Cinema Day review

A THIRD Ellon Cinema Day was held in the Victoria Hall on Sunday. Cinema club member Vicki Morgan reviews the films.

“Wreck-it Ralph” tells the story of an arcade machine character who has played the “bad guy” role for the past 30 years. Tired of his lot and lack of understanding by his fellow bad guys at the “Bad guy self-help support group”, he is determined to turn his life around and become a hero. The ensuing story follows Ralph on his journey to win a medal for heroism, partnering up with a cute but incredibly annoying girl racer who is a “glitch” in her own arcade game. To win his medal he needs to help her win a race, defeat a psychotic racing driver who has “gone turbo” and rid the arcade world of evil bug viruses. So, what did we think? “I’m not sure, it was a bit weird and a bit scary” says my five year old daughter, and I’d agree. Disney had come up with a good idea but we felt it didn’t really work. However, it suitably filled in a rainy afternoon and many attendees were raving about the film afterwards. But for us, not especially a boys film and didn’t feature amongst the best either. I’m afraid we won’t be getting it out on DVD. 5/10

I have to admit, the American Civil Wars of Independence have never been of great interest to me. So I sat down to watch Lincoln expecting to be, well, a bit bored to be honest. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Spielberg presents an intense, thought-provoking film with an excellent cast and authentic sets. The film follows the President’s struggle to persuade Congress to pass the 13th Amendment (abolition of slavery) before war ends between the North and South states. Alongside the political struggle between factions and the bloody waste of life ever present in the background, we also see the personal conflicts Lincoln has within his own family life as they exist in the private quarters of the White House alongside the chaos and mayhem of politicians and staff in the public rooms. Daniel-Day Lewis well deserved his Oscar, he portrayed the President as a calm, kind yet powerful man, demanding respect yet sympathy as you see the stress he endures slowly taking its toll. The film makes a great history lesson. I learned a lot and am ashamed now that I never took much interest in this period of history before. I never realised just how close Congress were to not ending slavery and what an incredible achievement the President made. Something all Americans should be thankful for to this day. An excellent film. 8/10