Brother Bear 2

Brother Bear 2 (2006)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

First off, I will give credit to Disney for trying to create a decent narrative for the sequel to Brother Bear. It makes sense, the characters have a good reason to go off on an adventure and it was quite interesting. The character of Nita was different, likable and she added a good quality to the film πŸ™‚ . She kept reminding me of other Disney Princesses and films which is not good for a strong independent character. However, she made up for it in her two really cool scenes; the wedding at the beginning and a transformation scene (I would say who because I don’t want to spoil πŸ˜› ). Kenai bothered me because he wasn’t like himself (the character you like in the first film) and he is now voiced by Patrick Dempsey instead of Joaquin Phoenix. Some of the side characters were quite annoying (racoons). The first song was good but so much was missing from this film that I wished had been there (his brother Denahi from film 1). A pleasant enough animation that the family can enjoy but it really takes away what was so good about the Brother Bear. Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

Once you love someone, they stay in your heart forever.
Once you love someone, they stay in your heart forever.

Paper Towns

Paper Towns (2015)

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance

I really wanted to see this film after seeing the amazingly successful “Faults in our Stars” and found it is pretty good πŸ˜› . All the actors were fantastic in this (Nat Wolff, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage and Jaz Sinclair) but one stood out for me the most. Cara Delevingne was simply brilliant πŸ˜€ . She surprised me on how good of an actress she was as I stopped seeing the model and saw the character. The narrative itself was interesting and kept you entertained (hooks you enough to keep watching it). It isn’t a heartbreaking tear-jerker like Fault in our Stars but it has relatable themes, good characters and a strange uplifting feel to the end πŸ™‚ . I liked that this film isn’t what you expect and throws the predicable ending out the window πŸ˜› . My favourite moment that had me giggling in the cinema was the “Pokemon theme song” :P. Β This is a nice romance/mystery teen film that would appeal to those who like John Green novels/films πŸ™‚ Enjoy πŸ™‚ .

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Get Lost. Get Found.
Get Lost. Get Found.

The Duchess

The Duchess (2008)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

This film gave me everything I expected and surprisingly more πŸ˜› . I was expecting a typical period drama about a marriage, problems, a love triangle and some political issue thrown in. The narrative as much as it wasn’t the most thrilling, actually kept me entertained and stayed rather interesting throughout. Keira Knightley was stunning within her performance as the Duchess of Devonshire and I do believe it is one of her best roles yet πŸ˜€ . There are some tough issues within this film but she created a character so likable / understandable that you want to keep watching Β until the end. Ralph Fiennes played a good role (even as a despicable character πŸ˜› ), Hayley Atwell was great (even though her character was my least favourite ) and so was Dominic Cooper. The scenery was pretty good and the costumes helped create a believable period of history πŸ˜› . I didn’t really have a favourite section but mostly Keira Knightley stole the show with her character’s strength and weakness creating some tragic (in a good way) scenes! A very good costume drama that I would recommend (if you like this genre πŸ˜› ) . Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

There were three people in her marriage.
There were three people in her marriage.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

I was not sure how good this remake of a classic Television series was going to be due to the fact I had no knowledge of the story beforehand. However, I did not have to worry at all πŸ˜› ! The narrative was interesting, funny and entertaining πŸ˜€ . Plus they made it a simply enough narrative that I could follow along with this story without feeling like I needed to watch the old series beforehand. Β The actors (Henry Cavill & Armie Hammer) were fantastic together and their onscreen partnership created some memorable scenes πŸ™‚ . Alicia Vikander as Gaby was also a great addition to the cast. The action was plentiful and benefited the story. The outfits were amazing, music good and the overall look of the film had a very cool spy feel πŸ˜› . One of my favourite spy films with action which had a good balance of Wit and Banter. Can’t wait for a sequel!! Enjoy πŸ™‚ !

