The Birth Of A Nation: Set in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831, this is the story of Nat Turner (Nate Parker), who is a slave and preacher, whose owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) uses Nat’s preaching to settle down restless slaves. However, after witnessing so many horrific acts upon other slaves and himself Nat organizes an uprising in the hopes of freedom for his people.
Let’s start with how great the performances where from this entire cast. Nate, Armie, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union and Jackie Earle Haley did an amazing and believable job on this film. But this is one of those films, even thought it was good, it could have been so much better.
The event that The Birth Of A Nation is based on was not as much of the story as I would have thought. There was so much build up story going on but there were some scenes, I think, that they could have skipped or shortened and then added to the final act. I did like how Director/Star Parker gave us some joy and laughter, faith and hope during a very dark time. Then, in the blink of an eye, we got to see things that were really hard to watch. But important to remember that things like that really happened.
So even though I think this one could have been told a little better, for some great performances and for the history lesson in this one, this is going to be a Must See Movie this weekend.
The Girl On The Train: Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a drunk and depressed divorce’, who rides a train everyday past her ex- husbands home, to kinda see what he’s up to. But during that commute she starts fantasizing about the perfect couple who live right next door to him. The one morning she sees something shocking happen there and the mystery begins.
Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel this is one I was hoping would be a good mystery/drama. I liked how every time I thought I figured it out, they threw that quick twist to make you think… oh, maybe not. But that was pretty much it. I didn’t find this one as intriguing as I had hoped, the suspense wasn’t that suspenseful, and they mystery wasn’t that mysterious. Granted it was, at times dark and erotic, but not much more to it than that.
The only real highlight to this one was Emily Blunt. Personally I thought she was amazing, but that performance alone isn’t going to be enough to make this one a successful box office hit… With that said, I’m gonna say that The Girl On The Train is Not A Must See Movie… I hear the book is much better.
Also In Theaters This Weekend…
MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life