I Am Mother is an independent film that
premiered in the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Luckily, because of its positive
reviews, the film is now available to stream on Netflix. Directed by Grant
Sputore, I Am Mother is his first feature-length film that delivers high
ambitions but failed to execute on making it an exciting sci-fi film. However,
the final product is still enjoyable to watch hence its negative sides.
Humanity has gone extinct
because of a mysterious event that triggered to the awakening of “Mother”
(voiced by Rose Byrne), a robot whose mission is to repopulate the earth thanks
to the thousands of human embryos that are stored in a facility. To perfect her
parenting style, she raised a girl named “Daughter” (portrayed by Clara
Rugaard). It perfectly went well at first, but as soon as Daughter turned into
a teenager, this is where things start to go down.
The relationship between the two is what
will keep audiences to stay on their seats thanks to the character development
that was done pretty well. However, it all boils down to how Daughter was
written. In the movie, Daughter became bored with her existence and decided to
rebel against her own people. It sounds impressive on paper, but the execution
of the screenplay felt a bit mediocre, especially Rugaard who only delivered a
solid performance on the character.
Setting the negativity aside, I Am Mother
was praised mostly of its technical aspects. Thanks to Sputore’s directing
skills with the help of his assistant production designer Hugh Bateup and
cinematographer Steve Annis. The visuals are stunning despite of the film’s
limited budget. And streaming I Am Mother on an HDTV is pleasant to watch. The special
effects on Mother were astonishing that it felt like a huge blockbuster.
Smalltime director Sputore has outdone itself on the directing department as
well, and he’s willing to commit to more ambitious titles in the future if
given a chance.
The cast of I Am Mother is not that
extensive. Byrne has done an outstanding job on voicing Mother that made her
feel human at some times without losing the fact that she’s only an A.I.
Ruugard also showed a great job as Daughter as well, but a little improvement
could be better.
Sci-fi lovers will definitely
appreciate this little masterpiece despite its small shortcomings. Putting it
on Netflix instead of releasing it directly to theatres is the right choice for
this film to build an audience from the start, avoiding competition in the
already oversaturated market in the film industry. After all, I Am Mother is a robust
feature film you don’t want to miss.
When it comes to music-focused movies, Rocketman
follows the footsteps of last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody who garnered a lot of
success. And it’s also the same thing for this movie as well thanks to its
choice of cast and beautiful storytelling that’s true to the original Rocketman
himself. Rocketman is a full-blown musical, which is not very evident in the
The movie is about Elton John
and how he honed his way to becoming an icon of music. At a young age, he lived
with his mother Sheila, portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard, and his grandmother
Ivy, portrayed by Gemma Jones, and also his father Stanley, played by Steven
Mackintosh. Young Reggie (Elton’s real name) didn’t receive much affection
throughout his life, and it’s only his grandmother Ivy who encourages him to
continue. But when Reggie discovers music, he was able to find his voice and
became the icon we know and love. However, as he grew older, Reggie was tied
into his alcoholic ways and drug use, which led to a series of toxic
relationships that challenges his career.
For those who don’t know, the movie is
R-rated because of drug use and inappropriate relationships with Elton’s love
affairs. Not to mention, his hatred towards himself at the peak of his career,
which led to self-destruction.
Director Dexter Fletcher successfully
portrayed Rocketman and stayed true to the original man himself. It also
features Elton John’s popular songs as well and adequately executed how his
life was during at a young age. In the narrative side of things, everything was
going seamless that won’t bore the hell out of you.
Not to mention, the execution of the song
choice and editing. A great example is a scene where tween Reggie sings
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” which transitions from the tween Reggie
into the grown version of Reggie seamlessly.
Rocketman is a movie that will make you
feel mixed emotions. Of course, it’s not a movie for everyone, especially those
who don’t know the icon and those who are not into musicals. There are funny
moments and also sad ones that can make you bawl your eyes out. It’s a tragic
movie that deals with flawed families, and the portrayal of self-destruction can
really touch your emotions.
Rocketman is a spectacular
movie that stays true of the music icon. It shows all the highs and lows of
Elton John’s life and career. Taron Egerton also did a remarkable job at
portraying Elton John himself, what’s even better is that he does his own
singing as well. Bryce Dallas Howard also did a pretty good job on portraying
as Elton’s miserable mother. And it’s the relationship between the two that
really shaped Elton John to become what he was known for in the music industry.
It’s a musical you don’t want to miss.