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Colette Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to the Colette Movie Review by Ms. H

The Colette movie is a limited release film that is showing in select movie theaters.  The good news is that you may be able to use your MoviePass to see it -- since it worked for me.  The bad news is the movie may not be playing at the movie theater you usually frequent. In my case, I went to a movie that was a little out of my way to see it.  That being said, if you do not mind time-period movies, I think the Colette movie may be worth your time.

Synopsis of the Colette Movie

As I alluded to previously, Colette is a time period movie, set in the latter part of the 19th and the early part of the 20th centuries. I reviewed the synopsis of the Colette movie before venturing out to see it. The main point of the movie involved an attempt by Colette to rightfully claim ownership to literary works that were her own -- but seemed to have been taken over by her husband, played by Dominic West.  In other words, he was taking credit for books that she had written, namely a popular novel titled Claudine. However, if you watch the Colette movie, you will find that there are other scenarios in this movie that involve not only Colette and her husband, but other people as well.

Even though there is sparse profanity in this movie, Colette is rated R due to adult content and should not be seen by anyone under the age of 17 -- unless accompanied by parents or legal guardians.

Setting the Stage for the Storyline of the Colette Movie

I think the director did an adequate job of letting the audience know from the start about the relationship status between Colette and her husband -- without any sugar coating.  As the events in the movie unfurl, you are kept in suspense as to how the many indiscretions on both the husband’s and wife’s part will impact or even destroy their relationship.

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Predictability of the Colette Movie

I knew from the start that Keira Knightley's character would not retain her hair as it was -- even though I had not seen the movie previews. And true to form, she did eventually cut her hair. On the other hand,  there are some actions in the movie that are not so predictable. You will find out what I’m referring to if you see the Colette movie.

Kiera Knightley's Oscar Worthy Moment in the Colette Movie

Spoiler Alert: During the movie, there is a revelation that due to financial problems, the husband sold all the rights to the popular book Claudine, that was really written by Colette.  Interesting enough, the rights were sold without Colette’s knowledge. Kiera Knightley, who plays the part of Colette, has an oscar-worthy moment when she confronts her husband after realizing that she had been deceived.  

If you see the movie Colette, take note of Kiera Knightley facial expressions as well as words during this scene. You as an audience member already know the husband has sold the rights to the book, Claudine -- however, Colette was left in the dark.  The Colette movie is not up for an Oscar -- but I think if there was an award given to an actress for the most realistic look of betrayal in a movie -- Kiera Knightley would clearly win it  with this scene.  She is noticeable upset when she realizes what her husband had done with her book and does not hold back how she felt.  For me, this was one of the biggest highlights of the movie.

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Assessment of the Colette Movie

In my opinion, Keira Knightley did an excellent job of portraying the writer Colette. As a side note, I want to add that I was impressed by Keira Knightley's accent -- which I found out was natural. The countryside environment was also aesthetic along with the screenshots of Keira Knightley dipping the fountain pen into a jar of ink before she wrote -- as was done during this period of time.  However, there was one particular scene in the movie that could have been left off -- but other than that --I think the movie was worth my time and may be worth yours also.  

Overall, the Colette movie was told with just the right amount of detail; however, towards the end, I think it lost a little of its 19th century period feeling when Colette branches out and began performing in musicals. For instance, during one of the rehearsals, she wore what looked like current day leggings. Other than that, the movie stayed true to the time period.

As you may know, the Colette movie is based on a true story, with probably some embellishments for dramatic  purposes. If you watch the movie Colette, I recommend you stay back to read the messages on the movie screen that divulge what happens to Colette as well as her husband after the story in the movie ends.

Rating of the Colette Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Colette movie 4 stars.


First Man Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to the First Man Movie Review by Ms. H

Right off the bat I’m going to discuss the controversy regarding the American flag and the First Man movie. As you may know, there were complaints about the American flag not being planted on the moon.  Just to clarify, the flag does appear on the moon in the First Man movie; however, the argument is the scene does not show the flag actually being planted on the moon by astronaut Neil Armstrong.

My opinion is since the First Man movie is being depicted as a true biopic story, then of course the movie should show a scene where the U.S. flag is being planted on the moon. That being said, I was glad the movie stayed true to form by sharing with the audience some of Neil Armstrong’s famous words such as -- “The eagle has wings; The eagle has landed and of course one of his most famous quotes, “That’s one small step for man, one great leap for mankind.”

Storyline of the First Man Movie

It is probably apparent from the title that this movie is about Neil Armstrong and his historic walk on the moon.  The storyline was easy to follow and to me, it was interesting to learn about some of the challenges and problems that occurred before his walk on the moon.  


Acting Skills Displayed in the First Man Movie

I think Ryan Gosling did an adequate job playing the part of Neil Armstrong -- even though I believe he may be typecast in movies that show extreme closeups -- similar to one of the first movies he starred in -- The Driver. At first, I was going to criticize how Claire Foy played the part of Neil Armstrong’s wife. However, after doing some research on Neil Armstrong’s life, including his marriages, I believe she did an adequate job of playing his wife in this movie.

Cinematography of the First Man Movie

Prior to seeing the movie First Man, I found out Ryan Gosling’s reason for the flag planting did not appear in the movie; however,  I have issues with his explanation.  His reason was something to the effect that other countries were involved in making the walk on the moon possible. As I alluded to earlier, I believe the movie should have show the flag planted on the moon -- since this is what actually happened in real life.

