Movies reviewed this week: The Light Between Oceans, Pete’s Dragon, Lights Out and Bollywatch: Banjo (Starring: Ritesh Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri)
Some critics are describing this romantic period drama as a true “women’s film” – and no, they are not referring to a modern-day chick flick. I can see where they are coming from: this is one of those movies that will move you to tears thanks to its heart-wrenching plot line, beautiful imagery and wonderful acting. Starring Michael Fassbender as Tom Sherbourne and Alicia Vikander as his wife, Isobel, the film is set in 1921. Tom, hoping to escape the horrors of his experiences in the Great War, is the lighthouse keeper on a small island off the coast of Western Australia. After Isobel suffers two miscarriages, the impossible happens – a small dinghy washes ashore and inside is a baby girl and a dead man. Isobel convinces Tom that they can keep the child, and what follows is a heartbreaking journey of discovery and love – and a difficult ethical dilemma when, a few years later, they realise who the child’s mother is (played by Rachel Weisz). Beautifully shot, the movie is based on the M.L. Stedman novel of the same name and was directed by Derek Cianfrance. A must-see for the girls but don’t forget to bring the tissues.
Review by Felicity Glover
A delightful family film, Pete’s Dragon fuels the imagination for both young and old. A remake of the 1977 “musical” movie, this version loses none of the charm but takes special effects to a whole new level thanks to the lifelike imagery of Elliot, the dragon. Starring the legendary Robert Redford, the film is about Pete (played by Oakes Fegley), who is orphaned at the age of five after his parents die in a car crash in a remote forest. Pete escapes into the forest, where he finds Elliot and lives with him in a tree-house. Of course, their tranquil life can’t last forever – and that’s where the adventure begins.
This is one supernatural horror flick that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and never wanting to turn the lights off again. Teresa Palmer stars as Rebecca, a troubled young woman who is horrified to learn that her childhood fears are coming back to haunt her. This time, however, her younger brother Martin (played by a very brave Gabriel Bateman) is experiencing the exact same things she went through as a child – a terrifying supernatural figure that only emerges when the lights go out, and which is linked to their mother. Are you afraid of the dark?
Mumbai might be known to many as the “City of Dreams” but is it possible to make them come true if you are from a working-class neighbourhood? That’s basically what Banjo is about. Starring Riteish Deshmukh as our working-class hero, he’s a banjo player seeking fame, success and, of course, respect. The music is catchy and the movie, which also stars Nargis Fakhri, is as colourful as its characters. Banjo has had mixed reviews from the critics but if you love a good Bollywood musical-action-drama, then this is just the ticket for you.