Soul [Film Review]


Soul was a beautifully written animated film, following the life of an aspiring jazz musician who landed a full time job as a music teacher, whilst desperately seeking the unpredictable world of the jazz club. When he found himself as an embodied soul on the ladder up to the end of life, he realised that his life can’t be over – not now, not when he had caught the attention of a well-known jazz musician and had a chance to play alongside them, not when he had a slight chance at achieving his lifelong dream. It’s only when he met 22 – a pre-life soul who couldn’t seem to find her final trait to make it to earth – that he began to realise what life really means, and what it means to truly live it.

My Thoughts

From the very start, Soul is an immersive journey. The ethereal nature of the world created, alongside the characters full of wit and personality, make it a unique film that highlights questions about how we as humans come into being – how souls are nourished, sent to earth, and leave our bodies. Whilst it may not be something everyone believes in, it’s certainly an interesting concept to think about.

As a lover of music, I deeply connected to this film – the fact that I love and really admire jazz, the main character played the same instrument as me – piano, and the philosophical aspect of souls entering “the zone” when they are deeply enthused in something, such as playing a musical instrument. But the overall message of the film was really empowering and is what made me really step back and see how significant this film is in helping anyone see the simple beauty in their own life – what has always been sitting right in front of them.

*spoilers ahead*

When 22 entered Joe’s body, she’d never been a human before. She saw the world in a way that was fresh, new, childlike and wonderful. Joe said to her “you only enjoyed life because you were in MY body” and yet when he returned to his body he realised that it wasn’t the same, and that achieving his dream didn’t feel how he thought it would – as it often does when we chase a success thinking it will fill our sense of purpose, but the purpose is in the journey and life itself.

22 didn’t enjoy life because she was in Joe’s body; she enjoyed life because she looked at it, lived in it, and saw it for more than what it was. She noticed the little leaf that fell from the tree; she appreciated the yarn that went into fixing the suit; she demolished a pizza slice like it’s the first and only slice she’d ever had. She appreciated what a lot of us overlook in our everyday life because we’re too wrapped up in what we think are bigger problems and bigger priorities. And THAT’S what made the soul alive.

Joe having this significant realisation at the end of the film was a really huge moment – it’s something I deeply resonated with. I had a similar mind transformation when undergoing a difficult time in my life, one where I found my mindset inextricably shift from that of a negative and passive view on life to a perspective that life is meaningful only because we make it so, only because we wake up and choose to appreciate and be grateful for the small things. And seeing something so personal animated before me felt really emotional but also so happy that so many people can likewise get a glimpse of what it feels like to see your life in a different light, from the other side of the pavement, from the soul that shines gently on the corner of the street and says “Hey, it’s time to live.”

Have you seen Soul?

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Nomadland [Film Review]

Nomadland isn’t the usual film I would go to watch, but snapping up Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Actress in the Oscars had me wanting to find out just how good this movie really was!


Following the life of a sixty-year old Nomad called Fern as she travels across the American West, Nomadland is a story of loss, exploration, strength and community. Life isn’t so grand but the road stretches further than anyone can imagine, and Fern meets so many like-minded souls along the way. But is it a journey of living or merely a journey of survival?

My Thoughts

Nomadland is one of those films that quietly sneaks up on you. There’s no action-packed drama, no clear-cut themes, no, well, plot I guess. One could argue that nothing much really happens. However, if anything I think that’s what makes this film so powerful.

I always find books and films really fascinating when they show life from the perspective of someone living a life so different to my own. We become so entranced by our own lives sometimes that we forget that not everyone lives in the same way. I’ll admit it – I’d never really considered the lives of Nomads before seeing this film. It’s easy to look in from the outside and question why someone would want to do such a thing, but this film really touched upon the motives of Nomads and the reasons why they chose this lifestyle for themselves, from grieving losses, to leaving the world of work behind, to embracing the minimalistic lifestyle.

The film felt like a documentary pooled with so many honest stories and, in a way, it was. The director sought out real-life Nomads to feature in the film and you can feel their authenticity through the screen – the close-up shots of their faces when sharing vulnerable moments makes for a very intimate atmosphere where you can truly connect to these people. Whilst their lives are so different, isn’t what we have at our core the same?

