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What to Watch? Bohemian Rhapsody

I saw this movie the weekend before last, before it came out in Australia and the US. I’m sorry to post it only now, but as you know, I was busy with my Blog Tour. Here’s my review of that long-awaited movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Cast

I must honestly say that when I heard Rami Malek was going to play Freddie Mercury, I thought ‘wtf?’ I didn’t think he looked anything like Freddie and thought he wouldn’t be able to pull it off. But he did. He portrayed him beautifully. Yes, the teeth were a bit too much, I never thought Freddie’s teeth were that prominent, but maybe it was the mustache that hid that. 

Gwilym Lee was very well cast as Brian May. I actually had to look twice sometimes to make sure it wasn’t Brian May himself. I saw him recently at a lecture in Aberdeen, and he looked exactly the same as so many years ago (perhaps some more grey hairs :D). Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon were more easily picked as lookalikes.

I actually didn’t know the story of Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton, and her relationship with Freddie, so I can’t compare Lucy to the real Mary.

Plot

Most people already know the story of Queen. How Freddie got to join the band, how they struggled with conformity, how they kept on making hit after hit, that they had a lul in their performances, and how Freddie looked ill when they resumed their creativity due to, as was later revealed, him suffering from AIDS.

My sister took her daughter to the cinema the other day to see The Nutcracker. I asked her how it was and she said, “The story was very predictable.” Um, sis, everybody knows the story of The Nutcracker. That’s not what you’re going to watch it for. Likewise with Bohemian Rhapsody. You’re not going to watch it to find out what happened. You’re going to watch it to relive that moment of glory.

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What I liked about Bohemian Rhapsody

I loved, loved the way Rami Malek portrayed Freddie. He did an awesome job crawling under his skin. I loved hearing Freddie perform again. It was entertaining to see his quirkiness, his perseverance, his perfectionism. I liked seeing that Queen was a group performance. Yes, Freddie was their frontman, but as was clear in the movie, Freddie was nothing without the others.

I loved Mike Myer’s guest role as Ray Foster, the EMI executive.

What I didn’t like about Bohemian Rhapsody

Let’s be honest; the storyline was crap. ‘Oh, but that’s what happened,’ I hear you say. Yes, and that’s exactly what I think is the problem with this movie. It is a string of events. There is no real storyline, no build-up of anything. No character arcs, no tension build-up, nothing. Just one event after the other. But this is a movie. It needs a storyline. I had expected better.

A lot of people complain that the movie doesn’t portray the ‘real’ Freddy Mercury. I agree, but that’s not what the film is about. It’s about Queen. Freddie was only a part of it. I guess the movie failed in this respect because it was advertised wrongly and expectations were not met.

Summary

Bohemian Rhapsody is a must to watch if you’re a fan of Queen. Don’t watch it to see the private life of Freddie Mercury. Don’t watch it to see a great story. Watch it for the music, to relive that wonderful time when Queen ruled the charts.

Want to watch a great show? Watch ‘Norsemen’

We started watching another new series on Netflix. After seeing the trailer, we just had to. And it is a good laugh if you’re not shy of gore, sexual references, violence, and references to sexual violence. It appears that the first season was already available in August last year, but the second season just came out.

Norsemen

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Cast

The whole cast of Norsemen are real Norsemen, i.e. they are all Norwegian actors/actresses. In fact, the whole series is caught on camera twice; first in Norwegian, then in English. And thank heavens they did, because it is a splendid show to watch!

Most notable characters are Jon Øigarden as the chieftain, Kåre Conradi as Orm, the wannabe chieftain, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad as Arvid, the warrior, Silje Torp as Frøya the love interest, Kristine Riis as the other love interest, Marian Saastad Ottesen as the chieftain’s wife, Trond Fausa Aurvåg as Rufus, the Roman slave, and Øystein Martinsen as the ‘voluntary’ slave. 

