It’s probably just a sign of encroaching middle age but the number of times I am sorely disappointed by a trip to the movies now vastly outweighs the times I come out of the cinema blown away (or even mildly entertained.) So when I do see a movie that I genuinely enjoy – that makes me laugh or cry or think or sigh – then I really feel I should share it. Partly because such a rarity deserves to be shouted about and partly just to prevent myself from turning into a hopeless old grouch.
So, it is with great delight that I can tonight tell you of two such films. Last night I watched ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower,’ based on the coming of age novel of the same name. Now I hadn’t so much as heard of the book, let alone read it, so I didn’t have that to compare it to (or to make it too hotly anticipated by me). It was quite simply a great movie. A great story, well-acted. Thoughtful, moving, uplifting. Well worth a watch.
And last weekend I had the pleasure of watching Ruby Sparks. This wonderfully engaging movie manages to carry off a whimsical riff on the nature of creativity and relationships without ever losing credibility, pace or enjoyment.
I won’t say any more. Another thing I loathe more and more as I get more and more crabby in my old age is the tendency for plot spoilers EVERYWHERE. You can’t read, watch or listen to a review without them making your actual watching of the movie under review redundant. And as for trailers – don’t get me started.
So. There you go. Worth watching. End of.