Justice League

Justice League (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

There has been some anticipation regarding the DC Cinematic Universe especially after the success of Wonder Woman (2017). The story ran well and I was fairly entertained from beginning until the end ๐Ÿ™‚ . The CGI is good and the fight scenes okay but the villain was not impressive. Not that he was terrible but he was certainly predictable and I had no fear he would win. Wonder Woman (Gal Godot) was great in her scenes (the suitcase scene was good) and her chemistry with Batman (Ben Affleck) was great ๐Ÿ˜€ . The Flash (Ezra Miller) was a good and almost funny character though I took a while to like him as I can still remember the Flash from the TV series ๐Ÿ˜› . The idea of the story was quite predictable which was disappointing as it made me wait as they inevitably find each other and work together. The twist (which you probably can guess from the trailers ๐Ÿ˜› ) was again predictable but at least how he came โ€œbackโ€ was interesting. The jokes are not that funny (though some are passable ๐Ÿ˜› ) and Batmanโ€™s attitude towards Wonder Woman was annoying (when they are deciding what to do about the โ€œTwistโ€). To be fair, this film is not terrible. It had some good elements, CGI is good and it was fairly good at continuing from the previous movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . I do wish it had held more surprises then what they showed us in trailers but I did appreciate the end credits which was great ๐Ÿ˜€ . I am glad to have watched it and would recommend this to any fan of the DC movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Jack the Giant Killer

Jack the Giant Killer (2013)

Genre: Action, Fantasy

A retelling of the classic โ€œJack and the Beanstalkโ€ story, but with all that B-Movie quality that you come to expect when you watch films from channels like Syfy ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย  The first thing I must say is that there are no giants in this at all!! Unless they mean the giants are the large weird looking dinosaur/elephant that just looks strange. The film tries to throw us into the story straight away and then flashback to the start but it does not come across great. It worried me as I saw the terrible CGI monsters from the start. The one good thing I would give this film was I liked the idea of what had become of Jackโ€™s father which we learn early on ๐Ÿ™‚ . It was a nice twist and time difference that made his character one of the most interesting though that did not last long. The shame was they broke their own rule. Without trying to spoil much, they explained 1 day equals 1 year on earth time. Yet we see Jack there for some time (at least half a day) so surely at least 6 months should have passed? The acting is not great in this at all and I was really annoyed by the close ups to show emotion. The main villain (the Queen) became weak which was disappointing. The time that Earth should be set in was strange and confusing (it could be the 1950โ€™s, older or earlier?) The deaths were boring and the killing of the monster was predictable and I think the film forgot about the other monsters (there was at least three that arrived on earth and I can only remember one dying). This film is so bad and terrible I would never recommend this movie and will never watch this again. Enjoy if you can ๐Ÿ˜›

I give this film 0.5 out of 5 Stars!

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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

I have always been a fan of an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery and I was very excited to see this movie adaptation ๐Ÿ™‚ . The cast is absolutely amazing in this with the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Penรฉlope Cruz, Johnny Depp and Judi Dench creating excellent characters to the screen ๐Ÿ˜€ . The setting was great especially the look of the train and the costumes were good. I liked the scene with the train getting stuck in the snow and the level of drama in this movie was high ๐Ÿ™‚ . The flow ran well and the story was entertaining and captivating (though we might as well give that credit to Agatha Christieโ€™s Novel ๐Ÿ˜› ). I did enjoy the plot twist and the connections we learnt about the death of someone in the past (would say who but that would spoil the story ๐Ÿ˜› ). I did really enjoy this movie but I was not wowed by this either. This felt like any other murder mystery show that I could watch on a lazy Sunday evening. Nothing specially different from this film except for its huge amount of major stars (which is probably its element that will make people watch this ๐Ÿ˜› ). Also, I am a little biased about Poirot because as much as Kenneth Branagh tried (and did fairly well) I still only see David Suchet as Poirot. That huge moustache was a little distracting (not in a good way ๐Ÿ˜› ) but I did get over it fairly quickly and was not bored. Overall, this is a great movie for those who love Agatha Christie movies and donโ€™t mind seeing a new remake. This is not the best I have ever seen but worth a watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Everyone is a suspect

