Historically Inaccurate, But Very Entertaining – My Review of Bill

Funny, clever and historically inaccurate, Bill is certainly a comedy that you wouldn’t want to miss.

So, what’s the story? Set in his “lost years”, William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare is struggling to achieve his dream of becoming a playwright in London. Meanwhile, Philip II of Spain is hatching a ‘Plan B’ plan to murder Queen Elizabeth I and to restore England as a Catholic country again. Then, ciaos breaks lose when the two men meet. It’s up to Bill to save the day, but will he be able to save the Queen in time? You’ll have to watch to find out.

The storyline is very creative. Although it is unknown about Shakespeare before he made it big as a playwright, the way the film is portrayed is a classic; very traditional Horrible Histories fashion. As a teenager, I was obsessed with the television shows. It was the one to watch at Secondary school and I fell in love with the show from the very beginning to the end. Watching Bill brought back so many memories and it was pleasure to see the cast again, only this time, they were on the big screen. 😉

The cast are funny, talented and spectacular. As well as the amazing H.H team, we’ve also got the chance to see more film stars including Damian Lewis, his wife Helen McCrory and Justin Edwards. They delivered an inclusive, comedic environment where every member of the cast has a turn to portray more than one character from the famous to the ordinary. Each character is the icing on the cake – they’ve been remarkable and fascinating to see. Some times, they are hardly recognisable. There are no more words to describe this wonderful cast; they are very, very good. 🙂

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Bill and give it a 9.5 out of 10. I highly recommend watching it either in the cinema or when it comes out on DVD. However if you are a parent of very small children or children who are not used to violence or blood, I strongly recommend you to watch with them because there are a couple of scenes of them.

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Having a Wizard Time – My Review on A Royal Night Out

Say, chaps. Did you hear about two princesses who have gone incognito in the streets of London? Well, it hasn’t happened today but it did in real life – about seventy years ago to be exact. All is relieved in the latest British Comedy film, A Royal Night Out which had its full realise a week ago.

I first heard of A Royal Night Out when I saw a film poster at a nearby bus stop and when I returned home, I saw the trailer. For weeks and weeks, I’ve been really into it. I had high hopes for it, especially from actress, Bel Powley who plays Princess Margaret. I couldn’t wait, despite the mixed reviews from others. So today, I had the opportunity to see it with my lovely cousin and it didn’t fail to disappoint. Since Cinderella, I felt that I was engaged from start to finish and I’m glad that I saw it (especially it had special granted permission from the Royal Palace. 🙂 )

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From right: Sarah Gadon as Her Majesty, Jack Reynor as Jack and Bel Powley as Princess Margaret.

The scenes were pretty interesting. I loved the storyline of Jack (played Jack Reynor); at first, I thought he was a jerk but as the film went on, I began to have a soft spot for him. I adored the scenes that Jack and the Queen (Princess Elizabeth, who is played by Sarah Gadon). They were inspirational, warming and wonderful. Also, I love Powley’s scenes as Princess Margaret; they were quite entertaining, exciting and sometimes, very scary. I couldn’t stop watching all three of them.

The cast were astounding. I especially liked Bel Powley’s portrayal of Princess Margaret; I think Powley should have an award for the role. I couldn’t help myself but laugh away at her funniest lines. I think favourite line of hers is this:

Mickey: Does the tiara rather give the game away, Ma’am?

Margaret: Yes!

This truly is a top-notch line.

I also love Sarah Gadon; she has delivered an inspirational portrayal of the Queen, with charm and wonderful personality. And to top it all off, I liked Emily Watson, and Rupert Everett’s portrayals of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. I really enjoyed watching them so much, especially Everett.

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From left: Bel Powley, Sarah Gadon and Rupert Everett as King George VI.

The costumes, made by Claire Anderson are spectacular; they truly amazing, especially the two dresses worn by Gadon and Powley. I also like Gadon’s military uniform as well as Reynor’s, especially since it’s in a different colour. And lastly in the costume department, I give credit to Powley’s V.E blue dress. It is a crowning glory in its own right.

Although the music doesn’t have any proper songs (like in Divergent), I thought all the instrumental pieces were prefect for the film. My particular favourite is In the Mood by Glenn Miller and I cannot stop dancing to it, even listening to it now. 😉

Overall, A Royal Night Out has been a jolly, happy-go-lucky and inspirational film. Sure most of it is fiction, but I absolutely love everything in it. So if you want a film that is joyful, funny and has full of character, I recommend seeing this one. Forget spending a night out, because this movie will be sure to give you a totally, cracking time out; just the perfect excuse to go the cinema. 🙂

My Top Six Films to See (May – December 2015)

As many of you guys know, I just adore going to the cinema. I love the entertainment, enticement, comedy, adventure, romance, etc, etc. But there have been films were I’ve seen trailers of and I think, “Oh yeah, I want to go and see that”. I many update some of the films in the near future (don’t when, but there’s no time like the now). So these are my top six films to see this summer, autumn and winter seasons: 

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Jurassic World
Pan
Spectre
Spy
Inside Out
Those are my top six. I would say top five, but Inside Out was a bonus extra! What’s your favourite film you’ve seen or want to see this year. Please let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

A Woman, or Not a Woman? – My Review on Hamlet, starring Maxine Peake

Today, I went on an outing to the cinema. Earlier in the week, my cousin suggested that we should see William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Having some information but never seen the play before, I agreed to come. What the audience would normally see is a traditional Shakespearean show, set in the seventeenth century with actors, dressed in Stuart costumes and belting out Shakespeare’s wonderful, yet sometimes confusing, dialogue. However, this wasn’t the case.

Indeed, this production of the show, live from the Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre did stick to the lines. However, there have been a lot of changes. For instance, the setting for the play is in 21st century Denmark, all the actors have different British accents; Scottish, cockney, etc. The massive difference however is some of the characters are portrayed by women. These include Polonius (renamed as Polonia), Rosencrantz and Hamlet, who is played by the wonderful Maxine Peake.

Peake delivered a gripping, intense and funny portrayal of Hamlet. I was hooked into her character; I was unsure if the director and/or producers were trying to show the main character as a young adolescent. If they did, then Peake was right person for the role. As the Prince of Denmark, I could easily see her emotions and feelings, being brought to life on her own and with the cast. Also, I give her top marks for the famous To Be or Not to Be monologue; it was spoken to true perfection.

I also give credit for Gillian Bevan and Katie West for their wonderful portrayals’ as Polonia and Ophelia. Both women were equally wonderful. One, who gave out the most comical laughs. The other, who gave me tears when it came to the important bits in the play. They, like Peake, had me on the edge of my seat. One minute, I’ll be laughing, the next crying. I must confess, I had more heart for Ophelia, with all the trouble she had to go through Hamlet’s ordeal.

The set is incredible – they had light bulbs, which lit up when the Ghost is contacting Hamlet from the dead and they had a graveyard, full of clothes. They even had Ophelia’s dress (which West wears in the show) buried in the pile, representing the character and had a few jumper’s crafted into skulls. This is genius; you would never expect any of this in a Shakespeare play. The music gives me the chills in my spine. It’s kind of like composing a detective story; you hairs get spiked up and it makes your body freeze, like you are outside on a cold, December evening. They are instrumental pieces done right.

Overall, this modern re-telling of Hamlet is excellent. If it comes out in cinemas again or on stage, I would recommend it. Although it’s one of the world’s most filmed story, I guarantee that you’ll never look at Shakespeare’s play the same way again.