Last night I went to the cinema. To watch a grown up film. On my own.
This is worthy of a blog post in itself I think! I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to watch an adult film (no, not adult like that, just something rated greater than PG!) And I’ve certainly never been to the cinema on my own before. I don’t suppose I would have ever intentionally gone to the cinema on my own (though I have friends who do so happily) but the screening just happened to be at a really awkward time of day so it meant we couldn’t get a sitter for the kids, nor could any of my friends make it. Dave got home from work, we swapped cars and I made a mad dash across Manchester to get to the screening on time. I was quite looking forward to a couple of hours to myself truth be told!
I hadn’t really read anything about the film, I knew it was an adaptation of a book and that it was up for loads of awards – but I didn’t have a clue what the story actually was. In the end I’m not sure if this was a good thing or not.
From the very start of the film I was holding my breath. Drawn in, unsure how things were going to pan out. I don’t think I really relaxed for the whole screening. There were tears a plenty, gasps of shock and even the odd laugh. It was an absolute rollercoaster of a film which left me utterly shell shocked and emotionally drained. I drove home in silence, just trying to absorb and make sense of what I had seen.
If you’ve read the book then you will obviously know the themes of the film, if you haven’t then I don’t want to spoil things for you but this is not a lighthearted rom com by any stretch. The storyline is hard hitting and emotional and absolutely not the sort of film I would ever choose to go and see. Ever.
But, and it’s a big but . . . I’m so glad I did. The acting was incredible, the cinematography and direction spot on. The story builds slowly, gently almost in parts, allowing you to realise things and piece information together as you reach your own horrifying conclusions. And then other parts are much quicker, more dramatic and impactful. This film that allows you to think. Forces you to think. Leaves you with nothing to do but think.
Go to see it. Know it will be hard to watch. Know you will cry. Go to see it anyway.
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