Film of the week
This section is called ‘Film of the Week’. Every week, I will personally recommend films and TV from me to you. I will review films which you want me to review, so just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see your film or TV show as a review. Hope you enjoy. Henry.
The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring
This film is good, really good that is all I have to say… But I won’t because some of you might not be convinced. I watched this film when I was three years old and it left quite a positive impact on me. It got me into the fantasy genre as a whole and into reading.
The film is the first of a trilogy directed by Peter Jackson who also did King Kong (2005) and The Adventures of Tintin animated film. The films were an adaptation of the books by J.R.R Tolkien. The cast is stellar and after watching it, you couldn’t imagine a different actor playing Aragorn or Frodo.
Which leads us to the characters, Frodo Baggins as mentioned above (Elijah Wood) is a hobbit who lives in Hobbiton which is in the shire. It lies in the northwest of Middle Earth. His friends Samwise Gamgee, Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took. Frodo’s Uncle Bilbo has a ring which he passes down to Frodo on his 111th Birthday, an abnormally long time for a hobbit. Gandalf, a wizard, takes Frodo to see the elves in Rivendell and that is as much as I want to say without spoiling the film.
This film is one of the best films I have ever seen and would highly recommend it to anyone who reads this. The first one is a PG but after that they are a 12a so you must ask your parents.
I give it 5 woofs out of 5.
Singing in the Rain
The first film is Singing in the Rain, which holds a special place in my heart as it was the first proper musical I watched. It came out in 1952 a whopping 68 years ago but it still holds up very well to this day. I first watched it in the cinema when it was redone for the widescreen.
The film itself is based in 1920s America when films went from silent films to ‘Talkies’. I would say it is a brilliant musical and the songs are very very good. The art and set direction are superb but so is everything else in the film.
The main actors are Gene Kelly as the starring role (Dom), Debbie Reynolds as the leading lady (Kathy), my favourite character, and Donald O’Connor, as supporting actor, who plays Cosmo. The film is a comedy as well as a musical. My favourite scene/song is ‘Good Morning’ as it is a wonderful song and has good dancing.
‘Good Morning’ is after, the main three decide what to do and is a light hearted, silly song about staying up all night. It is also choreographed very well because when you watch it, the dancing through the house is very fluid and wonderful to watch.
The plot is also driven by the songs such as ‘Singin’ in the rain’ where Dom just roams the street singing in the rain and that is an example of how you believe that the songs aren’t made for the film but that Dom as a character would just sing in the rain.
The plot as stated above is about the transition from silent films to ‘talkies’ and how an actor Dom ( Gene Kelly ) turns his movie ‘The Dueling Cavalier’ from a silent film into a talkie but the main actress doesn’t have a good voice so they hire someone to voice over her in the film. Furthermore, there is tap dancing galore in this film and it is really well done.
I would highly recommend this film to the whole family as it is a U and if you are looking for a light hearted film to watch then this is for you.
I give it 4 ½ Woof Woofs out of 5.