Braveheart


Braveheart

tytuł polski: Braveheart - waleczne serce

director / reżyseria: Mel Gibson

USA, 1995

This is a movie for fans of Scotland’s medieval history, but not only. The plot of the film is based on real events and includes historical characters like William Wallace, the leader of the Scottish Uprising in the early 14th century. At the beginning of the film, young Wallace loses his loved ones and his father’s brother takes care of him. When the boy grows up he returns to his hometown and falls in love with Marion Braidfute. She reciprocates his affection and agrees to marry William secretly one night. Some time later, Marion is  attacked by King Edward’s knights who try to hurt her. Unfortunately, during an attempt to escape Marion is caught and killed in a public execution. When William gets to know about the death of his beloved, he swears revenge, gathers an army of his most faithful companions and begins to raid villages, murdering only the king’s faithful followers. In the meantime, the king plans to attack Scotland with armed forces and subdue it. However, William’s actions cross his plans.

I know some people don’t like spoilers, so I won’t reveal the ending of the movie, but if you know the story of the Scottish uprising’s leader, you can be sure that the film does not differ from the original. This film is worth watching not only because it shows the history of medieval England, the beauty of Scotland’s nature, or the tragic and difficult love of the main characters, but also for the music of James Horner (I am a huge fan of James Horner’s music), which for me is the most beautiful film soundtrack ever. Music from Braveheart was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Music, and the film won an Oscar.

Julia Wasilewska

for more information go to / więcej informacji: Braveheart - Waleczne Serce (1995) - Filmweb

Dances with Wolves


Dances with Wolves

tytuł polski: Tańczący z wilkami

director / reżyseria: Kevin Costner

USA, 1990

Ordered to hold an abandoned army post, John Dunbar found himself alone, beyond the edge of civilization. Thievery and survival soon forced him into the Indian camp, where he began a dangerous adventure that changed his life forever… (the publisher’s descritpion)

The movie Dances With Wolves has something  more than what the above description mentions. The subject of this film covers many problems, such as the fight between good and evil, love, Indian culture and their tragic history, as well as many answers to the question that more and more people are asking themselves: what are we to do to make our lives happy? Undoubtedly, everyone will find something for themselves in this film. I was most interested in the Comanche lifestyle and their approach to the world.

An important aspect of the film is the theme of things and people passing away. Nothing lasts forever and eventually terrible, unstoppable times will come and dust what was once an oasis for people like John Dunbar, Wind in His Hand, Stands with a Fist and the rest of the Indians.  Yet everyone has to live on and not turn around to get back because only this will ensure our survival in times that get more and more difficult.

I think everyone should watch this movie. Not only to get to know the history of the Indians, but to look at the world through the eyes of John Dunbar and fall in love with it again.

Julia Wasilewska

for more information go to / więcej informacji: Tańczący z wilkami (1990) - Filmweb

Gifted


Gifted

tytuł polski: Obdarowani

director/reżyseria: Marc Webb

USA, 2017

The flm "Gifted" is an American drama directed by Marc Webb and writtten by Tom Flynn. It's one of my favourite movies because it tells an interesting story and I like to return to it.

The action takes place in Florida. It's about a child, Mary Adler, who has been living with her uncle since her mother's death. This 7-year-old girl has unusual mathematical skills and her uncle Frank has been teaching her at home. Then Mary is sent to a nearby elementary school, but she isn't happy about it seeing that she already knows everything that her class is learning now. Her rich grandmother Evelyn is also upset about it and thinks Mary should go to a private school for gifted children. However, Frank turns that idea down. Based on his family's experiences with similar schools he fears that Mary will not have a chance at a normal childhood there. Evelyn tries to take over the full rights to raise her granddaughter, Frank is supported in this conflict by his best friend Roberta Taylor and Mary's teacher Bonnie Stevenson.

This is a really moving and gripping story. It shows us how strong relathionships between an uncle and a niece can be. It's also difficult to choose a side in this conflict; some will probably be on the side of the grandmother, others will side with the uncle, and some others still will agree with the headmaster of the school, with whom all the problems started. All these doubts make us feel attached to the story and curious about how it will end.

