Beauty and the Beast
The remake of Beauty and the Beast showcases lovely songs and a magical setting. That being said, I did not enjoy much else about this movie. Call me crazy, but I think it’s plain weird that Belle (played by Emma Watson) falls in love with the man — animal? — who kidnaps her father and then holds her hostage in exchange for his release. Stockholm Syndrome, much? If you liked the original Beauty and the Beast you’ll probably like this film too. It’s just not my singing cup of tea.
The Big Sick
The Big Sick is a rom-com inspired by a true story, and it was written by its two main characters! Kumail Nanjiani plays himself as he falls in love with his wife, Emily Gordon. Nanjiani and Gordon’s relationship is strained by Nanjiani’s family’s desire for him to have an arranged marriage, and further complicated when Gordon is suddenly hospitalized and put into a medically-induced coma. Overall, The Big Sick strikes a perfect balance between funny and poignant.
This movie should be renamed Everybody is in Love with Alice, and who can blame them? Reese Witherspoon plays Alice, a recently-single mom with the heart and face of an angel. Alice, 40, falls for 27-year-old aspiring director Harry while he and his other 20-something friends crash in her guest house. It’s about as awkward as it sounds. Besides lacking a believable storyline, Home Again glosses over the complications of divorce. The film also includes a pointless conflict between Harry and his friends that left me questioning the maturity of the group: the opposite of the film’s intent.
The Mountain Between Us
Yikes. Who knew a movie could be so depressing yet so cheesy? The Mountain Between Us takes the “damsel in distress” trope to new heights — literally and figuratively. Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) and Ben Bass (Idris Elba) meet for the first time when their commuter plane crash-lands in the Rocky Mountains. They spend the course of the movie slowly hiking to safety, and I guess falling in love. In reality, The Mountain Between Us consists mostly of scenes of Alex shivering by a fire and Ben — a practicing neurosurgeon — feeding her soup or tending to her wounds. Winslet and Elba did their best, but they couldn’t save a movie with a strange plot and an even more awkward script.
I don’t often cry at movies, but Breathe is the definition of a tear-jerker. It follow the true story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), a 28-year-old British man paralyzed from the neck down by polio in the mid 1960s. Instead of spending his life in a hospital, Robin chooses to live at home with his family eventually travel the world, largely thanks to help from his wife Diana (Claire Foy). Foy and Garfield are both marvelous, and Breathe is a bitter-sweet tale about the beauty and fragility of life.
Call Me by Your Name
If like slow movies, you’ll love Call Me by Your Name. Set in an idyllic town in the north of Italy, the movie follows the first love of 17 year-old Elio Perlman. Though I found Elio’s love interest Oliver (Armie Hammer) a little antagonistic, the story is does a great job detailing Elio’s pain and joy as he come to terms with his sexuality and learns more about his place in the world.