Plot

This is what makes the show so funny; it’s a real-life drama with intrigues, romance, adultery, vengeance… the whole kit and kaboodle, but set in 790s Norway. Hence, raiding, killing, and defiling are just in a day’s work.

The first season centers around the question who becomes chieftain after the current chieftain dies (under dubious circumstances). Season two is about the love interests of Arvid, which are many. They’re working on the third season, but it’s not here yet.

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What I like about Norsemen

First of all, I love the way the cast speaks English. ‘They really talk like that!’ springs to mind. There is no denying this is a Scandinavian show as the intonations always go up at the end of a sentence (even more so than in Australian!), and you find yourself trying to talk like that as well.

Although I abhor unnecessary violence, the way they use it in the show just makes it hilarious. When I saw the warning of ‘gore, sexual references, violence, and references to sexual violence,’ I must admit I was a bit worried. But there’s no need to worry at all. It is done in an extremely ‘just another day at work’ type of way. There are even some warriors that have a problem with all the defiling they have to do and hold a meeting about it.

I liked that they brought up homosexuality and mentioned that ‘it would only take a couple of years before it was commonly accepted.’ So funny and sad at the same time, but I like a show that tries to instill some modern morals and values in viewers.

The settings and clothing are very well appointed. It gives you an idea of how they lived in those days.

What I didn’t like about Norsemen

The acting is a bit to get used to. As the dialogue is very much ‘said as it is,’ there isn’t much acting necessary. Often, it is rather over the top and predictable, but then again, that’s part of the charm of this series.

There are also some inconsistencies here and there. For example, Arvid and Frøya go to a location on two white ponies and come back on two Fjord horses. These inconsistencies aren’t interfering with the plot, though.

Summary

Norsemen is a great show to watch when you want to have a good laugh. It is, however, not for the faint-at-heart or the easily-offended.

The following trailer is spoken in Norwegian with English subtitling, but the series on Netflix really is spoken in English. I just thought this trailer was better than the English version.

What to Watch? Grabbers

We had watched this movie before, but it’s such a funny, little gem that we watched it again. This movie is on Amazon, not Netflix this time.

Grabbers

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Cast

There are actually a few characters that play a major role in this movie, but the two it is all about are Garda Ciarán O’Shea, played by Richard Coyle, and Garda Lisa Nolan, played by Ruth Bradley. Garda means something as constable. Ruth does an excellent job of playing drunk.

The other persons that all play their part in this hilarious movie are: Russell Tovey (from Being Human) as Dr Smith, Lalor Roddy as Paddy, David Pearse as Brian Maher (the bar tender), Bronagh Gallagher as Una Maher (the bartender’s wife), Pascal Scott as Dr Jim Gleeson, Ned Dennehy as Declan Cooney, Clelia Murphy as Irene Murphy, Louis Dempsey as Tadhg Murphy, Stuart Graham as Skipper, and Micheál Ó Gruagáin as Father Potts.

Plot

The movie starts with something like a comet falling out of the sky into the ocean and skippers going missing. Then people on the remote Irish island start to go missing. All this happens when uptight Garda Lisa Nolan joins the force to replace Garda Ciarán O’Shea’s boss while he’s away. O’Shea’s an alcoholic and Nolan’s a teetotaler. The two need to form an alliance to figure out this mystery.

What I liked about Grabbers

This is a low-budget movie with an incredible cast and excellent CGI! Next to this, it has very humorous situations that never feel tacky.

What I didn’t like about Grabbers

Let me think…. Nope, can’t think of something.

Summary

Like they quoted in the trailer: “Funny, gory, and with some feckin’ good CGI!” It is not a movie for the little ones as some scenes may be too gory/scary and/or inappropriate (and I’m mainly talking about the boozing regarding the latter). All in all a very funny movie that shouldn’t be missed if you love a good laugh/sci-fi/fantasy/small town living.

