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Fast Five Review: Get Out

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Get Out

Horror | 2017
Reviewed by Michelle

Chris is an African-American photographer; his girlfriend of five months, Rose, is white. And rich. When Rose invites him to spend the weekend at her family’s sprawling country estate, Chris is reluctant. What if they’re racist? Has Rose even told her family he’s black? But as the weekend drags on, Chris realises that he’s going to have much more to deal with than awkward conversations…

1) Did you like it?

Yep. I’m not even a horror fan and I loved Get Out.

2) Why?

Here’s the spoiler free version: Get Out is a film about racism in every form – from the well-intentioned racism of young, “woke” white people trying (and failing) to do the right thing, to awkward dinner party conversations, to racial violence and slavery. It’s smart and scary and it’ll make you think.

getoutimage3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You’re into films that have you on the edge of your seat…not only because they’re scary, but also because they make you aware of uncomfortable truths about yourself and your society.

4) This movie made me think about…

Lots. Get Out is a nailbiter of a film that will have you thinking about it long after your nails have grown back. Make sure you Google the film’s alternate endings, too. Yikes.

5) Overall rating?

4.5-stars

Fast Five Review: Jasper Jones

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Drama | 2017

One night in the scorching hot summer of 1969, outcast Jasper Jones knocks at Charlie Bucktin’s window and beckons Charlie to follow him into the bush, where Jasper reveals to Charlie evidence of a crime – a crime for which Jasper is sure to be blamed. It’s a secret that will change Jasper and Charlie’s lives forever…and will tear their small town apart.

1) Did you like it?

First up, it’s taken me a while to watch Jasper Jones because I really enjoyed the book (which was written by Craig Silvey and published in 2009, by the way) …and I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand bad adaptations of books I love. I get grumpy when filmmakers take too many liberties with books. Or play it safe, and follow the book too closely. In summary: I’m pretty picky.

So, with all that in mind: yes, I liked Jasper Jones.

2) Why?

The thing with Jasper Jones is that it’s a seriously complicated book, with subplots galore – and even though it juggles some pretty heavy themes, it’s also genuinely funny.

Of course, the film can’t capture every one of the book’s nuances and threads. That’s always the case with film adaptations. However, Jasper Jones does a really good job of capturing much of what makes the book unique. Sure, there are a few questions that the film doesn’t quite have time to answer, but for the most part, this is a faithful, careful adaptation that does its source material justice.

(In fact, there are even a couple of elements of this story that the film actually improves, like the relationship between Charlie and Eliza, and Toni Collette’s portrayal of Ruth, Charlie’s mum, brings a humanity to the character that didn’t seem as pronounced in the book.)jasperjonesimage1

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

…you loved the book. But that’s not to say that this will only be a hit with novel fans – it’s also set to become a classic in its own right.

4) This movie made me think about…

How rare (and welcome!) it is to encounter a good film adaptation of a much-loved book.

5) Overall rating?

4.5-stars

Fast Five Review: I, Daniel Blake (2016)

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I, Daniel Blake
2016 | MA15+ | Drama

Widower, Daniel Blake has worked as a carpenter all his life – until now. After suffering a heart attack, he’ finds himself reliant on welfare for the first time. His doctor tells him he’s not fit to return to work, but the system disagrees, demanding he spend hours every week looking for work he can’t accept. When Daniel meets single mum, Katie, who has been forced to move to the area with her two kids, the two form a friendship. Inspired by real-life stories, I, Daniel Blake is a dark tale of modern-day England you won’t forget in a hurry,…

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Fast Five Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2016 | M | Science Fiction, Action

 We all know about Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, and how they defeated Darth Vader and brought down the Empire. But – an even longer time ago, in a galaxy further away – there was another band of heroes just as daring, whose actions helped save the galaxy. This is their story…

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