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A Long Way Down

MV5BMTc0MTg0MDI2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzM4MDYwMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul

Four people meet on a roof top in London on New Year’s Eve – they are potential ‘jumpers’. The disgraced talk show host, the single mother, the politician’s daughter, and the mediocre American rock star are randomly thrown together and awkwardly form a sort of support group for each other.

The group sign a pact that they will not commit suicide before Valentine’s Day. A lot happens to them in the next month, but at least now they have each other to lean on. Who will make it and decide to live life, and who will not?

Although this film is pegged as a comedy/drama, there is room for a bit of romantic action. All four actors do a pretty good job with this Hornby novel, particularly Collette who never fails to perform expertly in these kinds of roles.

I’m not over-excited about this flick, but nor am I overly critical. It does flow well, the story hangs together easily, and it contains some touching issues. It’s worth a watch, mainly because Toni Collette is such a terrific actor.



Love Is All You Need

MV5BNzYxMDQwMzIzMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjcxODIzOQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan, Molly Blixt Egelind, Sebastian Jessen

Whilst undergoing breast cancer treatment, Danish woman, Ida, finds that her husband has been cheating on her. She travels to Italy without him to attend their daughter’s wedding. On route she meets the father of the groom, Phillip (Brosnan). When her husband brings his young girlfriend to the wedding, Ida finds Phillip oddly supportive.

Ida’s daughter, Astrid, is set to marry Patrick, but something is not quite right between them. When Patrick sees Astrid dancing with another man the night before the wedding, it isn’t clear who he is jealous of. There’s romance in the air but who will it find?

Both Ida (Dyrholm) and Astrid (Blixt Egelind) are amazing looking women. They make this a rather refreshing film – no thanks to Pierce Brosnan, a man I can’t take seriously after his ridiculous role in Mamma Mia.

I don’t know about being described as a ‘romantic comedy’ as this film wasn’t very amusing. But it did have a lightness, and a gentleness to it, as well as a definite touch of Europe. It dealt with grief and pain in a moving and careful way. It’s probably not a film that I’ll remember well, but it was still worth experiencing. Recommended probably for a more mature audience.

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan

SJP plays Kate Reddy, a finance banker with a husband and two small children. She has a very busy life – juggling career and family. When she has the opportunity to launch a new product with work, she struggles to fit everything in and keep everyone happy.

Not too many people reviewed this film positively, some saying it’s a “feminist rant” and some getting very upset at the idea that women are being portrayed as marvellous and able to do many things at once!  Not too many men liked it (something threatening here?) and although it didn’t get great reviews by women, many didn’t mind it either.

It’s light, it has funny moments (like when she gets head lice), it doesn’t have to be true, and there is romance. But it’s also rather simplistic and US cheezy. Maybe wait until it’s on TV rather than hiring it unless you love SJP.



Mamma Mia

Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfriend, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper

Streep plays Donna who lives on a Greek Island. Her daughter is getting married. The daughter invites three of Donna’s old boyfriends to the island for the wedding in the hope that she will know which one is her dad.

That’s it, that’s the plot – then there’s all this singing and dancing, culminating in a romantic ending for both mother and daughter.

You’d think seeing Colin Firth sing, or dance shirtless in jets of water would make me love this movie. But I don’t. I fact, I don’t like it at all, despite how much I admire Meryl Streep. I don’t know what it is, perhaps I’m no fan of a musical – it messes with a good rom com.