The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy

This is the third instalment of the Narnia films πŸ™‚ . This film’s overall feel continues the darker tone of the Prince Caspian movie but keeps up the fairy tale atmosphere of the original. We have lost the older children from this movie (though they still make an appearance during the film) and gain the introduction of Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter). He is a good addition to the film who gets better during the second half (when something happens to him πŸ˜› ). There are some boring sections in this film, with awkward dialogue and the constant reprisal of the white witch feels a little old (over used). However there are some scenes, actions and visual element help you overcome the bad sections πŸ™‚ . My favourite scenes are the entrance to Narnia and the scene where Lucy questions herself (when you watch it you will know πŸ˜› ). This film is highly enjoyable film for children and adults alike but still isn’t as good as the lion, the witch and the wardrobe was. Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

panda Voyage of Dawn Treader
Return to magic. Return to hope. Return to Narnia.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Family Film, Disney

The second film to the Narnia franchise and has a much darker approach to this interpretation. You are thrown straight into the action (of this much darker tale than the book) and it is an interesting, exciting way to start the story. The beginning is really captivating and you are constantly gripped as the tale unfolds. The introduction and portrayal of the new character Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) is a very good addition πŸ™‚ . The entire story is very captivating and has some scenes that are more emotional than others. My favourite scene is the first attempt battle/invasion of the castle (trying not to spoil :P) as that is shocking and very interesting scene. I also love how the children enter Narnia in this film (again won’t spoil πŸ˜› ). Some sections aren’t as good as they could have been and how the children spoke to each other can sound a little cheesy. However, this is still a very good movie. A excellent and different adaptation that is not as good as first but worth a watch is you like the Narnia series. Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Prince Caspian
A New Age Has Begun.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

This is so much better than part one just as I had expected it to be πŸ˜€ . The expectations that have built whether you have read the books, seen the trailers or simply adore the Hunger Games franchise is matched well in this movie. Jennifer Lawrence was spectacular her acting was believable and her reaction to a “certain somebody’s death” was fitting. Maybe you could have asked for more of a reaction but personally I thought her reaction was realist, poignant and heartbreaking(ish) πŸ˜› . The rest of the cast was good too πŸ˜› . I loved Effie and Haymitch near the end of the movie, and the cat scene was funny but not in a bad way. It is simply that the cat was epic πŸ˜› . My favourite scene was the underground attack. Very coolΒ  and scary πŸ˜€ ! Plenty of action and the film is packed full of twists! There are some minor boring sections but they are saved by those action/epic scenes πŸ™‚ . This is a film that will be enjoyed by fans of the books, films or simply the hunger games/dystopian movies πŸ˜› . A great ending to the film series. Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Mockingjay part 2
The fire will burn forever.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy, Disney

This is my favourite versions of the Narnia films and it is amazing!! The beginning throws you straight into the action and is quite a fresh take of introducing the Pevensie Family πŸ˜› . The music is also a great addition to the beginning section as it is quite effective in creating a good expectation / atmosphere of the magic we are waiting to see πŸ˜› . The CGI of the magic creatures (especially Aslan πŸ˜€ ) is quite good and doesn’t destroy the story. All four children acted well and I don’t think anyone else could have portrayed them (Peter ,Susan ,Edmund or Lucy) as well. The story itself is captivating, full of magic and action and keeps you entertained. Some scenes will make you cry (you will know what scenes they are πŸ˜› ) and my favourite scene was the battle! It is done so good and dramatically that it will stay with you even after the films over πŸ˜› . Also the White Witch is quite an impressive bad guy πŸ˜€ . A really good adaption of “the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”Β  that will entertain the entire family and I highly recommend πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Lion the Witch the Wardrobe
Evil has reigned for 100 years…

The AristoCats

The AristoCats (1970)

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

Another Disney Classic that everyone knows of but it’s classed as a bit of an underrated Disney Movie πŸ˜› . This film deserves more credit πŸ˜€ . The drawing is a traditional old fashioned way of animation (Disney’s anyway) that gives it quite a charming effect πŸ™‚ . The narrative itself is entertaining and is perfect for children. The main characters (my favourites are the kitten especially Marie πŸ˜› ) are pleasant and are unique enough to remember.Β  The comedy element in this film ruins the charming effect quite a lot as it is only going to be enjoyed by (true fans) or children. The humour is typical of the 70’s and it has lost that original comedy factor. The songs are really good though πŸ˜› . They match the film well and “Everybody wants to be a Cat” is my favourite section of the entire film. Though the Aristocrats does have some questionable lines “If you want to turn me on?” sung by Duchess herself πŸ˜› . However, through all those questionable or unfunny sections it is still a Classic worth remembering. So if you fancy watching a charming, sweet, old fashioned Disney film then this is for you πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Aristocrats
Ladies don’t start fights, but they can finish them!


