The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance

What can I say, I love this movie and this film is what made me further my love for the original musical ๐Ÿ™‚ . I was a child when I first saw this and I am still entertained watching it now as an adult. The adaptation from theatre to screen works wonderfully and the narrative is entertaining throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . It sets up well, has plenty of surprises and twists plus the constant darkness (anyone could be next feeling) works giving a new element to the movie. I enjoyed how the film began and ended plus I especially loved the beginning scene where we go โ€œbackโ€ in time ๐Ÿ˜€ . The cast is great in this Gerald Butler, Emmy Rossum, Miranda Richardson and many more. Each created a believable character that I laughed at or with, cried, felt for and they added to the mystery of the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main thing to note is the songs in this and choreography! They are spectacular ๐Ÿ˜€ !! The voices were incredible and even those who were not as strong worked for the characters they were playing. My favourites (I loved them all but trying to only pick a few ๐Ÿ˜› ) was The Phantom of the Opera (obviously ๐Ÿ˜› ), Music of the Night, Masquerade and Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. The songs plus dรฉcor and movement were spell bounding and awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the movement in Masquerade the most. The set and costumes were really amazingly from the main star to the extra. You canโ€™t help but sit there and admire it ๐Ÿ™‚ ! Plus the love story is great but not too overpowering as the element of danger / darkness still slots in well. Overall, a fabulous adaptation that will have you captivated if you love musicals, romance or something that little bit darker ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Phantom of Opera
Listen to the Music of the Night

Colossal

Colossal (2017)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama

I was unsure about this movie and by the whim of my sister I gave this film a shot. And boy, I am glad I did ๐Ÿ˜€ . Not only does it have a great cast such as Anne Hathaway and Dan Stevens it has an amazingly unique narrative. It is a monster flick but the path it leads you on makes it far more unique than any other so far ๐Ÿ˜€ . Sure, itโ€™s not as action packed like other monster flicks but that work in its favour. I loved the fact this easy following pace just kept tricking me through out ๐Ÿ˜€ . For example, I thought it would end differently or a character who I thought was good ended up being really bad. They (the bad one) were my favourite character in this because it was such a switch (so unlikable but great for story ๐Ÿ˜› ) but I canโ€™t say who as that would spoil the film ๐Ÿ˜› . Anne Hathaway (Gloria) was fabulous in this especially when she became horrified part way through the film after she is โ€œbeat upโ€ in the park. The movement were so genuine that I felt her pain and felt for her character. The humour is strong in this and the comedy of the pub friends in great at the start ๐Ÿ™‚ . My favourite comedy moments were the โ€œI am the monsterโ€ dance section and the cafรฉ talk between Gloria and Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). I loved that the story got darker and the twist (remembering when she was a kid) was fitting and cool. Also that end section to finish the tale was done so cool that it becomes unique ๐Ÿ™‚ . I really loved this film and was so glad that it was better than I expected it to be ๐Ÿ˜€ . I would recommend this movie but donโ€™t go expecting some great dramatic monster flick. Accept that it is slow, let its steady pace to lead you and you will be pleasantly surprised ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Colossal
Thereโ€™s a monster in all of us.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

This film is one of my childhood favourites and can keep all ages quite entertained with its narrative ๐Ÿ™‚ ! It is based off Lemony Snicketโ€™s series of books and I canโ€™t say how true to books it was. However, that shouldnโ€™t matter as the story still comes across as compelling and captivating plus made me want to read those books ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is a nice Steam Punk feel to the filming, costumes and world that made it appealing, unique and different. The children were great in this Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and adorable Sunny (by Kara and Shelby Hoffman) as they made you certainly feel for them. Jim Carrey was fantastic as Count Olaf ๐Ÿ˜€ . His facial expressions were fabulous, his overall persona was captivating and hilarious plus makes a very entertaining villain. I liked the events and how they progressed through the film. It felt like I was watching a far longer film than it was and I really did want to keep seeing more adventures ๐Ÿ˜› . The โ€œeventsโ€ were very good and action filled. The car event and hurricane were the most captivating and entertaining scenes. It also loved the moments of sweetness and sadness from the children and I loved the end scene ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย There is also a great cast of side characters such as Timothy Spall, Catherine Oโ€™Hara and Meryl Streep. My favourite was Billy Connolly as Uncle Monty ๐Ÿ™‚ . The addition of the writer narrator played by Jude Law really worked and I loved that they kept tricking throughout (making you think it will end one way but didnโ€™t ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is a great family film that has a strong story and acting that can keep all entertained throughout. If you have not already seen this then I recommend you do at least once ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Unfortune Events
Donโ€™t say we didnโ€™t warn you.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Genre: Drama, Romance

