Random Movie Recommendations: Karen Gillan Edition

Usually, I have movie recommendations based around a theme or genre for you, but not this time. This time, it’s simply Karen Gillan. I adored her when I first met her as Amy Pond on Doctor Who, I was happy for her when she started to get major roles in Hollywood and I was beyond impressed when I watched her directorial debut. Now, she is coming to Berlin for a project I am not really at liberty to talk about and you never know, maybe our paths will cross one day?

The Party’s Just Beginning

(TW: suicide, excessive drug and alcohol use, bullying of/violence against trans characters)

Honestly, the trailer didn’t really convince me to watch the movie. It was a little bit all over the place, whereas it didn’t feel like that at all to me when I watched the entire movie. This was Karen’s directorial debut and she showed the bleak and somber side of Scotland, her home, for sure. The movie was harsh, but hit deep (being stuck in eternal grief stages is a big mood) and I am excited to see what more Gillan will show us in the future.

Please, don’t watch this while being in a bad place mentally! My own state of mind wasn’t that great and the movie threw me for a real bender. As much as I want to commend Karen Gillan for her work here, it is depressive and does not sugarcoat anything whatsoever. It can be a cleansing movie, but it can also destroy you emotionally.

Really could have needed someone to hold me after this. Preferably, also Lee Pace …

Not Another Happy Ending

On to something way more fluffy! We are still in Scottish territory, but this is an awesome RomCom about a writer who has writer’s block and her editor trying to sabotage her relationship because she writes better when she’s unhappy. Tell me that doesn’t intrigue you! I dare you!!

I don’t even know what to say. This movie offers pretty much exactly what it advertises – light entertainment. If you don’t go into it expecting mad twists and turns or some sort of unpredictable storyline you will be fine and most likely enjoy yourself.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

I was very tempted to put Guardians of the Galaxy as one of her more mainstream projects here, but then I decided against it. Nebula is for real one of my most favourite characters in the MCU, but Jumanji was more of a surprise. So, that’s what I am going with.

When I was younger, I was obsessed with the original Jumanji movie. Nothing, I was sure of it, could ever compare to it. And Welcome to the Jungle definitely isn’t up to par with the original, but it is a lot of freaking fun. Sometimes you just have to not take everything so seriously and these sequels can be downright hilarious. They are even making another movie (with the same actors) and I am confused and suspicious but I learned better than to judge it before watching it.

Have you watched any of these? Do you like Karen Gillan as much as me? Let’s chat about it!

23 thoughts on “Random Movie Recommendations: Karen Gillan Edition

  1. Sooo… I haven’t watched any of these, I’m so bad 😂 I would be very interested in that second movie though, because it sounds exactly like the kind of movie I’d enjoy, fluffy movies are always my thing. I need to keep it in mind for one of my Sunday movies! And I actually don’t think I’ve seen Jumanji… or did I just see the start of it? I have a fuzzy memory right now 😂 I need to watch it, too! 😀

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  2. I love Karen Gillian, she was great as Amy Pond and I’ve loved so many of the movies she’s starred in to. I never saw the original Jumanji but I really enjoyed Welcome to the Jungle, like you said it was so much fun. Also oh I had no idea they were doing a sequel, I can’t wait for that to be released now! 🙂
    Great post Kat. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Admittedly I’ve not paid much attention to Karen Gillan’s work, but I know she’s brilliant at carrying her characters when the time needs. Nebula is probably the first character I associate her with, but I did like her in Jumanji.

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  4. This was a cool post to do! The party’s just beginning sounds like a really good movie- but yeah, I don’t often do movies that are that dark, cos I have to make sure I’m in the mood. Nebula is definitely one of her best roles! But it’s really good to hear you say welcome to the jungle is on par with the original- cos I’ve honestly been too scared to watch it given how much I do love the original! (and most people saying welcome to the jungle didn’t like the original much)

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    • Thanks! I just love Karen Gillan haha And I was in such a wrong mood for the Party’s Just Beginning, but at the same time, I adored the heck out of the movie, even if it sent me into a deep dark spiral. Does that make sense? Also, rediscovered my love for Lee Pace (which is never gone really, but sometimes I forget how much I adore the man)
      I honestly just wouldn’t really compare the old and new Jumanji, but I really laughed a lot with Welcome to the Jungle. I am super easily entertained thoguh …

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