SOME VELVET MORNING | MOVIE REVIEW

Kernel Dara Shashoua hit up this arthouse romantic drama, SOME VELVET MORNING, starring Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve, in fact, they are all the film stars. This is a pure social commentary film on relationships and the head games people love to play. SOME VELVET MORNING is releasing this Thursday 31st July in Australia on a very limited release from Umbrella Entertainment, it is rated MA15+ and runs for 82mins. It is playing ONLY at Cinema Nova (VIC), Trak Cinema (SA), Roxy Nowra (NSW), Cinema Paradiso Ettalong (NSW), Narooma Cinema (NSW) and Cinemax Cinemas (NSW) click on the cinemas for more information. Enjoy Lady D’s review……all the best……JK.

 

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SOME VELVET MORNING | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | AUSTRALIAN MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY DARA SHASHOUA

I’m not going to lie, Stanley Tucci is one of my all time favourite actors.  I think that the campaign to have him host the Oscars as Caesar from the Hunger Games is genius (I do believed JK suggested this online after last Hunger Games release – nice to know a campaign started!). So, when JK asked me to review this I jumped at the chance.

Essentially, SOME VELVET MORNING (SVM) is a film about relationships. Relationships between a husband and wife, a man and his mistress and a man and his son. If you liked CARNAGE then you will probably like this film. However, by the end of the film you end up questioning everything the director and writer, Neil LaBute (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN) was trying to say. Or, maybe that was exactly what he was trying to say. Without giving away the ending, the last half an hour of the film was quite pivotal for both characters and created quite the rollercoaster of emotion for me – from anger to WTF?

 

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SOME VELVET MORNING | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | VELVET (ALICE EVE)

 

SVM begins with a shot of Velvet (Alice Eve, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS) lying on the couch when the doorbell rings.  We see Fred (Stanley Tucci) standing there with his arms full of suitcases.  Noticeably confused, Velvet lets him in to her home, clearly they are old acquaintances but the exchange between them is noticeably awkward.  At this point it is obvious that Fred has left his twenty six year marriage and turned up on Velvet’s doorstep expecting to be reunited with her. Clearly Velvet was not aware of his plans.

This starts a dialogue that continues for the rest of the film.  It’s a battle of the sexes and a battle of wits as they hash out their own relationship, Velvet’s relationship with Fred’s son, The Wonderboy and and what they could have or not have moving forward.

The entire film takes place in Velvet’s three storey townhouse with various conversations happening on all of the levels, as Fred and Velvet argue and delve into darkness. Things get heated between the two, with old wounds reopening as they re-examine their relationship. Items get thrown, including both of the main players, physical struggles occur and at points it is uncomfortable as you feel you are actually witnessing this relationship unfold directly in front of you.

 

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SOME VELVET MORNING | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | VELVET (ALICE EVE) AND FRED (STANLEY TUCCI)

 

Blame flies between the two players as the story about how they met and what their clandestine relationship meant to each of them. Velvet, considerably younger than Fred, has moved on and tried to improve her life since their relationship ended some four years ago. Whilst Fred, a fifty year old lawyer, had obviously been hanging to what he believed he had. Velvet obviously held a place in his heart so much that it took him four years to actually leave his marriage.

The last half an hour of the film turns it all on his head, makes you question everything that you had just invested over an hour of your time in watching. It makes you angry, then question what the film was actually all about then it flips again and you’re left scratching your head.

I guess it’s a commentary on relationships, whether or not it’s a good one I’ll leave up to you.

 

2 and a Half Pops

 

 

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