Dumbo (2019)

Greed, power and prejudice are on full display in this tender tale about the gifted baby elephant Dumbo.

Visually stunning and with ample support from Collin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Alan Arkin, Michael Keaton and Eva Green, the film takes us through his journey.

A classic which is revisited for today’s generation, it is dark yet hopeful.



Spotlight (2015)

Story telling is at its best by director Tom McCarthy in this evenly paced yet riveting film. An ensemble cast it may be, but you feel as if you are observing a real life story unfold in the office of the Boston Globe.

The era is recreated appropriately, for people who knew Boston and how it looked at the time, you feel transported back through the years. The way research was done, the mention of the World Wide Web, is proof how soon the world has progressed to its current state.

Performances are stable and dependable, whilst covering every aspect of a very sensitive and horrific reality. We see the sides of the survivor, the people fighting for them, those who want to keep it quiet, the people who support through silence and the perpetrators. Though humanity is very adept at closing its eyes and ignoring something wrong, this film awakens the sense of responsibility we all have towards justice.

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci are superb in their various roles, amongst many others who play their parts with sincerity and strength. They have altered their body language and communicate nuances which don’t scream for attention, but demand it, purely through their simplicity.

The lesson out of it is very clear: TRUTH WILL OUT, Always. Watch to see a reality that is still happening everywhere. A subtle slap in the face.


Birdman (2014)

Michael Keaton shows us why he is still in the business with this rare and layered performance, where we not only hear the voices in his head, but see the havoc created in his life.

What he has is probably not a clinical affliction, but the result of ego, insecurity and performance pressure. In any case his histrionics are well supported by an equally whacko ensemble, all of whom seem to have alter egos to match the (in)sanity quotient of the group.

What results is an alarmingly inspired series of events which can make you think either of two things. A) why do I understand this?? B) how do I understand this?? Thankfully I thought the former, so I came out knowing what the pursuit of fame can drive people to.

A dark comedy with awkward moments which seem perfectly normal if you dive in to the world written, produced and created by director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.