The more I watched the more I began to realise what was perhaps so attractive about the Nomad lifestyle – its sense of community. Everywhere they’d go, they’d meet someone along the road. Sometimes even the same person twice. It makes you think: Is community all that really matters? Do we need all the stuff we own? Does it amount to anything?

Paired with the beautiful music of Ludovico Einaudi – my favourite pianist – this film felt as immersive as it needed to be to drive home the feeling of pure freedom and weightlessness on the road. To me, the overall message was that there is never a goodbye, even when leaving a place; there is only a “see you down the road.” Connections and the people you meet – those are what last a lifetime, no matter where you go.

Have you seen Nomadland?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Let me know in the comments below!

Sound of Metal. [Film Review]

Sound of Metal may start with the crash of drums, the buzzing atmosphere of a concert jumping out of the room it inhabits, but this immersive experience of a film is much more than the sound that is or isn’t present; it is a meditation on what it means to truly embrace peace.

Following the life of Ruben, a heavy-metal drummer, Sound of Metal drills into the terrifying experience of losing the ability to hear. As Ruben shoves his way through the backdoor of the concert stage, falling into an alleyway, he enters a world so different than the one he inhabited only moments before. And he has to learn what it means to live in it.

Awarded Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound, it is no surprise that this film utilises sound to its advantage to place the viewer within the character of Ruben, as our own eardrums tackle the high, piercing sound of his damaged hearing and the faint, bumbling commotion of a life he can’t quite hear, can’t quite pinpoint. It is extraordinarily uncomfortable, feeling his initial panic as my own, checking my ears once, twice, three times to remind myself that this is a story on a screen. But for many it isn’t.

I can’t begin to comprehend the life of someone losing their hearing, but this film pays a quietly powerful tribute to all those suffering. I didn’t know much going into it, and it’s clear that it’s all about the “sound of metal” as a drummer within a metal band, but as the viewer weaves in and out of the hearing world and the frazzled, uncomfortable sounds of a man isolated from it, “metal” becomes more than music; it becomes Ruben’s reliance. Stuck with the hope of a metal implant, he seeks a different kind of noise – artificial yet real, different yet life-saving.

From the initial confusion, to anger and frustration, to figuring out how to move forward… Ruben spends so much time searching for this metal solution for his physical impairment, not yet realising the true solution lies in his capability to sit in the stillness, the peace, the silence. His solution lies in a sad, weird, wonderful, heart-breaking sense of acceptance, aside from any kind of device.

Ending this film felt like ending an era – if that could ever be fathomable. Accumulating all these snapshots into Ruben’s life and his impact on those around him, it built up to a moment in time that felt like, rather than an ending, a beginning. Perhaps even a middle, more than anything. And yet it was perfect.

Cue the credits and the most beautiful song filtered out the speakers and you can’t help but feel all the pain repressed into the screen leak out in the subtle cries of a song – one that speaks the honest words of so many in a similar situation to Ruben. And you can’t help but be truly grateful – to be able to hear, to be able to truly experience the world.

Sound of Metal tells a story that is often heard but not truly understood. It made its impact – in so many ways – and I don’t think any words could do justice to the exceptional acting, editing, sound and production that went into making this a truly immersive experience.

Have you seen Sound of Metal?

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Us. [Film Review + Analysis]

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of horror films, but Us is so different to your usual jump-scare-and-predictable-plot horror films. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, who is known initially for his comedy sketches, I knew it was a film I had to see – especially since I watched his first film Get Out last year and absolutely loved it.

Jordan Peele’s film writing is clever, intricate and draws upon the mundane aspects of life to produce something of psychological horror. Us was no exception. It follows the journey of a family who are on holiday, suddenly finding four figures in red standing outside their house late at night. It is only when they get closer, they realise they are exact replicas of themselves.

