September 2014 Must See Movies
There is a pile of ‘Must Read Novels’ sat on my bedside table that I keep meaning to tackle. Yet despite my best intentions, never quite seem to get there. Each week they stare at me and promise myself that ‘this week will be the week that I go to bed early and delve into one of the books’. However after 10 minutes I am asleep…the book dropped to the floor mid chapter.
And so I resigned myself to the fact that perhaps bed time reading wasn’t my thing. Instead a book would make make its way into my handbag to help liven up the dreaded morning commute. However before I knew it, the book was back on the beside table, lot more dog eared than it was originally.
Well, if you are like me and haven’t read those books that everyone is talking about then you can breathe a sigh of relief as this Autumn sees the release of the film versions of many of these hit best sellers.
The cinemas saw an influx of such films over the summer; from the poignant and funny, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’; to the delectable ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ starring Dame Helen Mirren (which left me salivating like a dog by the time the titles started) and the chilling psychological thriller ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in one of his most daring roles to date.
Hot on their heels are two films to keep on your radar for October. First up is the hotly anticipated ‘Gone Girl’. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, it tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a husband and wife from Missouri who are going through a difficult phase in their marriage. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears and sparks a massive man hunt. Suspicion falls on Nick and transpires that he may not be as innocent as he seems but is he really a killer? It becomes clear that neither party are innocent as the plot twists and turns with intense suspense.
David Fincher is at the helm directing this adaption, excellently qualified given his direction with ‘The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo’ in 2011. Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck star in the leading roles and Reese Witherspoon is producing the film. Fincher has revealed that the ending has been dramatically changed but thankfully with Gillian Flynn as the screenwriter the film should definitely deliver. ‘Gone Girl’ is released on 3rd October.
Next up is ‘Love, Rosie’ starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. Its based on the 2004 novel ‘Where Rainbows End’ by Cecelia Ahern. The film stars the gorgeous Lily Collins as Rosie and much talked about Sam Claflin as Alex.
Lily and Alex have always been the best of friends. They are destined to be together and everyone knows it apart from them. Just when they finally start to see one another in a romantic light, they are suddenly separated Alex and his family move from Dublin to Boston. Rosie is devastated but her head is soon turned by another boy. Yet its not long before she realises Alex is the one for her. Rosie applies for colleges in the US and when she is accepted into Boston University, it looks like they will finally be together. The path of true love never runs smooth and before leaving for Boston, Rosie discovers she is pregnant with the boy she met when Alex was away, meaning she has to stay in Dublin to raise her child. Years later, just as they had both lost hope, fate brings them back together again. Will they be able to put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?
If you loved ‘One Day’ with Anne Hathaway, then you will love this film. The writer, Cecelia Ahern also wrote the tear jerking ‘P.S I Love You’ with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, so a word of advice, take plenty of tissues, as this is romantic comedy will tug at the heartstrings. ‘Love, Rosie’ is released on 22nd October.
Looking further ahead, there are two other films worth keeping on your radar again based on best selling novels. They are set for release around Christmas and are already in the running for a possible Oscar nominations for Best Actor / Actress.
The first of which is ‘Unbroken’, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie. It tells the story of Louie Zamperini an Olympic running star, who survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean and had to endure 47 days on a life raft only be captured and tortured for more than two years as a Japanese prisoner of war. It stars newcomer Jack O’Connell in the leading role. Jack found fame in the TV series ‘Skins’ before starring as the troubled teenager in the film ‘Starred Up’. However it is the challenge that he has take up by playing World War II hero, Louis Zamperini which is garnering him that Oscar buzz.
Then there is ‘Wild’ starring Reese Witherspoon based on a memoir by Cheryl Strayed. Following a turbulent upbringing, battle with drug use and bitter divorce, 26 year old Cheryl, embarked on a 1,100 mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail on a voyage of self discovery. With no prior backpacking experience and all alone, Cheryl faced a 3 month journey of physical and emotional challenges. The route took her across the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon and onto Canada, taking in nine mountain ranges and 25 national parks. Reese Witherspoon came across the book and pursued the role after feeling a frustration with the lack of great scripts for women. Its that tenacity that looks certain to get her a second Best Actress nomination.
My advice? Put down that book and instead pick up some popcorn and head down to your local cinema to catch one of these gems whilst they are on general release.