As a teenager I was rarely out of the cinema. Every weekend, I went to see something with my group of friends in Waterford – I was up to date on everything, good bad and indifferent. For date nights as I got older, the cinema was always a good bet followed by analysis over a late night pot of tea or a few beverages. Since having a baby and a back injury which causes me to have to skip out on long periods of sitting, I’ve not really been able to make it for movie night. However, in the last few months I’ve managed three cinema nights, which makes me a bit too excited for a grown adult. Here’s a look at what films I’ve been checking out in the cinema of late.
Bridget Jones Baby
I went to see this the night before my birthday and honestly, I couldn’t have picked a better option. I cried laughing, I missed half the film from laughing through my fingers. It’s instilled a whole new love in Patrick Dempsey which had waned in his final years playing Derek Shepherd. McDreamy, all is forgiven.
The film is not based on the third Bridget Jones novel “Mad About the Boy”, so thankfully Mark Darcy remains with a pulse. Instead, the choice was made to base it on a selection of articles from The Independent in 2005 by Helen Fielding – with some edits to the man situation, as will become apparent from the opening scenes! Said articles have been released as a book this monthÂ too!
Bridget herself, played by the hilarious Renee Zellwegger, is single again – not that it leaves her love life problem free for long!Â Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark Darcy or Jack. If you’re not giggling through it, you need to check your pulse.Â
The Young Offenders
This isn’t my normal kind of film, but since it was filmed and based in Cork, I thought I’d give it a go. I loved it. Described as the “Irish Dumb and Dumber”, The Young OffendersÂ follows the cross-county journey of two teenage scoundrels (Conor & Jock) as they hatch a plan to escape their troubled family lives by finding a bale of cocaine that may or may not have washed up on the West Cork coast and selling it for some quick cash. You know, the average teenage plan. With gorgeous shots of Cork City and County, some intensely catching accents and even the odd emotional moment, this movie surprised me and is one I’d love to watch again. It’s not going to be a deeply inspiring watch but it definitely was a good example of just how good Irish film can be.
The Girl On The Train
Not the most uplifting date night movie, but it definitely was as dramatic as the trailer promised. The beautiful Emily Blunt portrays a far more put together version of Rachel than is portrayed in the book, but she does give a powerful performance. I was a big fan of the book so I had been looking forward to this.
The film is very loyal to the book, and it has inspired a re-read on my part, but this in part does not translate well on film. The book being written from numerous points of view worked well for it, but for Himself who hasn’t read the book, it didn’t work as an effective storytelling device on screen. Powerful performances by the three amazing actresses, some scenes being watched only through my fingers, but probably a good idea to read the book in conjunction to watching to get the full feel for the story.
What have you checked out lately in the cinema? Or, are you like me and rarely make it to the big screen? Let me know your recommendations, or thoughts on these films in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.
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