It's the time of the year again when many are stressing over exams. Whether you are revising for GCSEs, A levels or finals at uni it's important to take time out and chill. To me nothing is more relaxing than snuggling down to watch a film with a bar of chocolate and a green tea. Thankfully I only have one exam left so over the weekend I decided to watch some new films. Though I am no film fanatic, I leave that to my twin sister, I thought that I would do a quick review on the two I watched:
SAVING MR BANKS
Saving Mr Banks centres around the author P. L. Travers as she reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. As Mary Poppins is one of my favourite childhood movies and with a star filled cast including Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell I had high expectations for this film. Luckily I wasn't disappointed. The film is far more than a commentary on the difficulties Walt Disney (Hanks) faced when trying to work with P. L. Travers (Thompson), it highlights the strength of the relationship between a father and his daughter and how moments in our childhood effect us as individuals. What was most amazing were the links between her childhood and the story of Mary Poppins - Mr Banks is a representation of her father whilst Mary Poppins is the aunt who came to help. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson give great performances. However, I think Colin Farrell stands out with his portrayal of the father. After watching Saving Mr Banks I immediately re-watched Mary Poppins. 50 years on and it's still a great film.
SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
The film is about a day-dreamer (Ben Stiller) escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Okay I was very sceptical about this film. From the trailer it seemed a bit far-fetched and at times the plot line was unfeasible. However this is made up for by the scenery and the soundtrack. Parts of the story take place in Greenland. Iceland and the Himalayas and the landscape is breathtaking. My favourite moment is when Walter Mitty (Stiller) long boards down a hill in Iceland - it looks deceptively easy! The soundtrack which includes songs by Monsters and Men, and Jose Gonzalez add to the beauty of the film.
Grab some popcorn and enjoy. X