This movie I went to see alone (guys didn’t want to see it, why?). Grace of Monaco.
I had no high expectations of this movie, but I still wanted to see it. Grace Kelly is an iconic character and, I think, it’s always hard to play these type of people. Almost everyone has an opinioin about them and it’s almost impossible to play them and be as “good” as the role model.
Grace of Monaco was visually beautiful, it looks gorgeous, that I must say. As for the story, witch is partly fictionalized, it didn’t touch me much. The athmosphere was somehow shallow and Nicole Kidman has made much better performances than this (for example Virginia Wolf in The Hours, amazing). There’s no doubt, Nicole Kidman has some of that same radiance and elegance that Grace Kelly had, but somehow it doesn’t shine so bright in this movie. One thing is also a little unclear to me, what kind of a story they wanted to tell to the audience, when they made this movie? Political story, love story? I don’t know.
Grace Kelly is portrayed as an outspoken, independent, determined and kind woman who has difficulties in adapting herselt to all the demands that royal life requires. Maybe that part is true.
If you don’t think too much or expect too much, Grace of Monaco is an okay movie and you can watch it one time. It doen’t leave you gasping, it doesn’t mesmerize you. It’s a shame because it could’ve been all that.
The Map of Lost Memories, by Kim Fay, has an interesting and exotic theme. The is a heroine seeking an a treasure of ancient Khmer civilization in Cambodia. She, Irene Blum, feels disappointed and betrayed when she doesn’t get the job she deserves. It is obvious that Irene is passed over because she is a woman. The main force in this book is Irene’s need to show to others that she is good and to restore her reputation as a professional, that’s why she want’s to find a significant archaeological discovery. As the story goes, other things come along, family issues, secrets, corruption and more. A lot of fascinating entities and details, so the story must be good, right?
The book is well written, beautiful language and full of well described moments. Still, there’s something missing. I think that the book was long-winded. It didn’t fill my expectations and I was expecting quite a lot. All the elements were there, all the interesting details and exotic places and scenes. Treasure hunting, that’s nothing new, but in this book I was waiting for it to be handled differently and freshly. Somehow I didn’t feel the story that way.
Someone, surely many, will disagree with me about this book. To me, disappointment. To someone else, a great reading experience. I will not miss this book. Surely I will forget it quite soon.
No happy people in J. K. Rowling’s book The Casual Vacancy. The book deals with politics, social problems, class division, poverty, drugs, rape, racism, envy, child abuse and other ugly sides of the human race.
The Casual Vacancy was well written but it was so, so heavy and dark. The atmosphere was tense, people were unhappy and depressed. I had some difficulties reading it and I had to force myself to keep going.
The book left me some uneasy feelings. I kept thinking that the life described in this book is a reality to many people and I felt very lucky. So, despite all that depressing stuff and anguish the book somehow touched my heart.
For the record, I’ve never read Harry Potter -book, I’ve only seen the films, so I’m not comparing The Casual Vacancy to them. It is a certainty that The Casual Vacancy is not a book for children.