2020, Film, New Author to me, Review, TV, Uncategorized

Film Thoughts: The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

Synopsis: Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers’ home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation, while police suspect that Rachel may have crossed a dangerous line.

My thoughts: Firstly I normally try and read the book first but I sometimes fail just like I have here. Even though a friend sent me a copy a while ago it’s still sitting on my ever expanding TBR pile. So when this was on channel 4 last night I jumped at the chance to watch it.

I’ve seen Emily Blunt in a few different films The Devil Wears Prada and Mary Poppins Returns instantly spring to my mind – she’s a fantastic actress and in those two and this she’s played three extremely different characters effortlessly. I must admit at first I was just getting to grips with the story but then I thought omg she’s just a drunk. As you see her life and her thoughts spiral she’s so much more.

There’s a lot of back and forth in explaining the story and each of the women in questions story. We have Rachel who is the girl on the train, Anna who is the wife of Rachel’s ex husband and Megan who is the final link.

In watching this film I had two thoughts one I need to bump up the book I want to see how true the film is to that of Paula Hawkins novel and two I want to see if certain aspects of the plot are any clearer. It also made me think this would have been exceptional on the big screen. I miss my work so much and I will be watching lots of new films when I can. Not only has it shown me I want to expand my mind but I also want to support the arts that being at the cinema and most definitely the theatre. This was made into a theatre show and if that ever returns I would definitely love to see it on the stage.

I wasn’t expecting the three ladies lives to intertwine that much but wow! I wasn’t expecting any of the final outcome. It definitely kept me on my toes from start to finish. Even when I thought I had it sussed I would then be shown a flashback that quickly stopped me in my tracks.

A heartbreaking story of three very different women who ultimately have one major similarity and one link. I will definitely be bumping this beauty up my TBR pile. There are some major themes that some people most definitely won’t want to watch/see/read but they are done tastefully and are woven into the drama of the story exceptionally well.

2020, Libby, Review, TV, Uncategorized, update

13 Reasons Why…

Today sees the eagerly anticipated final season of 13 Reasons Why dropping on Netflix. I had hoped to have pre-written this post but I had a few other plans.

I got into 13 Reasons Why whilst I was off work thanks to ankle issues and considering the subject matter it was my saving grace, when I was disheartened and off work. Until recently I only knew the story thanks to the TV show.

Blurb: Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it, outside his front door. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did – and Clay is one of them.

If he listens, Clay will find out how he made the list – what he hears will change his life forever.

Review: So prior to the series coming back I listened to the audiobook. I already knew the story but in all honesty as much as I enjoyed the audiobook I’m not sure I would have fully got the story without already knowing where it was leading. There are some obvious changes for TV I may have thought differently if I’d read and not listened yet I can’t be certain on that.

In the book it’s more about Clay from the beginning whereas in the TV series it’s a lead up to Clay hearing the tapes and that of Clay’s actual tape and his story. Just like in the series I’m a massive Clay fan and I’m routing for him from the off. I have a few others of Jay Ashers novels and I’m intrigued to see how they fair to this.

So I’ve watched the recap and the first episode of the 4th and final series. It’s good to have the gang back as so to speak. Feeling for Clay as you can see in that first hour just how much his mental health is being tested. Panic attack’s anxiety are a horrible combination and as I may have mentioned I’d never had these sort of troubles before lockdown. Yet I have felt anxious on a number of occasions. I know these 10 episodes will fly by. At the beginning there is a care warning and various links and advice before watching. I know some people think this dramatises mental health I on other hand find it informative and I’m pleased I’m too old for high school now.

Let me know if you would like me to give my final thoughts once I’ve said goodbye to Clay and the gang.

Here’s a post I wrote previously about 13 Reasons Why and you can read it Here.

2018, Blogtober, Review, TV, Uncategorized

Butterfly

I had a few ideas for today’s post and as the day wore on they seemed to change in my head. After a fabulous Saturday with friends and books I had a chilled Sunday, sorting a few things on the to do list and a good ole roast dinner with a few thoughts for the week ahead.

Then I remembered that the latest drama starring Anna Friel would air this evening.

My sister set it to record but I was able to make time to watch it and I knew that it would be a while before we could watch together.

Butterfly is the tale of an eleven year-old boy called Max who feels like he’s in the wrong body. He longs to be a girl. I haven’t any children but I do have a nephew and nieces.

I can’t imagine being in that situation and not only as the adult I can’t imagine how it feels to feel like you don’t belong in your body.Tonight’s episode was the first in three parts and wow it sure was full on from the off. Anna Friel is a wonderful actress who has been involved in many controversial storylines over the years. Emmett Scanlan is also a fantastic actor and I love seeing actors of his calibre in different things. Butterfly is so hard hitting and I feel his role of Stephen has been cast so well from the off.

The acting from each and every actor in this first episode has been on point and I really liked the fact they have focused on the whole family and how it not only effects the individual. An hour passed so quickly and there sure was enough action to have you on the edge of your seat.

I’m a little sad that I have to wait a week to see what’s next in Max’s story.

I love that ITV have taken on an issue like this, I truly believe that stigma lies in lack of information and facts. I cannot wait to see the next episode.