MOVIES & BOOZE: Going to the cinema this weekend?

Sarina Bellissimo reviews War For The Planet Of The Apes and The Beguiled

War for the Planet of the Apes

The third film, in the reboot of “The Planet of the Apes” franchise is here and this time it is all about the Apes going into battle with the humans in order to regain their freedom.

Director Matt Reeves has described this film as a biblical epic where Caesar can be describes as the “Moses” of the Apes.

I’d have to agree with him - this really is an epic film. Everything about it is big. The battle scenes, the emotions and even the apes themselves.

Fans have loved every minute of this film. Many of them are not afraid to admit that they have been very moved by it.

Reeves has done an amazing job. It is visually spectacular. To think that he starts off with people in motion capture suits and is able to turn that into the phenomenal visuals and mammoth war film he gives us is mind blowing.

All of that said, this film is not for me. I could appreciate the beauty of it and the skill it took to make it, however, the world of the apes just isn’t for me. I got bored quickly and would not rush in to watch any of the Planet of the Apes films. Not because they are badly made, but because this all comes down to personal taste, and I personally don’t enjoy these films. I just can’t connect with the apes.

That said, my review is redundant as fans of this film have been blown away and are raving about it. So, if you like the Apes, go and check it out – you won’t be disappointed. If you are not a fan, go see “Baby Driver”, “Spiderman: Homecoming” or “Wonder Woman” instead.

The Beguiled

According to, “being beguiled is like being captivated, charmed, delighted, enthralled, or entranced. When you're beguiled, you really like what you see.”

A truer definition could not have been written about Sofia Coppola’s latest film, “The Beguiled”. A tale about a group of (multi generational) women who are cut off from the world and have taken shelter in their Estate, during the Civil War. Their lives are turned upside down when they take in a wounded soldier.

“The Beguiled” is stunning. From the captivating performances that leads Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst & Colin Farrell deliver, to the charming and delightful supporting cast, to the absolutely beautiful imagery on screen.

It is also very funny, but herein is where the problem, at least for me, lies. I wasn’t sure whether or not the laughs were intentional. Was I laughing with the film or at the film? As a result, I felt quite uncomfortable watching it. But was this Sofia Coppola’s intention? goes on to add, “When you're beguiled, you like what you see so much that you can't take your eyes off it — almost like being in a trance.” And that is what Sofia Coppola has managed to do. So even through my uncertainty, and sometimes uncomfortable moments, I was totally entranced with what was happening on the screen.

So was this an enjoyable experience or not? I am still having that debate with myself. Either way, Coppola has managed to leave a lasting impression on me with this film and However, Coppola has managed to leave a lasting impression on me with this film and for that reason alone it is worth checking this film out.