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Review: The Children Act (2017)

Based on the eponymous novel by Ian McEwan. 

As the High Court Children’s Judge, Justice Maye (Emma Thompson) must decide whether to give a Jehovah ’s Witness boy a blood transfusion against his wishes.

I entered the cinema expecting a clear-cut film condemning religion and extolling the power of ‘free choice.’ Instead I watched a gripping drama filled with flawed characters grappling with what it looks like to love their neighbour.

After visiting the precocious teen in hospital, Justice Maye rules according to the court precedent (“life over dignity”) and chooses to save his physical body, sparing little thought for his soul.

Yet when the disillusioned young man adopts her as his spiritual mentor and her own marriage begins to crumble, Justice May must confront questions such as:

How far should you be expected to go to save a child who is not your own?

Is it always right to separate your professional and personal lives?

What does it take to save a marriage when both individuals have committed betrayal?

This film explores the beauty of life, but also asks: what does it take to sustain it? Are we as Christians willing to give it?

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Why I like… Gattaca

Gattaca is a 1997 film about a future where most babies are genetically engineered at birth. Born the natural way, Vincent is an ‘in-valid’, an outcast from society. In order to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut, he takes the identity of a crippled ‘valid’ and sacrifices everything to infiltrate the space academy. Yet when the head of the space mission is murdered, he learns that he cannot escape his past forever…

This was my HSC text, and I’ve watched it too many times to count.

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Fantastic Beasts & where to find them REVIEW

Yes… this contains spoilers. AND it’s my last post before I got on a holiday hiatus! Posting will resume January 2017.

What I liked

I liked that all the characters were a bit… odd. Even the main ones. Newt barely ever made eye-contact with the other characters, often had an unreadable expression, and kept tilting his head to the right. Tina at first seemed permanently about to burst into tears with a similar unreadable expression. These are not conventional heroes. Instead it felt as though they had simply been stuck in a random adventure, and that was refreshing.

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