Monday, August 3, 2015

Movie Reviews: "Trainwreck," "Infinitely Polar Bear" & "Mr. Holmes"

   Rated R

Young Amy took her father at his word when he drilled into her head that monogamy wasn’t realistic.  As a successful, modern woman, she answers only to herself and does as she pleases.  Will her relationship with sports doctor Aaron cause her to have a change of heart?

Even though there was a lot of internet buzz about Amy Schumer and this movie, I went into Trainwreck with pretty low expectations.  I didn’t think it would be horrible, just not good enough to write about on this blog.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.  Bawdy, yet sweet, seeing Trainwreck was a great way to spend the afternoon!

   Infinitely Polar Bear
   Rated R

Though he suffers from Bipolar Disorder, Cameron tries to win back his wife by taking care of their daughters while she attends graduate school in another state.  Will he find success as a father, or will his disease overtake his life?

Based on a true story, Infinitely Polar Bear shows the complexities of mental illness and that the mentally ill also have positive traits.  Well-acted, and heartbreaking, yet funny, this film will change your view of mental illness.

   Mr. Holmes
   Rated PG

Well into his retirement in post World War II England, Sherlock Holmes lives in the country, tends his bees and is experiencing profound memory loss.  After returning from Japan with a plant that has restorative powers, he, along with his housekeeper’s young son, reopen his last case.

Well done, with an interesting story and good acting, Mr. Holmes is a gem!  This film poses the question, “Can Sherlock Holmes still be effective when he is elderly and forgetful?”  Learning the answer will keep you mesmerized!

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