With the outburst of the winter season and the never-ending February snow, it’s time for another round of Slinky film recommendations (is there anything better to do during the cold days than enjoy a movie night?). This month our production assistant – Maggie Velkova – shares her views on the latest movie releases and her top favourites from the past few months!
The Greatest Showman
This is the most recent movie I watched and believe me – I fell in love. Whilst I am not a big fan of musicals, this definitely got me hooked to the seat for a good two and a half hours! The story is about the Barnum & Bailey Circus (founded in 1871) and the birth of show business. It follows the life of P.T. Barnum. However, unlike most movies based on real people, the narrative was presented in a fairy-tale style, which I found quite appealing. I believe the director, Michael Gracey, did a great job with his debut movie. Also, I ought to mention the critical response – while some opinions (such as mine) are quite positive about the movie, others say that it looks too faux and artificial. However, in my opinion, the goal for this movie wasn’t to be realistic, rather a heavily romanticised fairy-tale based on reality, which I think they succeeded in. After all, when was the last time you found Cinderella realistic? A must-watch, especially if you don’t feel you have outgrown your childhood fairy-tale books!
Murder on the Orient Express
If you are a fan of crimes and mysteries – give it a go. It still brought that fairy-tale like feeling that I think I am very keen on. The movie is based on Agatha Christie’s novel with the same name and follows the cases of a detective – Hercule Poirot. Needless to say, I am now very inspired to finally get on reading Agatha Christie’s mysteries! In addition to the storyline, I also loved the visuals in the movie. For sure Haris Zambarloukos is great at capturing the essence and mood of a film and putting it into breath-taking visuals! Nevertheless, the whole experience wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for names like Johnny Depp and Judi Dench among the cast!
I am not so keen about this movie as I believe it was style over substance. However, there are two good points I would like to raise – first of all the cinematography. I loved the use of colour in the movie by the French cinematographer Jonathan Sela. The movie’s lighting reminded me of a highly stylised music video, which to my surprise worked very well with the story, set in Germany in 1989 (who would ever imagine the fall of Berlin wall in Magenta colours?). However, this was justified as the movie is based on a graphic novel by Antony Johnston.
Secondly, it was quite refreshing to see an American movie, in which the characters actually speak a language other than English. Same is true for the music – a few German tracks were picked for the movie and I believe they worked really well along the story.
In conclusion, if you are a fan of action movies here is one for you. It definitely wasn’t my thing, although I believe it was very well accomplished in terms of style and let’s be fair – it’s always entertaining to see Charlize Theron on screen!
Released in spring last year, Cable Girls is a Spanish period drama set in 1928 in Madrid. The movie is about a telecommunications company and four women that work there. As a big fan of series like Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids (girly, yes) I loved the same good old story of four women friends in a new setting, told in a different way! So, if you are a fan of that – put your pyjamas on, get some popcorn and prepare yourself for a small Cable Girls marathon!