Life and love are crafted through choices and sacrifices. Tom Ford’s adaptation of Susan and Tony, by Austin Wright, clearly shows how choice and sacrifice have an unequivocal role in determining one’s path in life. Merriam-Webster defines sacrifice as “an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially : the killing of a victim on an altar.” The choice and sacrifice made on the part of Susan Morrow, played by Amy Adams, meets these criteria and dictates both her life and that of Edward Sheffield, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
In an attempt to not spoil this movie I have my review in two sections. The top section is more of a general response to the film and below that is a section where I dig into more specifics about the film that I want to unwind. So do not read the whole thing if you want to avoid spoilers.
Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes and unsure of where the characters stand the whole way through. The story follows Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, and his girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, as they visit her family in upstate New York. No more information is needed. Peele succeeds in taking the viewer on a comedic, thrilling, and satisfying ride.
With love and passion comes sin and strife, this is the theme throughout Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People. Is the curse of the cat people a figment of their imagination, are they alive and well, or is there a panther on the loose? Cat People tells the story of Irene and Oliver as they fall in love and reconcile the difficulties of marriage. Continue reading “Cat People (1942)”
Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a fresh interpretation of the 19th century ballet, Swan Lake. The film follows Nina, played by Natalie Portman, as she trains for the part of the white/black swan. A role that requires her to metamorphose from her pure and immaculate persona into an untamed embodiment of raw sexuality. Nina’s agonizing drive for perfection takes her on an odyssey into madness. Aronofsky’s creative style and vision emphasizes the psychosis in this psychological thriller. Continue reading “Black Swan (2010)”
I am a big fan of mysteries and thrillers. Throw in a little mental illness and psychological drama and I’m hooked. The aspect of this film that I liked the most was the slow development of Rachel’s story, played by Emily Blunt. The speed of this film has been one of the most disliked aspects, but without it there would be no story. The disjointed nature of the film keeps the viewer guessing, although I will admit it grasps unnecessarily at plot points. The arc of the film and the mystery itself is not especially earth shattering or novel. It is Rachel’s story outside of the murder mystery that I find most engaging. Continue reading “Girl on the Train, The (2016)”