Oscar Nominations "Best Picture" Reviews: Pt. 2

Here is part 2 of my Oscar nomination “best picture” reviews:

12 Years A SlaveBased on a true story, this tale of a free man turned slave was a heartbreaking watch. To bring attention to the atrocities of slavery in the 1800’s was not an original thought, which is why I couldn’t say this was my favourite. As heart wrenching and tragic as this film was to watch, I did not find this film extraordinary by any means. Of course I’ll be harder on it than any other film in the list because of its popularity. It was what I expected it to be, but no more than that.

American HustleBefore I watched the film, I figured the only reason why it was nominated for anything is because it is David O/ Russell + Jennifer Lawrence + Bradley Cooper teaming up once again. (Silver Linings Playbook was all the rage last year).

I thought it was a nice little con story. Decent acting all around. I’m personally not a fan of the 70’s era - I find it too gaudy and overdone. Like I said, it was alright, but not amazing.

Philomena - This film was more than I expected. Yes of course I did expect a sassy old lady having some quirky banter with a middle aged Brisitsh smartass but was so much more than that. It was heart warming and lovely and just…oh I loved it so much.


Dame Judi Dench is a talented treasure. I seriously wish I could make memes of “Sh*t Judi Dench says” but its in her delivery more than anything else. Dench plus the fantastic story is reason alone to watch it. 

Captain Phillips - I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I’m not a terribly huge fan of these types of films. Of course I’m being presumptuous basing all reviews on a trailer. Titles really get me. And Captain Phillips just isn’t intriguing enough. Maybe I’ll give it a watch in the future. Right now, not interested.

The 2014 Oscars air on Sunday March 2nd. What was your favorite pick?

Read Pt.I here