Gerald’s Game (2017)

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Stephen King has always been a good source of material for a plot for a film and Netflix have taken his novel, ‘Gerald’s Game’ and given it the movie treatment.

Now this isn’t a remake which is refreshing so I hadn’t heard of the story before watching the movie.  It’s an interesting story but if you want a horror movie then look elsewhere…

This movie is all about psychological manifestation.  In other words, the way your mind can play tricks on you in horrible times.  Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) decide to go to their second home (I assume…) to ‘spice up’ their marriage.  It’s got no neighbors and Gerald has kindly given their staff the weekend off so that the couple are left all alone for the whole weekend..

So Gerald and Jessie start to role play in the bedroom as the trailer for the film shows you, Gerald suffers a heart-attack just as poor Jessie is handcuffed to the bed.  She’s then left their to well, pretty much go insane.

The acting in the film is quite good, both Gugino and Greenwood are great, especially Gugino as she get’s more and more mental throughout and starts mixing fantasy with reality.  There’s not really many characters in this movie, it all centers around Jessie as she fights to survive.

There’s not CGI in this movie although the Makeup FX are brilliant in one scene in particular and when you watch the movie you’ll know exactly which scene I mean. I did have to look away for a moment actually…

So basically this story is all about how Jessie’s past, a certain incident in particular made her strong enough to survive this game she’s ended up in.  It touches on how your mind can play tricks on you when you’re terrified and how the night itself ties into that.

Now there is a twist in this movie towards the end and it’s not bad but I personally think this film could have been so much more.  It also annoyed me a bit how quickly Jessie began to loose it, I mean it felt like she gave up pretty quickly when she ‘had all her strength’ in the beginning.  Sure, she screamed for a long (long) time but surely you’d quit after twenty mins or so? Like I said she didn’t really try that much for my liking…

Overall, it’s an OK film, I’ll be honest with you (as always) it got dragged out a bit too much and when you learn what she’s trying to get from her flashbacks it makes them pretty pointless… I think it’s more about what could happen that may get into your head rather than what actually happens in this movie but that’s probably the whole point right?

Perfect Popcorn Score – Gerald’s Game get’s a six from me, I get where it’s trying to go but I just lost interest sadly… It has a lot of potential but doesn’t fulfill it…  6/10 

It (2017)

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Stephen King is one of the greatest writers going, I mean nearly every one of his books has been adapted on the big or small screen.  It has been adapted before, I’ve not seen the original film but I’m a fan of King’s other stories so I decided to give this a go…

So for those of you like myself that weren’t familiar with the story it’s basically in short, a film about an evil shape-shifting clown that eats children (and maybe adults).  I don’t really like clowns so I’ll be honest I did get a bit creeped out by this, despite it’s 15 age rating.

The acting in this film is brilliant, considering there’s no big hollywood in this movie I thought it was really well cast.  There’s only two actors I recognized, both star in two Netflix series but I’m sure they’ll go on to do other things after their performance in this movie.  BillSkarsgård is fantastic as Pennywise the clown, I first saw him in a Netflix series called, ‘Hemlock Grove‘ which is worth a watch itself.  Now I’ve seen my fair share of bad child actors in films but the cast are all brilliant in this. 

The effects in this movie are great, it wasn’t given the biggest of budgets compared to a lot of movies out there and because of this, made a killer profit at the box office!  The makeup FX for Pennywise was spot on, less is more sometimes and he looked so creepy so well done guys!

I really enjoyed this film, there’s some light humor in it and great sarcasm. It actually references Molly Ringwald at one point and I think in doing so makes you think of ‘The Breakfast Club‘ which is a film about a group of ‘misfits’ banding together (sound familiar?).

I think this film cause have been made so much darker if it was given the 18 age rating the original was but director Andy Muschietti has confirmed that a sequel is in the works and set to be released in September 2019.  The sequel will tell the story of the second half of the book where Pennywise returns 27 years later.  The cast have all said who they would like to play their characters in the second film and I’ve got to say there’s some pretty good choices… I will be doing a further blog post about my thoughts on these choices and who I think should play them also so please do look out for it soon.  

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving the film a solid 8, the story was always going to be great as it’s written by King and acting, effects and everything else is all gooood! 8/10