*A photo that has nothing what so ever to do with the subject of this post, but wanted to use anyway..!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably heard me moan about the fact that I’ve been sick for about a gazillion times by now. I had taken last Friday off for fun Christmas shopping and London exploring, but instead got a terrible cold which has pretty much kept me in bed ever since.
The (pretty much only) good thing about being sick is the chance to watch all the TV shows and movies you’ve been putting on your Netflix list but haven’t had time to tick off. And boy did I watch a lot of these during the past few days. Since I thought something useful should come out of all of this, I thought I would share them with you in case you find yourself with a few days with nothing else to do too.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – photo source here.
This was one of my favourites! I finished watching the TV show Mr Selfridge on my first day off sick, and so of course needed to fill the period drama shaped hole immediately. I searched through Netflix for pretty much all of the period dramas they had on offer and, in the end, settled on this.
I’m sure everyone has heard of this novel, or seen one of its other film adaptations, as it is very, very famous. The story follows Lady Chatterley who’s husband is injured and left paralyzed after the war. After a while, she starts an affair with their (very handsome) gamekeeper, Mr Mellors. I won’t tell you any more of the plot if you’ve never read the book or seen the film – you’ll just have to watch it yourself! All in all, I thought the actors were fantastic, as was the backdrop and the costumes, too. Definitely one to watch if you like period pieces such as Jane Austen etc!
This is very different film to the above, but still equally good. It’s exactly the sort of movie that I love: it has a great soundtrack, brilliant characters and a lot of focus on different relationships and why we do what we do as humans. I’m not much into horror films or thrillers, but I do love a good drama with a big heart and a bit of comedy thrown in.
Meryl Streep, who is amazing as always, plays a lead singer in a rock band who’s also a mother who hasn’t quite been there for her kids. The plot follows her going back to see her children to try and mend the relationships which have suffered due to her absence throughout the years. The film doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, which makes it feel very real, but it still manages to keep its lightness too so that it all never gets too much. Very much recommended!
I chose this film because it stars Paul Rudd, and I just really love Paul Rudd. Luckily, I ended really liking this film in general too, and not just because of him. Kind of like Ricki and Flash above, this film too deals with a serious subject with lots of warmth and humour.
Paul Rudd plays a carer called Ben who ends up taking care of Trevor, a teenager with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Ben, who in turn has his own personal issues, ends up finding solace in Trevor’s company, and together they end up embarking on a week long road trip, meeting a few other different characters along the way. The film is based on a book by Jonathan Evison, which in turn was inspired by his real life experiences. I’d love to read that next!
Madame Bovary. Photo credit here.
I watched Madame Bovary because I was on my period drama binging spree, but I have to say this wasn’t one of my favourites. It’s another adaptation of a classic novel, and tells a story of a country girl called Emma who gets married to a doctor living in a small town in France. Emma thinks married life will be exciting, but instead she spends her days alone, getting more and more bored and frustrated every day. In her desperation she starts doing things she shouldn’t, such as incessant spending and affairs.
The film is pretty slow paced and none of the characters are very likeable (although I imagine that’s the point). As I haven’t read the book, I don’t know how loyal this adaptation is, but it’s definitely quite dark and not very uplifting. Out of the two period pieces I watched, I’d probably recommend Lady Chatterley’s Lover more!
This is the first movie that I watched because I just really needed something to cheer me up and thought this would do the trick what with it being a Christmas movie and a romantic comedy at the same time. It was, of course, highly predictable, but sometimes that’s just what you need!
The plot follows an aspiring American journalist sent to the imaginary nation called Aldovia to cover the coronation of their young prince. She infiltrates the castle as a tutor and, of course, falls in love with the prince. As you can imagine, they face all sorts of obstacles along the way, but I don’t think I’ll be spoiling it for anyone when I say that there’s a happy ending. It was a great film to watch when you’re sick and feeling a bit vulnerable, but I don’t think it will be winning any awards. That said, not all films have to, of course – sometimes it’s just enough to entertain!
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