The Witches (2020)

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Snowpiercer (2013)

Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite was a subtle social commentary compared to this powerful film with a potent message, based on a French graphic novel by Jacques Lob.

It mirrors the real world with terrifying accuracy, using metaphors which stir the same rebellion in you that ‘the back of the train’ feel at being controlled.

Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Song Kang-ho, Ko Asung, Ewen Bremner are effective characters in a larger plot, where the train itself becomes the protagonist and the villain, alive and breathing, a messiah in an apocalyptic world.

The basic premise remains the same, it’s the treatment that makes this an eye opener, a cinematic genius which is perhaps more relevant now than when it was made, making it a classic, timeless warning.

4/5

The shape of water (2017)

It is no wonder that director Guillermo del Toro’s film got so many nominations and won major awards. It is also no wonder that it elicits many reactions; some misunderstood it, some treated it with indifference, some loved it, some hated it, while some marveled at it. I was in awe of the story telling and appreciated what it stood for.

The film is a metaphor, as is its story developed in every frame. There is no need for language when you love and there is no need to be the same race either. Love transforms, and though many claim to understand love, not everyone can process a different love.

It makes many statements, of personal, political and universal nature, wrapped in a film with a fluid protagonist. It also is perhaps a take on the meaning of love as well. As water has no shape, love cannot be defined, categorised or explained, it fills us and nourishes us just like water.

Brilliant acting by Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones, who bring a story to Life by their varying restrain and intensity.

Not your usual film, it needs introspection to appreciate this genius.

3.5/5

Zootopia (2016)

‘Try Everything’ is still playing in my head while I write this. Even if you take away that much from the film, it’s worth it. The evolution of animation is evident in the minute detailing and multitude of colours which have been wonderfully crafted in this film.

Anthropomorphic animals give us an insight into highly relevant messages which are metaphorical with sound impact. New recruit rabbit Judy Hopps needs the help of a shifty fox Nick Wilde to solve a case. Enter politics, gender bias, glass ceiling, size, race, diet prejudice and voila! You have the modern messy world!

A host of talented voices (including Shakira) entertain us while we enjoy the vivid landscapes that exist in Zootopia, a kind of ‘utopia for mammals’. While their main concern is that predators don’t turn savage, we humans share the same problem.

Drawing parallels with the current state of society, this layered film delivers multiple messages and a heart warming friendship.

3.5/5