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  • Film (Re)View – Manchester by the Sea

    Cleverly written to gradually reveal what has happened to Affleck’s character to turn make him so self destructive and unwilling to take on a teenage boy.

    His backstory is heartbreaking and his fear of being responsible for a child is palpable.

    For me, this was a very heartfelt and moving film, albeit there was way too much swearing and it was way too long. It also ended too abruptly, leaving things unresolved, which is a big no-no.

    As a writer, this film brought home the need to finish a story adequately (Passengers was another film which didn’t finish properly – it was rushed) and to ensure the story has pace, to stop readers getting bored!

  • Film (Re)View – Split

    His character had 23 personalities and, in the film, he showed mainly 5 of them, as well as his ‘real’ persona (several others came out as he was unravelling). Each personality was a completely different type of person – 9 year old boy, woman, gay man, OCD man and the BEAST.

    When he morphed into the Beast, he morphed into a larger stronger person, proving the doctor’s theory that each personality has a different physiology. The trouble was, the film only really showed this with the Beast, making it a tad ‘unbelievable’, especially when he scaled the walls more adeptly than Spiderman!

    For me, as a writer, this film was a huge inspiration for me to tune in more to the voices in my head.

    Some actors struggle to pull off one personality, never mind multiple. To play all those different people….well, hats off to you, Mr McAvoy!

  • Film (Re)View – La La Land

    This, for me, was a light-hearted musical with a message for us all, especially us dreamers.

    At first I was cringing, just a little, seeing this as a cheesy attempt at a modern day Grease, but it soon had me hooked and took a serious look at what happens when you follow your dreams. On top of this, there are two people, in a relationship, each with their own dreams to follow; each going in different directions, bringing on that heart-breaking conversation about whether one of them gives up their dreams or whether they go their separate ways.

    There are many times in my life I’ve put aside my dream for my relationship; none of which have lasted.

    La La Land, for me,  told me never to give up on my dreams. I can assure you, I never will.