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Me Before You – Movie Review

Movie: Me Before You

Releasing Year: 2016

Director: Thea Sharrock

Writer/Screenplay: Jojo Moyes

Country of Origin: USA/UK

Language: British English

Me Before You Movie Review:

Based on the novel of the same name by JoJo Moyes, Me Before You is a 2006 British-American romantic drama movie. Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke play the chief protagonists in the film. Me Before You came under heavy criticism by some groups as they think it promotes “euthanasia”.

“Self killing” is a very delicate topic that I would not like to talk about. So, let’s skip to the plot and storyline of Me Before You.

Plot/Storyline:

The film starts with William Traynor getting struck by a bike and losing his lower body in the accident. Louisa Clark on the other hand loses her job after working for 6 years at a restaurant.

Seeing her family’s economic woes, she tries find another job. She gets an opportunity to work as a caregiver at Wayner Family’s Castle. They employs her immediately at a handsome remuneration. Louisa is little sad to know that she will have to take care of a 30-year old guy. William, once a playboy and adventure lover, now lives a quiet life on a wheel chair, especially designed for him with the latest technology. He is irritating and erratic and makes life difficult Louisa. At one point, she even thinks of leaving this job, but couldn’t do it.

To ease things, she comes up with an idea of making William happy and making him enjoy social life. William, at first, is not interested in the idea but then agrees. A special bond develops between them based on love that lacks lust. Louisa is determined to keep William happy and smiling. She even puts her own relationship at stake for it. Her life is shattered when she knows the fact that William is going to Switzerland to finish his life. She cries and asks him to stay and fight life.

Sam Claflin & Emilia Clarke in Me Before You
Sam Claflin & Emilia Clarke in Me Before You

William tells her how bad he feels when he want to make love to her, but can’t owing to his disability. He wants to live, but his current condition is a misery for both of them. She leaves him and goes home. William goes to Switzerland with his parents. Louisa couldn’t control herself and goes again to him to asking to change his mind. She pleads to him but he leaves the world.

In the last scene, Louisa is seen reading a letter by William. He asks her “to fulfill her dreams and live a happy life”. He even left her a good amount of money from his fortune to study further. Something she couldn’t do because of her financial issues. After reading the letter, Louisa is seen in tears and walks away.

 

My Verdict & Rating of Me Before You:

By the time, Louisa finishes reading the letter, I was in tears. I could feel her pain and the misery of William. That’s what you want from a movie, isn’t ? To hit you hard in heart. For this very reason and some great acting, I give 9/10 to Me Before You. It has a fantastic screenplay, great direction and touching music and background score.

Emilia Clarke literally stole the show with her timeless acting. She had that innocence and emotional appeal that the character of Louisa demanded.

If you are into Romantic Genre Movies, then Me Before You got to be in your wishlist.    

 

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The World’s End – Movie Review – A Disappointing End to The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

Movie – The World’s End

Directed by – Edgar Wright

Language – British English

Country – U.K

Genre – Action, Comedy, Sci Fi

Releasing Year – 2013

 

Trailer:

 

The World’s End Movie Review:

This is the final installment of the “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy”. The movie has Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again in the lead roles as with the previous two movies of the trilogy. The World’s End has got some great rating and critical reception, but I was hardly impressed by this film. The reason is same as I explained in my review of “Shaun of The Dead”.

For me the storyline was thin and being a comedy movie, The World’s End offered little to laugh. Talking about the technical aspects of this movie, I didn’t found anything wrong or bad anywhere. In fact, everything looks well worked upon. Simon Pegg and other actors have done a decent job. Rosamund Pike plays a cameo and looks effervescent. Pierce Brosnan’s cameo too looks cool. But despite all this, the film was a total disappointment.

The music and background score is fine, yes, just fine. The direction and cinematography are good. The special effects used are of quality and doesn’t give a bad feel to your eyes, the “android robots” are great, in fact, I loved them.

 

Storyline:

Simon Pegg plays Gary King who is on a mission to fulfill his dream of completing the “Golden Mile” (a bar tour involving 12 bars) in his hometown, Newton Haven with his friends. Something he planned 20 years ago and then missed by just a single bar, “The World’s End”.

Gary meets his four friends who were the part of his teenage gang 20 years ago. Initially, they all were circumspect about this madness, at this juncture of their lives and career. But, after so much insistence by Gary, the gang gets ready to give Golden Mile a shot. Upon arriving in Newton Haven they felt that it is no more their “pretty little happening” town. Some sort of strangeness is prevailing in the environment. The people are not friendly anymore and there’s hardly any known who recognizes them.

