Movie Reviews

Browse through reviews of films I’ve watched recently. Hope it helps!

Voice from the Stone

Verena (Emilia Clarke) is a youthful medical caretaker employed to support a help a mute young boy (Edward Dring) inside a confined castle in Tuscany. The more she watches the kid, the more Verena becomes persuaded that he has fallen under the influence of a powerful and supernatural entity caught within the estate’s walls, one that is by all accounts quickly lacing with her own life.

Murder Mystery- Movie Review

NYC cop finally takes his wife on a long awaited trip to Europe. A fortuitous meeting on the flight gets them on a luxury yacht belonging to an extremely wealthy and old person Malcolm Quince. They are the only strangers amidst family members. The old man is murdered just before he attempts to change his will. They become prime suspects and attempt to clear their names by solving the mystery.

La La Land- A Romantic movie for the Unromantic

The movie is a visual spectacle and a musical escape. The stars shine brighter than those in the sky. The songs are melodious and haunting. And the camera transports you to another world where dreams come true amidst love that lasts and relationships that don’t.

3 Must-Watch Movies about Advertising and Marketing

Usually when you begin working in a particular industry, you want to know everything about it. Therefore, watching movies about it is certainly relatable. While there are many movies in the advertising and marketing category, here are my three favourites.

The Silence vs. Bird Box vs. A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place was eerily impressive in its creepiness, while Bird Box introduced a new dimension with a blindfolded mother and her two children. The Silence is the newest kid on the block and it’s fairly similar to the other two, particularly A Quiet Place. All three have unique takes on a post-apocalyptic world and feature creatures that have the power to bring out the best and worst in the characters. 

Dark, Season 3 Review

Dark, set against the backdrop of the German town of Winden is about a few children, their families and the extraordinary events that transform their lives. As the seasons progress, you get to know the characters better as dark secrets about their lives begin to emerge. After a child vanishes, the inhabitants of the town find that there is a wormhole in a cave, in close proximity of a nuclear plant, from which characters indulge in time travel.

The Sinner- Season 3 Review

Over its three seasons, “The Sinner” has to a great extent been based on the concept of an onion, where you have to peel layer after layer to get to the truth. The main characters in each season, have been people who appear normal on the surface, but later seem afflicted and confused by the crimes they are purported to have committed.

Little Women- Movie Review

Little Women revolves around four young women, their doting mother, their committed house help, a generous neighbour and an attractive rich young man.The story follows the lives of the four young girls, their neighbours and  parents and is a heart-warming tale of love, life and aspirations.  

The Summary

The Droving is a folk spine-chiller with a supernatural slant. Its ambience is intense and dark with full spotlight on the primary character, and his search for his missing sister. It is a simple but layered tale that will keep you riveted from start to finish.

The plot revolves around a soldier who comes back home to search for his missing sister. Her disappearance is associated with a cultish festival called The Droving. The festival includes rituals and people donning masks of animals.  

After he contacts Tess, a lady from his sister Megan’s old hiking group, he is led down a path that will take him to an abhorrent truth.

The Review  

Martin (played by Daniel Oldroyd ) has more to him than what meets the eye at first impression. His trajectory, quite a bit of it rooted in a gradually uncovered backstory, is the thing that steers the film. 

Martin’s inner journey is more convoluted than anticipated. It creates a basic disquiet that nicely offsets Droving’s poetic visuals. Though Martin’s understated presence stitches the film’s unusual elements together, his performance just falls a wee bit short of convincing when the moment comes to unveil his most dramatic levels of psychic damage. 

The director’s visual storytelling is so compelling that it’s almost a character in itself. From  frightfully calm pre-celebration shots of Martin strolling the streets to the more frantic festival footage,  Popov sets a chilling stage for this thriller. 

Martin’s quest for Megan, and how he achieves this is central to the story. Through unobtrusive flashbacks we become acquainted with Megan and Martin somewhat better.  When figuring out the real story, seemingly insignificant details that are done or said during the Christmas Eve flashback  delineate the two characters and their relationship to one another in a critical manner.

The true nature of Martin’s character is slowly revealed during the search. On the other hand, there’s a folk tale that murmurs through Cumbria. The folk nature of the tale and characters brings a hint of menace to the story. The Merchant is a mystical figure who trades souls instead of cattle during the festival.  While  the celebration with illuminated paper cows parades through the town – the creepy part, the old rituals are played out in obscure caves. 

Daniel Oldroyd delivers an outstanding performance depicting nuances of hurt and torment very persuasively. His frustration is palpable as we watch him go from pillar to post to look for his sister. His patience is wearing out and he begins doing and saying things that seem off. He doesn’t start off as evil, but by the end, the yearning for his sister’s return forces him to the dark side that he was fighting against. It is a beautifully nuanced performance but a sinister one too. 

The home stretch of the story is well done and asks how far you are willing to go to discover the truth or exact vengeance. The editing could have benefited with less altering and the supporting characters didn’t have much to do. They were just pieces that helped push the narrative forward. The  visual language was phenomenal but the dialogue didn’t match up at all times. 

 My Honest Opinion

 I am a big fan of films like the Wickerman and Hex, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved the build-up leading to the final climax and the folk lore aspect of the story. 

It is an astute call to have the camera stick to Martin at the expense of other characters in a particular scene. But it worked well, and added to the whimsy of the story.  

The climax was quite plucky too and could be lament-worthy for some. But for me, it was the piece of resistance.  

Stacked up with amazing visuals, eerie expectation and merged with a foreboding score, The Droving is a novel and thrilling watch. Folk horror at its hair-raising best!

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