Peele explains in various interviews that the film was inspired by his own anxieties surrounding doppelgangers. He chooses striking colours and objects to take this everyday phenomenon into an unsettling piece of horrific action. Red outfits. Scissors as weapons. White rabbits. There are always symbolic objects and phrases in Peele’s films which he places intricately and intentionally throughout, only to reveal the greater meaning later on. For that reason, his films are brilliant for analysis. With so many interpretations up for grabs, I always love to sit back and have a think about what I got out of it. And I thought I’d share a little of that with all of you here!

*Spoilers ahead*

The main question many of us have at the end of a film as complex as Us is: What does the ending mean? I had no idea where the film would end up, despite my many guesses, but I certainly didn’t expect it to end up where it did. And that was definitely a good thing!

The overall concept of the film reveals the dichotomy between the living world and the Tethered, who live in underground corridors – two sides of a world that act in accordance with one another, yet only one half are aware of its strength. It is only by the end that we see the underground Tethered as puppets of the people above, falling into step behind them and copying what they do but with no understanding of why they’re doing it and therefore no meaning. An experiment gone wrong, still malfunctioning as time moves on.

One of my favourite scenes was near the end – the attack between Adelaide and her doppelganger “puppet”. It cleverly flicks between the past and the present – the influential dance routine and the present rage. It is like ballet reimagined. Whilst the weapon of the scissors throughout the film clearly represents a sense of duality (two parts making a whole, but that can’t be separated), I also noticed that the ballet move, as the legs snap together, also aligns with the motion of scissors in this scene. It is as if the characters themselves have inhabited the brutality of the scissors. The dance is no longer a dance but an unsettling attack waiting to happen.

Us wasn’t made just to scare, and I think that’s what makes a good horror film. Its interesting interactions between the living and the Tethered aren’t far off many societal differences in our current world; the notion of “them” and “us” can easily be read as subtle commentary on societal inequalities and “The Other” – the idea that we “fight” those we don’t understand.

I read an interesting article online that made a very good point: if “them” and “us” can do the same (since Adelaide and her underground shadow puppet make the same moves), what makes them any different? The only difference is that one has the autonomy to live it out. But why shouldn’t they both?

Us is an unsettling, thought-provoking, original creation and I think it deserves a lot more praise than it’s received. I can’t end this without making a small comment on the plot twist at the end: I can’t believe I didn’t figure it out sooner! Very cleverly executed, and I can’t wait to go back and watch it again, with added hindsight ready to pick up on even finer details.

Have you seen the film Us?

Or Jordan Peele’s former film Get Out?

Let me know in the comments below – always up for a film discussion!

Christmas Films I’ve Watched This Year!

Every year, as Christmas is approaching, many of us choose to get into the Christmas spirit by watching Christmas films. Whether it’s cheesy Netflix movies, or classic nostalgic ones from childhood, there’s something about Christmas films that is so different to any other film; they don’t have to be objectively wonderful to be enjoyed, and you can simply watch them every year without losing interest.

This year, I’ve watched a combination of Christmas films – some new, some old. I haven’t participated in the blogging event Blogmas, where bloggers post Christmas posts everyday of December, nor have I posted even one singular Christmas post so far, so this one is a little overdue!

Here’s a list of some of the best Christmas films, the most heart-warming Christmas films and the absolute classics! I’ve only included the ones I’ve watched this year, so I’m sure there are many more great ones to watch in 2021 (but not until December of course).


This is actually a Christmas film I’ve never watched before, but then it was only released last year! It’s all about a young boy who is sent to become a postman, and he befriends what can only be called an unfriendly Santa. This animated family movie tells the story of how Santa came to become, well, Santa. On the surface it’s a kids film, but it also deals with mature subjects of loss, and it was unexpectedly wonderful.

The Grinch (2018)

I can’t remember if I’ve watched the original Grinch movie – if I have, it was a long time ago – but I’m glad as it meant I went into this film with fresh eyes. And I was pleasantly surprised! Of course, it reminded me so much of Horton Hears A Who, due to the same animation, so it felt almost nostalgic although I’d never seen it before. It was feel-good, adorable, and the overall message was heart-warming.

