January 16, 2017

On Netflicks the film Focus came up and one that my 22yo son raved about.  He liked everything about it and recommended it.   I watched it last week and was disappointed.  It’s Will Smith riding the Margot Robbie popularity wave, and putting forth this caper where the cons are setting up to steal and loot from innocents attending a sporting event.   There is more to it than that, but not a lot.  For me, the contortions being exercised to try and turn this thing into a who-dunnit and betcha-can’t-guess at the same time are frustrating.   By the end, I simply didn’t care.  It all seemed just a little too contrived, and I ended it with some shrugged shoulders and moved on.

Moved on to finish season 5 of Game of Thrones and also ending Westworld.  These are two solid pieces of film, although Westworld at times seems to stretch it all a little more than it needs to.  Hard to turn a 2 hour film into 10 hours of viewing.  Still it kept my attention with some good observations about humans generally.
For those who read this who aren’t Robbie or Alison, we are seeing Jessica Chastain live watching The Zookeeper’s Wife, with Jessica channeling Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice with a Polish accent.   Here it is a Polish Zoo owner’s wife who takes pity on people being killed by the Nazis.  It should be interesting to listen to her speak about it.   I guess it is a night’s pay for her given she is already in the city filming Molly’s Game here in Toronto.

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