By Emma Grimes
A guide to what to catch in theatres near you now…
BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee is based on the true story of the first African-American police officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s. It stars John David Washington (Denzel’s son), as Ron Stallworth, who set out to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan by applying for a membership by telephone and developing relationships with various members of the organisation whilst having his colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), pretend to be him in person. It’s a story that is almost too insane to be believed which is where the humour of the film comes from, but the hilarious scenes are short relief from the disturbing scenes of the Ku Klux Klan meetings. It’s uncomfortable viewing at times as it should be, especially as Lee links the story with the current situation in the US regarding racism and white supremacy.
I didn’t know much of the plot of American Animals before I saw it so I had no idea what was going to happen. It’s the true story of a group of young in men in college who decide to plan a heist that involves stealing some very valuable books from their college campus. Of course, things don’t go exactly to plan, but that’s all I’ll say as, the less you know about this, the better. The performances are amazing, including Ireland’s own Barry Keoghan and American Horror Story regular Evan Peters. There’s one scene in particular that left me, quite literally, on the edge of my seat, slack-jawed. The style of story telling is original, probably due to the director Bart Layton being a documentary filmmaker, and it only adds to the tension of the film.
I first heard about Searching through Karen and Georgia on My Favorite Murder, they had been to a screening of it and recommended it. Of course I trust their taste completely so I went to see it as soon as it was released here. I didn’t know much about the plot except that it was about a father (John Cho) searching for his missing daughter. However it’s unlike any other film of its genre and uses social media, smart phones and computers to tell the story of the search for the missing student. It’s completely original and kept my interest for the entire duration. It was also great to see some diversity in a big Hollywood film.
A Simple Favor
A Simple Favor had quite a large marketing campaign, yet nothing was given away, which is exactly what you want going into this. All I knew was that it was about the new friendship between two women, played by Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, that is cut short when the latter goes missing. It’s directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) and based on a book of the same name by Darcey Bell. The only way to describe it is as a modern film noir comedy. It’s both dark and hilarious and I challenge you to not leave the film with a major crush on Blake Lively. Both women were excellent, but I definitely think this was a great new side to Blake Lively and I’m interested to see what roles she takes next.
Crazy Rich Asians
There was so much hype about this film on social media that, of course, it made me both not want to see it and excited to see it at the same time. I had heard nothing but great things and I’m not sure what I expected because it is above all else, a romantic comedy. Don’t get me wrong I adore a good romantic comedy and maybe I was a little disappointed because of the hype but all in all I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s predictable, incredibly indulgent (which I love) and filled with beautiful actors, scenery and outfits. Again I left crushing on half of the cast who are all adorable. Once again, it’s more than just a film. It’s representation and diversity and a cute, funny and feel good romantic film which is exactly what you need sometimes.
There’s something here for everyone, but if you can’t watch all of these then BlacKkKlansman and American Animals are the must-see films for me. Here at Bean, we’ll be going to see A Star is Born and Venom on our next cinema trips.