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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

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Director:

Peter Jackson

Starring:

Ian McKellen

Martin Freeman

Richard Armitage

Plot:

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Review:

I don’t know if it’s because I’m older or just because the movies aren’t as good, but I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I liked the first one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but even that not as much.

The Orcs seemed CG, I’m not sure if they are I haven’t taken the time to look into it, but in the original trilogy there weren’t. That barrel scene was freaking ridiculous, not in a good way.

It’s been a while since I read the Hobbit, I have a really nice edition that I got for Christmas so I have no excuse. There’s a lot in the movies that I don’t recognize, I know they took some from other Tolkien sources, but I’m not sure if it’s made the story better or just longer.

What is with Hollywood and making book series longer? The last book is always split into two movie. In the case of the Hobbit the last book remaining by Tolkien that people love it split into three movies. Was that really necessary?

I like the story so I’m not complaining. Not really. I’m just not sure if it makes it better. I’m giving this movie three stars but it was really close to 2.75.

3/5

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Director:

Bryan Singer

Starring:

Patrick Stewart

Hugh Jackman

Ian McKellen

James McAvoy

Plot:

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Review:

I knew nothing about the Days of Future Past story line from the comics or the TV show so I went in with no expectations. My husband use to watch the TV show so was really hoping for more Bishop. Oh well.

There were a couple new X-Men in the future, and in the case of Bishop there was no explanation of his powers. Quicksilver was probably the best part of the movie. Loved the scene with him in the kitchen, the music reminded me of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The movie ended up being a reset switch. Everything that has happened in the movies up until now we don’t even know if it happened. Everyone that died is back, the world is all hunky dory.

I call bullshit. There is no way humans would be ok with mutants after one tries to kill the president, brings a whole stadium to the white house, and is only stopped when another mutant stops him. They don’t even get to imprison the mutant that tried to kill the president because another powerful mutant lets him go.

Even with the unlikely ending I liked the movie. Didn’t love it, don’t need to own it, but I liked it.

3/5