I have loved this movie as a child and it still has not disappointed when watching it again now ๐Ÿ™‚ . It is a great adaptation from Jane Austenโ€™s book that is mostly faithful but still makes you feel like you are watching a new story ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is a stellar cast in this movie such as Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and many more ๐Ÿ˜€ . Each character was as realistic as possible and made us feel for (and believe) these characters because of their extremely excellent performance in this movie. I quite liked all the main characters equally and donโ€™t think I can pick a favourite ๐Ÿ˜› . The pace of the film runs well and gives us plenty of details without boring us with too much ๐Ÿ˜› . There is a good level of humour still added in this movie with some odd scenes and clever dialogue. This movie does more focus on the romance element but that is expected as this is a Jane Austen tale. The heartbreaking scene with Marianne is stunning (the one in the rain later in the film) and memorable ๐Ÿ™‚ . Each of the sisters (Elinor and Marianne) has a sad moment which makes you feel for them and could make one quite tearful. The relationships are quite believable between the characters and makes the tale very interesting. The film ends well plus the costumes and set of this movie are stunning ๐Ÿ˜€ ! This is a fantastic period drama movie that can keep a fan entertained from beginning to end. Plus the movie has a nice 90โ€™s nostalgia that works in the filmโ€™s favour ๐Ÿ™‚ . I would definitely recommend this if you love period drama romances ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Sense & Sensibility
What do you know of my heart?

A Dog’s Purpose

A Dogโ€™s Purpose (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

I am not usually a fan of animal movies but when I do see a decent one I love them. This is a truly amazing movie ๐Ÿ˜€ !! It had me in tears constantly (I literally have not cried as much to a movie as I did this one ๐Ÿ˜› )! The story itself is really unique and I loved the idea of this one dog who keeps on โ€œcoming backโ€ in order to find out his purpose in life. The dogs were all adorable and really good little animal actors plus the voice over by Josh Gad was genius ๐Ÿ™‚ . He gave true personality and life into the various dogs (though mostly Bailey) and excelled in making us either laugh or cry. Comedy in this movie was pretty high (not as much as the sad sections) and I loved how they took everyday things and described them as a โ€œDogโ€ would ๐Ÿ˜€ ! We get to see various different owners and their individual stories. I quite liked them all equally though I do wish we had gotten to see more of the Police Officer Carlos as much as we saw of Maya or Ethanโ€™s. ย Even the bad owners (much as I did not like them) fitted the narrative well showing us all types of animal owners and what some poor dogs have to go through. The tragic moments were done extremely well and was heart breaking for anyone watching (not just Dog lovers). The main character we followed was Ethan (played by Bryce Gheisar, K.J. Apa and Dennis Quiad) and he was a likable character who we did want to see again as the dogโ€™s story developed ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the ending of this movie as it fitted in a happy ending without being overly cheesy ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also loved the idea of magic in the real world (how else can you explain how the same dog keeps returning? ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is an amazing movie that I would recommend to everyone (though probably those who like animal movies more ๐Ÿ˜› ). I definitely recommend as I think you will be missing a great movie if you donโ€™t watch this ๐Ÿ™‚ !! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda A Dogs Purpose
Every dog happens for a reason.