The movie is very touching; however, we are focused mostly on what Frank feels and I think we should have more insight into Mary's thoughts, but these are missing from the movie. The director absolutely forgot to show us Mary's emotions and feelings.

But not counting that one fault I can truly recommend this film to everyone. It will interest every fan of good cinema.

Natalia Kachel

for more information go to: filmweb.pl

The Pursuit of Happyness


The Pursuit of Happyness

tytuł polski: W pogoni za szczęściem

director/reżyseria: Gabriele Muccino

USA, 2006

"The Pursuit of Happyness" is a film based on facts, but it's also a great drama. The film had its premiere on the big screen on December 15, 2006; it was shot entirely in the USA. The director, Gabriele Muccino, was the creator of such films as "Seven Pounds" or "Last Kiss", and the screenplay was written by Steve Conrad.

The main role is played by Will Smith who doesn't need to be presented to anyone. He is accompanied by his real son who plays the role of his character's son. It's Will Smith who deserves the highest praise and congratulations for playing such a difficult role while giving away all emotions and all of himself in it.

Without revealing the entire story, the film is a tale of a single father deprived of his home after parting with his wife, and in search of a job. At the same time he has to raise his son, left by his mother in his father's hands.

I highly recommend this film for long boring nights because it's a must-have position in the repertoire of every cinema fan.

Dawid Gerek

for more information go to: filmweb.pl

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

tytuł polski: Harry Potter i książę półkrwi

director/reżyseria: David Yates

USA/Wielka Brytania, 2009

The movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is based on a novel by J. K. Rowling. It's the sixth part of the saga about a teenage wizard from Hogwarts.

The action in this part is fast and interesting. One of the issues very well portrayed is teen love among Hogwarts students. Emma Watson playing the part of Hermione Granger ideally acts out jealousy towards Harry and Ron who forget her to fight for the favours of other girls.

When it comes to magic, Death Eaters, fighting for spells and advances in the science of mixing potions, they all look professional and much better than in previous parts. In this part too special effrects have been used a lot, one of the best in the scene when Harry and Dumbledore are in the cave looking for the missing horcruxes. Also, in my opinion, it is one of the best tuned parts of the series.

Although the film is not entirely an exact presentation of the events the book contains, which could not all be shown in about three hours of the production, I think as a whole it's a very good film.

N. S.

for more information go to: filmweb.pl

Intouchables


Intouchables

tytuł polski: Nietykalni

director/reżyseria: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Francja, 2011

The film is a French drama and comedy in one, of which the director is Olivier Nakache. The action takes place in Paris. The film tells the authentic story of a paralyzed millionaire and a young boy employed by him to take care of him. The cast includes Omar Sy as Driss and Francois Cluzet as Philippe.

The millionaire's name is Philippe and he is completely paralyzed as a result of an accident, only the head and mind remain healthy. The boy, who is called Driss, comes from the poor suburbs of Paris and when looking for a job he answers to Philipp's announcement, who needs someone to take care of him. Philippe is older and fussy about the candidates. When the two characters get to know each other an extraordinary relationship forms between them. Driss has an original sense of humour that Philippe doesn't have after the accident. They experience different adventures, which are quite humorous.

It's a real masterpiece in which the best actors perform. I can recommend this film to everyone who likes comedies and dramas with an unusual sense of humour. The film will also interest every fan of good cinema.

Dawid Gerek

for more information go to: filmweb, imdb

Hacksaw Ridge


Hacksaw Ridge

tytuł polski: Przełęcz ocalonych

director/reżyseria: Mel Gibson

USA, 2016

My favourite film is "Hacksaw Ridge". It tells a story of a soldier, Desmond Doss, who is a pacifist, that is he doesn't recognize violence. He joins the army during World War II and doesn't touch a weapon. When soldiers conquer the Hacksaw Mountain, he saves about 100 people - when the armies stop fighting he stays and saves the wounded. No one expected it from him, before these events his companions in the army did not consider him to be a good soldier. 

The film implies that war can be won not only with violence. The movie fell deep into my memory, that's why I consider it my favourite.

(The film is based on true events).

for more information go to: imdb.com, filmweb.pl

Kacper R.