I also think this film is very relevant to today; it isn’t the presents and the “stuff” that makes Christmas (or any holiday) what it is, but the kindness and love we have towards each other as people. And, in light of the coronavirus and lockdown, this hit a little harder, as many of us can’t spend that quality time with the people we’d like over Christmas. But this film acts as a reminder that every interaction matters – whether to those close to us or simply to strangers.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This 80’s slapstick comedy is one of those classic stupid yet entertaining Christmas films. Somehow, I’d never heard of it until it popped up on Amazon Prime, but it was nice to watch something different. It’s perfect to watch with friends or family; it wouldn’t be as entertaining on your own! I think there might be a sequel to this film too, so that’s on the list for next year…


It wouldn’t be Christmas without watching at least one cringey Netflix film. Last year, that was The Knight Before Christmas, which was truly awful but entertaining to watch with a friend. This year, it was Holidate. I think if you go into these films knowing it’s going to be a light-hearted, predictable watch, then you won’t be let down. It wasn’t actually as bad as I expected and I enjoyed watching it, but the speech at the end was definitely too cheesy for my liking.

A Christmas Carol (Virtual Live Theatre!)

So, this one is an exception on the list because it wasn’t actually a film – it was live theatre! Due to lockdown, theatres have been closed, so instead you can buy virtual tickets to stream the live show from your living room! I’d never tried this before, but I really enjoyed it. My Dad and I gathered ice cream pots (just like the ones you can buy at the interval at theatres) and watched on the TV with the Christmas tree lights in the background. It can never fully replace being there at the theatre itself, but it’s the closest you can get. The acting was exceptional, and I really resonated with the overall message of A Christmas Carol – outlook and perspective is everything.


So, perhaps this is cheating because I haven’t watched this film this year yet, but Christmas isn’t Christmas without Elf and I will definitely be watching it on Christmas Day! There’s not much I need to say about this one because it’s a classic and everybody knows it, but this is one of those Christmas films I’ll never get bored of and it always makes me laugh.

Home Alone / Home Alone 2

Again, I haven’t watched these yet this year, but the plan is to watch them today or tomorrow! I normally always watch Home Alone every year, but I can’t remember if I’ve seen the sequel. Either way, I’ve heard great things, so I’m looking forward to giving that a go too. It’ll no doubt bring back happy memories of when I travelled to New York a couple Christmases ago!

What Christmas films have you watched this year? Do you have a particular tradition?

Let me know in the comments below… and Happy Christmas Eve!

Where The Wild Things Are [Film Review/Analysis]

A beautiful adaptation of the classic children’s book, Where The Wild Things Are follows the journey of a young boy named Max who feels out of place in the world. His sister is too busy with her friends to see his igloo creation. His mother is too busy on the phone to join in on his games. He feels alone.

That is until he enters the fantasy land where the wild things are – a world inside his head where he tries to make sense of the older figures in his life. The creatures there are angry, lonely and sad with no structure to their lives, and they need a king. And so Max becomes one.

Where the Wild Things Are isn’t what you expect it to be. Whilst it’s rated PG, I wouldn’t say it’s a kids film. It’s dark, laced with complex metaphors, and touches on a lot of deeper issues within Max’s life which would be overwhelming for any young audience member. But for an adult to watch, it’s refreshing to see the kid’s perspective. Max represents the misunderstood child who is trying to make sense of the world he lives in, who is often overlooked and pushed aside when adult problems surface.

Film Analysis

There are many moments in this film that can be unravelled like tape, especially since the monsters Max meets are representative of the people and struggles in his life. I found this film so interesting and inspiring that I can’t help but type out my thoughts on moments that really resonated with me or got me thinking about the world in a different way.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Max’s Family Dynamics

I think one of the most important pairs of characters in the film are Max and KW. I believe KW represents Max’s mother, and their interactions in the fantasy land of the monsters represents Max’s struggles to see eye to eye with his mother’s decisions and actions in his life.

There is a scene where KW has left for a while to spend time with Bob and Terry the owls (paralleling the way Max’s Mum leaves Max to spend time with friends), but has returned with them in tow.

Max asks: How do I make everyone okay?