PS: don’t watch the You Tube trailer as it gives away too much! It’s still funny when you know what’s going to happen, but I just hate trailers that show you nearly all of the movie 🙂

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What To Watch? Extinction

This seemed like an interesting movie for a Saturday night. It was weird, but even though I had been up since 5am that day, I stayed awake the whole movie to find out what was happening next.

Extinction

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Cast

There’s not a lot of actors playing in this movie. The main role, Peter, head of the family, is played by Michael Peña. I know him from Crash, Shooter, Fury, The Martian, and, the most recent movie, Ant-Man. It was good to see he got a lead role for a change. His wife, Alice, is played by Lizzy Caplan. I had to look her up and found out she played in True Blood (a series I yet have to watch, believe it or not!), The Hot Tub Time Machine, and Now You See Me 2. Their daughters are played by Amelia Crouch as Hanna and Erica Tremblay as Lucy.

Plot

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Michael Peña

Peter is not a good father. He has nightmares and this affects his work and his family life. When he has a blackout at work and misses family night, he finally decides to go see a doctor. Once in the waiting room, another man waiting for treatment says he’s having the same dreams. This makes Peter realize there’s something strange going on, and he goes home again without seeing the doctor. Soon, his nightmares come true.

What I liked about Extinction

Although plenty of reviews on the internet mention that this story line has been done to death, it came as a surprise to me. Obviously, I don’t watch enough sci-fi movies. There was something off with the family life, and I mentioned this to my husband at the time, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I found it strange as Peña is a good actor. When the truth was told, it all made sense!

What I didn’t like about Extinction

Lizzy Caplan
Lizzy Caplan

The fact that there was something off made me think this was a B-rated movie at first. I nearly turned it off, but the way the movie was going, I wanted to know what happened next. You sort of know what happens next, but you’re hoping for something else. Some scenes were totally unexpected, others were extremely predictable. The thing with watching movies is that you want to see the main characters in a seemingly hopeless situation and root for them to get out alive. But the rooting wasn’t really happening. This had a reason though…

Summary

Extinction is a good movie to watch when you have nothing else to do, want to see some sci-fi action, and be entertained. It’s not a movie I’d care to watch again, but I guess the plot will always stay with me.

 

 

What to Watch? Salem

As there’ll be witches in my next novel, I thought I’d better get to know as much as I could about witches. So, I watched the first season of Salem on Netflix, a supernatural horror series. I learned a lot!

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Cast

Main Cast

Salem_Janet_MontgomeryThe cast of Salem is very well chosen. Janet Montgomery plays Mary Sibley, the main character/witch whose features are beautiful and her soul ugly (or is it?), and Janet plays a good witch. Mary’s one true love, Captain John Alden, is played by Shane West. He has the rugged look of a man who’s been out there. There’s no nonsense to him, every word counts. Then there’s Tituba, the servant (slave?) of Mary, played by the beautiful Ashley Madekwe. I love, love Seth Gabel’s portrayal of the reverend Cotton Mather (where did they get those names from?). He is so believable and has such sorrowful eyes. If ever they decide to film my series Suckers, I’d be happy for him to play Charlie! (I know, he’s no dwarf, but still).

Others

Salem_Shane_WestI also have to mention the other actors in the series who do a wonderful job of entertaining. There’s Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale (there’s more of her role to come, I’m sure!), Elise Every as Mercy Lewis, Iddo Goldberg as Isaac Walton, Xander Berkely as Magistrate Hale (his white long hair always reminds me of Lucius Malfoy), Michael Mulheren as George Sibley, Azure Parsons as Gloriana Embry, and Stephen Lang (remember him as Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar, the one talking about the indigenous having your eyes as jujubes?) as the scary Increase Mather.

