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So, okay, I must apologise. I haven’t actually been updating this thing despite watching a few films. My excuse? I was using other people’s laptops that didn’t agree to this site. Annoyingly. But they are being sorted out now! Four films all in one day! Yay! So let’s go, shall we?

Martha Marcy May Marlene. After running away from an abusive cult, a young girl tries to adapt to normal life with her sister and her husband but is plagued by the horrific memories.

I’m going to admit something. I watched this film purely for one actor. That actor is Hugh Dancy. Not going to deny the little girlie crush that I have on this man after watching his performance in Adam. If you haven’t seen this film, then watch it. It’s beautiful. Okay? Good. But back to this film. I needed to see this simply because he was in it…

Turns out the rest of the film is so much better. It was just slowwwwwww.

I mean it. The pacing of this film is painfully slow. I felt like I had been watching it for a whole lot longer than I actually was. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not. I mean, despite that fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Everything that happened was important to the film, and kept me interested. It just felt like it was really really long.

Okay, so, I just said that everything was necessary and important to the story. A lot of it didn’t really make that much sense. And by that I mean that it was just random and out of the blue. Like Martha’s comments were a bit abrupt and caught me off guard. I realise that this was the effect they were going for, it just happened a little bit too often for my liking.

The flashbacks were also quite disorientating too. Again, I know that they were probably meant to be. I don’t know really. I guess I didn’t like them. Probably because of how uncomfortable they made me feel. I had no idea what was going on and why she was remembering them. I suppose I just got frustrated. But that’s okay. Because like I said, I did enjoy this film.

What I found really powerful was the manner in which they treated the issue of abusive cults. They could have gone totally over the top and done hardcore rape and abuse and all of that. But they didn’t. This film was pretty tame. I think there was maybe one or two visual rape scenes, but it was nowhere near as visual as it could have been. At the same time, it was really difficult to watch. The subtlety was all that was really necessary. It was very well done. Very very well done.

And the acting was really good too. Elizabeth Olsen played this disturbed young woman very well. I think she will do very well in her career if this was her first, or near first, film. Hugh Dancy was good too. Painfully British, but then it’s not often that I watch an American film where I’m not reminded of how posh we British sound. It’s funny. But his acting skills were there, as per usual. John Hawkes was also new to me. Apparently I’ve seen him in other films, but I don’t recognise him. But he was damn creepy in this film. I don’t think I’ll be crossing him anytime soon.

If I’m totally honest, I’ve struggled writing this review. Not because I didn’t like it. I just really don’t know what to say about it. I did like it. Just in case that wasn’t clear. I just found it partially difficult to watch, and very difficult to write about. Hopefully it was enough of my opinion.

Regardless! Next film!

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