A heart-breaking question with an equally heart-breaking response. Bob and Terry respond in squawks, since they are merely owls, and KW laughs in recognition. But Max can’t understand. The squawks of “adult language” distance Max from the true picture. He is reduced to the role of a passive child in a world where he feels very deeply the effects of adult life – that which he sees but does not quite understand and isn’t allowed to understand.

NW tells Max that Bob and Terry can come live with us too.

Max asks: What about Carol?

It is evident from the start that Carol is Max’s inner monster – the turmoil inside of him that feels isolated from the rest of the other monsters, who doesn’t understand why they do what they do, who feels angry and hurt and better when Max is around to take care of him (to acknowledge his own mental state) but not when Max fights him.

So, when Max asks about Carol he is in fact asking about himself. NW says she can like Bob and Terry whilst still liking Max, much like Max’s mother can spend time with her friends and Max too, but in reality, this doesn’t do much to comfort Max. There is no exclusivity to love and yet Max feels like an afterthought to Bob and Terry (to his Mum’s friends), as if he has been abandoned for another pursuit.

It is a particularly haunting reflection on the role of a child within complicated family dynamics and I loved how it was scripted and filmed with these soft moments of sensitivity that can quite easily be missed yet stop you enough to question its role in the wider picture.

The Monster Pile (And Dying Sun)

Another moment that particularly struck me was the monster pile that Max finds himself stuck within. Whilst it parallels Max getting stuck in the igloo at the start, this time he isn’t crying of fear but feeling comfort in those around him. Later on, when Carol’s anger is bubbling to the surface, Max becomes scared of Carol – of his own emotions – and attempts to create a secret room to shut out the parts of himself he doesn’t want to face. Some really beautiful yet painful words are spoken.

Carol says: I thought we were all going to sleep in a big pile but now you want a secret room and the sun is going to die.

This is arguably one of my favourite quotes from the film. It touches on the idea that has been laced throughout the film – that the sun will no longer be there someday, that the concept of hope and happiness and warmth in the distance will one day fizzle out. And this is finally tied into the role of the big pile – this family unit that keeps Max feeling whole, like he’s part of something, but that eventually is sectioned off into empty rooms and individual lives, much like Max feels is happening in his own life back at home. He feels himself drifting from his family and locking himself away in a secret room where he can only experience the wild emotions that dare to break down his walls. It is only when Carol speaks these words that we truly understand, as a viewer, that this is how Max has been feeling all along.

The Meaning of Max As A King

I think the role of the King is also particularly interesting and relevant to Max’s inner journey. Max takes on this role within the monsters’ lives from the very beginning in an attempt to formulate control. Whether this was intentional or not, this reminded me a lot of the globe in Max’s room at the start, where his Dad had written something about being the owner of the world. Like many kids, Max grows up with this quiet confidence that he can rule his own world, that he can achieve his dreams, but as he finds himself caught between the messiness of the adults in his life he realises being a King is, in many senses, meaningless. He doesn’t always have the control that he wants. And sometimes there is nothing he can do about it.

When Carol loses this desired control and his anger rises, there is a moment between Max and KW that I think is a beautiful parallelism to Max and his mother. Filmed and acted with a deep sense of care and sensitivity, the words that Max and his mother have been feeling but never said are finally spoken aloud.

Max: He doesn’t mean to be that way KW… he’s just scared.

KW: He just makes it hard. And it’s hard enough already.

Max: But he loves you. You’re his family.

KW: Yeah… it’s hard being a family.

And as the final scene of the film is shot, when Max’s mother embraces him, we have these words in the back of our minds as a viewer. There is nothing needed but their expressions and the words that are still hovering over their heads from the monster land. A subdued acceptance that things may not always be okay but they’re okay.

Where the Wild Things Are is truly a unique film in a myriad of different ways – so many opportunities to sit and reflect and analyse, if you enjoy diving as deep into the meaning as I do. It’s complex, and I think perhaps that can be off-putting for a lot of people, but it was truly amazing how the fantasy land of the monsters became such a real and raw representation of real life.

