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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Movie Review: How I Live Now

Every now and then, we all get a little lost in life. When that happens, what do you do to find your way back? In October 2013, Daisy used her new found love to find her way home.

Directing this 101 minute action/drama/thriller/war is Kevin Macdonald.

Making their way through this war torn film is: Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, Tom Holland as Isaac, George MacKay as Eddie, Harley Bird as Piper and Danny McEvoy as Joe.

Daisy is an American girl visiting family in the English countryside. Even though her cousins welcome her with open arms, Daisy could care less about being there or getting to know them. Soon, Daisy starts to realize her cousins aren't all that bad, especially the oldest, Eddie. Yet, what were once
mere whispers of war become all too real, which leads to Daisy's aunt being called off to Geneva, leaving the kids home alone. Then a bomb is set off in London, and that puts into motion a change for everything the kids know. Growing closer to everyone, even more so to Eddie, Daisy finally feels at home for the first time. Unfortunately, the war finally finds it's way to the doorstep of the children, shattering their happy homestead. Since it's not safe in this war torn area, soldiers remove and separate the kids. Now, Daisy must do anything she can to find her way back to the place she calls home and find her way back to Eddie.

First off, the cast did a really good job in this movie. The story was nice because, yes, it has a war going on in the background, but really it's the focus on the kids, or on Daisy and the kids I should say. We're following the struggle and growth that comes with overcoming odds set against an individual at such a young age. There's not really a lot of special effects going on, but the make-up that's used here and there looked good and the scenery was beautiful looking. For those that don't know, this film is based on the novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Which may give better detail to some of the unexplained holes in the movie. Like first off, you never get a full understanding as to why Daisy is visiting her family, but the turmoil makes it feel like there is a deeper reason for this visit. Or the fact that there seems to be more behind the self driving conversations she has with herself that the viewers are missing out on. Aside from those little things and even though the movie runs a little slow, it is still a good one to catch.

It's rated R for nudity and violence.

3 stars.


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