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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Mar. 5

Thor Diakow | posted Tuesday, Mar 5th, 2019

Hit the movie titles for trailer links.

March 5, 2019: The Favourite, Creed II, Instant Family.

The Favourite

SYNOPSIS: In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne (Golden Globe® Winner Oliva Colman) occupies the throne, and her closest Friend, Lady Sarah (Academy Award® Winner Rachel Weisz), governs the country while tending to Anne’s ill health and volatile temper. When new servant Abigail (Academy Award® Winner Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen’s favourite.

•Deleted Scenes
•The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this should have won Best Picture at the Oscars. Yorgos Lanthinos’ brilliant and bizarrely beautiful period piece takes a conventional costume drama and injects it with style and humour to spare. The trio of leading ladies (Colman – who won the Best Actress Oscar -, Weisz, and Stone are in top form and each bring a distinct performance to their respective roles and they get strong support from an excellent Nicholas Hoult. The Favourite is sheer cinematic perfection right down to the acting, writing, direction, production design, and score; simply put, it’s one of 2018’s finest films and gets better with each viewing.

Creed II

SYNOPSIS: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. “Creed II” is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

While the first Creed was a tough act to follow, this sequel deftly manages to capture some magic from its predecessor, while skillfully taking the complex characters in new directions. The subplot focus on the infamous Drago family should delight fans of the original Rocky movies as the narrative carves out a unique niche for the legacy and moves the story forward into a new generation. While it may lack some of the dramatic heft of the first film, Creed II ultimately proves to be a worthy bout.

•From Father to Son, Blood Runs Hot
•Finding the Authentic
•The Women of “Creed II”
•The Rocky Legacy
•Deleted Scenes
•The Rocky Legacy

Instant Family

SYNOPSIS: When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.

This is a sweet and endearing little family film that may have passed many by at the local cineplex but makes for a great addition to anyone’s home viewing library. Wahlberg and Byrne make for a cute couple and Isabela Moner once again proves to be one of today’s most talented rising stars. While the movie’s approach is a tad schmaltzy and the plot slightly simplistic, Instant Family is a well-intentioned dramedy with an admirable core message and plenty of laughs (and even a few tears).


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