Cinema Snippets: Early Man & The Mercy
It’s time for another collection of Cinema Snippets, my snippet-length reviews of recent cinema releases! After this post I’ve finally caught up with all the films I’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, so I can go back to writing full posts again. Phew!
This time, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on two very different films: The Mercy, a tense biopic starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, and Early Man, a hilarious Aardman animated comedy starring Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, and many others.
Following his Academy Award nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weisz) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.
Expectation: Colin Firth is always really good in anything he does, so I’m looking forward to seeing his performance in this. From the trailer alone, it looks like his performance is amazing. I don’t know a great deal about the story itself, but I’m guessing that it’s a kind of ‘overcoming great lengths to achieve something life changing’. It looks like it’ll be tense and stressful. I kind of get a feeling that it’ll seem very long and I’ll just find it OK, but let’s see. Expected Rating: 3.5 stars
Reality: This was a weird one. I enjoyed this film, but it was a bit confusing.
I liked the whole lead up to Colin Firth leaving on his mission to sail the world and I liked the beginning of the journey. Okay, really, I enjoyed the whole film apart from a couple of bits. It was a bit confusing where he was in his journey – I don’t want to give too much away in case anyone reading this doesn’t want to be spoiled, but I found the pacing and the plot a bit confusing.
Then the end was SO unexpected – as I said in my expectation notes, I thought it’d be a typical ‘overcoming great lengths to succeed’ storyline, but that wasn’t the case. All I can say is that I’m glad I didn’t read the real guy’s Wikipedia before I saw the film!
Overall, it was just okay – good, entertaining, but a bit confusing and didn’t really have enough (or any?) happy points to cover the depressing ones.
EARLY MAN is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park and Aardman, the creators of Wallace and Gromit.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
Expectation: I’m looking forward to this so much! I haven’t actually seen a great deal of Aardman films – I was never a huge watcher of Wallace and Gromit – but I’m starting to watch them more as I get older. This looks good and the cast is so great! Not sure if it’ll be a very memorable film, but I think I’ll enjoy it. Expected Rating: 3.5 stars
Reality: I can’t quite believe how much I absolutely loved this film.
I went to see it with my sister Emily, and we came out the cinema both completely shocked at how much we loved it! It’s SO funny and the whole cast is amazing.
It’s such a simple story – the stone age and the bronze age have to compete in a football match to see who gets ownership of the stone age’s turf (very weird story, but it’s Aardman so that’s expected). But it’s so fun and the jokes are actually funny, unlike a lot of jokes in films aimed at the whole family.
Certain members of the cast, like Richard Ayoade and Johnny Vegas, were so obvious it was them and it made it funnier. But then other cast members, like Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams, disguised their voices so well that if I hadn’t seen the cast list, I’d never have guessed it was them!
Emily and I agreed on one thing: we can’t actually think of a single thing to knock off a star. So 5 stars it is.
What did you think of these films? Did you find The Mercy as depressing as I did (or did you not even know anything about it? I only did because I saw it on the Cineworld app!)? And if you saw Early Man, did you weirdly love it as much as we did? 😀
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