Escape to the cinema this christmas

By Abby Rugg

CHRISTMAS is a time for film-makers to create escapism as people need ‘get lost’ in a story that holds a feel-good factor. 

As a result of the current economic crisis, it is important for a movie to depict a fun factor with a desirable plot as it allows an audience to forget about the troubles of reality.

The winter season of 2011 has already seen the release of two fictional and charismatic films, New Year’s Eve and Puss in Boots.

New Year’s Eve is a romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall and follows the lives of several couples and singletons in New York.

The film stars many familiar faces, some of whom are Academy Award winners:  Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Bon Jovi and Ashton Kutcher.

However, the film has been heavily criticised in the media, but I believe the critics haven’t understood that some movies need to project a desirable and not all movies need to be created in order to achieve an Oscar of Golden Globe.

The Telegraph’s movie critic, Robbie Collin, is just one of many writers who wrote a stuffy and harsh review.

He said:  “The script by Katherine Fugate, co-writer of Valentine’s Day, is heinous: all the obligatory jokes about Facebook and reality television feature prominently and a conversation between two middle-aged men ends with one urging the other to “follow your heart”, with a straight face.

“Marshall’s direction imbues the film with the sweetness of a raw onion. Mr Jovi’s character sings some songs that are roughly on a par with his own recent musical output.”

Puss in Boots, directed by Chris Miller, is the other film this Christmas that allows an audience to escape reality by bringing them into a fictional world full of magic and fantasy.

The film is a prequel to Shrek and follows Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) years before meeting his fellow ogre and Donkey. Puss must clear his name from all charges that have made him a wanted fugitive.

While trying to steal magic beans from criminals Jack and Jill, the cat crosses paths his enemy Humpty Dumpty. Puss in Boots must steal the beans, get to the Giant’s castle, nab the golden goose and clear his name.

Both of these films add to the Christmas fun as they both deliver entertainment and appealing characters to all ages.

I think New Year’s Eve and Puss in Boots add a little bit of magic to the minds of the people watching and therefore they both create an ideal cinematic experience to escape within.

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