Brooklyn (2015)

Genre: Drama, Romance

This film is a sweet romance which can appeal to a younger audience as well as a more mature one πŸ˜› . The first thing that sparks to mind when watching this film is the stunning cast and the exceptional performance from Saoirse Ronan! She was spectacular πŸ˜€ ! I was either in tears or trying not to laugh out loud the entire way πŸ˜› . The narrative was a pleasant ride with enough realism thrown in to keep you entertained throughout πŸ™‚ . The romance (both of them πŸ˜› ) was believable and wasn’t just simply thrown in for no reason. You believed in the character Saoirse Ronan was portraying and the struggles she faced. The first romance was sweet and built well, the second felt right (fitted into plot well) and you understood why she was “caught” between the two. My favourite section was when she returned to Ireland πŸ™‚ . The ending felt too sudden but that was because I was truly interested. A truly good film that is entertaining, has a good story, brilliant acting and epic fashions πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Brooklyn
Two countries, two loves, one heart.

Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After (2010)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

The final film in the Shrek Franchise and it finishes off pretty good πŸ˜› . The story is different, a nice twist that keeps you entertained and keeps up the humour. The introduction to the new villain Rumpelstiltskin is a fantastic bad guy and he might have been the worse one that Shrek has had to face so far πŸ˜› . It was funny to see the alternative versions of the original cast like Warrior Fiona or the pampered Puss in Boots πŸ˜› . Though they are never going to complete with the originals (as these new versions are slightly annoying) but they serve their purpose well. The narrative is stronger than the comedy in this film and there are some sad sections in this. We are allowed to see another side of Shrek with his new troubles and you really do want him to succeed! The ending was fitting, felt like a good completion to the entire series and was my favourite part. This movie is definitely better than the third instalment but not as good as the first too. Definitely worth the watch if you are a Shrek Fan or simply picking a film for the entire family. Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

What the Shrek just happened?
What the Shrek just happened?


Suffragette (2015)

Genre: Drama, History

This is a truly great film that has to be watched at least once (everyone not just the ladies πŸ˜› ). The acting is superb within this film, everyone suited the period and Cary Mulligan was excellent. She created a character that was liable, emotional, you could connect to her and she kept you captivated πŸ™‚ . Helena Bonham Carter and the rest of the main female cast also created believable characters. The story, as much as parts of it are fictional (just around the character of Maud Watts), keeps true to real life and is harrowing. It is a shocker to see what happened, you want them to win and has emotional / surprising scenes. The film truly gets interesting when the suffragettes actually start to be “disobedient” and the ending is my favourite part πŸ˜€ . I liked how true the film directors were to the real incidents and the use of real footages. Parts of the film probably should have beenΒ  more heart wrenching, captivating or focus on more as I did notice how long the film was. This would suggest that I wasn’t completely enthralled but the narrative and acting win highly with what they are highlighting. This film may not be everyone’s cup of tea (if you don’t like gritty period films) but I do recommend at least watching this once. Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Mothers. Daughters. Rebels.
Mothers. Daughters. Rebels.

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak (2015)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance

This film is one of those horror movies that has an overriding narrative rather than loads of gory or scary scenes thrown in. It had a nice balance of feeling like a romantic period drama while masking a dark, gothic ghost story πŸ™‚ . The beginning had you thrown in at the deep end, the ghosts were really terrifying and looked awesome plus the overall scenery was nice. The colours where vivid and helped the overall change in atmosphere as the film progress. The three main actors (Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain) were truly amazing πŸ˜€ . Their characters where believable and their “chemistry” on screen had you enthralled. The romance was convincing, worked well for the story. Yes, I will admit it got to about half way through the film and it got predicable πŸ˜› . However, that was minor as the narrative was still interesting and I quite honestly wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out πŸ˜› . It is a really good horror for those who like a touch more of story than scares. Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Ghosts are real, that much I know. I've seen them all my life...
Ghosts are real, that much I know. I’ve seen them all my life…