Friday, June 10, 2016

Movie Reviews: “The Nice Guys,” “Me Before You” & “Love and Friendship”

   The Nice Guys
   Rated R

Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and private investigator Holland March (Ryan Gosling) work together to find a missing girl.

Though this movie contains explicit language, violence and nudity, it’s a fun one to see. The actors are cast perfectly and have good chemistry, the plot is interesting, and this movie truly has the “feel” of a 70’s movie, complete with smog in the LA skyline shots.  It’s one of those rare movies where I’m actually looking forward to a sequel.

   Me Before You
   Rated PG-13

Sheltered caregiver Lou Clark and quadriplegic Will Traynor, a former London businessman and extreme athlete, form a unique bond.  I’m stopping here because saying anything more would be a spoiler.

Based on the book of the same title, Me Before You is one of those rare movies where the movie is as good as, or better than, the novel.  Sam Clafin and Emilia Clarke are exactly as I imagined their characters, and Emilia Clarke perfectly captured Lou’s sweet, quirky nature.  If you’re prepared for an emotional journey, Me Before You is the film for you!

   Love and Friendship
   Rated PG

Based on a Jane Austen novella, Love and Friendship is set in late 18th century England and follows Lady Susan’s­­­­­ travails.  A young, penniless widow, she skillfully seduces and manipulates others to secure futures for her and her daughter. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Love and Friendship, though I may be biased since I’m a Jane Austen fan.  To me, it was interesting to see what women resorted to in order to meet society’s mores.  Kate Beckinsale is perfect as Lady Susan, portraying her as a sympathetic sociopath you can’t help rooting for!

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