It all started with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. As I sat watching the movie, I was blown away by Eddie Redmayne’s performance. He is, without the slightest hint of doubt, one of the finest actors ever, in addition to being incredibly handsome and always impeccably dressed. So of course, I binge-watched everything and anything he’s been in. Here is a list of my top recommendations in the order of my preference. This is my personal list and by no means does anyone I know agree with it. Either I have a really refined taste or an extremely bad one. But what can you do? You love a movie when you love a movie.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016): Being a Harry Potter nerd, of course, this is my top-pick. Let’s just say I have seen it a fair few times, read every fan theory and annoyed a few (read: a lot of) people in the family.
Hick(2011): Hick is a coming-of-age film about a thirteen-year-old girl who runs away from an abusive home.The film mostly garnered negative reviews but is my favourite of the non-magic lot. Lula (played by Chloë Moretz) has the right amount of spark and vulnerability. I have read (and enjoyed) the book this is based on and this is probably the rare moment when I like the movie better.
Les Misérables (2012): Les Misérables is a musical, based on Victor Hugo’s French historical novel by the same name and set against the backdrop of 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. I have already seen this movie thrice (except for the last half hour that I tend to skip). I love musicals: A world where everyone is vocally-talented and nobody believes in just saying the lines. I made my nieces see it too and now we sing, “Do you hear the people sing” together.
The Theory of Everything (2014): The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking. There are a lot of lessons to be taken from the phenomenal life story of Stephen Hawking. My favourite part, though, was how the movie portrayed his relationship with his wife. It was beautiful and sad and inspiring and happy at the same time.
My Week with Marilyn (2011): Based on a memoir by Colin Clark, the film is set through the making of Marilyn Monroe’s film, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).The trailer alone didn’t convince me but Michelle Williams is brilliant as Marilyn Monroe. The set and the costumes are amazingly done. Attention to detail into the physical aspects always impresses me.
Birdsong (2012): A TV adaptation of the 1993 war novel Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, it alternates between the protagonist’s love story that takes place in 1910 and his time serving as a soldier in the First World War. I had mixed feelings about this one. I expected to like the love story and want to skip through the battle-fields. Quite the opposite happened. Still, Eddie Redmayne’s performance made it worth the watch.
PS: I am binge-watching Tom Hooper’s movies next!