I’m always one to talk about all the books I’ve read and things I’ve crocheted over the months but I rarely talk about film and tv, which is silly as I have a whole category on this blog dedicated to film and tv.
I think as I rarely bother with the huge programmes or take a trip to the cinema for reasons I’ve explained before, it’s not such a huge deal for me. However, I want to break up the pattern a little bit as everything up to now is very book-orientated and it’s nice to have a change.
So films it is!
Saying that, there are only three films on this list. I read posts in the blogosphere where people have watched 10+ newly released films or those that are new to them and I’m flabbergasted that people have that concentration and patience to sit through nearly three hours of film. Then again, people will say the same to me about reading or crocheting. I can’t do that with films. Two and a half hours is probably my limit. Luckily all of the three films come way under that so I’m happy!
Rambling aside, let’s just get on with it!
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Unashamedly, I am a bit of an ABBA fan. I love nearly, if not all of the music, and everything – whether it’s the film or the West End/Broadway musical – is fun, addicting and infectious. It puts a smile on my face and never fails to brighten a gloomy day. When I heard there would be a second film, I was a bit dubious to be honest. I was fine with one film and listening to the music over and over again, but oh boy was I wrong. I think I’m going to put myself out on a limb here and say I actually prefer this to the original Mamma Mia.
For one, it includes a couple of my favourite ABBA songs (Thank You for the Music and Angel Eyes), the vocals are much improved thanks to Amanda Seyfried and Lily James, and dual timeline plots are my go-to stories. I love them, especially when the transitions are well executed and make sense. Also, one’s opinions on a film are always influenced by other things going on in the background and that’s certainly true for me, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and arguably the other two films I’m going to talk about. I’ve not specified too much and I don’t particularly want to, but I’m not exactly in the best of places right now and watching Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again makes me forget about that for a bit. It’s given me back the faith that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and I feel better afterwards. It also makes me ignore the huge discrepancies between the two films and they’re pretty glaring to say the least.
For me, Christopher Robin is everything I need when it comes to Winnie the Pooh and my undying love for the entire universe AA Milne and Disney created, albeit separately. From the very beginning I caught those references to the animated short films, I love the traditional EH Shepherd look of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore etc, and I think the cast is fantastic! It takes me back to my childhood and it reminds me in general that the things we loved back then don’t truly leave us. We might think they do, but they don’t. It also reminds me that I can always revisit that childhood innocence and the classic, comforting stories of my childhood when times get stressful. Oh, an extra thing – can we have some love for the clip in the end credits of Richard Sherman playing the piano on that pebbly beach, singing his new song for the film “Busy Doing Nothing”, whilst Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore lounge around in deckchairs? Seeing Richard Sherman and knowing he wrote two original songs for the film is the icing on the cake!
And that is a rather nice transition to my last film:
Mary Poppins Returns.
There are a lot of mixed feelings regarding this film. You either love it, or find it a bit underwhelming, and I am someone who really loves this film. Sarah and I watched this together about a month or so ago and we were dazzled. She loved the Banks children, but I was in awe of the cast, the throwbacks to the original film, the general production and seeing all the musical numbers on the film for the first time. In particular, A Cover is not the Book with the traditional hand-drawn animation! It’s far superior and I need Disney to stop moving away from Walt’s dream and bring it back! Digression aside, it is the kind of comforting film I wanted from Disney as it focuses on its traditional formula of holding onto hope for a happy ending, finding the magic and working through the impossible.
I feel as if I’m repeating myself a bit but all three films really do exude that same upbeat, positive mentality that I am in desperate need of right now. I did want to see them when they came out at their respective times last year but I’m glad I didn’t and waited until now to watch them DVD or be shown on Sky Cinema. It proves to me that certain stories do come us at precisely the right time.
I think that is the best way to end this rather long ramble.
What films have you watched recently?
Have you watched these films? What did you think?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!