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Movie Review – A Quiet Place (2018)

Shh!

Be vewy vewy quiet, 3.5 readers.  It’s time for BQB’s review of “A Quiet Place.”

I love it when I’m pleasantly surprised.  I knew very little of this film going into it.  I thought maybe it was just a standard horror flick that husband/wife duo John Krakinski and Emily Blunt whipped out but it’s anything but standard.  In fact, in this day of sequels, prequels and originals, you’ll want to scream for joy at this original idea.

But don’t.  Don’t make a sound.  You see, the world has been conquered by mysterious, scary creatures who, if you make a noise, will pop out of nowhere and eat you.  The population has been decimated and survivors live very quiet lives.  They make a modest amount of noise by walking around but other than that, no talking, no singing, no music and the slightest accident, i.e. knocking a plate onto the floor, can prove fatal.

There are exceptions to the “Be Quiet” rule.  There are places, circumstances, etc. where talking can happen but for the most part, the characters rely on sign language, subtitles and facial expressions to tell the story.  It’s impressive that the actors are able to get so much across by utilizing so little.  From a writing standpoint, it’s an exercise in “show, don’t tell” because all the characters can do is show.  They can’t tell.

Challenges abound.  Not to get too deep into it but daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) is deaf and lives in a world where there isn’t a place that will fix her broken hearing aid.  Just as in zombie apocalypse times, empty shops and ghost towns abound, and the Abbott family must get by through their wits and occasional scavenging.

Further, they engage in a variety of clever ways to go about their daily routine, figuring out how to get through their days as quietly as possible (an expected baby poses a significant challenge as we all know what babies love to do.)

STATUS:  An unexpected gem.  Shelfworthy.

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Movie Review – The Girl on the Train (2016)

There’s a girl.  There’s a train.

That’s it. Goodnight everybody.

Oh ok, I’ll write a review.

SPOILER ALERT.  “The Spoiler on the Blog.”

BQB here with a review of The Girl on the Train.

Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a booze fiend. Big time alcoholic. Loves the sauce. Mmm…drinky drinks get in my belly.

Every day she rides a train that passes by the homes of two couples that she’s unable to stop thinking about.

One couple is Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans).  They appear to live an idyllic life as happy lovers and remind her of the marriage she lost due to her alcoholism.

Ironically, she’s so depressed that her boozing destroyed her marriage that she can’t stop drinking.

SIDENOTE: Haley remains a Jennifer Lawrence doppleganger and has absconded with yet another part from J-Law. First The Magnificent Seven, now this.  3.5 readers, if you look like J-Law, head to Hollywood, for there’s apparently a good living to be made as a J-Law double.

The other couple is Rachel’s ex-husband, Tom (Justin Theroux), now married and the father of a child with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson.)  It breaks her heart to have to constantly see the house she once co-owned inhabited by a woman that isn’t her and a baby that she wanted to have.

When Megan goes missing, everyone becomes a suspect and since Rachel is an alky/epic maker of bad decisions/person who constantly embarrasses herself with bad behavior, she’s not the most trustworthy protagonist for viewers to rely upon.

At times, it was confusing.  The action moves often from Rachel as main character to flashbacks of the other characters’ lives and scenes where Rachel isn’t involved.  Multiple perspectives.

At the end of the film, the lady sitting behind me in the theater loudly blurted out this wasn’t as good as the book.

Being a gentleman, I didn’t want to disparage her by informing her that she was at the top of my list of types of moviegoers I can’t stand – i.e. person who reads the book the movie is based on, then insists on being haled as a genius all throughout the movie.

Heck, for all I know, she could be right. I did buy the novel written by Paula Hawkins.  I did read the first few chapters. They seemed interesting. I just lacked the time to finish it.

Initially, I thought this was going to be a modern take on the 1954 film Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart – i.e. two people gawking out a window only to end up gawking at something that terrifies them.

That would have been cool but uh, well, not to give it away, but no, this isn’t that.

This movie is a win for Blunt.  She showed Oscar worthy greatness in last year’s snubbed Sicario and this year, she uglies herself up and becomes a pitiable but sympathetic character.

I mean, sure, not everyone goes into an alcoholic tailspin after a marriage, but who among us haven’t been left feeling gut punched by the ending of a relationship?  Blunt captures the epic sadness that comes from having to cope with the fact that your beloved is now with someone else vs. the cruel reality that the world is still turning, you still need to get up and go about your day, and the people around you only have so much sympathy so stop complaining and suck it down deep already.

I’m going to give it shelf-worthy status largely because I got to see Haley Bennett’s tucas, which arguably is the same as seeing J-Law’s tucas.

Or is it? I don’t know.  I haven’t seem them in a side-by-side comparison.  I only run a modest blog for 3.5 readers. I’m not famous enough to make shit like that happen.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.

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Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Is love only a fairy tale?

That’s the question asked by this part prequel/part sequel to The Huntsman.

You’ll be hunting for some spoilers if you read further.

Freya (Emily Blunt) is sister to Ravenna (Charlize Theron) aka the Wicked Queen.