Soon the gang discovers an appalling reality that the town has been taken over by some aliens who are converting everyone into android robots. Now, will they be able to complete the Green Mile and reach the last bar, The World’s End this time? Or those robots will get the better of them? I am not going to reveal this and ruin your excitement if you are excited at all. So go ahead watch the movie yourself.

 

Rating & Verdict:

The film is a box office hit and liked by the majority of the audience as well as critics. The applauded the fact that The World’s End has been a perfect finale to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. But, I could only give 6/10 to the film. It was bereft of laughter for the most part of it compared to the second installment, Hot Fuzz of this trilogy. Anyways, you can still watch it because you never know you may end up loving this film.

 

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Hot Fuzz – Movie Review

Movie – Hot Fuzz

Directed by – Edgar Wright

Language – British English

Country – U.K

Genre – Action, Comedy, Mystery

Releasing Year – 2007

 

Trailer:

Hot Fuzz Movie Review:

Hot Fuzz is the most successful movie of the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy. And, I too agree to this fact. Compared to Shaun of The Dead and The World’s End, this film is way better in all the aspects. As a matter of fact, Hot Fuzz does have some great laughing stuff in it. Nick Frost is an integral part of this movie and is really funny to watch. Simon Pegg looks in better shape than the first installment of Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy.

Now talking about the storyline. Nicholas Angel is an “outstanding” police constable with 400% greater arrest rate than his peers. Because of his “unmatched skills” in arresting and defeating criminals, he is promoted to the post of sergeant.

But, he is shocked to learn that he no longer will be serving the city of London. Instead, he is transferred to a quiet and small village. Nicholas tries to show his disgust with the department’s decision. But, nobody listens to his plea.

Now in Sanford (An Award Winning Model Village), he notices a “crimeless life” with everyone enjoying their work and life. Here, he meets his new sidekick Danny Butterman (Nick Frosta constable) and the station chief Mr. Robert along with the rest of the police staff.

Soon Nicholas tries to find crime and criminals in the village as per his nature. The situation gets interesting when accidents start occurring in the village claiming lives. Everyone including the police chief is sure that these are just nasty accidents with no connection to each other. But, Nicholas is confident that these are “planned murders” and there is a large-scale conspiracy behind it.  Here starts the most interesting and captivating part of Hott Fuzz. Nicholas and Nick try to solve all the murders only to find out that the all the village elders are hatching a conspiracy to kill him.

As expected from a man with exceptional abilities, Nicholas exposes everyone and wins the heart of the whole department. But, how he was able to do this is something guys need to find out yourself. No more spoilers here…!

Hot Fuzz Movie Rating & Verdict:

I rated the film 8/10. Hot Fuzz has high-quality acting, good direction, and awesome background score. If you believe my words Hot Fuzz is one of those movies that are not to be missed by the movie lovers. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s deadly combo will make you laugh endlessly throughout the film. So, go ahead taste this flavor of ‘Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy’.

 

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Forget Me Not 2010 – Movie Review

Movie: Forget Me Not                                                    Release Year: 2010

Country: Great Britain                                                   Languages: English

Genre: Romance


Forget Me Not Review

It took 3 writers and 2 directors to make this film. Unbelievable, knowing the fact that Forget Me Not has very little to offer to any cinema lover.

Yes, I was partially disappointed seeing it last night. I am saying partially as it got my attention finally, in the last 20 minutes.

Forget Me Not is not a very commercial type of movie. Rather it is more of an art film. The actors (well virtually there are only 2 of them in the whole movie) have done quite well. I must appreciate Tobias Menzies and Genevieve O’Reilly’s acting skills. I had no knowledge of both of them earlier. The screenplay too is good and locales of London are looking enticing throughout the film. Forget Me Not kind of gives you a virtual tour of London city in 95 minutes of its running. There’s one astounding aspect of this film, Forget Me Not has some really cool and touching romantic songs as well as background music.

Plot & Storyline

Coming to the plot and storyline of the film. The story is not so compelling and to be true is a bit lackluster. For much of the time you feel like uselessly watching this so called Romantic Drama.

There’s a guy (Will Fletcher) with suicidal tendency and there’s a girl (Eve Fisher) (who wants to become a nurse) but working as a bartender. This guy saves the girl form  jerk on the road and they start to wander the roads of London all night long. Of course, in between they attend a party, take part in a race, drink champagne, etc.

The next day Eve take Will to hospital for meeting her grandma ( who is allegedly suffering from Alzheimer). Slowly, they both develop a special fondness and bond for each other. But, there’s a flip-side to this story. That I will not tell, you better watch it yourself.

All I can reveal it is that it is not something to cheer about but a sad thing.

My Verdict & Rating

With all leniency I can’t think of anything more than 6/10 for Forget Me Not. It is just a time pass movie that isn’t much cheerful. So, better avoid it unless you want to try something different.