Monday, August 11, 2014

Movie Reviews: "Boyhood" and "The Hundred-Foot Journey"



   Boyhood
   Rated R




Boyhood is Richard Linklater’s (Before Sunrise) coming of age story that follows the life of Mason, an ordinary boy, from the ages of six through eighteen.  Filmed over the course of twelve years, viewers witness the characters age, evolve and, in some cases, continue to make the same mistakes.  Like many independent films, Boyhood doesn’t present a problem and its resolution-it’s more of a glimpse into the characters’ lives. 

Though it was a bit long (2 hours and 45 minutes), I loved Boyhood.  The film’s concept was innovative, and I enjoyed seeing Mason mature from a boy into an independent, self-assured young man.  A great film…




   The Hundred-Foot Journey
   Rated PG




Circumstances force the Kadam family to emigrate from India to France where they open an Indian restaurant.  The presence of their eatery raises the ire of neighbor Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), who owns a Michelin-starred restaurant across the street.  She eventually warms up to the Kadams and takes their son, promising cook Hassan, under her tutelage.


The Hundred-Foot Journey is a sweet, entertaining tale with just the right amount of seriousness and humor.  I particularly enjoyed Helen Mirren’s performance because she managed to make Madame Mallory imperious, yet sympathetic.   It’s a great date-night movie!

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