Overall, this film is entirely what you make of it. The deeper you dive into the parallels between the monsters and the people in Max’s life, the more you understand how his psyche is explained through the many interactions he has in the strange and wonderful world where the wild things are. It’s reflective, all-consuming and if you let it, makes you think. And the monsters are universal. Max finds his way back home, like we all do, when those wild things let loose inside. And he is free.

Photo Credit: Empire Online

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‘Tiger King’ [TV Review]

Hey, you cool cats and kittens! 

As many of you may know, Tiger King has been a super popular show on Netflix lately. It is a documentary set in America all about a man named Joe Exotic who is obsessed with tigers.

I started watching this series a week or so ago with my brother. Honestly I don’t know how to describe it other than that it’s completely insane. It hops between multiple people, particularly Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, who are in a lifelong “war” between each other, trying to shut each other’s zoos down for being cruel to animals (in reality, they are both cruel).

It’s one of those shows where you think: wow, only in America. It gets crazier the more episodes you watch – think disappearing husbands, too many husbands, and murder plots. But, funnily enough, once you know that the documentary will be filled with anything but sanity, you find yourself shrugging with “fair enough” by the end of it, because of course so and so did this and of course this guy ended up in jail.

It’s safe to say this show is not about the tigers themselves – despite everyone in the documentary claiming that it is. But it’s oddly entertaining watching the crazy disputes and deciding what you think is the truth.

*spoiler*: yep, Carole definitely killed her husband.


This is my favourite image from the internet that sums up this show better than I ever could:



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Little Women: Book vs Film [Spoiler Free Review]

Little Women is a book I’ve had on my shelf for a while, but let’s be honest, that’s hardly a surprise. With my ever increasing desire to buy more books, despite knowing I have way too many, I joined Goodreads last month and set myself a goal to read more books for pleasure this year. I’m already 3 books in which I’m very happy about! You can read my review of Small Great Things from last month here.

Is Little Women better as a book or as a film? 

This is a question we often ask ourselves when it comes to film adaptations, and I find that most of the time I’m either one extreme or the other – I either love it or hate it. Since we create an image of a book in our heads, it can be hard to accept what’s on the screen when it is not what we expected, but it’s definitely interesting regardless to see what other people experienced from the same words.

Here are my thoughts on both the book and the film…


Book Review

I found the beginning of Little Women hard to get into – this is likely because I’ve been reading more contemporary literature lately. The characters were described well but it seemed a little forced at the start, and it took a while for their personalities to really shine through in their actions. However, I found that the more I read, the more I enjoyed it. I ended up being surprised that I was excited to read more, even though I wasn’t entirely sure if I liked it yet.

I think there’s something about the book that is so homely and safe. There isn’t a fast-paced plot – it is simply the everyday life of a group of young girls and the activities and troubles they get up to. The opinions expressed in the book are really quite refreshing, especially Jo’s desire to be a man so she can fight as a soldier like her father, and her disinterest in getting married, despite it being the lady-like thing to do. I really resonated with the theme of love being more important than wealth, and that it is far better to care for others than be wrapped in your own selfishness – a lesson the girl’s mother taught them throughout the book. I think these messages are very applicable to modern life today, especially with how materialistic society has become.

I hope that, if anything, this book teaches us all to work on our vices, in the same way that the sisters self-developed throughout the book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5


Film Review

At first, it felt very odd seeing the characters of Little Women across a screen. Their house in the film was a lot larger than the one I’d imagined inside my head, and after the first couple scenes I was thrown off, since it seemed like it was going to be set at the time of the sequel Good Wives throughout the entire film (which I hadn’t read!). However, the rest of the film moved effortlessly between the past and the present, both tales interwoven to create a beautiful dichotomy between childhood and the start of adult life. And I couldn’t help but love it.

I thought the choice of casting was excellent – each actor/actress portrayed their character perceptively. In the book, my favourites were Jo and Beth, and I felt the same after seeing the film too, which means they transferred the personalities over to the screen very accurately! I also thought the dresses were beautiful. It’s the kind of film that doesn’t quite meet historical expectations without a carefully designed set and costumes, but I thought it was very well executed.

