The Rabbi’s Cat is an animated tale about a family from Algeria in the 1920s. It is a French movie and you have to read the subtitles to understand it. Joann Sfars adapted his popular French graphic novels into the big screen. This project would expand his fanbase across the globe. He will gain new followers who haven’t seen his graphic novels yet.
The cat lives with a rabbi and his beautiful daughter. He eats a parrot and surprised everyone when he begins speaking. He starts to accompany the rabbi on a trip where they find ways to understand faith more clearly.
The journey is interesting because of the witty company. The old fashioned animation is beautiful. It is something that Herge the great Belgian illustrator would approve.
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is a movie about the chaos surrounding a bride in the 1930s. It is based on a bittersweet novella written by Julia Strachey in 1932. It feels like it is made to cash in on the Downton Abbey bandwagon.
Elizabeth McGovern is the steely hostess Mrs. Thatcham. Her daughter Dolly (Felicity Jones) is getting married at her countryside estate but it seems like only Mrs. Thatcham and the groom (James Norton) are happy about it. Dolly is depressed and we know why when her first love Joseph (Luke Treadaway) arrives in the scene.
Dolly and Joseph are at opposite ends of the maze and between them are strange relatives that serve as obstacles along the way. The audiences will wonder whether they be able to meet in the middle. The props and costumes are awesome but that can’t be said about the characters. It looks like filmmaker Donald Rice is more concerned about the costumes over the characters. It has the right atmosphere but the action is lacking.