Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Movie: This Beautiful Fantastic


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2016/PG/1 hour 40 minutes
Directed by Simon Aboud
"A young woman who dreams of being a children's author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower."


Watching This Beautiful Fantastic is a pleasant way to spend an evening, especially now that fall is here. It's a modern fairy tale of sorts, with a orphaned young woman who dreams of writing a children's book, a grumpy neighbor, an even grumpier boss, and a charming cast of secondary characters. There's coming of age, friendship, challenges, flowers and food, books and a library, romance, and heartbreak, which all ends relatively happily. I love the cast (many of whom are also in some favorite shows/films), including Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson (Sense and Sensibility and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice), Jeremy Irvine (whose performance as a younger Colin Firth in The Railway Man is spectacular), and Andrew Scott (Sherlock), and the cinematography plays up the fairy tale and garden aspects beautifully. It's a charming film.

Overall ★★★★ (4/5)
Comfort 🍵🍵🍵 (3/5)
Romance ❤❤  (2/5)

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