February 2017 | 5ft Life

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Film Review- Hacksaw Ridge

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Age Rating

Mel Gibson


Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths

The film is based on a true story about Desmond Doss, who was a conscientious objector, during the second world war. When he was younger there were a few events that shaped his outlook on life, as well as certain religious beliefs. His mother was also very religious, which would, of course, influence him. Due to his firm religious beliefs (he was a seventh-day Adventist Christian) he refused to even carry a gun yet alone use it. We get to see the kind of hardships he was put through during training and on the battlefield. As you can imagine, there was a lot of judgement! Especially from his comrades who were hellbent on making his life at training difficult. Even after all this, he goes onto being one of the most memorable war heroes.

Overall, the acting couldn't be faulted. Was there anything that stood out as being amazing? I don't think so. Nothing was exceptional, no one really stood out more than others. I think a lot of the actors were able to portray what it must have been like really well. They were able to get there emotionally and really make you feel for them. Especially because it is a true story, so knowing it really happened makes you believe in their acting & truly feel for them. If anything, the actors pretending to be wounded were the outstanding performances, because you could see and feel their pain as well shock. The main character, Desmond Doss was played by Andrew Garfield and I truly feel he done the role justice. He kept it humble just as the real Desmon Doss was and the way he would have wanted to be portrayed. I think everyone played their character and their situations quite well, I don't feel like the film really pushed anyone to their acting limits, but I'm sure it still took it out of them. War scenarios are obviously highly stressful & emotional.

Mel Gibson didn't want to rely on visual effects, so everything except for some of the fire shots was real. Which is fantastic, after seeing the film you see why! He also used some of his own war film experiences, so while they were filming some of the fighting & charging scenes, he would shout at them. Reminding them what they were fighting for, I think this helped a lot. As you can see the determination on their faces during these types of scenes. There was also a few scenes to me that stood out as symbolic, to the story as well as Desmond' religious beliefs. Whether this was intentional or not I don't know, but to me they were and it worked great. The whole film was also shot in Australia, and they used a dairy pasture to film the battle of Hacksaw Ridge.


Personal Thoughts
When I first saw the trailer for the film, I instantly wanted to see it. I love any film about world war 1 & 2. I think it's very important to remember what happened & what those men (boys) went through, I especially love true stories or films based on events that did happen. As to be expected, the film started with a little bit of a back story so you may say it started slowly. But, because of the nature of the film, I think it was important to show what they did before they got to the "field". You need to see his humble life & childhood to really appreciate and understand why he was the way he was. I didn't personally find it too slow, but for some of you, who are only about the war action it may be. I also think it was great how true they stuck to what actually happened out of respect to Desmond Doss. As he really did believe the true heroes were left on the field. A truly admirable man. It is a fantastic film, I think its one of the best war films I've seen. Just in terms of how true it is to the brutality of the second world war.


What do you think? Do fancy going to watch it, have I convinced you? What is your favourite war-themed film?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Scottish Winters Never End

Hiya guys! How are you all today? You are nearly there! You can almost touch the weekend... I'm quite excited about this weekend as I'm seeing my dad (haven't been down since October and haven't seen my dad since the week before Christmas...). Im hoping to put together a little post about it for next Monday. But Im not sure yet, I need to decide on where I want to take it? Not sure if I should just do a little travel/photo diary, or maybe do a post specifically on the city Carlisle? I guess I can just play it by ear! I'm also praying to the weather gods that it's slightly warmer there, we haven't really been blessed with temperature in a while. I just find it crazy that we are still wrapping up in hats, scarves & gloves, yet there are many people in the world able to wear shorts & sandals?

Before I go to my Dads, I have a lot I need to get done! I've been working all week (like most) so I haven't had the time or lighting to take photos of certain outfits. If I run out of time or lighting, I take photos on another day so I don't waste the look and I have content there If I need it. Plus, I'll be wanting actual outfit photos of what I'm wearing travelling so I need to give myself enough time before the train. If I don't have time, I'm not working next Wednesday so it can be done then. Also, we have an appointment at the vets for 2:30 as the fur babies need their injections! Plus I still actually need to pack! Which I will probably do after work tomorrow just so that's one thing ticked off the list! Oh the joys of being an adult...

If it is cold, I'll have plenty to keep me warm! I bought another scarf today from Topshop. I also got 2 for Christmas... One from Chris' aunt & another from secret Santa at work. I don't know why but I'm really loving scarfs! I have 1 pair of gloves to my name, as well just two hats. Again, one of them being a Christmas present. I just love wrapping something big and snuggly around my neck, then heading into the harsh Scottish air. Im sure you will see my newest addition on friday! I also spent the rest of my topshop card online. I picked up this gorgeous dress and can't wait to style it! It will look great during the day with some Dr Martens or the evening with a pair of heels. Dresses that can be worn during the day and night, are my favourite types of dress.

Jacket- Unif
T-Shirt- Hard Rock
Skirt- H&M
Bag- Skinny Dip
Shoes- Next

Outfit Details
I LOVE these shoes & the skirt. I picked both of them up in a sale. In fact, I got the shoes as a part of my uniform last year, they are so comfortable! And they are the most beautiful blue with a suede finish. Obviously going for the skirt first, I then opted for anything blue. Clearly. Although, my bag is mostly blue so I probably with for the bag more for the practicality rather than the little bit of blue on it... I was going for a smart but casual look the day I was wearing this,  I still wanted to look put together, but comfortable. So I opted for a classic black motif tee and some cool brogues. Overall, I look this look. I think it screams me. A preppy look with grungy vibes.

What are you looking forward to this weekend? What are you doing? Even if its nothing, let me know!
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