Plot

Salem_Ashley_Madekwe.jpgThe series starts off in the past. The past compared to when the bulk of the series is playing, of course. Mary and John are still young, and when John is sent to go fight in the war, Mary promises to wait for him until he returns next year. Fast forward seven years. John finally makes it back to Salem, only to find Mary has married the one man who sent him away. George Sibley has mysteriously lost his faculties, though, and Mary, now the most wealthy woman around, is running the town in his stead, refusing to give up her position to be with her former lover.

Unaware to most, witches are running Salem. Their goal: to take over and live in peace. But who is friend and who is foe? And is it all mind control or is there real magic going on here? You’ll have to watch the series to find out!

What I liked about Salem

Salem_Seth_GableI won’t lie. I like watching old costumes and pretty people and special effects make-up. Sometimes, I think I was born in the wrong time, but then again, maybe not! Back to the series. I liked the darkness of it. How the goodies are the bad guys, the bad guys are the good guys, and that everything is actually very grey overall.

I liked watching Cotton Mather’s frustration. I liked the power struggle going on between the witches and their attempts to keep it all under cover. I liked the way they suggested the lesbian relationship.

I also like the music they used in the series. The intro tune of Marilyn Manson’s Cupid Carries a Gun is very eerie.

What I didn’t like about Salem

Sometimes the acting wasn’t all that spectacular. Sometimes the scenes didn’t make sense. Sometimes the special effects were a bit fake. Yet this didn’t stop me from watching to find out what was coming next.

Summary

This is not a series for the faint at heart. It is gruesome, weird, shocking at some points. Yet there is hardly any nudity in it, for a change! I loved seeing something different, and I can’t wait to find out what they come up with in the second series.

 

What To Watch? I Am Dragon

If you didn’t get your romantic fix during your summer holiday, don’t worry. You can get it when watching this fantastic (literally 😀 ), Russian movie I found on Amazon!

I Am Dragon

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Cast

The first thing that strikes you is how well the two main characters have been chosen.

Maria Poezzhaeva plays Miroslava (Mira), the girl who gets taken by the dragon. Although she was twenty-six years old when the movie was made (in 2015), she looked about fourteen which I think would be a believable age to be married in a fantasy medieval Russian setting.

My favorite of the movie is, however, Matvey Lykov as Arman. I had to look him up, to see if he plays in other movies. I was not surprised to find out he’s actually a model. He is in two other movies, Peterburg: A Selfie, a Russian movie, and Woodkid: Iron which is a French movie but English spoken. I hope to see him in more movies to come. This man’s body is fantastic. He is so skinny and sinewy. A perfect match to the dragon!

The two of them together is magic on screen. At first I thought Maria’s performance was a bit ‘wooden,’ but soon you get swept away by the chemistry between the two.

Next to these two, there are Stanislav Lyubshin as Prince (Miroslava’s father), Ieva Andrejevaite as Yaroslava (Miroslava’s sister), and Pyotr Romanov as Igor (the groom).

Matvey Lykov as Arman
Matvey Lykov as Arman

Plot

In the past, girls to be wed were offered to the dragon. The people would sing a song to accompany the ritual during which the dragon would come and take one girl away.

Two generations ago, the betrothed of the girl taken didn’t take no for an answer, went after the dragon, and killed it (although his bride-to-be had already perished).

Now, Mira is betrothed to Igor, the grandson of the dragonslayer. For years, the dragon song hasn’t been sung, but Igor insists the song is sung again to honor his heritage. To everybody’s surprise another dragon shows up and takes Mira.

Will Igor get Mira back?

What I liked about I Am Dragon

The best thing about this movie is that it takes you away into this other world and you feel the yearning of two loved ones who cannot be together. Credit to Indar Dzhendubaev, on his directing debut.

Even though the movie was 85% CG, the setting was incredibly real, and I never felt some of it was fake. Okay, sensibility tells you it can’t be real (like the waterfall at the top of the ‘mountain’), but it looked and felt real! Especially the dragon looked as real as it can get. What more does one want?

