Frozen

Ok, so, we may be a bit late in reviewing this film, but here it goes. Walt Disney Animation studios latest animated adventure follows two sisters, “the film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter”.

There are some fine performances from the cast, Kristen Bell leads the cast as the fearless, yet clumsy Anna, who’s journey to find her sister is an emotional ride. With the help of Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer (perhaps the best thing about this film), the jokes these two characters bring to this otherwise harrowing story about loneliness, siblings, loss of their parents. Elevates this film from just another Disney film.

Chrisophe Beck’s score, along with the clever songs, really make this more than a Disney film. His music enables empathy for both sisters, along with the love and confusion between Anna and Kristoff.

A tour de force and something for everyone to enjoy.

Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel

The Bling Ring

****

“Because we are all the Bling Ring. We are Alexis Neiers, as scary as that is, we are.”

Nancy Jo Sales, writer and journalist, whose article in Vanity Fair, The Suspect Wore Louboutins was the basis of director Sofia Coppola’s new movie, The Bling Ring. 

The movie is based upon real life events, two teens, namely Rachel Lee and Nick Prugo, robbed Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan’s houses, in October 2008. “The Bling Ring” as the group of rich young teens would soon be coined by the media, reportedly stole over $3 million in cash and cars over the course of a year.

Coppola’s movie goes behind the facts and figures and sucks you in to the tiny bubble world, that is Hollywood. She has changed the names, but the story remains the same. The movie is full of common slangs which we are so used to today, “We’re in L.A. Don’t be such a little bitch!”, coupled with that, there is also a laziness to the Ring, the rich teen drawl is en pointe, and realistic, but can unfortunately become a little tiresome after ninety-five minutes.

Emma Watson stars as Nicki Moore, in her third role since the Potter Series ended in 2011. Nicki is insufferable, spoilt, unfeeling and gun toting. Watson proves she is no goody two shoes.

But, it is Katie Chang who plays Rebecca Ahn who steals the movie, quite literally. Her lack of response, lack of feeling and her friendship with Marc Hall (Israel Broussard) which takes this film from a cautionary tale about Capitalism, Celebrity and Temptation, in to a story of two very confused teenagers. Chang, lonely and bored, is drawn to stealing, at first just by checking her rich neighbours cars for money and jewellery, but which soon escaltes in to full on robbery. And Broussard, the new kid, who sees himself as ugly and who was never one of the “cool kids”. For me, it is their friendship which carries the film.

After a while, the movie becomes a challenge cinematically for Coppola, how many times can you show the same characters robbing Celebrities houses? She answers this question creatively and brilliantly, aerial shots, CCTV shots, long scenes where the characters argue over who gets the Louboutins. Reiterating the characters shallow values.  But with a weak ending to a generally informative and enjoyable film, Coppola certainly lives up to her family’s film credentials.

It is hard with true events to determine whether making a movie about it, or writing a book is supporting it, or warning us against it. The same can be said of The Bling Ring, is Coppola warning America that it’s Capitalist and Celebrity Dreams are nothing more than a Nightmare?

That’s for you to decide, biatch.

Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel.

The Bling Ring is out in the UK on Friday 5th July.

Despicable Me 2

***

“Are you really gonna save the world?”

Steve Carell returns as loveable villain Gru, but this time he is joined by Agent Lucy Wild, voiced by SNL alum Kristen Wiig.

As with most prequels, the plotline has got bigger and better, we are given a sweet flashback of Gru’s marred dating past. Wiig and Carrell have some good chemistry and their characters are matched well.

Despicable Me 2 shows just how brilliant the Animated genre has become, the characters have lives and minds of their own, they are fully formed in front of our eyes, and is something that is perfectly pitched for families.

Unlike Shrek or Up, there is a cheekiness to Despicable Me 2 and Gru’s relationship with his adopted girls, Agnes, Margo, and Edith is a shining beacon for the Modern Man.

The Minions, once again, steal the film. With their made up language and light humour, (“hehe, Bottom”), they are given a bigger and better storyline and a chance to really shine. However, the ending, was taken a little too far, a little too twee for my taste, too boybandish  and simply jarred with the rest of a very likeable film.

All in all, an enjoyable and fun experience, great for all ages.

Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel