So, this blog has been quiet for a while now and I thought it would be a good idea to ease the way back into film reviews with an overview of some of the potentially interesting films set to be released this year. Read on, and share your opinions via the comments section! (PS: the numbering is random)
1) The Moon & the Sun
Director: Sean McNamara
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Rachel Griffiths
Premise: In search of immortality, King Louis XIV captures a mermaid, intending to steal her enchanted life force. Matters are complicated when his illegitimate daughter discovers the mermaid’s captivity.
Interest Factor: I don’t know about you but I love (well-made) fantasy and historical films. This film seems to check both boxes, but you never know. It could be a really intriguing film, or it could be a complete mish-mash disaster. We’ll see… although, thanks to past experiences I’m fairly cynical. The plot sounds fascinating, but will the film deliver?
Current RainAndInk Rating: I see this as a potential 6/10. An interesting plot line, and possibly good dramatic acting, but will the visuals, the script/dialogue and end result live up to expectations?
2) The Age of Adaline
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman
Premise: After remaining 27 years old for nearly 80 solitary years (a vampire? a mythological creature? Conjecture, conjecture), Adaline meets someone who sparks her desire for life and love. When threatened with exposure, Adaline makes a life-changing decision.
Interest Factor: 27 for 80 years, life-changing decisions, angsty romance? Hmmm. Colour me curious!
Current RainAndInk Rating: A possible 7 or 8/10. Blake Lively as the protagonist seems promising, and the storyline sounds good. Is the RainAndInk rating too optimistic? Tell us what you think.
Director: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Ryan Reynolds (hmmmm… don’t know whether this bodes well for the film), Michelle Dockery (promising!), Ben Kingsley and Matthew Goode.
Premise: Yet another film about immortality (after all, is it not the eternal human quest?). The consciousness of a terminally ill billionaire is transferred into the body of a deceased younger man. However, once in his new body, the protagonist experiences some rather disturbing flashbacks…
Interest Factor: Most of my interest was piqued by the fact that the film is directed by Tarsem. After seeing his film ‘The Fall’ , I have high hopes of his future ventures. Also, the idea of transferring consciousness is fascinating (it was explored in Transcendence, but there the focus was on consciousness transferred from man to machine; this idea has also been looked at in the film ‘Tell Tale’ ).
Current RainAndInk Rating: Possibly a 7 for 8/10. I’m curious to see how the film tackles its subject matter, and am largely optimistic regarding performances by the cast.
4) Crimson Peak
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, MIa Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam
Premise: Set in England in the 1800s, the film follows Edith Cushing, a young author, as she discovers that her charismatic husband, Sir Thomas Sharpe, is not as he appears to be.
Interest Factor: Keeping in mind del Toro’s past ventures in dark fantasy, this is one of the films I am most looking forward to. Add to that Hiddleston and moody crumbling mansions + gorgeous English countryside, and you really have something to look forward to – Hiddleston’s performances are usually really good (his acting reminds me somewhat of Richard Armitage’s performances- there’s a similar glint of brilliance).
Current RainAndInk Rating: Quite likely to be an 8/10 in my opinion… Time will tell!