No Escape

No Escape (2015)

Genre: Action, Thriller

This film had been recommended to me plenty of times and I can say they were not wrong to do so ๐Ÿ˜› . This film hits all you except from an action movie and more ๐Ÿ™‚ ! There are plenty of action scenes and it does not let you sit easily.ย  Too many times I was shocked and on the edge of my seat! Owen Wilson is pretty awesome as the main character (Jack Dwyer) and shows that he can act serious as well (not just comedy roles ๐Ÿ˜› ). His supporting cast of Lake Bell (Annie Dwyer) and Pierce Brosnan (Hammond) were also great. The beginning scene was done quite well as it set up the situation efficiently, entertaining and kept you captivated ๐Ÿ™‚ . Even, when we have to learn where the main characters are we are desperate to see when the situation will hit them.ย  Personally, during that wait (when we get to know the โ€œimportantโ€ characters) was a little too long and not the most entertaining. Plus the ending could be seen as a tad cheesy and doesnโ€™t live up to the scenes we had just witnessed. However, when we did see the action they did not lose their initial level of tension ๐Ÿ™‚ . My favourite scene was when they have to jump to the next building (I wonโ€™t say no more as I donโ€™t to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). Plus, the constant death and uncertainty throughout was good. Not knowing if anyone was going to survive worked in the filmโ€™s favour ๐Ÿ™‚ . It began well, has some shocking deaths and shocking moments (one near the end with the daughter) and ended cool ๐Ÿ™‚ . As mentioned before, the end is kind of cheesy but the scene with boat (trying not to spoil) was very tense and awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ . This is a very good movie that may not be the most action packed but when the big scenes actually happen it makes it worth the watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda No Escape
Run like hell.

Justin and the Knights of Valour

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Film

This was a surprisingly great movie that I enjoyed throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . It has a simplistic storyline (a boy on his quest to become a Knight) but it also has very good moments that made it more unique. I loved that the film set up the world well within the first five minutes without over boring. I also enjoyed the hints to the bad guys and as we learnt more, I understood why they were โ€œfighting backโ€ but the film still had me wanting Justin to win. A really liked the world such as the loss of the Knights, the world design and the tower with the Monks ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main characters they introduced were all quite good especially Justin (Freddie Highmore) who was likable and Talia (Saoirse Ronan) who was not annoying ๐Ÿ˜› ! However, some of the side characters, such as Melquiades (David Walliams), who came of a tad too over-the-top which did become a tad irritating. However, the overall characters were good and the development of the story kept you captivated and intrigued throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . The animation was also great, I liked the song near the beginning โ€œHeroesโ€ and the last battle scene was pretty good. Also, I liked the small magic elements, the character connections to each other and overall was very enjoyable. A really great film with a pretty good concept of a story that is entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ . Great for the entire family and I think I would recommend this little gem ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Justin & Knights of Valor
Youโ€™ll make a terrible lawyer. Youโ€™re honest and not a very good liar.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Marvel

The sequel to the awesome first movie and it definitely did not disappoint ๐Ÿ˜€ ! We got to see the guardians once again and it was nice to see how they have bonded as a group and their development. The beginning was cool as it introduced the new story (and development for one character in particular) well and I loved the new characters. Ego (Kurt Russell) was a very interesting character and his role in the story (I shall try not to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) was really good. Adding more of Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) was also a very interesting mix ๐Ÿ™‚ . The songs are awesome again and it was nice to find out what was on Vol. 2 ๐Ÿ˜› . My favourite scene was the โ€œMr. Blue Skyโ€ beginning (for the Guardians at least :P) as that was funny and I also liked the โ€œrealisationโ€ moment. Again, I canโ€™t say too much as I donโ€™t want to spoil but I loved how we learn how โ€œthe twistโ€ affected Peter Quillโ€™s parents ๐Ÿ™‚ . The fight scenes where also good especially the โ€œPac-Manโ€ one ๐Ÿ˜› . Baby Groot is also so adorable in this and the humour level is still pretty high throughout this film ๐Ÿ˜€ . There is also a really sad moment in this movie that is really shocking near the end. Though, it surprisingly did not make it depressive and felt fitting for the characters to continue in the Marvel Universe. The new alien races and the new worlds they introduced to this movie were also exceptional ๐Ÿ™‚ . I canโ€™t say too much more as I think anyone who loves Marvel or the first movie will want (and should) see this sequel. I definitely recommend ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Guardians of the Galaxy 2
You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice.