True Grit

True Grit (1969)

Genre: Adventure, Western, Drama

True Grit is a perfect Western Movie that any true fan would love to watch over and over again πŸ™‚ . John Wayne plays the role of Rooster Cogburn so wonderfully that I believe his character throughout. The character of Mattie Ross (played by Kim Darby) was interesting, I (surprisingly) did not dislike her, she had a reason to be there and acted like a girl of the era yet strong too. The story is long but you don’t really notice it and the last section of the film has the most action and best acting involved. I did question some of the injuries in this film (how bad they were and how they reacted to them) and I thought the death of one of the main characters could have been avoided. Β However, this is a really good Western film with a “genuine reason to go travelling” for the characters πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ™‚ .

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

The strangest trio ever to track a killer!
The strangest trio ever to track a killer!
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Men in Black 3

The Men in Black 3 (2012)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci – Fi

This is the third film in the Men in Black franchise and I was excited to see the characters of Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) back again πŸ˜€ ! It was interesting, I did not find myself bored but…it was nothing compared to the first movie. The main bad guy just did not really stand out for me, compared to previous ones, as it seemed they focused more on visual effect rather than the humour we are used to. I did like the idea and the general overall narrative but it just did not captivate me as much as it used to. I did like the ending with the young Agent K (before returning to our time). It is a really good Men in Black movie that I would happily watch again and the actor Josh Brolin was so good as Agent K that I forgot it was a different actor πŸ™‚ ! Enjoy this most recent Men in Black Movie!!

I give this film 3.5 out of 5!

They are back...in time.
They are back…in time.

Paddington

Paddington (2014)

Genre: Comedy, Family film, Children

I don’t know what I was expecting from this film as I had heard a few reservations and negative comments. I was happily surprised that this actual was an alright family movie πŸ™‚ . I liked the design and look of Paddington who was a very likable character. You can tell throughout that it is aimed for children and the jokes (which I accepted but did not laugh at) would be more appreciated by the younger generation. It stayed typical British (as it should with him being called Paddington) and the villain actually had a reason for being bad. They had thought out each of the plots and I appreciated the Mission Impossible moment! The Natural History museum section (near the end of the film) was my favourite and I loved the introduction even if I got a little confused over what period of time that was set in. Overall, good movie, pleasant characters and great for the family πŸ™‚ . Enjoy!

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Please look after this bear. Thank you.
Please look after this bear. Thank you.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express (2004)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Film, Children

This is my go to Christmas film since it released back in 2004 as it has always captivated me πŸ™‚ . It has become a tradition in the family due to the way in can entertain children and adults with its nostalgic nature. It has a very good narrative with likable characters and a predicable moral ending. Well, it is not really moral but has that predictable ending that you expect but are happy to receive πŸ™‚ .Β  The graphics are not that great but you don’t notice it and that adds to its appeal. Also I personally liked that Tom Hanks voiced the majority of the characters which made it different. It is a Christmas film that you should watch at least once and it will help give you that nostalgia and warmth just in time for Christmas πŸ™‚ Enjoy and for those who I might not see before then…Merry Christmas πŸ˜€ !!

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.
Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Film, Children, Disney

The latest film from the Disney Fairies franchise and I do believe it held up the expectations given from the last film (The Pirate Fairy). It was a pleasant film with a very good narrative (for children and the odd adult alike πŸ˜› ). I really liked the fact we saw the majority of the film through Fawn’s point of view which made the relationship with the Beast that bit more endearing πŸ™‚ . I was not bored, it was pleasant and the film gave me something (something that made it stand out from the previous films). The only down side was the other fairies (the friends) felt a little useless at times and I ended up preferring Fawn to Tinkerbell? But that was a small negative feeling. Overall, a decent family film but the ending is sad so if you are prone to tears at a Disney film…get your tissues!!

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Something has awoken...
Something has awoken…

The Mummy

The Mummy (1999)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

This is an action packed full of comedy film that is set in Ancient Egypt. Well it has the majority of its links there as the film is really more set around 1920. It has a very good narrative that will keep you entertained without been too complicated. I really liked all the characters, my favourite being Evelyn Carnahan and Imhotep :). These characters stood out the most while suiting the overall look of the film. I really liked when the “curse” took affect and every time I watch this film now I just get a nostalgic feeling and continue to be intrigued. The Scarab beetles terrified me as a child but now I’m older I just appreciate how great they were, even if they are just fiction (as a horror) πŸ˜› . Overall, this is a great adventure Mummy movie which deserves a watch! Enjoy πŸ™‚ !

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

 

Death is only the beginning!
Death is only the beginning!

Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane (2009)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

This film began great, gripping, dark and dramatic πŸ™‚ ! We got to see monsters, creatures and the beginning of a great story from the outset but then somehow…the rest of the film just did not compare. First off I couldn’t get past the error from the outset, they set the film in 1600 with the flag showing the United Kingdom…that was not created till around 1606 (the flag) and the one we saw, its design only began getting used around 1801! However, that is only going to bother people who know that particularly so I tried to ignore it, hoping the film’s narrative would make me forgive the first mistake. Unfortunately, as much as they tried…the story got slow, a bit predicable and they shoved in too many religious symbols. I do like religious symbols in movies but when there is so many that it’s affecting the tale? The actors were good and at moments the story did keep me intrigued plus overall I was not bored. So if you like predictable fantasy movies that have a dark element to it then this is for you but personally it could have been better.

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

There are many paths to redemption, not all of them peaceful!
There are many paths to redemption, not all of them peaceful!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

The Journey to Middle Earth comes to an end and let me just say it is amazing πŸ™‚ ! I was desperate to watch this film when the minute the last oneΒ finished and the wait was worth it! The story line kept me intrigued, I was shocked, cried and felt nostalgic while watching the dramatic conclusion to the Hobbit! The dragon was destroyed rather quickly compared to how long we waited for that to happen, but it did not hinder the film at all! I Β really liked the “recovery from madness scene” it was different and intriguing to watch. The acting of the cast (Especially Richard Armitage in that scene in particular) was truly inspiring πŸ˜€ . The battle scene was better than I thought it would be and felt like it had the right amount of time. The deaths were shocking and made me tearful. The only slight problem I had was the second of the BIG deaths (I won’t spoil it for you :P). It was the looks between the characters, they went on slightly too long which took away the shock. However, still amazing and you have to watch it!! Enjoy!

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Will you follow me, one last time?
Will you follow me, one last time?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

The second installation of the Hobbit films is good, worth a watch and makes us want to watch more πŸ˜› ! However, as much as this film is Epic, dramatic and full of action it was not as good as the first film. Some sections where drawn out too long and by the time we saw Smaug, which was a really small amount compared the rest of the film, it was so close to the end. Don’t get me wrong, this film is great, the Spiders, the scenes with the Necromancer (with Gandalf) and the Dragon was spectacular! Thrauduil (Lee Pace) was Amazing and actually made me like Elves (they were never my favourite in the franchise), Mirkwood was how I expected it (and more) plus it was funny when Legolas sees a picture of baby Gimli πŸ˜› ! The Tauriel thing was okay, I loved her acting (Evangeline Lilly) and she fitted well with the movie but I felt like the “romance” with Kili could have been left out. The lines got a little cheesy and it distracted from the Epic tale of the Hobbit. I hope they get better in the next movie (as a couple) πŸ˜› ! Overall, a really amazing movie, a fix for your inner Middle Earth fan and needs to be watched!! Enjoy!

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Beyond darkness... beyond desolation... lies the greatest danger of all.
Beyond darkness… beyond desolation… lies the greatest danger of all.