Television is fun. But television is also a prison. Be careful how long you linger. For television was planted to grow walls.
Directed by Michael Gracey
Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron & Zendaya
I stumbled upon some negative reviews before I had a chance to see this film. These reviews mostly criticised the storyline, not the music. I decided to give the film a chance. It was after viewing the film that I realized we must all judge films based on what we feel, rather than the opinion of others.
I can honestly say this was the most entertaining film I have seen all year. I was delighted every second and did not want it to end. Yes, the storyline is simple, but it is this uncomplicated nature, that makes it special. This film has a single message. It is a message that the film shouts loud and proud through music and plot. It does not require the nuances of subtlety to tell its audience a blatant truth: treat everyone with kindness no matter their differences.
I think these days we have come to expect too much from films. We expect to learn something through the experience of living through a character. This is a beautiful thing. However, sometimes it is nice to see a film embrace the bombastic nature of storytelling. To throw the message so forcibly in your face you find yourself out of your seat, dancing, fist pumping to the sky shouting, “This is me!”
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Starring Timothee Chalamet & Armie Hammer
‘Call me by your name’ is a film that is so terrifically human. I was both a witness and a participant while watching this film. I do not think I have ever watched a film more authentic than this.
Nothing we say in life is ever neatly composed or free from the constraints of human imperfection. I feel as though movies have taught us that everything worth saying should be composed neatly and those who speak in the tidiest of sentences are models for us all. This is a disservice to what it means to be ‘real’. The characters in this film speak as one usually speaks in their daily life, unscripted and unrehearsed; the epitome of ‘real’.
In this film, even when words are hardly spoken, the actors say everything that needs to be said with a frustrated ruffle of the hair or a look that screams more than a hundred love songs could ever dream to convey. This film taught me that as humans, we are all a little bit unusual and our own behaviour often shocks and shames us. All we want is to be loved and accepted for our authentic selves.
How lovely it is to have found a movie that dares to adress what might happen to us, if we too find the courage to expose our souls, naked and flawed. Perhaps this film will inspire a few people to realize that honesty, pain and love are always worth it.
By Rebecca Julie