Film review ‘ The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud’

Ashleigh Burns who reviewed ‘Samson and Delilah’ came back and reviewed ‘The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud‘ so here it is guys….

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is the golden boy: He’s talented, family orientated, funny and is about to embark on a journey to college on a full sailing scholarship. Tragically, however, he and his younger brother Sam (Charlie Tahan) are part of a car accident and on losing the sibling he is close to Charlie’s whole life is altered.

After the accident the film moves directly on to Sam’s funeral where Charlie is grappling with the loss and encounters what can only be described as his brother’s ghost. He then reiterates a promise that he made whilst his brother was alive – the pair will practice baseball together each and every day.

Skip forward five years and Charlie can be seen working at the local graveyard and fulfilling his promise to practice baseball with his (dead) brother each day. His penance for having been given a second chance at life.

Enter pretty sailing girl Tessa Carroll (Amanda Crew) who catches Charlie’s eye and throughout the film the relationship helps him to rediscover his purpose and worth.

It’s a unique film which deals with the issues at the core of humanity: Love, loss and the purpose of life.


It does push the boundaries of reality and has a tendency to succumb to clichéd scenes and stereotypical exchanges, both which were a bit unnecessary as the story would have been powerful enough of its own accord. It’s not entirely easy to relate to and at times feels a little too polished.

However the characterisation is incredible. Efron, in particular, has set himself up as an actor capable of emotive roles and plays this one beautifully. Charlie is three dimensional, personable and translates off screen. Tahan too, is noteworthy as the scenes between these two are genuine and demand a real emotional response.

The film is intense but has frequent humour added for reprisal. Look out for Charlie’s only friend: The eccentric, if unrealistic, Englishman who adds a bit of novelty and illustrates perfectly the paradox between his full and changing life and Charlie’s non-existent one.

It’s a sad film but it’s also a funny and sweet film. An unobtrusive romance/tragedy. I’d give it 6 thumbs up (out of ten).

Once again, I would like to say a massive thanks to Ashleigh and if you are interested in reviewing any of the movies coming to macrobert please get in touch with Amanda Mcphee via email amanda.mcphee@macrobert.org or give me a call on 01786 467160

Hope to see you soon!

Avoid the rain! Showing this weekend.

John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky compare who has bigger hair...

It’s been a pretty wet and windy week eh? And at the macrobert we are all asking that question; where has the sunshine gone? A bit of bad news macrobert friends as heavy rain is forecast for the next 5 days! So if you don’t fancy standing in the rain at The Open in St. Andrews this weekend or watching the golf splashed across your TV (you know it will be); then come cosy yourself in our lovely filmhouse with some goodies and a hot drink.

First showing at the macrobert is the all singing, all dancing Hairspray (PG), its 1962 and pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad and her friend Penny Pingleton love watching the Corny Collins show. When the chance to dance on the show arrives, Tracy quickly takes the opportunity. Not only do her dancing skills attract Corny Collins, but also the attention of teenage heart throb, Link Larkin. But not everyone is happy with the decision to have her dance on the show. The show’s manager, Velma von Tussle will do anything to get Tracy off the show. However, Tracy decides that it’s not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of her friends she’s going to integrate the show…..without denting her ‘do! This is a totally feel good film for the weekend! Ready sing along ‘You can’t stop the beat…!’

Also showing is The Brothers Bloom (12A). The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. Mischief ensues as the brothers go on last con. In this eagerly anticipated film Rachael Weisz learned how to play piano, violin, accordion, and break-dance, to juggle, do karate, play Ping-Pong, banjo, unicycle, and even skateboard for her role as Penelope. Now there is talent!

For the kids we have Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back (U). Comet is a young tech-whiz chimp who longs to be taken seriously as a fully-fledged Space Chimp. He journeys to the far-away Planet Malgor and makes friends with a cute alien Kilowatt; but when the feared alien ruler Zartog takes over Mission Control, Comet must show he has the right stuff and join fellow chimps Ham, Luna and Titan to save the day. Chimps as astronauts? In space? Only at the macrobert!

For more information call our box office on 01786 466666

macrobert Intern Eilidh’s blog – week 1

Hi!

I’m Eilidh, I’ve just started a part time internship here at Macrobert and just getting to grips with the many new faces and torrents of info about the inner workings of all the events here especially the Mpower project. So far I’ve had the tour and seen backstage including behind the scenes area of the Main House where I got to see a giant alphabet block and a 12 foot clock (not bad for the first half hour!). I’ve also been told about many and varying projects on at the moment only a fraction of which I can actually remember right now along with perhaps three out of fifteen people I’ve been introduced to. As far as I can see my role here over the next few weeks will be helping on the Mpower project (more of this in a sec), the Film House short film preview project and general dogsbody around the office. I am especially exited about the Mpower project as it sets out to empower (oh wow I just got that!) kids from 12 to 17 in the field of the arts including film, theatre, dance, and performing arts. This project is run by, organised and for these kids and looks like an amazing project to be involved in. Also the fact that as a member of the Macrobert I now get free tickets to certain events is quite nice as well! Anyhoo hopefully the next couple of entries will find me able to find my way around without getting lost too much while also remembering what it is I’m supposed to be doing at any given moment.. TTFN!

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