Just a reminder of the movies that are nominated for Best Picture for this year’s Oscars:
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
As of this weekend, I have seen 6 of the 9. The last 3 I need to watch are The Artist, Extremely Loud & incredibly Close and The Tree of Life. So far, my thoughts on the chosen nominees are varied.
War Horse is a great film that tells the story of a horse as he moves from owner to owner from birth and throughout the war. Although it was a great story and interesting film, I couldn’t help but make comparisons between the last great horse film (Secretariat) and found that War Horse was lacking a certain element of excitement. That being said, Joey (the horse in War Horse) wasn’t a race horse and I’m probably making an unfair comparison. It was still a very good film and I understand why it was nominated.
The Descendants is a very human film – it’s the story of a father and husband (George Clooney) whose wife is in a coma after suffering a terrible boating accident. As truths come out, the father and his eldest teenage daughter embark on a mission to get to the bottom of things. Great characters, relationships and storytelling. It’s a subdued film but entirely engrossing.
The Help – great story, great performances. It was one of the few films I’ve seen that depicted the fear to speak and/or act against white people so authentically. I truly enjoyed this movie. The characters were fantastic, at times funny, at other times heartbreaking, and often riveting.
Hugo. I don’t know what it was about this film but I think those in the movie industry will enjoy this more than your average movie-goer and have a feeling that’s why it’s nominated. I wasn’t particularly interested in the story or characters or the turn it took about 3/4 of the way through once we found out who the toy shop owner really was. It was a tepid reaction for me.
Midnight in Paris – I’m not usually a Woody Allen fan, I’m not usually an Owen Wilson fan. But I really enjoyed this movie and the concept of 1920s Paris come to life. I loved meeting the “real” F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dali, Picasso, and many more. Wilson did a pretty good job as the star struck struggling novelist; it was fun to watch Rachel McAdams as the mean girlfriend after so many roles as the beloved sweetie. Great film all around.
Moneyball. Great sports movie about a true story – some solid performances, some inspirational moments, the big game-changing move that altered the face of baseball forever. Not quite sure it’s Oscar-worthy, but I enjoyed it throughout.
If I had to pick a winner out of the ones I’ve seen to date, for me it’s a toss up between The Help and Midnight in Paris (believe it or not). The Help for the sum of its performances and Midnight in Paris for the complete escape the film allowed the viewer to partake in – it was magical.
I’ve heard great things about The Artist so I’ll be watching that one as well soon enough and my predictions may change. 🙂