Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Matt Bomer : Cal
Josh Wiggins : David
Bill Pullman : Clyde
Alex Smith , Andrew Smith
My opinion on “Walking Out”
“I’ll put myself between you and any bear.
“Walking out” is a story about a father and son who experience their annual get-together again and try to strengthen the wafer-thin bond that still exists between them. In addition, it’s also a story about survival in the wild nature. The well-known story of man against nature and defying all sorts of hardships. If you see a summary somewhere that mentions some fierce-looking bears and their behavior towards this moose chasing couple, then you shouldn’t get too excited. Because this section is just like the rest of the film. Fairly common. So don’t expect exciting images as in “Backcountry” or “The Revenant“.
Living like a Grizzly Adams has his charms.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film is as empty as the snowy plain of Paradise Valley in Montana where these two are looking for the colossal moose chosen by Father Cal (Matt Bomer) for his son David (Josh “Hellion” Wiggins). Besides the fact that this is a kind of tradition in his family where young men hunt their first big game at the age of 14. This is also a way for Cal to load up his meat stock for the winter to come (“Well, they make 600 pounds of delicious meat. A winter’s worth.“). The reason why Cal left his family and retired to live as a Grizzly Adams in the middle of nowhere, isn’t really clear. Maybe he made that decision during a nostalgic moment and there was this urge to return to the place where he and his father used to go hunting. Maybe he hopes to hang out with his son and teach him the art of hunting so maybe David also gets the taste of living in this primitive way. But the way David is attached to comfort and electronic gadgets, however, makes me suspect that this is just vain hope.
Ravishing images of this wild country.
What can you expect while watching this movie? First of all, a dozen beautiful images of nature images which are perfect for a postcard. Are you an avid nature lover? Or you hike through the woods at regular times? Or you joined the scouts and experienced a series of camps in the past? Well, in that case this film will get you into the mood with all its campfire moments. Furthermore, it’s a beautiful story about the faltering relationship of a father and son. A film about hunting and the art of hunting. Cal tries to make it clear that there is a big difference between hunting wild and simply killing it. And this on the basis of his own moose story. Cal’s youth experience is told throughout the film using flashbacks. A romanticized story in 8mm camera image quality.
A movie about perseverance and mutual trust.
And then there’s the incident after which the roles are reversed. Undoubtedly the most intense part of the entire film where perseverance plays an important role. The film also shows how the wide rift between the two slowly becomes narrower. David who secretly wished he wasn’t there at the beginning but rather would have been in his comfort zone in Texas. And he seems slightly annoyed during difficult conversations. And Cal believes that his son has become too soft. These impressions tilt as the journey progresses and give way to mutual trust and admiration. “Walking out” is a beautiful nature film and also shows how complex human feelings are. But I can’t really call it exciting.
My rating 5/10
Links : IMDB
Tribeca Film Festival | ‘7 Days’ – A Sweet Rom-com To Keep You Going
We’ve reached the point now where the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns we’ve faced over the past year are starting to become backdrops for films, and perhaps it’s not something we want to re-live and it’s not something we’re desperate to revisit, but 7 Days has a really touching and moving story at its centre and when you look past the coronavirus, it’s a really compelling story and makes for a good film.
At the start of the film, we meet Ravi (played by Karan Soni, best known for playing Dopinder in Deadpool) and Rita (Geraldine Viswanathan- Blockers, The Broken Hearts Gallery). The two have been set up by their old-fashioned Indian parents and are on a pre-arranged date. The two of them have absolutely nothing in common and the whole afternoon is very awkward for them both. But then the COVID outbreak gets worse and Ravi must spend the next few days at Rita’s place as he can’t get a car or a hotel. We soon witness the unlikely bond that forms as the two spend their days together despite being very different people.
7 Days marks Roshan Sethi’s directorial debut and he does a great job here. Not only does he capture so well what it’s like to live, and to love, in the time of COVID but the film, which was also co-written by Sethi, is really funny and leaves you feeling good which is exactly what you want after having lived through the last year.
The film’s quite short as it is with a runtime of just 86 minutes but even so, it does feel very long. Whether that’s because there’s only really two characters that we’re seeing for almost an hour and a half, or if it’s because it takes place almost entirely in one location, it does drag a bit. The two characters seem like polar opposites as we discover Rita drinking beer and eating leftover chicken for breakfast despite claiming to be a vegetarian and not drinking and at times the film feels like it’s almost running out of things to do with these characters that at first seem so far away from each other and the film does feel quite long despite its rather short runtime.
But on the whole, 7 Days manages to get the tone between comedy and drama just right with lots of funny lines but also just the right amount of heartfelt and poignant moments. The film is bookended by short video clips of real-life Indian couples talking about their marriages and how they met, and the two main characters discuss these two viewpoints of a more orthodox arranged marriage versus love marriages and the film does a really good job of presenting them both to us equally.
7 Days works well and manages to avoid being a depressing film about the pandemic, in part due to the really good performances from Soni and Viswanathan and the wonderful chemistry the two have, but also due to the really good script by Sethi and Soni. And whilst we will doubtlessly see more movies set during this time, 7 Days is a sweet rom-com to keep you going.
7 Days premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.
Supernova | A Powerful And Touching Film Worth Seeing
Get the tissues ready because Supernova is a real tear-jerker. It’s one of those films that right from the very first moment you know it’s going to hit you right in the feels. And Supernova expertly gets that blend right between sadness and hope to the point that the film is an excellent well-rounded film that has real emotion and isn’t just a complete sucker punch to the gut.
Sam (played by Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) are partners of 20 years and are travelling around the Lake District in their old RV. The thing is that two years ago, Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Over the course of their journey, they encounter friends and family and their ideas for the future clash as secrets are revealed, really testing their love for each other in a way that they’ve never experienced before. It’s a really devastating film about love and about loss too but it’s incredibly powerful.
For the first half of the film, there’s quite little actually about Tusker’s dementia and instead, writer/director Harry Macqueen decides to show us just how strong the love between the two is and we see that they’ve both put their careers on hold at this difficult point in their lives. Sam was a musician and Tusker a writer but they’ve both been unable to continue with these with everything they’re going through. But we see the incredible love that these two people have for each other.
This is, in part, down to the phenomenal performances from both Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. And that’s what really takes this film up a notch to be an excellent film. Firth and Tucci are both outstanding and give some of their best performances of their careers. The film is entirely driven by their remarkable performances and everything else helps to compliment that to create a really moving film. The cinematography is really beautiful- as you’d expect- with the gorgeous Lake District as the backdrop for film and there are some really lovely wide shots of the incredible scenery in Supernova.
For the majority of the film, the writing is really good too, however, there are a few instances where it doesn’t quite feel like what a real person would say in that situation in the moment. Instead, it sounds like the sort of thing a writer would have written- which of course it is, but because of how touching and powerful it is, and because of how well Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth are delivering these lines it doesn’t stand out too much.
Supernova is a very emotional film, particularly when you consider the meaning behind the title. Director Harry Macqueen says that “a supernova is the massive explosion event at the end of the evolution of a star”. “For me this has always been representative of Tusker himself- a man who shines bright in all he does, brings light and laughter to almost every situation and is, of course, dying. It’s quite literal in that regard, really; he knows his final chapter is just around the corner.”
Supernova is a film that’s worth seeing, even if that’s just to see Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci giving career-best performances but there’s so much more to the film as it explores the sophisticated, mature themes of love and loss. Just make sure to take some tissues, or maybe even a bucket, to collect your tears.
Supernova is released in UK cinemas on June 25th.
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