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Three Billboards & The Post - Honest Movie Reviews

Time for a doubleheader again and this time I'm reviewing two films that you might hear about a lot in the upcoming months because of the Oscars. But the nominations were not out yet, so you never know. Anyway, I'm looking forward to these two movies in a very long time and here are my thoughts.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Directed by Martin McDonagh, who previously directed one of my favorite films of 2012 in Seven Psychopaths and starring Frances McDormand in the lead role, Three Billboards is a film about an enraged mother, who is avidly trying everything in her power to make the local police authorities solve her dead daughter's case. Similar to Seven Psychopaths, the unpredictable story and the screenplay were the primary aspects which kept the movie going for me. Martin McDonagh made sure that the doesn't fall into the clichéd paint-by-numbers category and kept it interesting throughout the runtime. Also, the characters and the performances were another advantages, Frances McDormand was truly exceptional and her blunt unconventional character was invigorating and extremely amusing to watch at the same time. Woody Harrelson's significant character served as the focal point for the entire film and Sam Rockwell is without a doubt the standout performer with his unappealing character that had an astounding story arc when compared to others. Overall, Three Billboards was one of the best films I've seen this year filled with amazing characters and incredible performances from the three main leads. A fascinating watch!

The Post Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

The Post brings together Steven Speilberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep, Hollywood's mega heavyweights in a movie that revolves around the Pentagon Papers Case in the early 1970's. Surprisingly enough, Speilberg began the Principal Photography of the film in the month of May 2017 and fast-tracked the production to meet the end-of-the-year release date and I can understand why. Oscar bait? or is it because of the striking storyline which partly resembles President Trump's administration? Keeping the theories aside, this film moves at an extremely fast pace filled with splendid performances across the board. Streep's character was a definitely a standout because of the monumental decisions she has to make. Bob Odenkirk was amazing and Tom Hanks was as usual brilliant in his role. But, the only negative about the film is the storyline which was dragged a little until the third act which was exciting to watch. Nevertheless, barring the only negative, The Post is still a fascinating story told by Steven Speilberg and I recommend watching it in case if you're interested in the source material.

-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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August: Osage County - Movie Review

Verdict - “A movie led with tremendous performances from Streep and Roberts”

August: Osage County (film) is inspired from a stage play written by Tracy Letts where the plot onsets with the three daughters of the Weston family gather together for their father's funeral who was sick and tired with his miserable lifestyle and committed a suicide. Being the elder person of the family, Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) was addicted to chancy perilous pills which compels her to think in an eccentric way which often concerns to her daughter's feelings. Having been surrounded in a catastrophic vibe, things start to unfold in a ruinous manner which results in appalling arguments.

Inspired from a three hour stage play, August: Osage County is a great ensemble of cast who were exempted with a storyline and were asked to play as naturally as they can which resulted with an accurate presentation in an innate modus. And that's one of the foremost reasons I assert that Osage County is a movie which was primarily based on acting other than the story. Every actor in the movie were provided with an immense moment in which they display the character's intention and how they differ from each other's feelings and aspirations.

Out of all the performances, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts excelled in the limelight and I strongly believe in them getting nominated for the Oscars this year. Their pragmatic approach and the inexplicable conversations shared were penetrating and extreme for the most part. Director John Wells had done the most vital thing my leaving the actors play themselves contentedly without any pressure in hurrying up the scene. But in a story point of view the movie was a let down, the writing was quite underwhelming and they were few muffled unnecessary sequences which took me out of the drama abruptly.

Nevertheless, August: Osage County is a dark depressing drama powered with terrific performances from Streep and Roberts. It's rather upsetting than entertaining and will totally depend on how you receive these melodramatic subjects. Not my topmost recommendation for everybody, but if you do have the intent watch it once.

My Rating - 3.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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