What We’ve Been Watching: January 2019

What We’ve Been Watching is a monthly feature where we talk about everything we’ve been watching over the past month. It might be something on Netflix, NOW TV, Sky or even just a DVD we’ve had for years but wanted to watch again. If we’ve been watching something new we’ll talk about that too!

*May contain spoilers so read with caution!


TV

Les Miserables

Les Mis is one of John’s all time favourite things. He knows the words to all of the songs from the musical, has seen it on stage and I’ve lost count of how many times we have watched the film. As soon as we saw the trailer for the BBC version we knew we’d be watching it.

Honestly, I have issues with it while John really likes it. I do think it’s lacking because of the music being missing. I think songs would have really helped a few scenes in particular and it just didn’t feel right without this.

Then there is horrendous use of British accents mixed in with random French words being used and even some singing in French. I don’t get it. It’s one thing for everyone to be speaking English because lets be honest, it wouldn’t be watched as much if it had subtitles, but I just don’t understand why there are Cockney accents, mixed in with people speaking French every now and again. I wouldn’t mind so much if everything was done in English but I think mixing it up really confuses things.

However, even though each episode has bugged me because of the language, I have still been hooked. It’s interesting to see the changes that have been made and I do think the cast are pretty fantastic.

You

I first saw the trailer for You months and months ago and although it had a US release date there wasn’t one for the UK. Every now and again I would look online for a release date, especially as Netflix had the trailer. You finally came on Netflix right at the end of December and I binge watched it in a couple of days.

You follows book store manager Joe who ends up falling in love with a customer and quickly becomes obsessed. You had me hooked within the first couple of minutes and the whole series didn’t disappoint. It’s creepy, exciting and you could never really guess what would happen next. If you’ve ever seen Swimfan think of something similar but in TV show format.

The Greatest Dancer

Back when I lived in Canada I got a bit addicted to the American dance shows that were aired there such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. We have a real lack of dancing shows here in the UK so I’ll watch anything that’s new and give it a go. This year is the first for The Greatest Dancer which has been on BBC1.

I wasn’t expecting much to be honest. The first episode there was way too much talking between auditions and it was a bit too drawn out. But… the dancing was great. Both me and John were not prepared to get as emotional as we did and it was really amazing. The second episode seemed to cut out more of the talking so we saw more auditions and there has been a real range of talent which I liked. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out.

The Voice

I always get really excited when The Voice comes back on TV. I think the coaches are a really good fit together and they help to make the show what it is. I think the blind auditions have been amazing so far and there have been some real stand outs. One for me was the girl who was in Dreamgirls on the West End, didn’t sing a Dreamgirls song for her audition and KILLED it! Then… she got to sing with Jennifer Hudson and was just amazing. I hope this girl does well!


Films

Red Sparrow

I’m a big Jennifer Lawrence fan and had been looking forward to this one for a while. Something I love about having Now TV is that there are new released added each week so there is always something new to watch. I started watching this one with John and somehow he managed to fall asleep (I don’t know how) but I loved it. I thought it was exciting, a bit different and certainly not expected in some places. Another great film from Jennifer Lawrence.

Baywatch

Sometimes on an evening I want to watch a film or TV show that I don’t really have to pay attention to. Some evenings I spend working and I want something easy to watch on in the background. I honestly thought that Baywatch would be one of these films.

I love The Rock and Zac Efron so this was an easy pick for me and I thought it would be pretty rubbish to be completely honest. Instead, I found myself laughing out loud from a few minutes in and being absolutely hooked. The story was really far fetched and so silly but I still really enjoyed the whole thing.

Dumplin’

I wanted to see Dumplin’ on Netflix as soon as I saw the trailer for it. This one is about Willowdean “Dumplin'” Dickson whose mother was once a pageant queen. Willowdean is definitely not the stereotypical pageant girl and has a strained relationship with her mum, for various reasons. This film has Dolly Parton, drag and such a feel good story. I loved it!

The Other Woman

There have been a few nights this month where John has gone to bed early and I’ve wanted to watch a film but something I didn’t think he’d be bothered about. The Other Woman stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and I really liked the cast! The Other Woman was a really funny, easy film to watch although not something I think I’d watch again.

So there we have it! Such a mixed month but I like having a good variety to watch. I would love some suggestions for other films on Now TV or Netflix though… preferably some comedies! 

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What We've Been Watching: January 2019

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