Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Films Based on True Events
For the third week of June 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We go into movies based on true events where it play into dramatized stories about real things that happened whether it’s historical or something that is personal but really happened. Here are my three picks as they’re all directed by Michael Winterbottom:
1. The Road to Guantanamo
In a project co-directed with Mat Whitecross, this film about the Tipton Three in which three British-Pakistani men were sent to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba from Afghanistan as they were accused of being involved in the events relating to 9/11. In this mixture of documentary and fiction, the film features an early performance from Riz Ahmed as one of the three men who was accused of being part of Al-Qaeda. It showcases the horror of what goes on at Guantanamo Bay as well as a period in time after 9/11 in which America and Britain become consumed with fear and paranoia.
2. A Mighty Heart
In this film about Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping and murder in early 2002 in Pakistan, the film is a dramatized story largely told by his wife Mariane as she wonders where her husband is. Featuring Angelina Jolie in one of her finest performances as Mariane and Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl, it’s a film that might be conventional for someone like Winterbottom to make but he doesn’t go for usual tropes expected in a film like this. Especially as Winterbottom would go for something more of a cinema verite style to create some realism into the drama.
3. The Look of Love
In his fourth of several collaborations so far with actor Steve Coogan, Winterbottom’s bio-pic about the controversial British pornographer and real estate mogul Paul Raymond is a witty and unconventional film though it is very flawed due to its very uneven script. Still, it features a winning performance from Coogan yet it’s Imogen Poots that is the real standout as Raymond’s daughter Debbie as a young woman eager to try to make it as an entertainer but her lack of talent would prevent that as she would die tragically. Despite some of its drawbacks in featuring too many party scenes, it is still one of Winterbottom’s more intriguing films.
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