Recently Watched #1

Hi everyone! I hope you're all well and had a good weekend. I'm really into my films at the moment, so for today's post I thought I'd talk about what I've been watching recently and put together a few mini reviews for you all. Hope you enjoy!


"There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope."

I put off watching this for so long - I'm a total cry baby when it comes to sad films and the trailer alone had me in floods of tears! I finally forced myself to sit through it and my only regret was the fact I hadn't done so sooner. The story follows the life of famous scientist Stephen Hawking; focusing on his diagnosis of ALS, his relationship with first wife Jane and his triumphs in physics. The film is incredibly poignant in parts and I have no shame in admitting that I sobbed through most of it. I was so emotionally attached to all the characters and couldn't help but feel inspired by Stephen's incredible journey. He really is the most remarkable man and Eddie's portrayal of him is one of the best performances I've ever seen - he 100% deserved that Oscar win. This is one of those films that really stays with you - it's earned a firm place amongst some of my all-time favourites. My rating: 5/5


"People love what other people are passionate about."

As a devote lover of both Ryan Gosling and musicals, I was super eager to watch La La Land and arranged a cinema date with a friend not long after it was released. The film centres around Mia (Emma Stone) a struggling waitress who's desperate to make it onto the silver screen, and Sebastian (Ryan), a passionate pianist who dreams of opening his own Jazz bar. The two meet in unlikely circumstances and eventually fall in love.

For me personally, this failed to live up to its rave reviews. While I did enjoy the film (the second half more so), it left me feeling a little underwhelmed. I thought the singing was weak and the soundtrack forgettable.

Saying that, I loved the relationship between the two main characters (Ryan and Emma have amazing chemistry) and I'd be lying if I said I didn't grin like a loon when Sebastian took Mia's hand in the cinema. I also thought the cinematography was beautiful and I enjoyed the nostalgic nod to Hollywood's Golden Age. This isn't a bad film by any means, it just didn't give me goosebumps like I was hoping it would. My rating: 2.5/5


"I've only liked a handful of people in my life, and you've been two of them."

I remember the hype surrounding this a few years back and after being so impressed with The Theory of Everything I decided to indulge in an Eddie Redmayne-marathon. The Danish Girl tells the story of painter Einar Wegener, one of the first known recipients of sex-reassignment surgery. Set amongst the backdrop of 1920's Paris, the film is visually stunning - I adored the set design and costumes. Unfortunately that's where the positives end for me.

I couldn't help but feel majorly disappointed in this film - I almost turned it off halfway through I was so bored! I didn't feel emotionally attached to any of the characters nor was I particularly moved by the sadder scenes. Eddie's performance as Lili Elbe seemed almost like a caricature to me - it felt so overdone (although I loved Alicia Vikander, who plays his wife). I really wanted to like this but sadly I was left feeling disenchanted. My rating: 1/5 


"My husband used to tell me I have an overactive imagination. I can't help it. I mean, have you been on a train and wondered about the lives of people who live near the tracks? The lives you've never lived."

This is the second time I've seen this film since its release last year - I was worried it wouldn't do the novel justice but it exceeded all my expectations! For those of you who don't know the plot (seriously, where have you been?!) The Girl on the Train centers around Rachel Watson, a lonely alcoholic who becomes dangerously involved in a missing persons case. She spends the majority of the story piecing together clues before everything comes together in a grisly twist.

I know many people were disappointed with the film taking place in America rather than London (the book's original setting). Personally this didn't bother me. I thought Emily Blunt did an amazing job as Rachel - she was exactly how I imagined her - although I didn't care for the other two female characters. My main criticism is I found it a lot easier to predict who the 'villain' was... obviously I already knew what happened but I felt even if I didn't I'd have seen it coming a mile off. Regardless, I thought this was a really strong adaption and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a good thriller. My rating: 4/5 


"Is it paranoia if, indeed, everyone is coming after you?"

Biopics/character studies are one of my favourite genres so I was really intrigued by this. Christine is based on the true story of Christine Chubbuck, an American news reporter who shot herself in the head on live TV in 1974.

The film begins ten days prior to Christine's death, focusing on her struggle with depression, her frustrations at work and her suffering of an unrequited love. I often think it must be difficult for film makers to keep a plot interesting when the viewers already know how it ends, but this kept me engrossed throughout. The suicide scene is every bit as intense and unsettling as I expected it to be and the story overall just broke my heart. I did enjoy this film but if I'm honest I'm not sure I wholly agree with it being made - I can understand why it was so controversial. My rating: 3.5/5


"If she is the one who'll break the spell, you must finally learn to love..." 

Anyone who knows me will be aware that the original Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite films, so I had high expectations for the remake! My friend and I went to see it at the cinema last night and I completely fell in love with it. The entire cast was fabulous - they all had incredible chemistry, especially Emma and Dan. I had tears in my eyes throughout!

The film is very true to the 1991 classic, albeit a few additional plot lines. I wasn't a big fan of the extra songs but I understand the writers' desire to put a fresh spin on the original score. The animated version is still my favourite but I was really impressed with the remake - I already can't wait to see it again! My rating: 5/5 

What have you been watching recently? x


  1. The Theory of Everything was beautiful and sad and made me very emotional... Eddie fuckin' killed it! :)

  2. I still haven't watched La La Land, but I'm dying too.
    Love musicals!

    Vanessa x |

  3. Great reviews. I liked Theory of Everything and LaLaLand, also felt the same about The Danish Girl a bit, although I generally love Eddie in most films. Madison

  4. I've haven't read any film reviews for a while so this was really refreshing! I've been putting off the theory of everything but you've definitely convinced me to give it a go with your rave review! I'm really not bothered about La La land, I'm just not fussed!

    Musings & More

  5. Great list of recent movies! I personally LOVED La La Land (Sebastian's character is just hilarious!). Great post!
    -Jenna <3
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