Jessica Chastain

Movie Review-A Most Violent Year

This is a smart, gripping and thought provoking film that slipped under the radar. Oscar Isaac gives a simplistic yet great performance as Abel Morales, one that brings memories of Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, and that is the biggest complement I can give him. Supported of course by the amazing Jessica Chastain.

Abel is the most intriguing of characters, even though driven by success, he maintains his integrity and never turns away from his moral compass. We follow him in a small part of his journey to success, waiting to see whether the tension will get to him, making him change his righteous ways. His personality is typified in what he says: “The result is never in question for me. Just what path do you take to get there?”.

Smart directing, strong reality-bound characters, compelling dialogues and a solid script, allow us to feel the fear and alarm that fill Abel and his wife, in his efforts for prosperity.

Be warned though, the movie is slow paced and not your regular action packed Hollywood movie. Still it remains riveting and intriguing throughout.

8/10

Movie Review-Interstellar

This is more of a praise rather than a review, it was that good. I have watched it three times and its epic scope is best grasped in IMAX and the reason for that was that it was shot in anamoprhic 35mm and IMAX 70mm photography to fully immerse the audience in this space adventure. The story by Jonathan and Christopher was breathtaking, Nolan’s great directing complemented the film, the visual effects which were simply breathtaking, with mostly use of practical effects without no green screens and minor use of CGI, and wonderful sound mixing & editing. All that accompanied by amazing score by the always reliable and remarkable Hans Zimmer.

It is almost as if it’s two separate movies squeezed in one, both with the same central principle but so different in setting and I loved both equally as much.  It might be an epic adventure, with black holes, space exploration, extra dimensions, but at its core it’s so , so intimate.  And maybe I am too romantic but that is what the movie is about, love and affection.

I am not an expert but the apparent scientific inaccuracies do not take anything away from the film. Some people might argue that they spoil the movie, however anyone who slates it because of those scenes that bend the rules of physics are being hypocritical or they do not like 99% of the movies that come out every year.  There was only one point that I can make that was inferior to the rest of the movie and that is Anne Hathaway’s acting.  It was probably her worst performance I have ever seen and I cannot figure out why, it just felt as if she didn’t manage to capture the essence of her character (credit to her though, she brings her A-game in the most important scene).

If you haven’t watched it already, then do so as soon as possible.  If you do not love it you will at least enjoy it. 

9.5/10