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Fast Five Review: Churchill

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Biography, Drama | 2017 | Reviewed by Michelle

It’s June, 1944, and with only a couple of days to go until the invasion of Normandy – a military operation that, one way or another, promises to turn the war in Europe around – Winston Churchill tries desperately to cancel the mission, fearing it will be a disaster.

1) Did you like the film?

I didn’t hate it. I was a bit meh about this film, to be brutally honest…

2) Why?

I’m sure the acting is good. The attention to detail is good too – expect a lot of shiny black cars and wide shots to show off lavish interiors. But really, Churchill is all a little dull. The Winston Churchill of this film is a complicated figure, bogged down in his own guilt over his role in the Gallipoli campaign back in the First World War (every Australian knows how that one played out…). He spends most of the film as a blustering, dundering old windbag, frail with age and completely shocked that no one will take him seriously. He’s petty, arrogant…need I go on? Yeah, I get that the film is trying to set him up as a flawed figure, and that this is a story of redemption. And it’s not that I’m averse to flawed characters – in fact, quite the opposite. But there’s just very little about this story that feels new or interesting or necessary in any way.

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3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You’d probably get more out of this if you were into biopics or history.

4) This film made me think about…

Okay, it did make me more interested in the actual history of World War II. So that’s something.

5) Overall rating?

2.5-stars

Fast Five Review: Queen of Katwe (2016)

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Queen of Katwe
2016 | PG | Biography, Drama

Life isn’t easy for Phiona Mutesi. She lives in Katwe, one of Uganda’s largest slums; selling corn on the street to support her family. When charismatic teacher, Robert Katende, introduces her to chess, Phiona discovers a natural affinity for the game. Before too long, she’s Katwe’s best player, her skill outstripping that of even her teacher. But how does she balance her newfound passion with her family’s needs? In chess, even a pawn can be transformed into a powerful queen. It’s just a matter of not giving up.

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Film Review: Eddie the Eagle (2016)

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EDDIE THE EAGLE
2016 | PG | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Reviewed by Lukas

The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Continue reading