Official Secrets (2019)

Based on a true story and an event in history which was highly unnecessary, this film speaks about the courage and bravery of one woman who took it upon herself to leak classified information.

Keira Knightley is convincing in her role as whistle-blower Katharine Gun, supported by a host of talent we have seen and admired in shows and movies; Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans.

I like to walk into a movie without knowing anything about it, which helped greatly this time. To be told about this fact unfolding as film was not only a revelation but a relief that someone tried to do something about it.

A tense and well-paced film which needs worldwide press and release.

3.5/5

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The Aftermath (2019)

The film explores an era we have often seen through the lens of history, but its depiction of post-war Germany is a revelation.

Keira Knightley ventures into dangerous territory when she has an affair with Alexander Skarsgard while her husband, Jason Clarke is running the British Forces there.

A parallel of what is left after war, grief, losing ones child, home or spouse and how it impacts their entire world is shown, their relationship becoming the collateral damage.

An intense watch.

3/5

Collateral Beauty (2016)

Love, Death and Time. One is how we live life, one is how we end it, and one is how we measure it. The movie takes a point of view on all three, through the eyes of the eight stellar cast.

David Frankel directs an interesting concept, the story uses philosophy merged with a capitalist agenda to heal and influence the mourning Will Smith. While parts of it are predictable, the awe quotient is kept high in intermediate revelations.

Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley are top notch, getting able support from Edward Norton, Michael Pena, Jacob Latimore and Naomi Harris. Will Smith expresses and emotes mostly without dialogue in an intensely helpless performance.

While we try and help someone, the universe cleverly helps us too. While we heal someone, part of us heals as well. Such concepts are beautifully portrayed amongst other difficult ones, making it a fulfilling watch.

3/5

The Imitation Game (2014)

Benedict Cumberbatch shows his talents lie well outside being the voice of ‘Smaug’ in his portrayal of mathematician Alan Turing, who was credited very late for working on a code-breaking machine that saved millions of lives. He is every bit the British genius who is socially awkward, has a brilliant isolated way of working out problems and is stifled emotionally.

The magnitude of his story and what he faces in his personal life is captured in great detail for the small budget by director Morten Tyldum. He has taken creative liberties from the book ‘Alan Turing : The Enigma’ by Andrew Hodges’, on which the film is based. He has added some cinematic value to what would have otherwise been dull proceedings and has a flair for characteristic British dry wit.

Keira Knightley plays a remarkably talented and driven woman Joan Clarke, who is fighting her own war of prejudice in the work place. A varied and talented supporting cast display different values and virtues, all of which complement the mood and tone of the film. Child artist Alex Lawther, who plays the young Turing, in particular, deserves mention.

An important piece of history is now a sensitive and intelligent piece of film making.

4/5

Begin Again (2014)

Keira Knightley (Gretta) and Mark Ruffalo (Dan) cross paths at emotionally volatile times of their lives. One is a song writer and singer, the other is a producer of music. While their chance meeting seems like it won’t go anywhere, it takes them and us, on a musical journey across New York City.

We come across other talented musician characters, the sights and sounds of the Big Apple and witness how the two lead individuals evolve. Their performances, along with the supporting cast, are vulnerable, understated and real. Through them, we have a greater appreciation of music and its process of creation.

For music lovers and musicians, this film is a must watch. For the rest, this is a beautiful film about relationships, friendships, talent and perseverance, which is all bound by the sound for the soul – Music.

3.5/5