Sunday, 15 February 2015

Humble review by Belén Delgado " Fifty Shades of Grey" ( Feb 14, 2015)

I have to admit that i have not read the books and it´s not the type of literature that I usually go for but I heard a lot about 50 Shades of Grey (I even received the book in pdf format from a friend that loved the books) that I was intrigued to see the film. I wanted to see it, too to be able to have my own opinion about it, specially after having received such bad criticism from the public and the media. I have a blog where I write about cinema so I could not make an exception with this movie that everyone is talking about. It seemed the perfect plan for a 14th of February: A torrid love story with a sexy billionaire based on a bestseller, specially being read by women, so why not going and seeing it?

Well, I knew what i was going to see was not going to be excellent acting and that the the plot was based on a best-seller erotic romance trilogy. I do not like being influenced by others who hate a movie. I like to have my own opinion about things, in general. So if you ask me what I think about it, well, the Irish male protagonist is attractive, yes, not my type but attractive, so not bad there, however, his acting was really bad and I´m not sure if that was the intention of the film  but it turned out to be a "comedy" with some of the quotes from the film. The audience laughed several times (including us..), so again, not sure if that was the intention. Some of the lines I remember now are " I do not make love, i fuck hard, really hard" , If a guy says that to me in the real life, i would have laughed in his face, the same i did in the cinema , so not sure if that would actually turn me on or off lol. Anyway, my point is that the movie entertained me, i laughed and i enjoyed some of the aesthetic scenes between the too (both of them kissing in the piano with the great view of the skyscrapers from the apartment). The female protagonist, Dakota Johnson  (Melanie´s Griffith´s daughter) plays her role much better than his male, counterpart , Jamie Dornan , however none of them blew me away with their acting.

The audience in the cinema was all couples and group of women that were giggling most of the time, beer was sold , which it´s the first time i have seen , the ads prior to the movie were about condoms, in the end it was the perfect setting to see an erotic movie mainly done to please the female audience that wanted to have a good time. I did not see anyone walking out the cinema and believe me, i have seen it with other films. To me, even though the topics of sadism and masochism are handled , it´s done with a great deal of respect, not to hurt anyone´s feelings, in the end it´s a love story and she agreed to what it was being done to her and when she didn´t like it, she walked away. In the end, the film and book is all fiction and you are entitled to think and have your own fantasies in a story in a book or movie. I totally disagree with the critics that have talked about abuse being shown in the film. On a separate note, I was thinking all the time, if the Spanish director, Pedro Almodovar .would have directed this movie it would have been much tougher and real. However, this version is a light one, there are cheese romantic scenes. Even some scenes that could have been much more difficult to watch. If there is still anyone out there that thinks that this film is about hard sex in the screen.. well , it´s not.. there is some nudity shown but very light.

See link of an interview with the author and the protagonists:

Last but not least, for those who may criticize me because I have seen this movie , I have to say that I do not care much, I usually like going to see movies that are talked about to be able to write about them, so I won´t change that. I have to say that I hope i have made it clear that it was not the movie of my life but i was entertained and I´m glad I went to see it. If you ask me if I would recommend it, well if you have the same expectations than I had , go and see it and make your own judgement. But please see it in the original version, i do not even want to think how it sounds in Spanish.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A humble short review of : Birdman (2014)

I had high expectations of this film, i knew it had several nominations for the Oscars and although I'm not a big fan of Michael Keaton, i knew it was going to be good and definitely different from other American movies since it was also directed by a Mexican director, Alejandro Gonzalez I., so i knew it was going to have a different touch. Well, I did not know it was going to be as different as it definitely is, it's not a movie for everyone. In a way, there are many similarities with Michael Keaton's life due to his role of Batman and the impact it had in his career. Keaton's role in this movie is by far the best I have seen of him but to me, the star of the movie is actor Ed Norton, his role is superb. 10 out of 10! The photograph and takes of the film are different and it's heavily based on the dialogue, which remained me of the old good movies. It's also highly scored in pages such as rotten tomatoes with over 90% .  The movie is full of metaphors , some of them I'm still trying to understand myself. I love the end. I'm not going to tell you what it is. No worries

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A movie that you cannot miss, humble review by Belén Delgado : Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

In a single word: Wow!!! . What a great film!! British do understand what secret agents movies need to be! It's a UK film to see it in the big screen and if possible in IMAX format, the effects in the different scenes are just fab! Everyone looked very happy while watching and this is a good sign (I usually look around me in the cinema when I'm enjoying a movie to see how other people react). I'm a big fan of Colin Firth myself, I have not seen a movie from him that I have not enjoyed so far, so I knew he would not disappoint me. His elegance, great diction and great acting makes him the perfect secret spy. Young British actor, Taron Egerton, plays also very well his role of being a street kid that is chosen to is do a training to become a true Kingsman spy. The movie can be a bit violent at times but due to the effects and the way the photography is done, it's actually aesthetic. One of the highlights for me was the scene inside the church. We were open-mouthed.. but in the end, movies are fiction, aren't they? ( If you are very catholic, do not take it personal)
I think it was very original, the idea that one day people can be controlled via a free simcard to use internet and then all of them would be connected and would become violent. And of course, the rich would survive out of that because they would not fall for a free simcard. In the end it's all a criticism about today's society where the rich control the world and people like us, would go and get the free internet simcard in a matter of seconds!!! Note: I love the ending!

If you would like to see a new version of a James bond movie with a modern twist and great effects, go!! WE loved it! For me , it's a 10!

Movie Recommendation by Belén Delgado: Wild (2015)

Like every year, I like to see movies that are nominated for the Oscars to be able to make my own nominations based on what I liked. Well, I´m not surprised that actress Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon has been nominated for her protagonist role in this movie. She is so natural and spontaneous that one can easily relate to her story and to what she is going through. To me , this is her best performance to-date. Cheryl,Resse, does what many people would like to do, leave your life behind for a short period of time to embark in a trip to be able to think and evaluate what changes need to take place in your life. She is a very brave woman who decides to go on her own to hike on the Pacific Long trail after losing her beloved mother and after her husband left her due to her addiction to drugs and uncountable infidelities. The way the story is told in a narrative technique , going back and forth to the past and present and it seems as if you were reading a book, many times. It´s a beautiful story told with a breathtaking scenery. After watching the movie you feel like going hiking! Straight after I started looking for the mountains to hike in Ireland! I´m not going to tell you more so that you can go and see the movie. I´d scored it with  a 9 out of 10. Class movie! I do hope Reese wins the oscar!

A beautiful romantic movie: ¨The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society¨(2018) by Belén Delgado

This movie deserved a separate post since I loved it so much. If you are thinking of watching a romantic movie, this may be the one: Yea...