Django Unchained a film by the much adored Quentin Tarantino
My absolute favourite in the category for best picture, everything about this film is awesum It is great to see Tarantino’s famous western styled film actually set in a Western genre and time frame.
Strong mix and interrelation of characters really draws you into the story and I found myself eager to know the ending. Visually dynamic and has a very edgy modern feel yet still nostalgic western influences keep the film and story line moving at a fast pace. It is the longest film in the category however the drama is engaging enough to warrant sitting still for so long!
The story focus’s on a black slaves road to freedom and quest to save his wife, a theme which is used in a lot of racially stimulated films however this character Django is strong and dynamic and not in any way a victim and this makes hugely entertaining viewing!
Django has my vote for best picture and can only be described as explosive!
Beasts of the Southern Wild
I find this hard to write about! I as left feeling slightly lost and confused at this film, yet also happy and comforted by the feeling that the lead character was gonna be alright!
The film is full of strong performances from the father and daughter lead combination and you really want them to get somewhere or gain something good…
I liked the film a lot but it was difficult to make head or tail of… It is definitely worth a watch for the sheer factor that it is very different to the more commercialised films in the category! The young girls character is quite the inspirational leader as she grows up somewhat throughout the duration of the film, and the subtle fantasy elements are worked in excellently and effectively
Argo directed by Ben Affleck
This film is an example of an unimportant story told in a hugely exciting way! It’s probably my second choice to win the Oscar as towards the end you feel like your gripping the edges of your seat awaiting to see the outcome!
Different and exciting story, can’t compare it to many other stories which is perhaps why it is so entertain and exciting to watch the outcome of plus it has some relevancy to current social issues…
Brilliant and exciting! A must see!
Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigalow
Again this was another important story yet told in an un interesting way… The film feels slow and long and it is incredibly long! The adverts and teasers we excellent for the film and created a really intense and exciting storey however I wouldn’t rush to view it again… Had nowhere near the intensity and viewing capabilities of the Hurt Locker.
A very current story, perhaps too current for it to be interesting…
Jessica Chastain carries the film and you feel more entertainment and interest in her story rather than the story of the man hunt. Scripting felt very commercialised and a bit forced at times…
Silver linings play book directed by David O.Russell
Feel good, fabulous film.
Intense and dynamic character relationships make interesting and entertaining viewing. I do not think I would go as far as to call the story beautiful however it’s moving and sweet and somewhat easy to relate to which makes this film one of my favourite in the Oscars roll. Plus it was great to see Bradley Cooper play such a strong and more serious role.
Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg
An important story told in an un interesting way…
I didn’t really get the emotive reasoning as to why Lincoln was pushing so hard for the slave amendment, I felt a lack of emotional understanding to the lead and so struggled to relate to his struggles.
Incredible performances across the board, Sally Field proves a powerhouse women role can compare to Daniel Day Lewis, however yet again DDL plays a very similar role to many of his previous performances…
The film is far too long and described as a slow burner… I’d suggest no burner
Les Misérables Directed by Tom Hooper
An all singing all dancing extravaganza! And I don’t just mean the genre…
Les Mis is full of periodic costumes and a vastly detailed set which makes the film a munch needed feast for the eyes as well as the ears and mind!
Written by author Victor Hugo in 1862 the story and general tone is somewhat similar and relevant to Dickens ‘Tale of Two Cities’ which also has a French revolutionary theme and setting.
My favourite aspect of the story was the very Dickensonian concept of utilising a large amount of characters as well as a lead and the importance of every character, who’s story tends to span a large portion of their lives. One who may not seem so important at the beginning of a characters life can greatly influence their expectations. This was done excellently throughout the film and makes highly interesting viewing with a fast paced film.
Although the title and setting is in France the film depicts characters with a cockney accent which greatly helps draw parallels to the time setting and social aspect of the characters. The singing for the film was recorded live, this raw approach makes the acing more effective and captivating.
Other than the very long time frame I did not have many complaints about this film, I believe it is one of the best musical film adaptations to date