2015 Review!

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

May I start with wishing everyone a Happy New Year and thank you all for viewing my Quirky Panda Film Blog πŸ˜› !

I never expected anyone to enjoy my craziness and I am glad to be still able to create more Panda Posts for you πŸ™‚

There will be more changes come 2016 as my life has suddenly gotten busy πŸ˜› And I have tried to do everything at once, I have to admit now and then that I am in fact Human πŸ˜› . Therefore, I am going to aim to Post a Review for you once a week after New Year’s Day. If I can and if I have time I will Post more but until then it will be once a week πŸ™‚ .

I hope you all still continue to enjoy the Quirky Panda and I wish you all a Fantastic New Year!

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Happy New Year!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy

This is a good film from the Harry Potter franchise but yet again not the best. I liked the look of the film (the overall dark atmosphere), the CGI and how it had followed on from the last film πŸ™‚ . I love the odd scenes and clips of the Death Eaters. Especially, the scenes of them attacking the Muggle World like the bridge (trying not to spoil πŸ˜› ) and I enjoyed seeing some of Dumbledore’s / Tom Riddle’s past πŸ™‚ . It was interesting to see and I liked the CGI / design element of how the images where shown through the “ink in water” effect πŸ˜› . Also I did like the “find the horcrux” scene which does catch your attention. However, other parts of the film where not as captivating, the romances of some characters were awkward and too many things were missed. So many elements were missed from the book which will irritate the most true fan of Harry Potter πŸ˜› . However the twist at the end still plays out well, is dramatic and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) plays a great part. A decent film that will keep you entertained but the worst book adaptation so far. Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Once again I must ask too much of you, Harry.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy

This is one of the least impressive films out of the entire collection but still good in its own right. The graphics are still good, the acting superb as always and it does keep you entertained. However, this film feels a lot like a “information dumping” for anything relevant for further films to explore. That isn’t really a bad thing (being a fan of Harry Potter myself :P) but it doesn’t make itself stand out compared to others. The treatment Harry receives can get a little tedious and at part some scenes are dragged out further than necessary making them appear dull. However, there are plenty of dramatic action packed scenes that make up for these lacking areas. The introduction to the “Order” is an interesting information dump πŸ˜› . The Magic Council scene, Fred and George’s fireworks and the Dementors (trying not to spoil :P) are great scenes. Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix Lestrange are epic characters πŸ˜› . Also the shocking dramatic “end” for a certain someone is a fantastic scene and is worth watching for that alone! Overall, decent movie but not as fantastic as others in the series. Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

P.S. Happy Boxing Day!

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I must not tell lies.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy

This is my personal favourite out of the Harry Potter movies πŸ™‚ . The beginning starts differently than the previous films and has a darker, ominous atmosphere. There are plenty of hints planted throughout the film to future plot lines which I quite like and the character of Harry Potter improves πŸ™‚ . You really do want him to succeed, feel bad for him when times are hard and laugh at the funny moments. My favourite section is the Tournament! I love the introductions to the BeauxbBatons (Girls Magic School) and Durmstrang (Boys Magic School). The Ball scene is funny (the outfit Ronald wears is hilarious πŸ˜› ). Dumbledore had been replaced by Michael Gambon (since film 3) who plays a convincing yet different version of that character. Each of the Tournament scenes are captivating, interesting and full of action with pretty good CGI (dragon quest might possible be may favourite then the Lake second πŸ˜€ ). Plus the ending scene leads on to the next film brilliantly and is a shocker πŸ˜› ! Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

P.S. Merry Christmas!

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Dark and Difficult Times Lie Ahead.

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies (2015)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

This a stunning legal drama movie based on real events / people. The fact it is based on real people is the captivating element of this film as you are so intrigued you forget it’s not completely fiction πŸ˜› . The acting is superb within this film though the credit belongs to Tom Hanks as his performance is incredible πŸ˜€ . Also Mark Rylance (who plays Rudolf Abel) plays a fantastic supporting role πŸ˜€ . His last scene in the movie and his overall performance creates a charming character who you can sympathise with. The Exchange scene was my favourite part as it was so tense, dramatic and I really didn’t know how it would play out. The overall film references to historical events such as the Berlin Wall being built and the symbolism later on near the end of the film was pretty cool πŸ˜› . All the characters introduced brought their own contribution to this movie and I wasn’t bored not even once πŸ˜› . A stunning spy film / legal historic drama that I seriously recommend! Enjoy πŸ˜€ !

