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Category: Film

The Purge: My Thoughts

So just watched The Purge. I haven’t really watched many horror movies although I’ve enjoyed the ones I have watched but this one I thought was appalling. The concept seemed interesting a dystopian future where all crime is legal for 12 hours (kinda of similar to the hunger games). But it needed a proper back story why was it that the world supported the brutal killing of people each year to the extent that neighbours would even enjoy killing each other it seemed quite bizarre. My biggest issue with the film however is that I felt there was supposed to be some kind of message and I never manage to receive it or decipher it.  In fact for the majority of the film I was backing the purgers, mainly because the family was extremely annoying, why did the kid let in that man who could’ve killed them all, why didn’t they chuck him out and why didn’t they kill the neighbours at the end. I didn’t agree with any of those decisions (but that’s probably just me), even more annoying was that none of them knew what they actually wanted and seemed to change their morals every 5 minutes, the dad switched from not wanting to kill and wanting to protect the family to “let’s kill them all”, the daughter seemed to only care about the dead boyfriend until she suddenly realised people are trying to kill her family RIGHT AT THE END (I’d also really like to know why she didn’t change out of her uniform when she got home like every other teenager), the son just seemed to do everything in his power to get them killed and the mum aka Cersei from GoT well she just a bit pointless, she did nothing cept break that woman’s nose at the end. All in all not be a great film AT ALL.

The Butler: My Thoughts

I don’t recall The Butler getting much critical acclaim when it first came out but I’ve no idea why it’s brilliant. My favourite aspects of the film were 1) how it tells the story of Civil Rights Movement both through the major events and figures eg. Dr King but also through Cecil’s eyes e.g. his struggle to get equal pay. 2) The conflict between Cecil and his son over the differing ideologies, the son believing it was up to African-Americans to fight for their own equality, Cecil believing the whites, particularly the President (who gave him a job), had their best interests at heart and things would naturally get better over time. 3) The portrayal of the presidents, in particular how it highlighted that not  a single one of them passed any civil rights law of their own accord, it was always the Civil Rights Movement that forced their hand, without it nothing would have changed and that’s the most important message I took from the film and the message Cecil eventually gets when he finally gets given equal pay under the Reagan administration and get’s invited to the presidential ball and he realizes that after so many years loyal service he’s simply there as a token, so he quits and joins his son on a Free Mandela march. It also has a stellar cast with top class performances from Whitaker, Oprah and David Olewayo as well as a great cameo from Mariah Carey in a non speaking role (I’ve got admit I didn’t realise it was her till the credits). Honourable mentions also to John Cusack as Nixon, Minka Kelly as Jackie K (Minka is absolutely stunning but seeing a Latino 1st lady during the Civil Rights Movement was a bit odd, although actually it turns out she isn’t Latino sorry Minka) and the late great Robin Williams as Eisenhower. Definitely one of the best Civil Rights Movement themed films of the last few years.