A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

I surprisingly loved the first Bad Moms (2016) movie and was looking forward to being entertained by its sequel ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, as much as this story is okay, it disappointed me by being a typical not-as-good-as-the-original sequel. The main three actresses (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) are back and played their characters well ๐Ÿ™‚ . This did make this film feel like a continuing flow from the first film which is good. The story was passable to watch but this time I lost what was great about the original. The reason the girls decided to be Bad Moms was not as strong a reason as the first, and their mothers were awful. Which is to be expected (as that is the reason for this movie ๐Ÿ˜› ) and I did not mind them being terrible personalities. However, I did not like the preach from the councillor to Kiki (when you watch you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ) and that the overall resolution between mother and daughter was such a easy fix for all of them. The jokes are a tad too much now, too rude that it was too awkward (for me, some seemed okay with this level of rude comedy) for me to enjoy. ย I did find the joke in the spa about the butt wax amusing and the dance section in credits okay (though most humour not great here) ๐Ÿ™‚ . I am glad to have watched this film but I found it a shame its quality was not on par. I think this (since the release of the two films being just a year apart) has been rushed to try and gain popularity just because of Christmas ๐Ÿ˜› . I hope there is another sequel with a strong story if they (directors) give it time to think up a better script. I am not sure if I would recommend this but if another film does turn up, then watching this may have to be done if you were a fan of Bad Moms ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

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Celebrate the holidays like a mother.

ParaNorman

ParaNorman (2012)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

This is a movie about a strange boy who has to save his town when zombies appear. You can probably guess how this movie will end but if you prepare for predictability, you will be surprised ๐Ÿ˜› . The narrative was entertaining, captivating enough to keep you watching and was clever as it revealed more about the witch ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the beginning section of this film as it threw us into the story while introducing Normanโ€™s gift. The humour is a good and consistent level throughout. The stop motion CGI was executed well and made it appealing to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . What I really liked about this movie was that its script (narrative) was appealing to both children who itโ€™s aimed for and adults. The comedy in this film takes away any scariness (though it is a childrenโ€™s movie so I wasnโ€™t expecting any ๐Ÿ˜› ). The twist with who the witch is was a nice touch and made you change your opinions of characters as the film continued. I liked the zombies and how the town becomes taken over (trying not to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) and my favourite comedy element was the vending machine moments ๐Ÿ˜€ . Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) was a good character to follow as he was likable even if a little weird. The pace of the movie ran smoothly which helps to keep you captivated from beginning to end ๐Ÿ™‚ . Plus any fan of horror may see some references or chuckle at the jokes about the genre in this film. This is a surprisingly great family film that is suitable for all ages and I definitely recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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You donโ€™t become a hero by being normal.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Family Film

I did not watch this movie when I was a kid and I remember actively avoiding it as it did not seem intriguing. I should have listened to younger me as I sat through this film ๐Ÿ˜› . The filmโ€™s narrative is passable and will certainly be more suitable to young boys aged 8 and under. The set up was okay, the reason of how Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) were โ€œcreatedโ€ and the adventure in the drool world was fine ๐Ÿ™‚ . The CGI is extremely awful and I am unsure whether at the time of filming the aim to make this โ€œ3-Dโ€ played a part. Its CGI did not survive the passage of time and you have to bear with an awful villain and weak CGI battles. The dialogue is silly, cringe-worthy and not worth remembering. They relied heavily on slapstick which was not the most appealing plus why did they (the director) think that โ€œsongโ€ from Sharkboy was a good idea? The end is a happy one but not surprising as the movie is very predictable. How the parents were brought to Max (Cayden Boyd) at the end was cheesy and Max as a main character was not a good one. Plus I am not a big fan of the names on the Planet Drool (Drool bad enough) as they are trying too hard to be clever such as โ€œRiver of Consciousnessโ€. To be fair, this could have been good. The idea of Maxโ€™s villain, the connection to the real world and the adventures such as the ice kingdom were okay ๐Ÿ™‚ . But it was all laced in cheese, the writers could not make their mind up as to whether this was real or not and the acting was not great enough to pull us through. This movie is only good for young boys or anyone who loved it as a child ๐Ÿ™‚ . Personally, you can get away with never watching this ever ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 1 Star out of 5!

