ParaNorman

ParaNorman (2012)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

This is a movie about a strange boy who has to save his town when zombies appear. You can probably guess how this movie will end but if you prepare for predictability, you will be surprised ๐Ÿ˜› . The narrative was entertaining, captivating enough to keep you watching and was clever as it revealed more about the witch ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the beginning section of this film as it threw us into the story while introducing Normanโ€™s gift. The humour is a good and consistent level throughout. The stop motion CGI was executed well and made it appealing to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . What I really liked about this movie was that its script (narrative) was appealing to both children who itโ€™s aimed for and adults. The comedy in this film takes away any scariness (though it is a childrenโ€™s movie so I wasnโ€™t expecting any ๐Ÿ˜› ). The twist with who the witch is was a nice touch and made you change your opinions of characters as the film continued. I liked the zombies and how the town becomes taken over (trying not to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) and my favourite comedy element was the vending machine moments ๐Ÿ˜€ . Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) was a good character to follow as he was likable even if a little weird. The pace of the movie ran smoothly which helps to keep you captivated from beginning to end ๐Ÿ™‚ . Plus any fan of horror may see some references or chuckle at the jokes about the genre in this film. This is a surprisingly great family film that is suitable for all ages and I definitely recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Paranorman
You donโ€™t become a hero by being normal.
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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Family Film

I did not watch this movie when I was a kid and I remember actively avoiding it as it did not seem intriguing. I should have listened to younger me as I sat through this film ๐Ÿ˜› . The filmโ€™s narrative is passable and will certainly be more suitable to young boys aged 8 and under. The set up was okay, the reason of how Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) were โ€œcreatedโ€ and the adventure in the drool world was fine ๐Ÿ™‚ . The CGI is extremely awful and I am unsure whether at the time of filming the aim to make this โ€œ3-Dโ€ played a part. Its CGI did not survive the passage of time and you have to bear with an awful villain and weak CGI battles. The dialogue is silly, cringe-worthy and not worth remembering. They relied heavily on slapstick which was not the most appealing plus why did they (the director) think that โ€œsongโ€ from Sharkboy was a good idea? The end is a happy one but not surprising as the movie is very predictable. How the parents were brought to Max (Cayden Boyd) at the end was cheesy and Max as a main character was not a good one. Plus I am not a big fan of the names on the Planet Drool (Drool bad enough) as they are trying too hard to be clever such as โ€œRiver of Consciousnessโ€. To be fair, this could have been good. The idea of Maxโ€™s villain, the connection to the real world and the adventures such as the ice kingdom were okay ๐Ÿ™‚ . But it was all laced in cheese, the writers could not make their mind up as to whether this was real or not and the acting was not great enough to pull us through. This movie is only good for young boys or anyone who loved it as a child ๐Ÿ™‚ . Personally, you can get away with never watching this ever ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 1 Star out of 5!

Panda Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Everything that is…or was…began as a dream.

Death Note

Death Note (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Well first things first, if you were a fan or loved the Manga or anime than you arenโ€™t going to like this movie. Itโ€™s not terrible but it is no match or worth comparison to the original series. However, I will try to review it as something different (as I may be biased as I did like the original series ๐Ÿ˜› ) as it is not Japanese, the characters names changed (Turner instead of Yagami) and is set in America. Itโ€™s alright and the graphics (especially on Ryuk) is great ๐Ÿ˜€ . When Light first uses of the book; that is the most entertaining section along with the Ferris wheel was really different (from series) and cool ๐Ÿ™‚ . Light Turner (Nat Wolff) was alright (I really loved his scream reaction from Ryuk as that was funny ๐Ÿ˜› ) but it was strange. You try to watch it without thinking of the series but it is hard as they kept the premise, Shinigamiโ€™s, character names and roles yet they changed it too. The character I disliked the most was L (Lakeith Stanfield). He was so annoying and so dislikeable in how he โ€œtried to be a smart detectiveโ€ that I really wanted Light to win. The main problem of this movie is that the pace is really fast which does not work in favour of the narrative. It was so rushed that I donโ€™t think we were given enough chance to care for the characters (especially the ones we were supposed too ๐Ÿ˜› ). However, saying that, the new sections make this film good and itโ€™s not the worst thing I have ever seen ๐Ÿ˜› . The deaths were gruesome, the show watchable and overall alright to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . I would not recommend if you loved the original series but if you have never known of Death Note before then itโ€™s alright ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

Panda Death Note
The human whose name is written in this note shall die.

The Rezort

The Rezort (2015)

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

This movie in a nut shell is Jurassic Park but with Zombies ๐Ÿ˜› . However, donโ€™t get me wrong, just because it is easily described doesnโ€™t mean itโ€™s a bad movie. I surprisingly really enjoyed this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . The film was entertaining from start to finish and I could not guess who would be โ€œeatenโ€ or survive the resort. This is a B-Movie so you can expect a certain level of quality but it does try its best and I found it was as high a level as it could go. The characters (the main ones) were introduced well, the action was plentiful and I was given enough of a back-story of the apocalypse to go with the story ๐Ÿ™‚ . I did like the beginning as it introduced the tone of the film well; I really liked the scenes when the system โ€œfailsโ€ and the twist ๐Ÿ™‚ . The twist was not the most shocking but it was clever as it made sense (as the characters do mention it earlier so it links the story well) and was a little surprising. I did like the hint that those Zombies may be smarter than expected such as the one who screams and really has it in for the owner (when you watch you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ). I donโ€™t know if the acting was the best but I did not really dislike a character and some I was gutted to lose. This is a different, surprisingly good zombie flick that can keep any Zombie fan happy ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is worth a watch if you donโ€™t mind B-Movies and love the Zombie genre ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda The Rezort
A vacation to die for.

