New Cinema Releases (2015)

Everest 9/10

I’m probably starting to sound a little like a broken record… but I was not looking forward to seeing the hotly anticipated Everest. I didn’t go for the full IMAX experience (cheap skate) and regrettably so, as… I bloody loved it!

This is the kind of film that the term ‘edge of your seat’ was coined for. I was so connected to the character’s that my stomach dropped at every icy slip.

Everest-MovieBased on a true story (often an indicator of a great film) … we follow Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) as he leads an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. Each paying member of the team has their own story as to why they are attempting to reach the summit and these are revealed throughout. Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) leads a separate group to the summit on the same day.

The true nail-biting drama hits when a violent storm unexpectedly strikes the mountain mid-climb. Challenged by harsh conditions. fierce blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, we are met with some truly gruesome and shocking viewing. It is gory and intense in equal measures.

Jason Clarke is great in the leading role, effortlesslyy swinging between a caring paternal figure and a military-style leader. It is a brilliant tale of comradery and bravery, told in an unforgettable cinematic experience of special effects and mounting tension.

I can guarantee that you’ll feel the urge to shout/scream at the screen when the character’s make seemingly idiotic decisions. However, the realism comes back to the forefront when we are reminded at the end that it is based on real-life events. It is a fantastic memoir to such brave and heroic individuals.

 

Miss You Already 7.5/10

*DISCLAIMER* – I am about as far from being an overly-emotional individual as can be… if you’re hoping for tales of weeping and heartache you’re in the wrong place, please move swiftly on.

With that said, I must confess that the thought of seeing a film so heavily intoxicated with raw emotion made me feel a little nauseous and I experienced major regret once my ticket had been purchased.

However. I’m going to throw in that worn-out phrase reserved for teacher’s and do-gooder’s, by saying ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ (or a ‘film by it’s trailer’ in this instance) – as I am shocked to be saying, I kind of enjoyed this one.

Miss-You-Already

So, if you’ve been living in a cave somewhere and managed to avoid the bombardment of trailer’s and promo’s, let me fill you in on the storyline…

Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) have been ‘best friends’ since childhood. They do everything together growing up. Milly gets married to Kit (Dominic Cooper) and goes on to have children, whilst Jess settles down with Jago (Paddy Considine) – Fab cast eh?! The friendship continues through adulthood. The pivotal point is when Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer.

We follow Milly’s struggle of coming to terms with the diagnosis. We sympathise with Jess as she attempts to continue her supportive role whilst dealing with personal issues of her own.

Now I now what you’re thinking – THIS SOUNDS INTENSE

This is where you’re wrong… the script is so expertly written that many hard-hitting moments are coated with a believable dose of humour. For me, it is one of the most realistic portrayals of coming to terms with a diagnosis that I have experienced.

Unsurprisingly, the lead cast all shine in equal measures, admittedly some of our favourites in the biz here at thefilmcorner12. Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette create a friendship so believable that you want to third-wheel them (If you’re reading this – please take me out for cocktails with you gals).

It’s a bit of a life rollercoaster (as Ronan Keating so eloquently sang) – there’s the up’s, down’s, quick-spins where you get head-rush… it has it all, and then some.

So, if you’re in one of those moods where you need to be reminded of the true value of friendship and want to feel good about people again… give this a go. I wouldn’t bother taking the box of tissues, unless you’re a little wimpy, in which case wear waterproof mascara…