Bill Condon

The Good Liar (2019)

The Good Liar (2019)

Director:

Bill Condon

Writer:

Jeffrey Hatcher

Starring:

Helen Mirren

Ian McKellen

Russell Tovey

Jim Carter

Blurb:

Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.

Review:

**Trigger warning for rape**

I’ve had The Good Liar on my to-watch list on HBO for a while. Mainly because I love Helen Mirren, and with the inclusion of Ian McKellen, I knew the movie had to be good. I was not wrong.

You discover fairly quickly that McKellen’s character is a con man. It takes you a little bit longer to learn just how far he’s willing to take it. I was shocked to see it, but it made the twist at the end absolutely believable.

Mirren’s character, Betty, came off as smart and capable. She seemed to be looking more for companionship than love. She wasn’t a pushover, but she was trusting. Still, I loved that she noticed when he slipped up in his con. It was always little things that could easily be explained away, but she noticed them. She was sharp.

I won’t reveal the twist, but I definitely didn’t see it coming. The ending was a great payoff after the twist was revealed, too, so things weren’t ended on a sour note. The Good Liar was an entertaining film that I’m glad I could take the time to watch.

4/5

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Director:

Bill Condon

Starring:

Emma Watson

Dan Stevens

Luke Evans

Plot:

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Review:

This movie, honestly, never stood a chance with me. The original is my favorite Disney animated movie. Belle is my favorite princess. And the Beast…has the best library ever.

The songs didn’t sound as good, though, I did really like the emo Beast song that was new.

Gaston didn’t seem as evil as he does in the cartoon.

The CGI characters lacked personality.

All in all I wasn’t a fan.

2/5

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

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Director:

Bill Condon

Starring:

Kristen Stewart

Robert Pattinson

Taylor Lautner

Plot:

After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Review:

I thought the wolf scene in Part 1 was bad, but holy shit the running/hunting scene was so stupid looking.

Maybe I should preface this review by saying I am not a Twilight fan. I’ve read the books and watched all the movies so at least I did that before I judged them. I also went into each with an open mind.

Back to the movie, oh my god that baby looked horrible.

At least I got Jacob chest this time. I can’t remember if there was any in the first part, I just remember being disappointed in the amount.

Ugh sparkling.

And now the dad knows about the baby? When did that happen? I mean he kind of guessed but he didn’t know.

I don’t remember a battle scene in the book… Oh wait I see what they did there.

I was leaning toward 2 stars but after that ridiculous ending

1/5