I also found out the director was attempting to shoot the movie in such a way that the audience would feel as if they actually experienced space travels -- along with the astronauts.  I think he succeeded in doing this; however, I would caution him not to use too many movie frames showing jerky camera shots which at first may give you a sense of how erratic and traumatic it was to travel in space -- but after awhile, these motions became boring and repetitious.

If you see this movie, I think you will agree one of the highlights of the First Man movie is when the surface of the moon is actually shown from the viewpoint of Neil Armstrong. For dramatic effect, the moon’s surface is shown in a single frame with a backdrop of the dark sky.  I especially enjoyed seeing the earth as shown from the moon.  By the way, I watched the First Man movie at an RPX movie theatre complete with a huge screen, so the vision of the moon's surface to me was even more impressive.

Assessment of the First Man Movie

I watched the First Man movie, among other reasons, to find out if there was information that may have been shielded that is now out in the open.  Personally, I think the movie did an adequate job of showcasing that this mission was not a bed of roses and there were some problems that were met and ultimately solved along the way. I applaud the movie for staying for the most part true to what actually happened during this period of time (notwithstanding the flag not being planted) -- as well as recognizing the U.S. for putting a man on the moon.  

On the other hand, I was not aware of some of the negativity from the people during this particular time regarding the mission. I especially did not like one of the songs that was played when people were protesting the money being spent on space travel.   

Spoiler alert:  Regarding the ending, I think it would have been a high point of the movie if the First Man movie concluded with his children running out to meet him after his successful space flight -- of course -- after his quarantine was over. This would have balanced out the scene where he explained to his children how he was traveling to the moon as well the probability of him returning.   

Rating of the First Man Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the First Man movie 5 stars.

A Star Is Born Movie Review by Ms. H


Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to A Star is Born Movie Review by Ms. H

Sometimes it’s a good thing to take chances, whether those chances are big or small. This is what I did when I decided to see A Star is Born movie starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.  I was initially on the fence and almost decided to bypass this movie. However, Lady Gaga is known to have lots of fans, so I decided to see the movie, A Star is Born, basically to let her fans know whether or not it is a movie worth seeing.  As I alluded to earlier, I was pleasantly surprised that A Star is Born turned out to be worth the price of a movie ticket and even more importantly -- did not disappoint.

Storyline of A Star Is Born Movie

A Star is Born is a remake of the movie starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. This previous movie was a hit, and I’m glad to say that after it’s all said and done, this remake will probably also fall into that category.


Actors in A Star is Born Movie

I believe the casting staff of A Star is Born did a good job rounding up some well-known celebrities for this movie, including the likes of Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott and others -- along with of course -- Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.  I think the actors helped to make this movie entertaining to watch, but the songs, music arrangements and most importantly the storyline makes this movie worth your time and money.

I think Lady Gaga, known mostly as a singer, did an adequate job of portraying her character, Ally. Likewise for Bradley Cooper who made his directorial debut in the movie A Star is Born.  As a director, I believe he did an outstanding job of taking the audience on the journey of the constant ups and downs of the main characters. Even though both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were commendable as actors, the actor that caught my attention in the movie was Anthony Ramos, playing the part of Lady Gaga’s friend. I think he made the most of each of his scenes and made his time in front of the camera count.

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Songs in A Star is Born Movie

Is it just me, or do most songs sound better when they are heard using the surround sound system in movie theaters instead of elsewhere?  In addition to the songs, I liked that A Star is Born provided behind the scene looks of what oftentimes happens when someone makes it big in the music industry. The story also showed that, unfortunately,  some celebrity lifestyles may for the most part be all smoke and mirrors.

That being said, I think the songs were interwoven in the movie well.  A big plus for me was that even though there were plenty of songs in A Star is Born, the movie itself was not a musical and did not stray from being first and foremost a drama. Additionally, I thought it was creative how the last song in the movie sung by Lady Gaga was prevalent in the storyline involving the relationship between her character and Bradley Cooper's.

Humor in A Star is Born Movie

Additionally, there were elements of humor in the movie that did not diminish the dramatic story being shown. No spoilers here -- but I would like to give you a heads up that if you see A Star is Born, you may laugh out loud at the interpretation some friends of Lady Gaga’s movie father had for the word “algorithm.” There were other humorous parts in the movie as well.

Assessment of A Star is Born Movie

A Star is Born told a well-crafted story, that had all the elements of drama, conflict, suspense, self-discovery and other attributes to make it a movie worth watching.  

I probably will not see A Star is Born again anytime soon but I think the movie is worth seeing at least once before it leaves the movie theaters. On the downside, there are, in my opinion, too many profane words spoken in the A Star is Born movie -- almost to the point of a line in the script not being said without a certain word sprinkled in the conversation.  

However, I will not hold this language against the movie itself -- since I ignored it, and concentrated on the other, more pertinent dialogue that was shared. Additionally, there was an emotional, "tearful"moment from Bradley Cooper --albeit, without any actual tears. Go figure.  Again, this was a miss -- acting-wise -- but not one that will have any impact on my movie rating for A Star is Born.

Rating of A Star is Born Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate A Star is Born 5 Stars.

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