'Spectre' Attracts Alice
This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, she reviews Spectre, Suffragette, and Miss You Already.
Spectre is the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, and Daniel Craig is still in the lead role. Christoph Waltz joins the cast as Bond's main villain and French actress Léa Seydoux takes the somewhat doomed role of Bond's love interest. Sam Mendes is back in the director's seat, following his work on Skyfall. There is a ton of action which is to be expected and even though Alice thought the plot was a bit formulaic, she still recommends going to see this movie. If you like knowing your hero is going to make it through while also looking as cool as possible, then this movie is probably for you.
Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts, a wife and mother in 1920's London. This movie follows her story but also the story of women's rights and their struggles in life. Although Maud Watts is a fictionalized character, Meryl Streep plays a real woman and activist named Emmeline Pankhurst and Helena Bonham Carter's character Edith Ellyn was modeled off of known suffragette and the first female professional mixed martial arts instructor in the Western world, Edith Garrud. Alice highly recommends this movie because it may not be filled with happiness and laughter, but it is an interesting look at history.
Miss You Already may seem like just a chick flick, but Alice assures us it is not. Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore star as two life-long best friends, Milly and Jess. When Milly finds out she has terminal cancer, they set off to enjoy the rest of their friendship and lives together. Alice warns there will not be a dry eye in the theater after this movie, but it earns your tears. It also earns your laughs, which helps bring the film into the real world. Alice was impressed by the real look into cancer and friendship, and definitely recommends this movie.
That's it for Movie Picks with Alice Reese this week, but come back next week for more movies to see. If you miss Alice on KETR on Fridays at 4:50 and 5:50 during All Things Considered, you can find her right here online at ketr.org.