Mira and the dragon
Mira and the dragon

What I didn’t like about I Am Dragon

As mentioned earlier, Maria’s performance felt a bit fake at the start of the movie, but she soon gets into her role.

Summary

This is a movie for the whole family although probably not too young kids as some scenes may be scary/threatening. Even though there are ‘naked’ shots (without genitalia shown), at no point was there any embarrassment necessary for it.

The film is about tradition, arrogance, true love, and standing up for yourself. DON’T watch the trailer as it gives away way too much! Instead, let yourself be swept away by the dragon…

I am Dragon
I am Dragon

PS: I cried in the end, so keep the tissues ready!

What to Watch? Incredibles 2

Excuses for posting this a day late. I’ve been working my ass off to get my second newsletter out (in online magazine form). It takes a lot of time to do the editing, but I love it. You can sign up for it on my home page, if you like :).

Last weekend we watched Incredibles 2. For those adults who say ‘I don’t watch animated movies,’ let me tell you that Incredibles 2 is the  ninth highest-grossing film of all-time domestically and the highest grossing animated film domestically. That’s got to say something, doesn’t it?

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Cast

Obviously, this movie only has voice-overs. The most known ones are done by Holly Hunter (Elastigirl), Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone)(surprisingly, he actually never says ‘motherfucker’ in this movie 😀 ), and Usher (as Lucius’ best valet). You can check out the full list of the cast on Wikipedia.

Plot

The new movie starts where the first movie stopped; chasing The Underminer. He escapes, but as the superhero family tries to stop his mining machine, there is a lot of damage done to the city. As a result, the relocation program is shut down and all superheroes find themselves not only illegal (they can’t use their superpowers) but also homeless.

Not to worry, a superhero fan called Winston Deavor, owner of DevTech, and his sister Evelyn, creator of the communications technology of DevTech, come to the rescue. They propose a publicity stunt to show the world that superheroes do good things. They choose Elastigirl to head the stunt to defeat Screenslaver, a supervillain who hypnotizes people through TV screens.

Bob is slightly disappointed that they have chosen his wife Helen as the superhero to battle Screenslaver, but he agrees to look after the kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. While Helen is away, Jack-Jack finally starts to show his superpowers.

What I liked about Incredibles 2

This movie is as entertaining as the first movie. Obviously, there is a bigger theme underlining the concept of good vs. evil. The interactions between the family members are so funny as they portray common teenager issues as well as seeing Bob’s resentment against having his wife doing all the hero stuff while he has to deal with the kids at home. It’s probably slightly over the top, but shows oh-so-well the problems most mothers have to deal with on a daily basis. Except for the superpower part, of course!

What I didn’t like about Incredibles 2

Honestly, I don’t think I can mention anything here. It was clear who was the supervillain early on, but it didn’t take away from the entertainment at all.

Summary

This movie is a great one to watch, by young and old. It contains lots of humor, surprises, and most of all recognizable situations. Go and see it with the whole family!

 

 

What To Watch? Immortals

Last Thursday, we were deciding what to watch on Netflix. We read the blurb for Immortals, but the rest of my family wasn’t too convinced. As I held the TV remote (a rare occasion), I pressed play and, to my surprise, everybody was pleased I did afterward.

Immortals

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Cast

The movie has a spectacular cast and, for the life of me, I don’t know why I had never heard of this movie before. As the main characters, it has Henry Cavill as Theseus and Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion. The role of Zeus is shared by Luke Evans, in the role of the god, and John Hurt, in the role of the old man-form of Zeus.

And then, for the vampire-lovers amongst us, there’s Kellan Lutz (aka Emmett Cullen in Twilight) as Poseidon, Joseph Morgan (aka Niklaus “Klaus” Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals) as Lysander, Stephen Dorff (aka Deacon Frost in Blade) as Stavros, and Daniel Sharman (aka Kaleb in The Originals) as Ares.

