‘Frida’ starring Salma Hayek is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen – every frame has been considered, the lighting suits the mood of each scene, the paintings themselves are cleverly incorporated, and the costumes are magnificent. Salma Hayek was nominated for many awards that year for her portrayal of the iconic Mexican artist, but sadly kept losing to Nicole Kidman in The Hours. It is a crying shame, because she is incredible in this movie, and it completely changed my opinion of her as an actress.
Bride and Prejudice is one of the most colourful, happy films to come out in the last decade, and it always makes me laugh. If you have read or watched Pride and Prejudice then you will know exactly how the story pans out, so there are no amazing plot surprises. But the way they have integrated an 18th century social satire into a modern-day musical set in India is enormously clever, and more importantly extremely funny.
The award for the most stonkingly bad film I’ve seen in recent years goes to The Edge of Love, starring Sienna Miller and Keira Knightly. It is a biopic loosely based on a love triangle between Dylan Thomas, his wife Caitlin, and their friend Vera Phillips. In fact the interpretation is so loose as to be almost entirely disconnected; the director admitted in an interview with the Times that there is no evidence that there was any affair, but adds “We wanted to find the dramatic truth about the characters”. Which I think translates as “the story wasn’t interesting enough so we just made it up and hoped no-one would notice”.