This weekend, I watched three rather different films… two being ‘indie’ films; The Dressmaker (2015) and The Skeleton Twins (2014), as well as the film of the moment Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016). Rather than give you three separate reviews, I thought I’d squish them into one post!
The Dressmaker (2015)
I remember seeing this promoted late last year, and I was intrigued by it but I just didn’t get round to seeing it in cinemas. Therefore I was excited to stumble across it on Now TV.
For some reason I had in my head that it was just a quirky romance drama, however it was a little more than that. It’s based on a book of the same name, and actually has a plot that is quite difficult to describe without spoiling it, but set in a small town in outback Australia, a glamorous dressmaker returns to transform people, reignite a relationship with her mother, right her wrongs and seek revenge on those who did her wrong.
It definitely captured an interesting tale, with plenty of twists in it and some great themes. It held some beautiful craftsmanship too, with some exciting cinematography and locations with stunning haute couture style costumes. Plus Kate Winslet shone in the lead role, and had an equally brilliant supporting cast.
Overall, a worthy watch if interested in fashion and indie drama/romance films. ★★★ Out now in most countries / USA: 23rd September
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
I mean how could I NOT rush to the cinema and see this?
Having a third Bridget Jones film never really crossed my mind, but she’s a character that is loved by so many, we can’t help but wonder what happened next right? Well, this film gives us exactly that! It’s stayed true to form and gives us everything we love about our dear Bridget Jones.
The story simply delves into the still-single Jones, after things fell apart with Mr Darcy and shows her in a shiny new career feeling somewhat content. However, things take a sudden twist when she discovers she’s pregnant… but can’t be sure on the father. Is it the old flame Mark Darcy, or the new fling Jack Qwant? (Side note: I haven’t read the third book, but from my understanding, very little of the film is based on it)
It’s just great to see so many of the original cast return, as well as a few fun cameos – of course we miss one leading man, but it still works without him and his absence is explained, plus I think Patrick Dempsey gives a great fresh addition. There’s some great sights of London in the shots, and a brilliant pop anthem orientated soundtrack too. Plus kudos to the designers of that bump!
Overall, the whole cinema was kept in fits of laughter throughout (in fact, it’s probably one of the funniest films I’ve seen this year!) and it’s nothing but a feel-good film oozing with drama, comedy, fun and romance; that many of us can relate to. Now I can’t help but secretly wish for a fourth, to see their lives with the baby… as I simply adore Bridget. ★★★★★ Out now
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
I’d had this on my watch list for a while now, I’d heard about it a few times and I really like Kristen Wiig. Thanks again to Now TV, I was able to watch it!
It was an interesting story of twins who had not spoken for 10 years, but rekindled after they both coincidentally cheat death on the same day. These two broken souls then have to work together to get through their troubles.
It can be a tough watch at times, but it’s brilliantly crafted film, with a raw and honest portrayal of being broken. However, there are plenty of laughs to be had in between – and it includes a scene with one of the greatest lip syncs. Plus I could vouch that this may be one of Kristen Wiig’s best films.
Overall, if again you don’t mind something a little different with some punching drama, laughs and emotion, this is a really great flick. ★★★★ Out now
There we have it! 3 short reviews of the films I’ve seen this weekend! Now what do I watch next… ? Also, don’t forget to leave a comment! Let me know, have you seen any of these films; what were your thoughts? Are you inspired to now? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
♥ MOLLY THE BLOGGER ♥