Hear My Voice (Trial of the Chicago 7)
Love Someone New – Over the Moon
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a great group of nominees and any of them would be worthy winner since none of the songs are that much ahead of any of the others.
5. Io Si
4. Speak Now
3. Fight For You
2. Hear My Voice
5. One Night in Miami – I was somewhat familiar with each of these four characters prior to watching this film, but they do a wonderful job of giving an even larger impression of who each of these four men were. The overall premise is an intriguing one that works most of the time. The film is based on a play and remains engaging due to the superb dialogue between these characters since their interactions are quite enjoyable to watch unfold.|
4. The Life Ahead – Tender story that works better than expected. Loren gives an amazing performance here that is quite powerful. Her character is both stanch in her opinions, but as dementia begins to creep in, we can see how things are slowly changing for her. The story moves a bit too slow and besides the two main characters, they fail to develop any of them which makes things a bit more frustrating.
3. Judas and the Black Messiah – Great biopic that allows us to see the way that both the Black Panthers and the FBI work from the inside. The story shows how someone can start of doing on job but after getting exposed to the ‘enemy’, he can realize that things are never so clear as day and night. The fact that this is based on a true story adds even more to the suspense of it all.
2. Eurovision – Such a fun movie because it takes things to the limit and beyond. Ferrell and McAdams are both wonderful here and help make things feel so real. This is a film made especially for people living in European countries who are quite familiar with the eccentric bands that has taken part in this contest over the past 60 years. Unfortunately, Americans won’t get a lot of the jokes because of that. The film is quite upbeat throughout and the music helps make things even more enjoyable to watch. Love the way that they implement the King Ralph (1991) scenario in order to present the story in a certain light. The film is filled with lots of quirky scenes, characters and dialogue yet still manages to stay engaging the whole way through.
1. The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Amazing film that works even better on subsequent viewings. Aaron Sorkin is a superb writer and director and it’s easy to see his adept hand in this film. The script is based on the transcripts of the trial and it’s great that that fact is publicized because otherwise it would be hard to believe some of the things that happen here along the way. The story plays out really well and they do a wonderful job keeping the story anchored and focused in the courtroom.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes! Any of these could have won, but they did chose a very powerful song as the winner.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!