Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Shape Of Water Film Review

I hadn't been to the cinema for a while but I did drag myself out in the cold to see The Shape Of Water. I had to since I love Del Toro films (especially Pans Labyrinth!)

Before the movie I noticed a few decent looking upcoming films as well. Like 'Alpha' and 'Unsane' so I'll definitely make sure I check those out.

So I had high hopes for The Shape Of Water because I liked most of Guillermo Del Toro's other films, however after his last movie 'Crimson Peak' and based on my knowledge of his other films I was expecting the film to have a strange edge to it. My other half however, isn't used to Del Toro films and found the film really weird. I don't think he liked it much at all.

So a brief synopsis of the film is that it's set in the 1960's. It follows the main character Eliza who is a cleaner at a secret government facility. She befriends one of the experiments at the facility which happens to be a strange fish man believed to be a God by others. I shan't tell you anymore just in case you haven't seen it yet.

My first bit of praise for this film HAS to be the acting from Sally Hawkins (who plays main character Eliza). I hadn't heard of the actress until this film but what a tremendous job she did. Her character Eliza is mute so she didn't actually speak during the film. Therefore her actual acting had to be on top form since that was her only way of making the audience feel what she was feeling. I think she did a fantastic job and should be praised largely for her role in the film.

Next I've got to say that I was shocked at how great the fish man looked, when I briefly saw him in the trailer and on the film posters I had concerns that it would be a bit of a CGI mess. So I was pleasantly surprised, the fish man looked brilliant and wasn't over killed by CGI.

Overall I thought the film was great, agreed some parts were a bit odd but that's exactly what I was expecting. I would 100% want to watch this film again and I can't wait to do so.
I am also looking forward to seeing what's coming next from Del Toro.


Monday, 22 January 2018

Home Wrecker Book Review

I was asked to review this book a while ago, and I will admit I'm late posting this review since my life has been quite busy lately. But I made it in the end so keep reading on to see what I thought of Jennifer Juan's 'Home Wrecker'.

This book is a collection of poetry, it's the 3rd major book by Jennifer Juan.
Picture source: Amazon Website

I was surprised by this book for many reasons. One being that it was so easy to read, I'm a fan of poetry but I do know that people who aren't find it difficult to get into poems especially when they are sometimes very long and dull. Although I cannot say that about any of the poems in this book! Some of the poems only consist of a mere few lines and it didn't take me long at all before I realised I was at the end of the book. So if you're quite new into the world of poetry this book is a good one for you as you won't be faced with lines upon lines of words.

This book also surprised me by the sheer brutality of some of the poems, and I don't mean 'brutal' in the sense of skull crushing and blood and gore. I mean brutal honesty, addressing things that are real and expressing a way of feeling.
The poems are all based around affairs of the heart. So that includes everything from heartbreak to extra marital affairs. I was quite enlightening to hear someone being truly honest about things that happen between lovers everyday. It's a surprisingly different take on poetry, which I find nice.

I will admit that I didn't find all of the poems to my taste and some I had to re-read in order to fully understand them, but overall I found it great to read.

This book is available on Amazon for just £2.99 and I would recommend checking it out for yourself! Even if you're not a big poetry fan, this book might just surprise you.

Thanks for reading!