Better late than never – is it really already March 5th?! – here’s a roundup of films I watched last month:
2. The Kids Are Alright
I was really looking forward to watching this film, which was nominated for four Oscars including Best Film, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would. I thought the story – two teenage children of a lesbian couple who were conceived with donor sperm decide to look for their biological father – had potential, but the actual telling of the story left me a bit cold. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, and I thought the end was disappointing. Watchable, but not as good as the hype.
3. Footloose (2010)
I LOVE a cheesy musical, and I LOVE the original Footloose movie, and I don’t quite understand what they hoped to gain by remaking it. Whatever it was, it left me cold. Disappointed. With a capital D.
4. Winter’s Bone
Another film that was nominated for four Oscars, another film that I didn’t much enjoy. Jennifer Lawrence’s acting in the lead role of a late teenage girl trying desperately to keep her younger siblings and insane mother safe and with a roof over their heads was superb, but it was just a desolate and depressing story of poverty, drug addiction, violence and misery with very little in the way of uplifting moments. Bleak.
5. Larry Crowne
Really enjoyed this light-hearted and often poignant film about a middle aged man who loses his job and decides to go to college. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts were fabulous in the lead roles, and I was absorbed in the story from start to finish.
6. The Lincoln Lawyer