Episode 371 – Professor Marston and the Wonder Women / The Foreigner

In this week’s episode of the Moviewallas Podcast we talk about:

– Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

– The Foreigner

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Episode 370 – Stronger / American Made / Battle of the Sexes

In this week’s Podcast we discuss and debate:

  

– Stronger

– American Made

– Battle of the Sexes

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Episode 369 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle / mother!

Find out what we made of:

  • Mother!
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Warning: Our review of Mother! contains spoilers.

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Episode 368 – It / Home Again / American Assassin

In Episode 368 of Moviewallas, we give our thoughts on:

  

– It

– Home Again

– American Assassin

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Review | Viceroy’s House

At no other point in history has it been more fitting or important to share a story about the dividing of a nation and its people; extreme and differing political views, nations ravished by arguments over religion and ethnic cleansing often feature front and center in the news – only this story is set in India in 1947.

Welcome to the stunning epic of VICEROY’S HOUSE; the true story of Lord Mountbatten (played by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville) who is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (played by Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to independence.  Taking his place in the magnificent mansion known as the Viceroy’s House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. Yet ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart.

The sumptuous period detail created by the director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) brings to life a pivotal historical moment that re-shaped the world.  Indeed, the ramifications of decisions made seventy years ago have led to two nations (India and Pakistan) in a perpetual state of heightened tension with each other since their inception.

It would have been satisfying enough to watch this bygone event unfold through the lens of the Viceroy and his wife yet Chadha, ever an over-achiever, gives us a stirring love story that layers on top. Equally well acted, we experience the forbidden and complicated love story of Jeet a Hindu boy (played by the hundred Foot Journey’s Manish Dayal) and a Muslim girl, Aalia (played by Huma Qureshi) which perfectly demonstrates the impact that decisions made half a world away had on a people that had endured three centuries of colonization by the British.

An heir of this destiny herself, Chadha who describes herself as someone who “grew up in the shadow of partition” took her time to bring this project to fruition and in doing so uncovered some previously unseen documents, “I always got the impression that Partition was our fault, but the documents we found showed us there was already an agenda in place by the British”.

Chadha does a meticulous job of making this Every man’s partition story and as a result no one in this movie is portrayed as either a villain or a hero. Having been reminded by her own family to ensure that the “Mountbatten plan” was exposed, after doing her thorough research about this story, Chadha soon realized that India’s fate had already been sealed by Winston Churchill and that Mountbatten was merely a pawn led to the slaughter, the result of which would be a divided nation with millions of people getting slaughtered themselves in the process.  A tailor-made performance by Bonneville will certainly capture the audience’s empathy yet, when questioned about whether this was the desired outcome, Chadha reiterates her goal was to show just “how ill equipped he was to do such a huge task.”

It would be easy to think of this movie as just a political narrative but to do so would be an injustice.  Scattered with strong bold women like Edwina and Aalia who represent the heart and soul of the movie, we experience firsthand not only the exciting sights and sounds of India but also the heartache and trauma that many including the Viceroy himself experienced.  That along with an often heart wrenching last performance by the inimitable Om Puri makes this a must-see movie

One will easily be transported to another time and place when watching this movie yet when the credits run you can’t help but wonder whether we learned anything from history, given this was one of the largest movements of people from one place to another in the twentieth century.

THE VICEROY’S HOUSE opens on September 1 and is currently available on VOD – check local listings

 

 

Episode 367 – Menashe / Logan Lucky / Patti Cake$

Time for more movie reviews with Joe, Rashmi and Yazdi.  In this episode we talk about:

  • Menashe
  • Logan Lucky
  • Patti Cake$
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Episode 366 – A Ghost Story / The Glass Castle / Wind River

It’s time for Moviewallas and we’re back from a brief hiatus with reviews of:

  • A Ghost Story
  • The Glass Castle
  • Wind River
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Episode 365 – War for the Planet of the Apes / Wish Upon / Dunkirk

Dunkirk, Dunkirk, Dunkirk!  Oh and….

  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Wish Upon
  • Dunkirk
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Episode 364 – The Big Sick / Baby Driver

It’s time for another Podcast.  In this episode we let you know what we thought of:

 

– The Big Sick

– Baby Driver

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Episode 363 – Spider-Man: Homecoming / The Beguiled

We are back following a short hiatus with reviews of:

– Spider-Man: Homecoming

– The Beguiled

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