Beautiful Scenery And Touching Story
Lad: A Yorkshire Story
is a positively
charming coming of age movie that focuses on thirteen year old Tom.
The viewer sees Tom as he grows in character
from a typical teen into a caring and competent young man. Some of his growing
up is forced on him by circumstances and other is due to the caring, calm
nurturing by warden, Al.
The story explores how one family survives a
devastating loss. There are some truly touching moments that will have you
reaching for the tissues. In contrast there are some absolutely hilarious
moments too – I shall never forget the scene with the muck spreader, the bank
and the traffic warden!
The movie was shot within the Yorkshire Dales
National Park in the area around Settle. The scenery is truly breath-taking. The
Dales really are worthy of the title of God’s Own County.
The Shack (12) DVD… wow what a powerful adaptation of a book I know very well. I was pleased to see that Lionsgate did not take the very powerful faith element out of the film. As the credits rolled at the end, I noticed that Wayne Jacobsen had had a large part in making the film, so no wonder it was brilliant, as I think he is a great author.
The film definitely needs to be watched with tissues, as your emotions will take a roller coaster ride.
The acting was awesome. The viewer really felt both the sadness and the joy in the film. Octavia Spencer was perfect in the starring role… a benevolent Papa who longed to love His children. Her charisma leapt off the screen. Aviv Alush as Jesus played the part with compassion and empathy. Sam Worthington as Mack was incredible, the viewer really ‘felt’ his great sadness. He wore his heart on his sleeve.
God’s Not Dead II is a wonderful faith filled film. It stars Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina The Teenage Witch) and the legendary Pat Boone.
Having read the book by Travis Thrasher, I knew the story and was keen to see the film. It was a faithful adaptation and a worthy sequel. For the viewer it was great to catch up with characters from the first film.
At first the film does appear farfetched with its persecution but the film is based on many court cases involving Christians who stood up for what they believed. “I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.”
Paddington (PG) is a wonderful family film. It is one bear’s search for a home. A search to belong. The cast included many famous faces – Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman and more. I just knew that I was going to be in for a great film and I was not disappointed.
Paddington has all the elements that a great family film needs – lovable characters, a ‘typical’ family unit, a nosy neighbour and a villain. It is all good family viewing.
Paddington is delightfully portrayed through animation. Those big eyes could melt the hardest heart – as Mr Brown found out. He was perfectly played by Hugh Bonneville and in complete contrast from his Lord Grantham character in Downton Abbey.