The two women in the movie are Isabel Lucas as Athena, goddess of wisdom and daughter of Zeus, and Freida Pinto as Phaedra, an Oracle priestess who joins Theseus on his quest (and being the love interest).

Plot

King Hyperion, who wants to free the Titans (to revenge the death of his family) and hopes to slay the gods this way, is hell-bound to find the Epirus bow, the only weapon that can free the Titans. He uses the visions of Phaedra, the Oracle priestess, to locate it.

Immortals2In the meantime, Theseus, his mother, and many others try to flee from Hyperion and his approaching Heraklion army. Unfortunately, Theseus’s mother gets killed by Hyperion and Theseus is imprisoned. At a chance meeting, the Oracle Priestess sees Theseus being part of the future and organizes to set him free. Zeus tells the other gods not to interfere with the troubles of men, but, of course, they do.

What I liked about Immortals

The first and foremost thing that struck me watching the movie was the beautiful aesthetics. The director, Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall, Mirror Mirror, Self/less), is known for his unique visual style, and Immortals is a wonderful example. The colors and texture jump off the screen when the story is good and beautiful, yet are bleak and colorless (except for the color red) when dark and gloomy. You could say it is the enhanced version of 300 (I actually only found out it was from the same producers as 300 after I watched the YouTube trailer 😀 ).

With such a cast, you can’t expect otherwise than the performances to be excellent. They draw you into the story from beginning to end.

As this is a movie based on Greek mythology, there are quite a few fight scenes. All done impeccably, easy to follow, and believable, with lots of blood gushing out of inflicted wounds (I can see why they did a 3D-version of the movie).

What I didn’t like about Immortals

Immortals3As the common critique was when the film came out in 2011, it could do with a bit more character development and (hence) better script. I actually quite liked the overall story.

I must admit I didn’t like Luke Evans in the role of Zeus. They should have taken someone to match, if not surpass, the physical appearance of Micky Rourke.

Summary

This is a beautiful movie to watch if only for pleasing the eye. Beautiful colors, beautiful people, beautiful scenery. The story isn’t real (at least, it’s not a ‘real mythological’ story), but I thought it believable (as far as Hollywood movies go). It does have quite some gruesome moments (crushing of testicles, cooking of humans, and the necessary blood-shed) in it, so I’d recommend it for older teenagers and up.

What to Watch? Shooter

Excuses for my lateness of posting my weekly What to Watch? I was still travelling from Holland to Scotland yesterday (driving from Newcastle to Aberdeen), and I can tell you that typing on a laptop in a driving car isn’t easy 😀 . So, why Shooter (the TV series and not the film)? Because my son recommended it to me.

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Cast

The Netflix TV series is based on the film Shooter, with Mark Wahlberg as the main character, which is based on the book Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter which again is loosely based on the US sniper Carlos Hathcock (but none of the story in the TV series has anything to do with Hathcock).

The retired US sniper veteran, Bob Lee Swagger, is played by Ryan Phillipe. He’s not a new kid on the block as he’s been in front of the camera since 1992. His wife Julie is played by Shantel VanSanten, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson plays Nadine Memphis, the investigating FBI agent. Omar Epps, also know from his doctor role in House, plays the Secret Service agent and ex-commander of Swagger, Isaac Johnson. I need to mention Eddie McClintock, who plays Jack Payne, and David Marciano as Memphis’s boss, Howard Utey.

Plot

Bob Lee Swagger is a retired US sniper, now spending time with his wife and daughter. His ex-commander, Isaac Johnson, seeks him out and asks for his help. There are rumors that a sniper is going to take out the US President during a visit to Seattle. Swagger reluctantly agrees and tries to figure out where the sniper could shoot from. All angles seem to be covered, until Swagger figures out something is wrong and tries to prevent the shooting. Unfortunately, Swagger is too late, and the visiting Ukrainian President is killed. As Swagger is on the spot of the crime, he’s arrested for suspicion of being the murderer. Swagger must prove he’s set up for a crime he didn’t commit.

