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How Our Stories Get Told: The Aeronauts

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The Aeronauts

Directed By: Tom Harper

So The Aeronauts is about a ballooning trip to study weather in 1862 London that goes horribly wrong. I decided to give this a go because it looked pretty and sounded interesting but I have to tell you the minute it was obvious Amelia was taking the dog with her I started Googling spoilers.

Who cares about these two what happens to the dog?

Only I found a more interesting story.

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The Theory of Everything

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¬†Spoilers Below: There are spoilers below but they concern real life things so if you know anything about Hawking you probably already know the spoilers ūüôā

 This movie was what I consider to be a fairly typical Oscar movie. Well-acted, interesting story but ultimately boring as all get out.

¬†I really wanted to see this in theatres too. When I first saw the trailer (and knowing nothing about Hawking’s personal life) I thought it looked so romantic. Imagine my surprise when I went home and looked up the book and found out it wasn’t all that romantic. Can knowing too much about someone or something ruin a movie for me? Yeah. Sadly it decreased my desire to see it- which is good because absolutely no one wanted to go with me.

 So when I finally watched it this week I was far enough away from disappointment to be hopeful and yeah disappointed again.

 Boring.

¬†The first thirty minutes or so of the movie is actually good and Eddie Redmayne is really good here. His Hawking is bright and looking forward to his future while also being a bit prickly guy. There are little bits throughout- a shake, a fall, him being unable to pick up things before he really gets his diagnosis. Up until the point where he’s in the chair this is an enjoyable movie.

¬†I really felt for him. There’s a great dinner scene where his friends are all eating and this is the first painful moment where he realizes he can’t get the fork. He won’t be able to feed himself anymore. Seriously, I almost cried.

¬†It’s from that point on though that I had some problems with the movie. First of all Felicity Jones is a really good actress but I don’t understand the acclaim she got here. It was mostly that the character didn’t do anything for me. She goes on three dates with him and then finds out he’s terminally ill¬†and suddenly¬†loves him so much she must marry him and then that’s pretty much it. There are little nuggets throughout that she’s frustrated her work isn’t getting done. That she has to take care of him when (at first) he doesn’t want any outside help. But it never goes anywhere with her. She just felt so flat.

 Maybe they were going with the doormat thing full force? If so, good job.

¬†Then the end of the marriage is pretty typical. In real life and in Jane’s book (on which this film is partly¬†based) it was pretty unpleasant to downright nasty. But in the film it feels like once he’s in the wheelchair any questionable¬†elements of his personality are gone and the end of the marriage was so… polite.

¬†Stephen: I’ve asked Elaine to go to California with me.

 Jane: (Teary-eyed.) I did love you, you know?

 Stephen: It will be alright.*

(*Paraphrasing from memory but that was basically the extent of it.)

¬†I was sitting there like what? What?¬†Okay, so you don’t want to do all the nastiness that’s fine but a little honest human emotion wouldn’t kill you would it?

¬†I don’t know maybe I’m being harsh or I wasn’t in the mood to watch this one. It’s a beautifully shot movie and well-acted all the way around. I just have¬† a feeling it would have been better (to me at least) if it was a little more honest. Oh, one last total nitpick but the ‘aging’ didn’t work that well for me. I don’t know if it was make-up, the actors just look so youthful I wasn’t really buying at the end of the marriage that they were older than the beginning by almost thirty years.

¬†Recommend: If you like “Academy Award” type films yes- if not you could probably take it or leave it.

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Jupiter Ascending

article-2590409-1C99860100000578-146_634x822¬†It’s a¬†bit of a tradition that my friends and I go see a “bad” movie for my birthday. It didn’t start out that way. It’s just that most¬†February movies¬†are super bad so a couple of years ago we just decided to go with it. I really, really wanted to see this movie for some reason.¬†And to be honest?

It wasn’t as bad as it’s made out to be. Even my friend who was most skeptical (really, she was just glad I didn’t say 50 Shades of Gray) enjoyed it. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is a super adorable down on her luck housekeeper. Her life is a bit in the dumps.¬†I mean when you have to be rescued by a half-human/ half-wolf alien¬†from an assassination attempt while selling your eggs you are having a bit of a bad luck streak. But hey, you’re about to meet Sean Bean and find out your Queen of Earth so things are going to start looking up. Minus the powerful space siblings that want to kill you for your claim.

I’ll start with¬†the not so good: It went on way too long. Really you could have cut out at least one of those siblings. Each run in with the siblings got both progressively longer and over the top.¬†The story had a lot of interesting ideas; immortality, space real estate, genetic reincarnation but it just felt like so much¬†and the ideas themselves were buried under the grandeur of the¬†effects.¬†Jupiter takes itself way more seriously than it should. I’m torn on Eddie Redmayne too- I know a lot of people thought he was over the top but then again he really went for it and I can appreciate that in a villain. Personally I think all the stuff about his constant in your face Oscar campaigning is what really¬†intruded onto the performance for me.

And I think Sean Bean might have been part bee which wasn’t good or bad. Just something that gave us a laugh at dinner.

The good: The movie is really beautiful. The effects, the spaceships, the incredible costuming when Jupiter hits space it felt very complete and whole. Those dresses were costuming fantasy for someone like me who eats that stuff up.¬†I enjoyed the effects at the end too without giving too much away I am very much ready for my own set of gravity defying boots please. I enjoyed Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum though the chemistry wasn’t great. They were more like really good friends or war buddies then romantic relationship. But at least having seen the movie his “elf” ears from the preview that so bugged my friend made more sense.

Jupiter does have some good moments throughout. Yeah, she relies a lot on other people to save her but considering she’s supposed to be so far out of her depth she does a good job of catching up quickly and keeping it together.

Personal bonus (again without giving anything away I hope) I was totally right for once on whether Sean Bean would live or die and¬†the other question of whether he’d be good or a shit so yeah me! Also the young blonde in the preview who I thought for sure would be his girlfriend was his daughter so right on two Sean Bean counts wrong on the third. Yeah me!

Would I recommend?¬†If you like world-building, special effects and big overblown pretty spectacles about a girl who goes from crap life to intergalactic royalty you’d probably like this one. It’s not great. Hell, I can understand some of the bad reviews and maybe my friends and I had such low expectations but bottom line we found it an enjoyable enough way to waste away a Saturday afternoon.