MOVIE REVIEW: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (James Marsh, 2014)

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My notes on The Theory of Everything:

1. Eddie Redmayne’s one great-looking guy and it was a blow to my ego that even a deglamorized Eddie with chunky glasses, hollowed cheeks, disheveled hair, and wearing frumpy vests still looked miles better than I do. He was brilliant in this film by the way and fully committed to the physical and emotional transformation needed for the role. He rightfully deserved that Oscar.

2. If someone at a party introduces himself as a cosmologist, how fast will you be out the door?

3. I first heard of Stephen Hawking back in high school because of a genius classmate that read A Brief History of Time from cover to cover. Probably twice. I bet he’s one of the richest people in the world now.

4. Tide (yes, the detergent) had the best product placement in the film with that cheesy but sweet explanation about white shirts and the birth and death of stars. Sigh.

5. I obviously got lost in all the discussions about space-time singularity but I loved all the metaphors from the coffee swirls to the circular staircase to the flash-backwards ending sequence. And for somebody who hated Math, I actually was able to relate to the Mathematical probability of happiness.

6. Felicity Jones was just too darn cute but who knew she was a really good actress, too. The scene where Jane was watching Stephen play a game of croquet was heart-wrenching, all because you could see the disappointment, sadness, and love in Felicity’s eyes.

7. Yes, I bawled my eyes out in almost every scene. Don’t even get me started on that kitchen scene with the couple in bed expressing their gratitude. And that color board scene. Sigh.

8. Jane may be the long-suffering wife but it was a welcome relief to see that she wasn’t the perfect partner. Her love affair with Jonathan just made the characters more flawed and relatable.

9. Do they still have those printer papers with the perforated sides? I miss tearing those.

10. The film will start a lot of discussions on religion vs. science (e.g. How did the universe really start?) and we’d be all the more smarter for it.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published April 7, 2015.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE IMITATION GAME (Morten Tyldum, 2014)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on The Imitation Game:

1. I just have this certain affinity to insufferable genius characters like Dr. Gregory House (House), Sherlock Holmes (Elementary), John Nash (A Beautiful Mind), or even Tony Stark (Iron Man). The more loathsome they get, the more I love them. You can now add Alan Turing to that list.

2. I absolutely abhor Math and any mention of binomials and factorials make my head spin faster than Michelle Kwan on ice. Props to all programmers around the world.

3. If ever they would choose a clip for the Oscars, I hope it’s the job interview of Alan. The excellent writing just sparkled in that scene.

4. To quote one character, “To pull off this irascible genius routine, one has to be a real genius.” The same can be said of Benedict Cumberbatch who was simply brilliant in this movie. He was great in 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County but this was definitely his best performance to date.

5. I have a new catchphrase that will replace my favorite Miranda Priestley “By all means move at a glacial pace, you know how that thrills me” bitch quote: “It’s highly technical, you wouldn’t understand.” Boom panes!

6. I think I may be successful in breaking the Enigma code as well since I separate the food on my plate and usually by color. Everything goes together only in my stomach.

7. Did Keira Knightley have her teeth fixed? Her crooked smile was what made her completely adorable. Why?!

8. Must remember to use the word “indecorous” one of these days.

9. “I know it’s not ordinary. But who ever loved ordinary?” Mega feels!

10. Sure you can nitpick about the lack of depth on Turing as a gay character, or how far off the story was from real events, or how it got preachy in the end but it was still a solid and completely engaging film all-throughout.

11. Who run the world? Gays.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published February 10, 2015.)