Published on March 14th, 2009 | by Grandad9
My first ever reviews
I’m not one usually for commenting on films, as by and large, most modern films do nothing for me.
In the last couple of weeks however, I have seen two films which impressed me.
The first film was one Herself wanted to see – “Lars and the Real Girl”.
I wasn’t particularly anxious to see it, as she told me it was a comedy about a bloke who falls in love with an inflatable sex doll. I had visions of puerile humour which is not how I want to spend an hour and a half of my life.
However, the film was remarkably good. There was a lot of humour in it, but it was essentially a very moving story of Lars, a man with deep rooted personality problems, excellently acted by Ryan Gosling. There were also fine performances by Paul Schneider as Lars’ brother and Patricia Clarkson as the doctor.
This was a film that could have been a one joke flop, but in fact was a very moving film. Often funny, sometimes sad, it is a film that is well worth seeing.
The second film is a different genre altogether.
“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” is an intensely powerful story of the worst atrocities of the Second World War as seen through the eyes of an eight year old boy.
The first thing to strike me at the beginning of the film was the incongruity of the middle class English accents in a cast purporting to be German. That was soon forgotten though as the story unfolded.
The film was dominated by the acting of the two young boys – Asa Butterfield and Zac Matoon O’Brien. The atmosphere was one of tension and foreboding and as the story progressed, there was a palpable feeling of horror.
This is one of those films that left me with a lasting impression, and I am unlikely to forget it.
If you have missed either of the above, then go see them.