What Webbed Watched is a weekly segment in which the contributors to Webbed Media give a brief review of any film they have watched in the past week. The film may be a brand new release, a golden classic or one we’ve seen a hundred times.
Children of Men – @Davemanson1
Adapted from P.D. James’ The Children of Men, this is a fresh and novel addition to the dystopian genre. Set 18 years after an infertility epidemic, colloquially named ‘Omega’, we follow Clive Owen, a former activist, who must transport a pregnant woman across a dilapidated and chaotic United Kingdom. Unremittingly violent and bleak, combined with the occasional semblance of hope, Children of Men is a must watch for any fan of post-apocalyptic film. Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) creates a visually stunning, but ultimately desolate, depiction of the reluctant hero thrown into the proverbial ‘deep end’. With many fantastic performances from an all-star cast including Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Charlie Hunnam, the protagonists and antagonists are equally convincing. Interestingly, Clive Owen and Charlie Hunnam have both also portrayed the character of King Arthur, respectively in Antoine Fuqua’s ‘King Arthur’ (2004) and Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ (2017). Watch Children of Men, and recommend it to every friend you have ever known.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople – @CiaranRH
Before Taika Waititi broke into the mainstream with Thor Ragnarok, his previous outing was the hilarious Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Simultaneously tragic and heartwarming, this film holds a special place as an all time favourite for me despite having only seen it a few times. The chemistry between Sam Neill’s old, grizzled character and the young, rebellious Julian Dennison helps articulate the engrossing story that involves the pair on the run through the scenic nature of New Zealand. The film moves at a perfect pace which never leaves you bored or waiting for something to happen. Hunt for the Wilderpeople found the majority of its success in New Zealand and is for the most part a hidden gem in the rest of the world, a gem that warrants your time and attention.
Life of the Party – @MoMoBeena
In my attempt to be complimenting of the film industry for once, I came across the delight that is Melissa McCarthy in Life of the Party. (May I just say, this woman can do no wrong!) A 40-something suburban house wife named Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) learns her husband is having an affair which leads to Deanna divorcing him. In an attempt to reinvent herself, Deana decides to finish college and obtain her degree, returning to her alma mater where her daughter is also enrolled. Naturally we’re met with absolute hilarity throughout the whole movie, from frat parties to mean girls and even a mother-daughter walk of shame! Albeit not brilliantly scripted, it is light-hearted and warm, with a light sprinkling of cringe-worthy mum jokes. Ironically, I wouldn’t recommend watching this with your own mum.