Since I hadn’t read Good Wives, there were certain scenes that really took me by surprise (if you’ve seen it, I’m sure you’ll know which scene had me in tears), but I kind of liked that I knew the characters but I wasn’t sure of everything that would occur.

Little Women


Overall, I really enjoyed seeing Little Women on the screen and it’s up there as one of my favourite film adaptations alongside The Great Gatsby.

What did you think of Little Women – the book or the film?

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And let me know which character is your favourite!

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Jojo Rabbit [Film Review]

*spoiler free*

A few days ago, I went to the cinema to see Jojo Rabbit. It’s one of those films where you don’t quite know what to expect, since it is a satire on World War 2. It’s strange yet funny, serious yet interesting all at once. I knew it was going to be a good film – I’d seen the reviews and I’d heard great things – but I actually enjoyed it even more than I expected.


The film follows a young boy named Jojo – a German and Nazi fanatic who is working towards becoming a soldier in World War 2. He unexpectedly comes across a Jewish girl in his attic, who his mother has been hiding, and is forced to confront all his beliefs. But not without a little help from his imaginary friend Hitler.

My Thoughts

Jojo Rabbit is one of those films that, without exceptional acting, falls very short of success, but every cast member was great. I thought the cast pulled off the right amount of plausibility and humour in their accents and expressions for the characters, and, despite the comedy, I also cared a lot about them. This made for a funny and light-hearted but also meaningful and emotional story. I was laughing one minute and I was crying the next, and I think the directors and producers did a wonderful job of making this work.

I really liked the idea of young Jojo having an imaginary figure of Hitler following him around as he made choices and decisions in his life. I think this fitted well with the typical childlike “imaginary friend”, especially since his version of Hitler was very clumsy and stupid and liked to make funny remarks. He’d pop up at unusual timings and out of all the characters he definitely made me laugh the most.

The cinematography actually surprised me at parts. It was all filmed well, but there were a couple scenes that I thought were really beautiful. One was a starry night with glowing coloured tents in a field – the kind I’d love to make a screensaver on my laptop. There was also a focus on shoes, something which I think tells you a lot about a person.

I ended up walking out of the cinema wishing I could watch the film again! It really was funny and, above all, so unique and original. I don’t think I’ve watched anything quite like it.

Have you seen Jojo Rabbit?

What did you think?

Check out my film review of 1917 here.

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1917. [Film Review]

*spoiler free*

A few days ago, I went to see 1917 at the cinema! (known for being filmed as if it was taken in one continuous shot) I’d heard so many great things about it and hoped it would live up to its high rating and promising reviews. So here are my thoughts…

In summary, the film is set in World War One and follows two friends within the trenches. They are sent on a mission to pass on a message – to cease an attack on the enemy the following morning. It’s one of those films that if I were to explain everything that happened, there really isn’t much that physically happened, and yet it wasn’t boring at all. I couldn’t help but admire the camerawork and the lengthy scenes and wonder how long it must have taken to get it all so perfect. Despite it seemingly being one continuous shot, it is actually filmed in parts, but even these parts are a lot longer than your average film. It was really amazing how the whole crew managed to pull this off.

The way it was filmed also changed how I viewed it too. It felt like being within the trenches myself, as part of the scenes, following the men as if I was one of the soldiers myself. I think this made the film particularly emotional, because the build up to certain scenes felt so real and within reach. There were a few scenes that particularly got to me and it was very difficult to watch at times because of this, but I guess that’s something you can only expect from a war film, and if it touches you then it’s done its job.

Despite not knowing the main actors, I thought they were great. George MacKay wonderfully interpreted a man overcome with emotion and yet emotionally distant simultaneously. I really felt his strong desire to push those feelings back in order to complete his mission and I think the music – the bustling of sounds versus the silence of voice – worked to this advantage.

As I finished watching the film, I kind of just sat there taking it all in. I walked out in a daze and it stayed with me for a while, my mind still feeling as if it was torn away from war itself. And maybe that’s just the empath within me, but I thought that was what made it an amazing film – the ability to transform the audience right into a world of chaos and destruction and unpredictability, the emotional disturbances existing long after it is over.

Have you seen 1917?

What were your thoughts?

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