This past Saturday, my sister and I attended Day One of the AMC Oscar Showcase. There were only three movies (there will be four on February 23), because they aren’t showing Roma in the showcase. I thought it would be nice to do mini reviews of the films that I saw! Did anyone else attend their local AMC Oscar Showcase? There is still one more day if you wanted to see some of the nominees on the big screen.
The first movie was The Favourite. This is the one movie showing that day that I didn’t have as much interest in seeing. I liked some of the actors in the movie though, so I figured it would be worth watching. The Favourite is a bit of an odd movie. It’s definitely not my favorite (ha ha), but I’m glad to have watched it. I think the actors in the movie were fantastic – Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone Nicholas Hoult- and they definitely made the movie for me. I thought the music throughout was a bit jarring and annoying, and I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. It’s kind of anti-climatic in a way, but also just a tad confusing.
Next up was The BlackKklansman, which was I really excited to see, and I definitely recommend if you haven’t already watched it. The movie is about a young, black cop who becomes a klansman, AKA a member of the KKK as part of an undercover operation. John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, and he does an amazing job. He’s the voice on the phone, when talking to the KKK (even the Grand Wizard, David Duke). When in person Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver, is the face of Ron. It was horrifying watching these two men listen to the hateful rhetoric these KKK members spewed. They obviously hated people who were black, but also those who were gay and even Jewish (which Zimmerman was, and he has to constantly lie about this). This movie is based on the memoir of the real Ron Stallworth, and while I haven’t read it, I thought director Spike Lee made a great film, and it definitely parallels today’s times as well, which is horrifying that things haven’t changed as much as they should have.
The third and final movie was Bohemian Rhapsody, about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. This movie was one I’d wanted to see as soon as I heard about it, so I was really glad it was nominated for Best Picture and included in the Showcase on the day I went, as I hadn’t yet had the chance to see it. It’s one of those movies that was great to see on the big screen, but I’ll definitely be buying my own copy soon. Rami Malek plays Freddie, and he does a fantastic job. The movie starts right before Live Aid in 1985, then goes back in time to before Freddie has become part of Queen. The movie then continues on in order until we are back to Live Aid. Not only does Rami do a wonderful job, but so does the entire cast. This was such an amazing movie – it was definitely sad in parts, but it just makes you love Freddie and Queen that much more. Plus, one of my favorite Queen songs “Don’t Stop Me Now” was played in the credits, so I can’t complain there!
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