It’s been quite a while since my last Monday Movies…When I first wrote Monday Movie, I was planning to do it every week but it turns out I don’t watch movies every week or I don’t have the will to write it every week…somehow Monday Movie becomes more like a monthly post 😉
I recently watched three movies from the Great Britain…I have been watching more movies from England and Scotland and Ireland than I have ever been before. None of these movies are action movies…I used to love action movies even though the movies tend to be brainless. I guess I get old and only fancy action with good story. Anyway, for this month’s Monday Movie I will be reviewing the wonderful Billy Elliot and the quirky Submarine.
I look for those movies because of the people involved in the movies. I look for Billy Elliot because of Jamie Bell and Submarine because I really like Richard Ayoade.
Let’s just move on to the review 🙂
Billy Elliot (2000)
I have heard about Billy Elliot like ages ago but somehow it never occurred to be to look for it…I don’t know why…Well maybe because they said it was a family movie about a kid wanting to do ballet. Where’s the fun in that kind of story? But now that my movie preference has shifted, I regret not searching this movie when it first came out.
Summarizing the story is very easy, it’s about a boy named Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) who has great passion toward dancing. He attends ballet lesson without his father knowing about it. His teacher sees his talent and wants him to do an audition to study at Royal Ballet. His father and brother, who are in the middle of mine strike, reject the idea of sending Billy to ballet school. I guess it’s easy to guess what happens next, it’s not a movie with twist ending.
Billy Elliot has a very common family theme about passion but somehow I find it very enjoyable and heartwarming. I really like this movie and ended watching it twice within the same week. There are so many things to like about this movie. Jamie Bell was amazing, with that amount of talent I wonder why he is not as famous as other young actors. The story is simple but is being delivered very well. We can see their emotion clearly, how different they are and yet very close as a family. The dancing is also enjoyable, not to mention the great soundtrack throughout the movie. I know for sure I will watch this movie again.
First of all…I am sorry Richard, I REALLY like you but I find it hard to like your movie! I watched Submarine because one of my favorite comedians directed the movie. I honestly thought the movie is going to be funny because Richard can be very hilarious but I was completely wrong!
The reason that I only give this movie 2 stars is not because it’s a bad movie, Rotten Tomatoes give it a high rating of 87%. To be honest, I quite like the way the movie is directed, it was quirky and odd (much like Richard himself). I think that is the reason why he was nominated as Richard Ayoade was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer…it was a great achievement for first directorial debut…well done Mr. Ayoade \(^_^)/ I look forward for your next movie (maybe with Noel or Julian in it 😉 )
I only give it 2 stars because I don’t like the story…it was utterly boring! Mind you that this isn’t my cup of tea which means that other people might think this is a great story. There are movies that I judge as bad (like Legion), this movie isn’t one of them, it’s just not the kin d of story I like…I rarely find teenager love problem as something interesting top watch.
Here’s the story (copied from imdb.com):
15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.
Both movies are well accepted by critics…you can see I like Billy Elliot way more than submarine despite the fact I like Richard Ayoade more than Jamie Bell (sorry again Richard!)…but others may think differently.
By the way…this is Richard Ayoade 🙂