In the Netherlands, we have a few big cinemas, and Pathé is one of them. Every once in a while, they organize the “PAC Festival”, which is basically five previews of movies that are coming out soon (movies always come out “soon”… don’t they?).
Now, my mum and I are both lovers of film and she’s told me before that they were hosting this. Sadly we were never able to go before because of ~life~. But on Sunday, February 5th, it was finally time. We were going to be locked in the cinema from 10.30am until 11.15pm. Which was really fucking exciting.
The movies they showed were great, and I would like to give a mini review for each one of them so you can decide whether you’d like to see them too.
- Jackie – 7,5/10
“Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.”
Jackie was a very serious and heavy movie. But it was also a very beautiful movie. The cinematography was stunning and the way the movie alternated between past and present was captivating. Natalie Portman’s acting is phenomenal, and I totally understand why she would be nominated for an Oscar this year. I do felt that at times, the movie dragged a little bit. It wasn’t a particularly long movie (1h 44m), but it felt like it went on for at least 2,5 hours. What did really warm my heart was to see John Hurt’s last on screen performance.
- Their Finest – 6,5/10
“A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.”
Sam Claflin and Gemma Arterton in a WWII movie? Hell yes. I expected this to be a more serious movie, but it wasn’t like that at all. Yes, it deals with rather heavy topics (war, death, cheating), but because of the way it was executed I didn’t feel it that way. It was nice to watch, but I don’t think it was a great movie. The old-fashioned propaganda film they created in the movie was so much fun to see.
- Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben – 8/10
“An ambitious young man struggles to achieve his dream of becoming an employee in a Munich luxury hotel despite being strongly visually impaired.”
I don’t watch anything German if I don’t have to. It’s a Dutch-German thing and I apologize for it. German just isn’t a language I enjoy listening to. But THIS MOVIE WAS GREAT. I laughed my ass off and felt thoroughly happy after watching this. The best feel-good movie I’ve seen in a while. The thing I loved most was the friendship between Saliya (the main character) and Max, whom he meets in the hotel he starts working in. Honestly recommending it if you feel like you need a laugh and happy feels.
- Hidden Figures – 9/10
“The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.”
You must have heard of Hidden Figures. It’s a riveting story about three black women who kick ass at NASA in a time where racial segregation is still a thing. Taraji P. Henson is one of my favourite actresses so I was really excited to see her in this, and boy did she do a good job! But honestly so did Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer. All three of them together bring such an amazing sense of humour to the movie, and a big smile was plastered on my face most of the time. The fact that it’s based on a true story makes it even more special. It makes me so sad that they had to deal with segregation but it makes me happy that these women did not let it stand in their way to achieving greatness. Theirs is a story that must be told more and seeing this movie is a damn good way to start.
- Gold – 6,5/10
“Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.”
Matthew McConaughey delivers a good performance as Kenny Wells, but this role feels like a repetition of some of the roles he’s played before lately (e.g. in Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wallstreet), and it kind of makes me want to see him do something else. It also doesn’t help the story, that already isn’t very special in my opinion. I did really enjoy Edgar Ramírez’s performance as Kenny’s “best friend” Michael Acosta. It’s a very enjoyable film, just don’t get your hopes up too high before seeing it. Special appreciation for the movie poster btw because it’s so aesthetically pleasing.
We did it! My mom is usually rather prone to reproduce the famous “How Moms Watch Movies”-meme, but this time SHE DIDN’T! Round of applause, please. We both really enjoyed this film-filled day and hopefully I can make her go with me again next time. Do let me know in the comments if you’re planning on seeing any of these movies soon (or if you’ve already seen any of them) and what your thoughts on them are.