quite sure how to make this review concise because I’ve got ALOT to say about it. Who the hell knew a movie about DRUMMING could be so bloody INTENSE?!

Having watched the trailer I shrugged it off as some indie drama flick; probably a genre I’d like to steer clear of. But thank god, that Thursday night I was dragged by my sister to go to the cinema. We fought over the choice of Birdman or Whiplash, but the latter won. And I’m pretty thrilled I lost.

Whiplash was, as I said before, bloody INTENSE. It was a Rocky boxing match with a set of drums.

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a first-year jazz student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York. He has been playing drums from a young age and aspires to become one of the greats like Buddy Rich. Conductor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) accepts Andrew into his studio band as the alternate for Carl (Nate Lang), the core drummer. Fletcher is horridly abusive toward his students, mocking and insulting them. But determined to impress Fletcher, Andrew keeps practicing until his hands bleed and until he can beat Fletcher at his own game.

Simmons recently won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Fletcher and I could not have been happier. If you’ve seen the film, you can hardly argue against it. Although Teller is brilliant as the starring role, it’s prettier obvious that Simmons’ portrayal of the conductor Terence Fletcher carries the movie through. He had me squirming in my seat as he pushes Neiman extraordinarily hard, becoming the demon of all music teachers. His acting is a reason alone to sit down and watch this, although the music is equally amazing.

Sadly, obviously it wasn’t at the heights of Birdman or The Theory of Everything, but it was pretty damn close.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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On hearing that there was a chance to escape school on a science trip to the cinema it could be said I was more than elated. More so when eventually it was announced that ‘The Theory of Everything’ was the picture selected. The biographical romantic drama film starring the then up and coming actor Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking, deliciously surprised me and taught me to not judge a film on first sight.

I say this because initially, as it always seems to be the case, the casting was unbelievably off putting. Casting Eddie Redmayne (whom I can honestly say I intensely disliked after watching him opposite Chloe Moretz in the fail of a movie, Hick.) as the genius of Stephen Hawking seemed insane. With Hawking, if there were ever to be any plan for a film about his extraordinary life, should have an intense casting process, which surprised me immensely when hearing that the end result was Redmayne. Moreover, I was even more surprise with the casting of Felicity Jones, who will forever be in my mind as the ‘Chalet Girl’ opposite Chuck Bass.

But unbelievably so, when I got up from my cinema seat while the credits rolled, I was in utter amazement. Both actors embodied their roles perfectly, more so in Redmayne with his portrayal of Hawking make him so believable. I ¬†can fully say that I had to agree with the Academy Awards in nominating both main actors, and it is obvious to me now that they deservingly earned it. Eddie Redmayne already won a Golden Globe for the film and now will go head to head with the ‘Birdman’ himself, Michael Keaton.

I cannot wait.

HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE 1953

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I finally watched this classic, and it took me a 13 hour plane journey to push me onto it. Firstly and foremost I was very much surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The only reason I was previously hesitant to watch this was due to the fact the most overrated star of the 50’s, Miss Marilyn Monroe, starred. Her seductive, yet arrogant smile in the posters, pissed me off yet again and caused me to avoid it for so many years. As you can tell, not exactly the no.1 fan of Marilyn Monroe and am I really the only one who has no idea why the world is in love with her, even after some 53 years?! Yet funnily enough, she is the pure reason I was so horribly surprised. She turned out to be my favourite character in the whole goddamn movie.

Monroe is unusually lovable in the film, playing the ditzy and half blind gold digger Pola, who, along with her friends, Loco (Grable) and Schatze (Bacall) group together in their newly bought apartment in hope of finding their sugar daddies. The film then focuses on the individual stories of them finding unexpected love in the meantime.The plot is pretty predictable, yet it still manages to be highly entertaining as the classic comedic style is perfectly executed.

Monroe, may have been the shocker for me yet Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall don’t disappoint either and the three main stars work perfectly together. The supporting cast are equally great and the men prove just as great.

A highly enjoyable film and it was one I would happily watch over and over again.