Green Book review – Oscar nominee

I figured I should do some reviews on the newest pictures, especially the ones that have attracted some attention recently. I see this a chance to spread a little word about them as I understand some people can be indecisive when it comes to seeing 2-hour long films. Maybe this will help you decide whether it’s worth watching (in terms of, have a little idea to see if it fits your taste). NO SPOILERS

So, Green book. I’ll be honest, I started watching it without any expectations and without knowing what it’s about. I actually prefer it so, as this way the movie has a clear chance to impress me (I tend to get stuck on prejudice sometimes). Well, let us see what happened.

Main concept: we are looking at the 1960s, when segregation was still at its peak. Yes, this movie looks at the division of white people from people of color¬†in America. All 2 hours of it. But don’t in the slightest let that put you off. It is done brilliantly! I don’t know exactly how, but 2 hours wasn’t long at all. The film challenges assumptions of whether class, dignity and honour is in any way relevant to the color of our skin. Watch the movie to find out ūüôā

The movie as of now has 5 Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor; Best supporting actor; Best original screenplay and Best Editing. All major categories which emphasises the quality of this film. It deals with heartfelt emotions which the audience can feel vividly thanks to the amazing cast performances. The actors do indeed deserve their nominations especially considering that the lead and supporting actors are the main focus of the movie and carry it on together for most of the scenes.

The story is indeed a true one! The screenplay was developed by the director – Peter Farrelly,¬† Brian Currie and the Nick Vallelonga – the son of the main character – Tony ‘Lip’ Vallelonga. It is safe to say they wanted to be as close as possible to the original story. And with good reason. A very powerful story conveying and very important and equally strong message. Surprising to see a film of such depth from the director – Peter Farrelly, as he is famous for his collaboration with his brother – ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘Me, myself and Irene’, both quirky¬†comedies. However, you can tell that he put a lot of hard work and thought into creating this movie and it has definitely paid off.

The pace of the film is overall very well balanced. There was never a moment when I thought it was too slow or too fast. It was just right. And by all means, the ending is brilliant! Keep in mind though, that the best way of watching this movie is by giving it your full attention. You won’t regret the 2 hours, but you will regret them if you don’t give it the just 2 hours fully. A lot in this movie is being said without words, much more than verbally actually. That’s one of it’s key and most important features. If you want a good quality movie, with good actor performances, beautiful shots and scenes and some very pleasant dialogue, this is the right one. It fits a nice homey weekend evening.

Lord of the Rings review

I’ll start with one of my all-time favourites and quite honestly the love of my life – The Lord of the Rings trilogy (LOTRT).¬†No SPOILERS¬†in this review!

I won’t let my personal feelings cloud my judgement, however, I am sure that the fact that I love these movies has made me watch them literally over a hundred times, which means I am well informed when it comes to an in-depth analysis of this picture.¬†
Where to start… the films were released right at the beginning of the 21st century:
The Fellowship of the Ring in December 2001
The Two Towers in December 2002
The Return of the King in December 2003
The director – Peter Jackson, as well as the majority of the crew that worked on these movies, are from New Zealand. The movies were filmed back to back and edited in New Zealand as well.
All three¬†movies were critically acclaimed and received numerous Oscar nominations of which ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ won 4 and the ‘The Return of the King’ won 11 (for which it was nominated, therefore, not losing one nomination throughout). Oscars before the LOTRT¬†were not given to ‘fantasy’ movies, considering them to not be of considerable substance and added value. The LOTRT¬†broke this barrier and opened the possibility for fantasy movies to prove their worth.
Left to right: Barrie M. Osborne (producer); Peter Jackson (Director, producer, screenwriter); Fran Walsh (Producer and screenwriter).
I want to praise the cast and crew for their astounding work. There are a few things that make these movies stand out from others at the time (which is probably one of the reasons they were so successful). The first one on my list is definitely cinematography by Andrew Lesnie. The camera work for the trilogy is very well done. Movement is both natural and at moments extraordinary but consistent throughout nonetheless. The camera delivers many feelings to the audience such as the feelings of size and scale, fear and wonder, epicness and fighting spirit and overall Рgrandeur!
Another fantastic feature is the score by Howard Shore. Each movie has original scores and songs which not only enrich the story and the power of the movies but actually take audiences through and within the world of Middle Earth created by J.R.R.Tolkien. The music has everything from the slow and calming melodies of the Shire to the majestic score of the fellowship, the battles and triumphs. Not too surprising an Oscar for Best Original Score was won for both the first and the third movie. 
Moving on to the amazing settings, locations, costumes and special effects. Considering the timing of the movies, I only want to say one thing and I believe all LOTR fans will agree with me РMiddle Earth is REAL! The crew created this world from scratch and to this day it still feels more real than many other fantasy worlds. I will just make a quick comparison with The Hobbit trilogy which by far had much more opportunities in terms of technology development. However surprising it may sound, the LOTRT movies are less fantastic and more raw than the Hobbit trilogy, but that is exactly what makes them feel so realistic and relatable. When watching these movies you can be transformed into another realm and fully believe in the story, invest in it. I highly praise the artwork of Alan Lee and John Howe who first envisioned this world and then to Weta digital and the Weta workshop who made it real for the audience. 
The story is consistent and moving. The film’s editors have done well. The crew definitely struggled with keeping the story together with each next film as the storylines branched out, developed and twisted, but they managed as far as I can see. I remember when I was little, watching ‘The Two Towers’ and being a bit bored whenever the scene shifted towards Frodo and Sam, who are supposed to be the main characters and the main focus of the journey, but as a kid I suppose I preferred watching more of the action and battles the other heroes faced. There is a contrast between scenes in the manner of speed and action, yes. Keep that in mind.¬†
I could definitely talk for hours about these movies, however, I believe I have highlighted the key points of the massive work that is this trilogy. Overall, if you enjoy fantasy, are looking for something thorough yet entertaining, then you will never make a mistake choosing to watch these movies. Keep in mind that they are relatively long though, so if you decide to do a marathon, I’d suggest going for the weekend :).¬†