truth

Endless Love (2014) – 6.5/10

I must advise that this film comes with a SEVERE HEALTH WARNING. Those who are lactose intolerant should steer well clear of this film as it comes served with a huge helping of cheese. Literally by the barrel-load.

EndlessLove

I have never quite felt the true meaning of ‘cringe‘ before viewing Endless Love. As is expected with the title, this film follows a teenage couple in love for the first time. They encounter a number of ‘first-world problems’ e.g. A protective father, a family affair and a jealous ex-girlfriend … but they decide that their love is *cough cough* endless, continuously displaying this through a charade of rebellious displays of affection.

Now I wouldn’t be being true to myself if I didn’t reluctantly confess that I actually enjoyed it. Yes, you read me right… don’t make me say it again.

As gooey and tragic as it is, it’s so bad that it’s so good. It almost becomes a comedy at one point, a highlight being when the lead girl says ‘I want to feel this with you’ before the first ‘love’ scene. The all-time greatest moment has to be though, when at a graduation party the 17/18 year old youths decide to pair up and make dance routines, kind of high-school musical style. I know this is a remake of an old classic, but surely some of the scenes could be updated.

I’m not going to say it’ll be for everyone, because it simply won’t. And I’m not going to say you won’t feel like diving to the nearest sick bucket in parts, because you probably will. But there’s something there that will ring true with everyone at points, admittedly a little over-exaggerated at times, but all the same you can’t help feeling a little nostalgia for a time when all was possible. Maybe it’s just me. Soppy shit.

The Shawshank Redemption 6.5/10

I would like to consider myself a pretty brave person. So … I’m going to be ballsy and kick off this long-awaited film blog with an honest review of what is hotly regarded as ‘The Greatest film of all time’, or so IMDb (the film God) seems to think so… The Shawshank Redemption.

download

The Basic Plot centres on Andy Dufresne, a young banker sent to prison for the murder of his adulterous wife. Whilst at Shawshank prison he meets Red (Morgan Freeman), the story follows these two men, alongside a few other inmates, as they struggle through prison woes and form a lifetime bond.

So… what do I think?

Well I’ll start by saying straight away, that I think it’s good, pretty good… but certainly not OH MY DAYS AMAZING LET ME SEE IT AGAIN NOW PLEASE… If you get me?

To be fair, it would probably be a push for me to ever watch it again. Been there, done it, bought the t-shirt… that kind of thing.

There’s some good characterisation, very believable relationships and a strong sense of brotherhood throughout. There are also a few heart-wrenching moments that left even me close to a tear-stopping gulp (a difficult feat). But the whole thing seems ever so long (142 mins) and is sort of predictable for the most part.

The trouble with these kinds of films is the preceding hype that surrounds them. It’s impossible to give an honest critique when you’re expecting ‘God’s gift to film’ beforehand.

Have a watch if you haven’t already (I highly doubt it, just about everyone has) and see what you think.

I bet you won’t love it or hate it… it’s not Marmite, it’s just an ordinary plain digestive that you dip in a hot brew… nothing special, but worth trying because it’s there.