An Enjoyable Sci-Flick Despite its Shortcomings: I Am Mother Review

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.

Synopsis

  • 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.

Verdict

  • 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.

An Emotional Origin Story of a Music Icon: Rocketman Review

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 trailer.

Synopsis

  • 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.

Verdict

  • 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.