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day (2017)

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

I was very excited to see this movie from the moment I saw the first trailer and when I did watch it I was not disappointed ๐Ÿ˜€ . This film is very unique and enjoyable to watch from the beginning to the end. This movie is a teen slasher flick but the fact the main character keeps coming back gave this film a great edge of interest ๐Ÿ™‚ . It was like a horror but also a murder mystery as you were gripped in the story trying to figure out who the killer was. The main character Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), was actually not a nice character but I liked that as the film went on, she became so much more likable ๐Ÿ™‚ . This was very refreshing to be introduced to character like that. There was a good element of comedy with some of the witty and strong dialogue but not overpowering that it destroys the movie ๐Ÿ˜› . This movie is not scary horror at all but it is a very โ€œjumpyโ€ horror which does lead to a very entertaining movie. I think the overall cast acted well and I really liked how the film kept me guessing. I never guessed who the killer was and the surprise twist near the end definitely took me off guard ๐Ÿ˜› . I was very pleased that this movie avoided predictability when working with clichรฉs from slasher movies. Plus I really liked the soundtrack to this film ๐Ÿ˜€ . This was a surprisingly fabulous movie that I would happily add to my DVD collection and watch over again ๐Ÿ˜€ . If you like horrors but with a twist or time repeating murder mysteries then this is for you ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Happy Death Day
Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family Film, Fantasy

I was not expected much from this movie as I had not heard much about it and decided to just give this film a chance. The best thing I can say about this film is that it is simply alright ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story was very predictable but pleasant enough and did keep me fairly entertained throughout. It is a lighthearted fantasy but enough to show you an entire magical world and I did enjoy the adventure style mission. The main character of Evie (Avery Arendes) I actually liked as we got to see her back story and situation plus she stayed true to character ๐Ÿ™‚ . Her other companions Eriu (Castille Landon) and Lรญr (Daniel Sharman) were good too. They did looked very โ€œB-Movieโ€ with their costumes and as much as their characters were okay they were tad cheesy ๐Ÿ˜› . Most of the characters had a stereotypical feel to them and cheesiness affected the whole film but that could be a side effect of trying to create an entire fantasy world. The Horse was great and I really liked how Evie entered the world of Albion ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also really liked when they found The Abbess (Jennifer Morrison) and the character of Eremon (Liam McIntyre) was alright. I did liked the twist with who Evieโ€™s parents are (as its predictability of this movie could have lead it a different way ๐Ÿ˜› ) but I wish the film had ended differently. John Cleese was hard to spot straight away as his character (General Eader) is so disgusting but I think he acted him well (as I think the disgusting thing is on purpose ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is a pleasant and fairly entertaining fantasy for the entire family of all ages ๐Ÿ™‚ . If you like child friendly fantasy adventure movies than this is for you ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Albion
An Ordinary Girl. An Extraordinary Destiny.

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Marvel

I was so excited to see this newest edition to the Thor movies and this one is the best so far ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story matched the expectation while also keeping you surprised (it is not predicable ๐Ÿ˜› ). The pace was very good especially for the fact, this film is the shortest in length and you did not feel it at all. I felt like I was thrown into the action (in a good way ๐Ÿ˜› ) and I did not have to wait before I was shown the next. The main cast that you expect, such as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) were great ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the additions of other Marvel characters into this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The scene with Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the way he treated the two brothers I adored and comedy of this movie was well placed ๐Ÿ™‚ . The colour scheme and the neon 80โ€™s feel made this film quite unique and very entertaining to watch the entire movie. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was amazing in this film and we saw the most of his character than ever before which made him funnier and adorable ๐Ÿ˜€ . I really liked the character of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) as for once there is a female (good) character in a Thor movie that I donโ€™t hate ๐Ÿ˜› . They gave us enough of her character to understand without overpowering the Thor narrative. The villain Hela, is the strongest in the Asgard world that I have seen and Cate Blanchett was impressive. This is the best Thor movie I have seen so far and I cannot wait to watch this again or see another sequel ๐Ÿ˜› . I definitely recommend this film to any Marvel Fan ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Ragnarok
No Hammer. No Problem.

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van (2015)

Genre:ย  Biography, Comedy, Drama

I had been recommended this movie by a few people and I was ready to be impressed by this โ€œmostlyโ€ biographical film ๐Ÿ˜› . No one can be disappointed by Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd because she performed great and created a believable character ๐Ÿ™‚ . To be fair, she was not the most likable character in this, but I could withstand it to watch this movie. Alan Bennett portrayed by Alex Jennings, was my favourite character as he was easy to follow and to like ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved that there are โ€œtwoโ€ Alan Bennettโ€™s in this movie who talk to each other and narrated along with us ๐Ÿ˜€ . When we did get to know the โ€œtwistโ€ and reason for Miss Shepherdโ€™s situation (which is hinted at in the beginning) was good. It was interesting as we found the answer with Alan Bennett plus the relationship between the two characters (Miss Shepherd and Bennett) was charming ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย The story is mostly okay and does keep you fairly entertained. I do believe this is more of a โ€œmarmiteโ€ type of film as I was not the most impressed as I know others have been. I found some parts too tedious and I was not entirely entertained. Though there are touching moments and as much as her character was unlikable, the film would not be as good as it was without Maggie Smith ๐Ÿ˜› . This is an alright movie if you are a fan of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith or British comedy biographical movies. I donโ€™t know if I would watch this again but I may recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

Panda The Lady in the Van
A mostly true story