Prior to the events of the first Huntsman film, Freya becomes irrevocably heartbroken, and sets out to take over the Northern part of wherever the hell this fantasy world is.

To do so, she raises an army of “Huntsmen” and thus we learn Eric the Huntsman’s (Chris Hemsworth) origin.

Freya proclaims love to be a lie and bans it, leaving Eric and his secret wife, Sara (Jessica Chastain) to hide their relationship.

Yadda yadda yadda.  Flash forward to a time post the original movie. The magic mirror has gone missing.  Eric and two of his dwarf pals have to find it. Some dwarf women come into play.

Freya wants the mirror.  Ravenna also wants to keep doing evil shit.  That’s about it.

Lots of action. Great special effects. Not so great Scottish accents but you can’t have everything.

For whatever reason, Kristen Stewart’s not in this one.  Occasionally, you get to see Snow White with her back turned. Maybe they figured with all these stars they’d save on a salary.  Or maybe K-Stew’s post-Twilight fame is in its twilight.  Who knows?

Emily Blunt is convincing as an ice queen. Charlize has been lamenting lately that tall, hot statuesque blondes have a hard time making a go of it in show biz, but somehow she was able to soldier on through this flick so I give her props.

I enjoyed it but it is a popcorn movie.  Is love real or is it just an unattainable fantasy that we just torture ourselves with?

I ask myself that all the time. Yikes. Maybe I missed my calling by not becoming an Ice King.

Do they have Ice Kings?  Queens seem to have a monopoly on the ice game.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.

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Movie Review – Sicario (2015)

Emily Blunt in a “look at my acting chops!” role.  Josh Brolin as a smug jerk, or in other words, a typical Josh Brolin role.  Benicio Del Toro as creepy as always.

BQB here with a a review of the latest Fall movie season Oscar contender.

I know, 3.5.  I know.  I’m stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.  I should be doing something more productive than watching movies.  But what can I do?  The zombies are out there, I’m stuck in Price Town.  Might as well make the best of it, especially when my alien buddy has an intergalactic communications device (aka a space phone) that allows me to watch top notch Emily Blunt films.

Aliens love Emily Blunt.  And to be blunt, so do I.

Wow, I bet Emily’s never heard that joke before.

OK.  So let’s dive in.  As the opening sequence of this film explains to us, a “sicario” was once the term used in Jerusalem to describe the super devout who chased Romans from their homeland, but today it has become the Mexican word for “hit man.”

By the way, just now, Apple spellchecker really wanted me to write “pit man” for some reason.  I hate it when I have to argue with my computer just to get it to say what I want it to.  I swear to Christ this is how Skynet begins.  Up your butt, Apple.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

No more distractions.  The film begins with Emily as FBI agent Kate Macer, an FBI anti-kidnapping specialist leading a mission to take a house that is alleged to be holding a drug cartel’s kidnapping victims.

Only thing is, it turns out the house is actually a house of horrors, with dead cartel victims lining the walls.

Emily is then recruited to assist a special task force with the apprehension of Manuel Diaz, the big time drug kingpin behind the death house.

Do you ever get confused when you watch a hardcore crime movie?  I know when I watched True Detective, Season 2 I felt like I needed a flowchart and a slide rule just to keep up with what was going on.

Well, with this movie, you’re in luck, because you’re not the only one who’s confused.  Emily/Kate is too.

Josh Brolin (aka Matt Graver)  is some type of G-man in charge of the task force.  Is he a spy?  Does he work for the CIA?  Is he military?  Is he someone else entirely?

Meanwhile, the task force’s biggest asset is Alejandro aka Benicio.  The same questions apply.  Is he a CIA agent?  Is he some kind of Mexican spy, a Juan Bond, if you will?  (Oh come on, PC police, that was funny and you know it.)  Is he military?  Someone else?

The point is, Kate ends up working with these people and a) she has no idea who they are and b) they won’t tell her.  In fact, Matt/Josh seems to relish holding back details of what’s going on vis a vis their mission, only eeking out just enough details to keep Kate from walking away, but otherwise she’s kept in the dark.

Finally!  A protagonist in a serious crime drama who’s as confused as I am.  I felt for Emily in this one.  The whole film she’s like “What’s going on?” and I was replying, “I don’t know Emily, but I hope you find out.  Don’t trust these dudes, girl.”

All in all, great acting, a gripping plot that draws you in.  It gets you on a roll with questions and if you hang in there, they are answered.

On top of all that, it does offer a stunning indictment of the whole inter-border drug war.  Nasty business. Don’t do drugs, kids.

I hate to give too much away but there was one quote that caught me.  I’ll paraphrase.  Basically,  twenty-percent of the population are hardcore drug users and if we could get them to quit the cartels would be out of work.

So quit today, all you dope fiends.  Only you can stop Mexican mafia murder houses.

One thing that made me happy was seeing Jeffrey Donovan in a supporting role.  You might remember he was Michael Westen in Burn Notice.  I loved that show.  He’s a good actor.  Hope to see him in more stuff.  I hear he’s in the next season of Fargo.

That’s all I have, 3.5.  To discuss it any further would be to spoil the whole thing.  Go see it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go ride out the zombie apocalypse.

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