With so many movies coming out in the fall, we thought we should also write some mini reviews. Movies that are in theaters, but that we didn’t really think deserved a full review and recipe.
Can You Ever Forgive Me is another movie based on a memoir. This is supposed to be Melissa McCarthy’s breakout dramatic role. Her portrayal of Lee Israel, a mediocre biographer and downright nasty drunk is very effective. But that also leaves little room for empathy for her plight. Richard E. Grant (Their Finest) is much more sympathetic as Jack Hock, an aging party boy so desperate for a friend he settles for Lee. The only moments of hope are a burgeoning relationship with a lonely book shop owner (Dolly Wells), that she destroys with her hoax and her relationship with her cat that doesn’t end well. The best part of this movie is the supporting cast. Jane Curtin is perfect as her agent, Marjorie. Ben Falcone (McCarthy’s husband) and Stephen Spinella were intriguing as book sellers that purchased her faux letters. This movie is not even a cautionary tale, I can’t really recommend it unless you are just a die-hard McCarthy fan.
We saw The Nutcracker and the Four Realms courtesy of Disney films. I am not quite sure who the target audience is for this movie. It might be a good family or grandparent movie if the children in question are at least 10 and don’t scare easily. Another Disney movie with a dead mother and a daughter trying to deal with her grief. The Rube Goldberg machine at the beginning of the film was a really nice touch. The plot is different from the traditional story we are all familiar with. Tchaikovsky’s music is beautifully woven throughout the movie and Misty Copeland makes a lovely appearance as the Ballerina Princess. Mackenzie Foy is darling as the clever, bereaved Clara and Morgan Freeman is perfect at the enigmatic Drosselmeyer. Kiera Knightly (Collette), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Eugenio Derbez and Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker) play the leaders of realms. The Rat King and the clowns could be considered disturbing. Lasse Halstrom directed this incredibly lush film. If you have the chance, check out one of his other films – The Hundred Foot Journey. We enjoyed this film, but I am not sure if it rates as a family Christmas classic.