The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the “Kingmaker,” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women. -Goodreads-
See what I did there in the title? 😛 Here’s the thing, as a movie lover, I don’t have that much respect for the Globes as an award show. It’s like the fun appetizer, it probably won’t affect your whole meal but you sure as hell would remember it if it was bad. I hadn’t actually counted whether there are exactly 13 reasons why I didn’t care about this years Globes, even less than usual.
As expected, the whole evening was almost dedicated to the sexual harassment thing, as seen with all the black attire and all the ladies inserting something into their speech about it. I get it, but it almost feels like mean-spirited when inserted in some places where they were supposed to be celebrating the movie or TV show in hand. Seth Meyers was a good choice, just enough edge to pull off the jokes, some even too edgy for the crowd like the Harvey Weinstein one (which I thought was funny). But he kinda disappeared after the opening monologue, which made it all feel like that he was the last minute choice and no time to rehearse.
As a matter of fact, the whole show felt like it. The inconsistent camerawork and editing, the angles the cameramen took of the contenders and how sometimes it stayed just a little too long for someone but not enough at times, one cameraman had even been shooed out of the way by Best Actress winner Frances McDormand. XD The writing… omg, the jokes were so bad this time around. And the timing. Was everyone drunk or not drunk enough? They got me a little excited when Robert Pattinson and Emma Watson on the stage together as presenters, but not even a tiny little Harry Potter joke? Not even “hi Hermione, hi Cedric”?? It was also really inconsistent that some told a joke, some not. And was it just me or was the time given for the ladies to speak way longer than the time given to the gents?
I have never done one of these before, gather the worst of the worst of the year into one giant list. Yes, giant, all 17 of them. Which is kinda the reason I’m writing this, because I feel like there too many bad movies this year, more than usual, or at least more of those that I least expected to be decent but then turned out to be shit. It might also be that I’ve become more critical as I get older. Or like the more great movies I see, the more sensitive I am to utter bullshit. Many of these have huge budget, which pisses me off even more because the more money they spend on making shit-poor movies, the less there are for great movies. I will save my rant on this topic for later, now let’s take a look at this shitty list. 😛 Warning: I’m probably going to be mean, I might swear a lot and there might be mild spoilers.
In retrospect, ‘Bright’ probably didn’t deserve a two, but make no mistake, it won’t get any higher rating than 3 from me. It was because I chose this movie to watch on my New Year’s Eve movie spot, and I thought it to be a safe choice. It should be a decent ride, sprinkled with some fantasy and Will Smith, and whoever doesn’t like orcs, right? WRONG! Oh my gaaawd it was a load of shit. ‘Bright’ is a prime example of how an interesting idea alone doesn’t fly, you need people with half a brain to do it. There’s a reason why the fantasy genre produces long ass movies and books, world building takes time! If you aren’t doing the laziest version of world building, which is narrating in the beginning with a little montage, then you better do a goddamn good job at telling it between the lines in conversation and shit. ‘Bright’ tells nothing about the history, except just mentioning there is one, why we don’t like orcs, why Will Smith is being a fucking asshole to that fairy and what the fuck is up with those elves? Will Smith and the orcy Joel Edgerton, both potentially excellent actors, have zero chemistry between them, and the one of first scenes where they sat in the car, that was one of the most awkward scene that was almost painful to witness. There was next to none character building either, and the choices that Will Smith made along to movie seem to be completely contradicting one another. The story was lose, messy and lacks any kind of sacrifice, message or even entertainment value. I was bored out of my mind and almost fell asleep many time. And the fact that so many people liked it (not the critics cos you know, they have eyes), makes me hella worried about where the movie industry is going. I mean if this piece of shit is making money, they would just keep coming.
My IMDb rating: 2 stars out of 10