Greetings to all from Wisconsin (again). We have been back in Wisconsin for a late summer visit including a mini family reunion. Weather has been unseasonally cool with a few warm sunny days. Another post to come on that.
The movie scene has changed a bit here. School started on September 1. It was a Friday followed by a three day weekend. (That seemed odd to us.) We did manage to catch a few films this week. To our surprise, most midday matinees stopped with first shows starting in the late afternoon.
We fly home tomorrow where the summer fog has ended (hopefully) and the temps will be in the mid to high 70s. Perfect for us.
This animated film will be loved by youngsters and animation fans alike. It is mostly set in 19th-century Paris. Two orphans escape their rural orphanage. Victor is an aspiring inventor and Felice dreams of becoming a ballerina.
Ultimately, the film is imaginative, charming, funny and heart-warming. The primary voice overs are performed by Maddie Ziegler, Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen and Victor Wolff. There are at least another dozen actors filling secondary and tertiary roles.
It is rated PG with an Adventure/Dance genre. The run time is 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Where to start on this one. Audiences and critics were not kind toward this film. Yes, the plot has more twists and turns than the Hollywood Freeway. Yes, Director Justin Chadwick and Writer Tom Stoppard tried to cram too much story into a 107 minute film.
That said, this is a delightful peek into 17th Century life in Amsterdam, the lives of the Merchant class and commoners. We enjoyed this movie. It has a bit of enchantment, romance, history, intrigue and suspense.
There is great cast lead by Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench. Other actors with noteworthy performances were Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Jack O’Connell.
It is rated R for sexual content and nudity. The genre is noted as a Drama/Indie film. Please let us know what you think it you see this one.
I Do…Until I Don’t
This was a most peculiar film. It is about a jaded British filmmaker fixated on her concept of conventional marriage. She believes marriage should be a seven year contract, followed by disolution, renewal, replacement or alternative of choice.
It is written, directed and produced by Lake Bell who also plays one of the character’s wives. Other noteworthy actors are Amber Heard, Chance Crawford, Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser.
It is rated R for sexual material and language. It is listed as a comedy. It is less than perfect, sometimes funny, and often ridiculous. It runs 103 minutes. It may be useful to kill a couple of hours on a long plane ride… John and I were literally the only two in the theater.