Odds & Ends 8/06-8/19

There was lots of movie watching going on in my spare time the last couple of weeks, some new, some not so new. Here’s my round-up of reviews if you’re in need of some entertainment recommendations.

 

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – Based on the book of the same name, the plot follows author Judith Ashton in 1946 as she corresponds with, and eventually travels to meet, the members of a book club on the island of Guernsey. She’s intrigued by the islanders experience of living under Nazi Occupation, developing close relationships as she learns more about the losses they suffered.

It’s a piece of WWII history I didn’t know, which was interesting, but this movie mostly focuses on the characters’ journeys over the historical aspects, which is what makes it work. The literary society is made up of a very sweet, close-knit group of characters, each  a little eccentric in their own way, making it easy to care about them.

 

Florence Foster Jenkins – Based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, an NYC heiress and patron of the arts, who was determined to live out her dream of singing at Carnegie Hall. Unfortunately for Florence, her voice was not at quite the same level as her passion, though no one told her that, leading to a unique and inspiring moment in music history.

This one wasn’t quite as uplifting as I expected, as Florence’s time to triumph in her achievement was shorter than I realized, though it is a fascinating story, as it is one that could not be believed if it were not, in fact, true.

 

Crazy Rich Asians – Based on the book of the same name, the plot follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her long-time boyfriend Nick to Singapore to attend a wedding and meet his family, only to find out when she arrives that the family is not only rich, but extremely so, bordering on celebrity status.

It hits a lot of the typical “meet the parents” rom-com beats, but I enjoyed it all the same.

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