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Everything that is…or was…began as a dream.

Death Note

Death Note (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Well first things first, if you were a fan or loved the Manga or anime than you arenโ€™t going to like this movie. Itโ€™s not terrible but it is no match or worth comparison to the original series. However, I will try to review it as something different (as I may be biased as I did like the original series ๐Ÿ˜› ) as it is not Japanese, the characters names changed (Turner instead of Yagami) and is set in America. Itโ€™s alright and the graphics (especially on Ryuk) is great ๐Ÿ˜€ . When Light first uses of the book; that is the most entertaining section along with the Ferris wheel was really different (from series) and cool ๐Ÿ™‚ . Light Turner (Nat Wolff) was alright (I really loved his scream reaction from Ryuk as that was funny ๐Ÿ˜› ) but it was strange. You try to watch it without thinking of the series but it is hard as they kept the premise, Shinigamiโ€™s, character names and roles yet they changed it too. The character I disliked the most was L (Lakeith Stanfield). He was so annoying and so dislikeable in how he โ€œtried to be a smart detectiveโ€ that I really wanted Light to win. The main problem of this movie is that the pace is really fast which does not work in favour of the narrative. It was so rushed that I donโ€™t think we were given enough chance to care for the characters (especially the ones we were supposed too ๐Ÿ˜› ). However, saying that, the new sections make this film good and itโ€™s not the worst thing I have ever seen ๐Ÿ˜› . The deaths were gruesome, the show watchable and overall alright to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . I would not recommend if you loved the original series but if you have never known of Death Note before then itโ€™s alright ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

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The Rezort

The Rezort (2015)

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

This movie in a nut shell is Jurassic Park but with Zombies ๐Ÿ˜› . However, donโ€™t get me wrong, just because it is easily described doesnโ€™t mean itโ€™s a bad movie. I surprisingly really enjoyed this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . The film was entertaining from start to finish and I could not guess who would be โ€œeatenโ€ or survive the resort. This is a B-Movie so you can expect a certain level of quality but it does try its best and I found it was as high a level as it could go. The characters (the main ones) were introduced well, the action was plentiful and I was given enough of a back-story of the apocalypse to go with the story ๐Ÿ™‚ . I did like the beginning as it introduced the tone of the film well; I really liked the scenes when the system โ€œfailsโ€ and the twist ๐Ÿ™‚ . The twist was not the most shocking but it was clever as it made sense (as the characters do mention it earlier so it links the story well) and was a little surprising. I did like the hint that those Zombies may be smarter than expected such as the one who screams and really has it in for the owner (when you watch you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ). I donโ€™t know if the acting was the best but I did not really dislike a character and some I was gutted to lose. This is a different, surprisingly good zombie flick that can keep any Zombie fan happy ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is worth a watch if you donโ€™t mind B-Movies and love the Zombie genre ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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A vacation to die for.

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day (2017)

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

I was very excited to see this movie from the moment I saw the first trailer and when I did watch it I was not disappointed ๐Ÿ˜€ . This film is very unique and enjoyable to watch from the beginning to the end. This movie is a teen slasher flick but the fact the main character keeps coming back gave this film a great edge of interest ๐Ÿ™‚ . It was like a horror but also a murder mystery as you were gripped in the story trying to figure out who the killer was. The main character Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), was actually not a nice character but I liked that as the film went on, she became so much more likable ๐Ÿ™‚ . This was very refreshing to be introduced to character like that. There was a good element of comedy with some of the witty and strong dialogue but not overpowering that it destroys the movie ๐Ÿ˜› . This movie is not scary horror at all but it is a very โ€œjumpyโ€ horror which does lead to a very entertaining movie. I think the overall cast acted well and I really liked how the film kept me guessing. I never guessed who the killer was and the surprise twist near the end definitely took me off guard ๐Ÿ˜› . I was very pleased that this movie avoided predictability when working with clichรฉs from slasher movies. Plus I really liked the soundtrack to this film ๐Ÿ˜€ . This was a surprisingly fabulous movie that I would happily add to my DVD collection and watch over again ๐Ÿ˜€ . If you like horrors but with a twist or time repeating murder mysteries then this is for you ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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