On Saturday, we happened to be out and about, far too close to lunchtime for our liking, and we found a lovely cafe, the Millhouse Cafe, in Kingsley. Beloved encountered a mixed grill he was unable to finish, I devoured the eggs royale, followed by a slice of homemade lemon sponge, and there was a play area, which made LittleBit almost as happy as the mint-choc-chip ice cream she had after her chicken nuggets, chips and beans!
Can I slide some politics in here? In case you've been in full hibernation and missed it, the Prime Minister has called a snap general election for 8th June. And if you've read my blog previously, you'll know that I do tend to get a bit political around the time of any kind of big vote! As a result there will be a few interim blog posts about political things, and the election itself, over the next few weeks. I do promise though, that I will do my best to keep my personal views/opinions out of it and just stick to the facts.
Anyway, back to the film reviews?
Okay, we've been taking advantage of our cinema passes recently, it started with The Fate of the Furious (12A) 4/5. The 8th Fast and Furious film is exactly what you'd expect from a fast and furious film. It starts with half dressed women, cars being raced, and Dom racing a Cuban mile, rather than a quarter mile. There is mild tension, flames, and high speed. Then we move on to more of an action movie, with Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Vin Diesel all hitting things. There are more cars, lambourghinis, tanks, jags, a nuclear submarine and a stealth plane, more fighting, life or death struggles, tensions and Brian (Paul Walker) is referenced. If you're a fan of the franchise, you'll like it.
Then Going in Style (12A) 4/5. Morgan Freeman, Michael Cain and Alan Arkin play three long-time friends who find themselves facing severe financial hardship when their pension fund is liquidated, so they plan to rob their bank. The film is uplifting, funny, and moving. Even Beloved enjoyed it!
We also went to see The Boss Baby (U) 3/5. I'll be honest, I was dreading this one, but LittleBit really wanted to see it, and as much as we tell her we'll go and sit in the bar while she watches it, really, she's still not old enough for that! So, in we went, and, it was better than we anticipated. It was very predictable, with some scenes very similar to other recent films (Storks), but the plot had more substance than we were expecting, there were a few adult jokes slipped in, mainly one liners, but better than nothing, and most importantly, LittleBit loved it.
And most recently, we saw Their Finest (12A) 4/5. Gemma Arterton plays Catrin, recently moved to wartime London, who takes a job at the Ministry for Information, Film Division, making authentic, optimistic films which will aid in propaganda whilst entertaining the public at home, and encouraging audiences in America to join the war effort. There were parts of this film which were predictable, others which were well foreshadowed, but still managing to surprise. It's moving, it's funny, it's the blitz spirit. Beloved wasn't expecting to enjoy it, but did, LittleBit needed some things explained to her afterwards, but seemed to enjoy it.
And although it's not out yet, in preparation for watching Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 on Friday of this week, we re-watched the first Guardians of the Galaxy film at home over the weekend, and along with a late 70s/early 80s soundtrack that you can't help but sing along to, even if you haven't heard the songs actually since the 1980s, the comedy moments in that film are still funny when you're expecting them. And as the track list for Vol 2 has been released as a poster for the new film, I'm off to look it up on Spotify and hope it's as catchy as the first film's soundtrack was!