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Saving the world never goes out of style.
Saving the world never goes out of style.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

I was really looking forward to this as I am a big fan of the Mission Impossible series and couldn’t wait for my next instalment πŸ˜› . Unfortunately, this film is so boring. There was so much action but nothing saved the drawn out and slow narrative :/ . Don’t get me wrong, there were moments in the film were it got interesting. The actual “Mission Impossible” (involving water), the scenes involving England, the plane scene and some of the scenes with Ethan (Tom Cruise) and Benji (Simon Pegg) were enjoyable. Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris made nice additions to the film πŸ™‚ . However characters didn’t keep up with the action and it was overall quite predicable. I did like the beginning though and the “capture” of the bad guy was quite unique. I suppose I maybe harsh on this film but for me this film was so boring and couldn’t wait for it to finish. If you love Mission Impossible and accept its predicable narrative then this is for you. Enjoy πŸ™‚ !

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

Desperate Times. Desperate Measures.
Desperate Times. Desperate Measures.

Pixels

Pixels (2015)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

This was not as funny as I assumed it would be yet it was more entertaining πŸ˜› ! Adam Sandler was actually really good in this, much better than I had anticipated, and he wasn’t constantly in your face. He didn’t shove comedy in my face he actually played a likable character. Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan were also great additions to this film πŸ™‚ . The narrative was strong (in a way that keeps you entertained) plus the idea of the Arcade games was fresh and funny πŸ˜› . It was great for the nostalgia reasons though some of the references were lost on me πŸ™‚ . Pac – Man fight scene was my favourite but the Donkey Kong (with the great background song) was the best πŸ˜€ ! I also loved the end scene as it was quite funny : P. The comedy could have been stronger but highly enjoyable πŸ™‚ . If you like arcade games and comedy with a good narrative then this is for you πŸ™‚ Enjoy πŸ™‚ !

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Game on.
Game on.

Total Recall

Total Recall (2012)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery

This is an alright remake of an action movie. Colin Farrell played a great role as Douglas Quaid. He was captivating throughout with his supporting actresses Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel πŸ™‚ . The story itself was ok but the action (which was plentiful and big) seemed to take more of a central role. The story should have had more depth and even though at times I was intrigued, I was bored a little too. The film seems a little too long in sections as it doesn’t hold your attention long enough. The world’s overall look (future world) was pretty cool and made me believe in it. However, there were some unrealistic elements within this film that were too annoying to miss. Lori Quaid seems to be a little unconvincing with her survivable techniques πŸ˜› . That’s as far as I will say without spoiling. Though it doesn’t leave you with a bad feeling after the film has ended but I won’t be rushing to re-watch. However, the actual end sequence was quite good and the beginning section is far the best. Enjoy πŸ™‚ !

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

Real? or Dream?
Real? or Dream?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

This is a different spy film than anything I have seen before. There is no big action scenes that usually contain explosions, fast cars and women (you know what kind). However, personally I found it refreshing that it didn’t have these standard stereotypes. This was a film that demanded your attention from start to finish. The narrative was interesting, slow build (and never really got faster) and I was captivated throughout. Captivated but to be quite honest, I wasn’t really excited. What really makes you watch this is the stellar cast and unique characters. John Hurt, Mark Strong, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch just to name a few πŸ˜› . Each character had their own back story (and character arc) which made each bring a new dynamic to the film πŸ™‚ . I also loved the attention to detail with the costumes, background setting and the sepia colouring over the entire film making it seem like the film was made in the 70’s. If you want to watch a film about spies but something slightly different than this is for you πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ™‚ .

I give this film 4 stars out of 5!

Trust no one. Suspect everyone.
Trust no one. Suspect everyone.

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four (2015)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Marvel

I was looking forward to this contemporary, re-imagining version of the famous Marvel superhero team but I am disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining enough but that was really just the first half. The main characters Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell (The Thing) and Toby Kebbell (Victor Von Doom) gave a new take on the characters that I liked but I wish we could have seen more depth. The beginning has a good set up, a unique look at their (Mr. Fantastic and The Thing) beginnings and I really liked how they got their powers πŸ˜€ . How the ending seems rushed like they had forgotten the bad guy and gave us a “danger” and resolution in what felt like the last 30 minutes πŸ˜› . A shame but this is definitely not one of my favourite films. Enjoy πŸ™‚ .

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

We are stronger together than we are apart.
We are stronger together than we are apart.