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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We have to have the conversations our governments can’t.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy

This has one of the best scenes in the movie’s franchise… the Dementors on the train πŸ˜€ ! It is a section created just for the movies and it is a unique, thrilling scene which shows how dangerous these new creatures are! We are shown more wonderful Harry Potter creatures and objects such as the Night Bus and the Hippogriff πŸ™‚ . I love Hermione’s time turner section and the danger for BuckBeak. We are also introduced to Professor Lupin and Sirius Black (and the Marauders Map!) πŸ˜› ! I love the opening scene to this film with Aunt Marge as that is really funny and truly keeps you entertained. The graphics are getting better in this film, the drama bigger and the acting of our original cast as gotten better πŸ˜› . However, as much as I would love to rave about this film I can’t get over a bald werewolf! Maybe it is because I read the book but I just don’t understand why the werewolf had to be Bald? Though that aside, a really good third Harry Potter film πŸ™‚ Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Something wicked this way comes!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy

This sequel feels more accomplished and finished compared to the first film πŸ˜› . The narrative takes on a darker feel (which continues throughout the films that follow) which I prefer πŸ™‚ . The story feels more thought out, the problems Harry has to face, the dangers for all the characters and the “Diary” is an epic twist πŸ˜› . This movie keeps you entertained with its darker tale and bigger special effects/ adventures like the flying car and Basilisk πŸ˜€ . I would have preferred to have some elements match the book more like the look of the Basilisk.Β  However, that section of the movie (the climatic end battle) was captivating, dangerous, entertaining and memorable (and my favourite part πŸ˜› ). My other favourite scene is the Polyjuice potion and what Hermione changes into πŸ˜› ! The character of Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh) was hilarious and you get to meet other amazing characters such as Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) and Dobby (voiced by Toby Jones) πŸ˜€ ! Also who can’t love the introductions to the entire Weasley family πŸ˜€ . A truly entertaining sequel that keeps up the wonder and magical quality of the first movie! Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir…beware!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Genre: Adventure, Family Film, Fantasy

This film is truly an amazing film and I may be biased in this review as I am definitely a Fan (books, movies, franchise!) πŸ˜› !Β  This is a family film I would recommend as it appeals to both children and adults alike with its captivating (Magical) narrative! The acting may not be the best in the world but they suit the characters so well and the style keeps up with the adventure / magical world you would expect πŸ˜› . The special effects, characters, the school life (Hogwarts!) are also good πŸ™‚ . The Music is a classic now and you will recognise it πŸ˜› . I love the opening as it helps create the atmosphere of the movie and my favourite section is the trials to get the Stone (later on in the film :P)! However, it would have been nice to get more elements from the book in this film but with the narrative and movie magic of this movie you can still be entertained. Highly enjoyable beginning to an amazing film franchise that I recommend if you haven’t seen this yet! Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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You’re a wizard, Harry!

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Genre: Β Comedy, Music

I was so excited to see this film as I have been a huge fan of the original movie “Pitch Perfect” πŸ˜€ . This film is alright and a highly enjoyable watch. The narrative was intriguing enough but I think only those who loved the first will like this. I tried but it felt more nostalgic of see old favourite characters than being excited by the new plot. Though the songs / music of this film is the amazing part πŸ˜€ . Some songs you will forget the minute it is over but there some like the end performance (the Bella’s competition song) which is very good and has a epic beginning dance section. The German A cappella group “Das Sound Machine” were good rivals. The Flashlight song is a very good addition but it gets repeated way too much πŸ˜› . There are some hilarious sections like the beginning and Fat Amy’s boat ride (I won’t spoil πŸ˜› ). However, some of the funny sections get an awkward embarrassing quality which spoils the film a bit πŸ˜› . Though that does keep you gripped πŸ˜› . A decent sequel with some great elements that I recommend if you loved the first but just not as good. Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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We’re Back, Pitches!