Beautiful. Spine tingling. Insightful. Uplifting. Heartbreaking. Just some of the words I would use to describe The Danish Girl (Hooper:2015). Now, I don’t normally preach about what films people “have to watch” because, what gives me the authority to assume that my opinion is higher than yours? Frankly, it’s not. But having said that, I really do think this an important film that everyone should, at very least, consider watching. It’s one of those films where it just shows how powerful cinema can be, and how it can reach so many people. Especially with a film as slick as this one. Everything it did, it did to a colossal standard.
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The casting, first and foremost, was simply magical. Eddie Redmayne gave a spellbinding performance, as Einar slowly succumbed to Lili, treating the story with care and great emotion. Though for many, the issues presented in The Danish Girl are not ones that are easily relatable, Redmayne made that easier by giving Lili a voice, a face, a humanity.
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As we welcomed in the new year with fireworks, bubbly, and those odd people we call ‘family’, there was something I realised looking forward to the year ahead. This year is going to be an expensive one. But expensive in one particular area: the cinema.
There are some incredible films to look forward to this year, and I can see that cinema trips will be frequent on account of the sheer number of exciting films set for release in 2016, though my bank account probably won’t thank me for that. And while there’s such a hype about the film calendar this year, I thought I’d dedicate a post to my top films of the year, the ones I’m most excited for.
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My homemade categories consist of: Superheroes, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Disney & Animation, and Sequels.
- Captain America: Civil War (Russo). Seeing as the Cap is my favourite Marvel superhero, naturally this one’s top of the list, but even without that little bias this film looks like another epic box office hit. There seems to be a trend at the moment in cinema about epic-ness and world-defining narratives, but the audiences are loving it, and I’m afraid I’m no exception. Particularly exciting about this film, is the dynamic between Captain America and Iron Man that we see in the trailer: while we know they don’t get on all that well at the best of times, here they are actually pitted against each other. This film is certain to divide opinion, and probably the internet too.
- X-Men: Apocalypse (Singer). First things first, Sophie Turner Sophie Turner SOPHIE TURNER. As you can probably tell, I’m a Thrones fan, and quite excited about seeing the young Miss Turner in the role of Jean Grey, and that’s the first thing that hits in the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse (props to the promo team). This is another film that looks epic and high stakes, and I’m wondering where this fits on the X-Men timeline after Days of Future Past. I’ll be interested to see what they do with this one, particularly where Charles Xavier’s hair and the antagonist (who remains somewhat of a mystery) are concerned.
- Deadpool (Miller). A superhero film with a difference. This is the superhero for the older audience, the first of his kind in the Marvel franchise. Interesting, I hear you say. Indeed it is. But from what the trailer shows us, it looks like he’s going to be a fantastic new hero to add to the Marvel cinematic universe. Also, notably for Game of Thrones fans, Ed Skrein has the role of Ajax in Deadpool – possibly the reason for his sudden departure from the show after a measly 3 episodes in the role of Daario Naharis (if you even remember him at all); he did say that he left the show to follow a path into film, so maybe this is it.
- Ones to watch. Other noteworthy Superhero films for the year include: Doctor Strange (Derrickson), which is national treasure Cumberbatch’s next gig; DC’s Suicide Squad (Ayer) which is creating A LOT of hype; and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Snyder) which promises to be a great crowd-pleaser, provided everyone can accept Ben Affleck as the Bat after Christian Bale’s ownership of the role in the recent films. Is it too soon? Perhaps. A final thing worth noting here is the edition of Wonder Woman and the promise of a female-led film of her own next year. My bets are that Marvel will feel the need to follow suit for fear of criticism. After all, everyone’s been crying out for a Black Widow film for a while now. What DID happen in Budapest…?
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