What I liked about Shooter

As you may know, I’m not a fan of senseless violence. So, why did I like Shooter? Because the first few episodes were very suspenseful and were (somewhat) believable.

Someone, in a review on Rotten Tomatoes, mentioned there was no humor in the series at all. They are wrong. I loved the character of Jack Payne. He was so funny. Intentionally or not, he made me laugh out loud and care for him more than for Swagger. Same goes for Howard Utey. His character was less believable, but still gave it a less dramatic twist for me.

What I didn’t like about Shooter

As I said, I don’t like senseless violence. This series is supposed to be realistic, but people are being killed left, right, and center without any remorse. I don’t mind if this happens in fantasy movies with non-existant creatures but not in a series about humans and by someone who’s supposedly the good guy. Besides this, Ryan Phillipe reminds me of a pouting school boy, not a seasoned veteran. Maybe it’s just my age…

The further you get into the series, the more unbelievable it becomes. We finished the first season, but I doubt we’re going to watch the following two.

Summary

Shooter is a good show to get away from it all and have you on the edge of your seat for a couple of evenings but don’t expect it to be too realistic or see fantastic performances.

I haven’t seen the movie with Mark Wahlberg as the sniper, but I’m dying to see it now.

What To Watch? The Limehouse Golem

Ever since I saw The Boat That Rocked/Pirate Radio in 2009, I’ve been a fan of Bill Nighy’s work. Obviously, I like him best in Underworld, but he also plays in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, another two of my favorites. He didn’t disappoint in the movie I’m about to talk about in this post.

The Limehouse Golem

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Bill Nighy plays Inspector John Kildare, the main character who has to solve the murders. Originally, Alan Rickman was given the role of the inspector, but he had to withdraw due to declining health. I would have liked to have seen Rickman in the role as I think his appearance and voice would have suited the role better, but Nighy does a great job as well.

The second main character, Lizzy Cree-charged with murdering her husband, is played by Olivia Cooke. She puts down a very good performance, reminding me a bit of Helena Bonham Carter. Douglas Booth plays Dan Leno, the actor/cross-dresser, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of him on the screen. Acting, of course. Daniel Mays was a very convincing constable George Flood, Sam Reid the weird and creepy John Cree, and Maria Valverde the jealous Aveline Ortega.

Plot

Nighy plays Inspector John Kildare, a man appointed to investigate seemingly unsolvable Limehouse Golem murders. These murders, graphically depicted, are so gruesome that people think no human being could have committed them. Lizzy Cree is the wife of John Cree, found dead in his bed. When the maid, Aveline Ortega, hands the police officer a vial with poison she found in the kitchen, Lizzy is taken into custody on the suspicion of murdering her husband. Kildare links the murder of John Cree to the Limehouse Golem murders. Throughout the story, the interrogation of Lizzy by Kildare is interrupted by flashbacks of what has happened to Lizzy in the past. Only at the very end does Kildare figure out who has committed the murders.

What I liked about The Limehouse Golem

It is a wonderfully done period drama, mixing a whodunnit with horror (says who you can’t cross genre in one story?). I loved the women’s hairdos, the clothing, the setting. It was all very convincingly done.

The story starts slow, picking up the pace and keeping you on the edge of your seat as more as more red herrings are thrown into the story. You keep on guessing until the very end when the revelation is made.

It was nice to see some new faces on the screen.

What I didn’t like about The Limehouse Golem

Toward the end it became increasingly clear who had done it. There just wasn’t any evidence yet.

Summary

Overall, I thought it was a most enjoyable story, taking you back to Victorian London (a favorite time of mine). It is a nice way to spend an evening, trying to guess who the perpetrator is and seeing the elimination process develop. Performances are great, enhancing the enjoyment. I recommend this movie to those with a strong stomach due to the graphic depictions of the murders.