A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) **** - Wow. What an intense, devastating drama. A husband and his wife separate. But an incident involving a miscarriage of a pregnant female caretaker of the husband's father opens up a whole new can of worms. This is one of the reasons why I love cinema. This is an eye-opening look into what goes on in Iranian society. This story can only be told in Iran yet its humanity is universal. The cast is amazing. I also absolutely love the fact that you really sympathize with all the characters involved, which makes this film all the more heartbreaking. It is one of the best films of the year.
Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga) ***1/2 - I
haven't read the Charlotte Bronte book it's based on but I've found out that
it's actually a Gothic novel with supernatural/spooky undertones. This film
adaptation actually brings out some of that. So in that way, the film kind of
reminds of Twilight, however, this story
has a far more well-written, stronger female character. And that character is
brought to life beautifully by Mia Wasikowska, who's well on her way to becoming
a major actress. (And supported by a great supporting cast too). Speaking of
that, the young director of this film, Cary Fukunaga is also likewise on his way
to becoming a major director. Despite being a period romance, the film is
totally absorbing and never feels stuffy, this is all due to his direction. A
solid piece of work.
Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes) *** - This is
yet another modernized adaptations of one of Shakespeare's plays and this is one
of his more obscure ones. For good reason, it isn't quite as great as Hamlet or Romeo & Juliet or Macbeth but it's still an interesting,
compelling story anyway. As for the film adaptation, Ralph Fiennes acquits
himself well both as a lead actor and first-time director with the help of a
great supporting cast. It's very good but far from great.