Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips (2013)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

The true events that happened to Captain Phillips back in 2009 shown through this Hollywood movie. After you watch this film you have to give some sense of awe for the horrors Captain Phillips had to go through. The narrative runs fairly well in the fact it can keep you captivated throughout 🙂 . The film was not too predictable and at times, I was on the edge of my seat 😛 . Tom Hanks is spectacular in this movie and his portrayal as Captain Phillips was stunning 😀 . He was believable and reasonable throughout even during the most “tense” moments. Plus his last five minutes (can’t say when as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ) was so full of emotion, you felt for the character. The four Somali-American actors portraying the pirates were also very realistic in their performance and were quite scary. I enjoyed when the ship was first being taken over as the tension and drama around that section was thrilling and gripping 🙂 . I have to admit the tension did hit a point where I wasn’t as enthralled as I should have been. It dulled while he was at sea without his crew but did pick up again near the end. Overall, a decent and enjoyable biography film to watch 🙂 . I recommend as it is worth a watch once. Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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La La Land

La La Land (2017)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical , Romance

The musical that has all the awards and recommendations that has taken the world by storm. I can admit this is a fabulous musical that has entertained and surprised me 🙂 . I loved the feeling of this movie 😀 . The wonderful musical nostalgia filled every scene that allowed moments like the “floating in the observatory” to be accepted. The story line was very entertaining and captivating as you felt for both characters Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). They both acted very well and their relationship was believable. The dance sections were far and few between but when they appeared, they were good 🙂 . My personal favourites were the opening, the “A Lovely Night” sequence and the end dance montage. The songs are also sublime and I loved “City of Stars” and “The fools who dream”.  I also loved the colour of the set and costumes plus I really enjoyed the first section 🙂 . Unfortunately, near the end I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I was still captivated and still enjoyed it. The ending was perfect, just not my cup of tea 😛 . It kind of suggested you can either have true love or dreams, you can’t have both. I know technically it’s a happy ending but I am true romantic I just wished it ended differently. A great movie that I do recommend and probably deserves it awards… it just depends on what you want from a musical. Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

P.S. Happy Chinese New Year!

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Here’s to the fools who dream.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

The sequel to the first “How to Train Your Dragon” and it had a lot to live up to. It lives up pretty well and was entertained throughout the entire film 🙂 . The story is simple to follow but keeps the feel and nostalgia of the first movie while giving us new characters that slot in well. I loved the fact the Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) looks grown up and even had a stubble which is pretty good for an animation 😀 ! The beginning is good as it throws you straight into the story with the familiar and favourite characters of the series. It also has plenty of danger for the characters, twists and fights to keep most entertained 😛 . I liked the development for Hiccup and the new character of Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchett) was a nice addition. I also found parts funny such as Ruffnut (Kristen Wing) when she sees Eret (Kit Harington) 😛 . The music and sense of adventure is nice in this and the bad guy was impressive with his army of Dragons (won’t say much more as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ). There is also a shocking death that happens (again can’t say who 😛 ) that I had not expected and was done quite effectively 🙂 . However, the only downside was, during the middle section, the pace slowed and just wasn’t as captivating as it could have been. Therefore, the sequel is pretty great for fans of the original but just isn’t as good as it could have been 😛 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

This film is alright in general and quite good to watch 🙂 . It gives me everything it was supposed to but I was left feeling underwhelmed by the end of the movie. I think this is a film you have to have played the games beforehand, as I don’t know how true to the story it was or even if the ending was trying to lead onto the narrative of the game. However, I did really enjoy the “Spanish” side the story as the fight scenes were impressive and the look of the Assassins was stylish 🙂 ! There is a pretty decent cast in this film as well; Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons 😀 . I liked the Animus, the centre where the people were held and I liked how they were accessing the ancestors’ memories. I also like the look of the characters outside of the “Spanish” World and the “reason” for the narrative was good 🙂 . The overall movie was very entertaining and the pace was fairly decent. One of the main downside to this film was the other descendents of the assassins. They were irritating and at times wooden compared to the great acting of the main characters. The ending scene was the weakest of the entire film, they offered hints that did not appear (with a certain character) and the last shot was a tad cheesy 😛 . Altogether, a decent film that the fans of the game might enjoy but not the best movie in world 😛 . Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls (2016)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

This is a unique fantasy movie about a boy struggling with his mum’s illness who meets a tree monster. I don’t know if I would call this film a family friendly movie but children can watch this film without being bored. I really enjoyed this movie, was captivated throughout and the story was different 🙂 . I loved the watercolour animation effect during the Monster’s stories as it was intriguing and flowed into the normal narrative well. The film has plenty of tender moments in this movie that might bring a tear to your eye 😛 . Those mostly responsibly for causing tears were Felicity Jones (Mum) and Lewis MacDougall (Conor). Felicity Jones played a caring but ill mother and Lewis MacDougall’s performance was stellar as he portrays Conor’s emotions as it tries to cope with his situation. His silent struggle against bullies was profoundly effective and you root for him when he makes himself “noticed” 😀 . Also the relationships between Conor and his Mum, and between Conor and his Monster (Liam Neeson) are effective in this film 🙂 . The twist in “who called the monster” was nice and I like the hint / theory of who the Monster actually is (I won’t say my theory as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ). The human problems mixed well with the fantasy and this is a stunning story which makes this film a definitely must watch 😛 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Stories are wild creatures.

Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure

This is a fairly enjoyable movie following on from the success of the Madagascar film series that the entire family can enjoy 🙂 . I have to admit, while watching this film you do feel like it is created just to spin more money from the previous successful movies. However, it is fairly good and can keep the majority captivated enough 🙂 . The beginning sequence with the penguins as hatchlings’ (and how they all meet) is a very new and interesting to see. It is probably one of the best moments in this film as it sets the relationships well and builds that drive too. I also loved the North Wind team who were actually all cool, the seal was adorable and the wolf “Classified” is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch 😀 . I really do like the penguins and the majority is very entertaining and funny with its humorous dialogue. Children will love this movie more and those who like the Madagascar movies in general 🙂 . However, the third act of the movie (after the reveal and when the bad guy is winning) was weaker than the beginning and middle. The jokes struggled, the story weaker and the last 20 minutes kind of dragged. Plus the whole reason for the bad guy was weak in general and not very unique. Also some of you will find incognisances if you remember the penguins from the original movie. Overall, a decent film that will create laughs and keep children entertained 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Film

Lots may have good reviews about this animation but quite honestly, I was so bored of this entire movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s drawn beautifully and moments in this film are quite good 🙂 . I liked the train scene with the horse Spirit (voiced by Matt Damon) as that was done effectively. I have to give them (the director and team behind the film) credit as I did like the horses not being able to speak when human where around. Apart from when Matt Damon speaking the narration of course 😛 .  Also there is a decent soundtrack to this film that is fairly catchy 🙂 . However, as much as I kept watching throughout it wasn’t because it was entertaining. I found most of it boring and cheesy. I got the story and it could have been entertaining but the mute horses were not working for me. I have seen a horse movie where they shown me emotion, heart and dramatic stories and that was called War Horse. This was nothing like it. I mean I did like the character of Little Creek (Daniel Studi) and wished there were more scenes with him 😛 . The character of Spirit I wasn’t impressed with. Everything he did felt predictably cheesy and it ended like I expected. This is a film from Dreamworks that I wish I hadn’t seen and I can’t say I would recommend it. However, it is fairly good enough for youngsters or for those who loved it from their childhood 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

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Some legends can never be tamed.

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor (2013)

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

This movie is alright especially for those who love biographical war movies 🙂 . Personally, for me I can’t say it was anything other than being alright, nothing really wrong with it and nothing really good either. I was kept entertained throughout plus some moments were quite shocking and captivating. This is a definitely good war movie with the brutality, realistic moments, plenty of gun fire, the odd explosion and the tension between the Americans and Afghanistan’s. The set was good, the costumes were effective, and the main soldier characters were likable 🙂 . The actors who played them (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster) portrayed them well and you liked them all. Plus the deaths that happen in this film (the deaths of likable people not the unlikable 😛 ) were touching and dramatic. Those moments I did like and I loved the tension as people try to find them and the complications the “character” encounters 🙂 . However, try as it might it still isn’t the most entertaining movie and it’s nothing to rave about. It had predictability in it and some uninteresting sections. Though I was not entirely bored, as I mentioned earlier, but this definitely not the best war film you will ever see. I don’t think I will watch this again and probably won’t remember it. Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Live to tell the story.

Money Monster

Money Monster (2016)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

I was very much looking forward to this thriller about a television programme “Money Monster” being held hostage especially when George Clooney and Julia Robert would be in it 🙂 . Unfortunately, as much as this was good, there was something missing. Don’t get me wrong the storyline is intriguing enough and the danger level is fairly strong at the beginning. The story progresses well enough and the switch of the villain role with Kyle (Jack O’Connell) was good. I wanted him to succeed in his mission as some of his intentions have merit (don’t want to spoil too much in case you do actually watch this 😛 ). I liked the beginning scene and the scene when the FBI/police start to infiltrate the television station. The start actually is quite good and does build up the drama quite well. I liked the character of Lee Gates (George Clooney) and liked his relationship with Petty Fenn (Julia Roberts). However, the twist with Kyle’s character could have been more refined and written more cleverly. Plus his development with his girlfriend was unnecessary and annoying. I think what was wrong with this movie was that the level of drama in the beginning doesn’t maintain throughout and the climax isn’t that climatic 😛 . Rather, the end is mediocre and slightly irritating especially with what happens to the characters (you will know what I mean if you watch it). A good enough film that will fill up time but not as good as it should have been. Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

Also have a Wonderful New Year!

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