Chiwetel Ejiofor

REVIEW: Z for Zachariah (2015)

Ann (Margot Robbie) lives alone with her dog after a disaster that wipes out most of humanity, that is until two men, John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Caleb (Chris Pine), stumble into her safe world.

Z for Zachariah is an eerie film. You get to see how Ann lives a monotonous yet safe life while the rest of civilisation seems to have disappeared. She’s obviously strong and resourceful but she has an air of naivety around her as she doesn’t know what it’s really like outside of her little bubble of safety. So when she encounters first John and then Caleb, who both appear to have seen terrible things, she’s very trusting and comes across much younger than the two of them.

Z for Zachariah is beautifully shot and has some haunting music. It’s a film that takes its time, letting you get to know these characters and their relationships as it slowly builds small hints of conflict between them. The three actors are all brilliant and they all have good chemistry and the dynamics presented between their characters is interesting.

Z for Zachariah is a gripping drama and is definitely one of those films that its best to go into knowing as little as possible. 4/5.

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REVIEW: The Martian (2015)

the martian elenasquareeyesDuring a manned mission to Mars a fierce storm hits and the crew must evacuate. In the chaos Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is hit by debris and presumed dead by his crew. Little do they know, Watney survived but now he has to find a way to live on Mars and contact NASA to let them know he’s still alive.

Directed by Ridley Scott and with a screenplay by Drew Goddard The Martian is ridiculously fun. It blends the visuals of Gravity, with the drama of Apollo 13 and the science of Interstellar without it getting bogged down or boring. The way in which the film juggles multiple characters is to be commended. Not only does it have Watney “science-ing the shit” out of his situation all alone on Mars but it has his crew in orbit on a space station and the people of NASA back on Earth struggling to figure out a way to bring him home.

Each character gets their moment to shine and the way characters are introduced often gives a quick insight into what sort of person to shine, my favourite character introduction was Rich Purnell (Donald Glover) and all his scenes were great, especially as you slowly see what he’s up to before he meets everyone else. (more…)

K is for: Review: Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots stars Joel Edgton as Charlie Price, the son who has recently inherited his father’s failing shoe factory in Northampton. They’ve always made sensible men’s shoes but they are just not selling any more. When Charlie goes to London to try and find a buyer for the many shoes they have he meets Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Lola inspires Charlie to make sexy shoes for transvestites and the two of them try and work together to make the factory flourish.

Chiwetel Ejiofor does a fantastic job as Lola and I loved every scene he was in. He made her funny yet sensitive and a little vulnerable – the workers in the Northampton factory aren’t as open minded as those in London. Lola’s conflict with Don (Nick Frost) is especially interesting and well-acted.

Edgton plays hapless Charlie brilliantly though one does have to wonder if he really would be the love interest of two women… That being said his relationship with Lola is one of the best parts of the film.

The balance of laughs and pacing isn’t always quite right but that being said Kinky Boots is a fun, feel-good film that makes you think about how you see and treat people that are perhaps a little different to you. It’s worth a watch for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance alone.