Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

I had not heard much of this before the first trailers but I was excited to see a new sci-fi movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story line is very entertaining and interesting throughout. The beginning was very captivating at the start and actually quite emotionally as well (when you see the scene you will know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜› ). The graphics and the overall visual world was absolutely amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ . It the way the โ€œCity of a Thousand Planetsโ€ was created was very interesting to see and I loved how in each world I was immersed entirely. They flowed well and the โ€œmissionsโ€ in the film were action packed and exciting to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . The overall main storyline is a little predicable but I found it enjoyable enough to watch till the end. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne were great as Valerian and Laureline. Their chemistry was a nice touch and very believable ๐Ÿ™‚ . All the cast was very good but the main two characters were the best. Rihanna was pretty decent as her character Bubble and I did enjoy her change outfits routine ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, her character was not as compelling as she could have been to make me care for her as much as her scene (you will know which one ๐Ÿ˜› ) wanted me too. The twist in the story is not a shocker but I did enjoy the ending ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is a really good sci-fi that I would happily watch again and I enjoyed its pleasant tale. I think it needs a pleasant story to start us off with this new world and the films which I am sure are to follow ๐Ÿ˜€ . This is worth the watch for anyone who loves Sci-fi and wanting something new ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Valerian
A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits.

Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship (2016)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is one of the newest versions of Jane Austenโ€™s books which I had not seen before. Love & Friendship is based on the novella Lady Susan and being a fan of previous novels turned to movies, I couldnโ€™t wait to watch this ๐Ÿ™‚ . The costumes (especially Lady Susanโ€™s dresses) were amazing, the scenery and houses were great and the background music was suitable. The beginning the story was quite appealing and captivating enough to keep you intrigued. I loved the โ€œintroductionsโ€ to the characters by giving each person a title and witty description ๐Ÿ˜€ . That made it unique and at times quite funny to read ๐Ÿ˜› . ย Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan Vernon wonderfully as I believed the character throughout. She was definitely the most entertaining and memorable of them all ๐Ÿ™‚ . The comedy was mostly mild throughout but Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) was absolutely hilarious ๐Ÿ˜€ . He was my favourite in this film and I especially loved his scene with the โ€œpeasโ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . Also the dialogue is very faithful to the period and book and at times this wasnโ€™t always a good thing.ย  It got a little confusing to follow what actually was happening, who was tricking who and had Lady Susan succeeded? The ending was also very much of a let-down. ย It felt rushed and shoved together to make a happy ending without actually achieving in movie time. I was unsure how I felt with who married who and that Lady Susan kind of got away with it. Also Frederica Vernon wasnโ€™t the most interesting character to care about. I guess this is great for fans of Jane Austen only but I think reading the book would be better ๐Ÿ˜› . However, it is acted great and the odd humour is worth it for Jane Austen fans ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

Panda Love and Friendship
A lady never reveals her tactics.

Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven (2005)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

This is a very sweet romantic movie that is perfect for those lazy days watching with friends ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is a pleasant story to follow that is surprisingly very captivating from beginning to the end. There are a few emotional moments in this story that may not be as strong as others in this genre but it is enough. There are plenty of surprises and twists for this easy to follow storyline that help keep it entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚ . For example, I loved it when we learnt more about what may have happened to Elizabeth and how she is connected to David. The romance between Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) and David (Mark Ruffalo) is sweet, charming and believable ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved their first meeting and how their animosity at the beginning was very comical. I especially loved the scene where Elizabeth is annoying David singing โ€œTomorrowโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ . The addition of the psychic Darryl (Jon Heder) is fine and worked well with the story and Abby (Dina Spybey-Waters) was quite funny ๐Ÿ™‚ . I enjoyed the beginning scene which gives us a hint of what Elizabethโ€™s life was like and does introduce the tone of the movie well. ย I also loved the small addition of the magic /other worldly stuff such as the niece being more aware than normal (when you watch it you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ) . The ending is great and kind of has a fairytale feel to the overall movie. This story is a tad predicable near the end but I liked it originality at the beginning and reason for these characters to meet ๐Ÿ™‚ . Overall, this is a sweet, entertaining and fantastic movie that is great for anyone who loves romantic comedies with a touch of something different ๐Ÿ˜€ . ย I would recommend this movie and would happily watch again ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Just like Heaven
Feel the connection.

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

The 3rd film in the reboot franchise that started in 2011 and quite honestly I enjoyed this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The graphics are really good, the story is much darker and I was quite captivated throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are many bad reviews I have seen about this and I can get where they are coming from. It is a tad predictable (but if you have seen any of the first movies from the 60โ€™s then you should know how this should go ๐Ÿ˜› ) and itโ€™s not a typical war film. Well I think it has enough war elements for a Planet of the Apes movie but if you were expecting a proper one side vs. another than this is not that. It is messier with a real nasty side of war sliding in with desperate humans who arenโ€™t all kind. I personally did not mind these issues ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked the references to the story to come (to the 60โ€™s start) such as introducing a small child Nova (Amiah Miller) and I really liked the flashbacks of Koba (Toby Kebbell) when Caesar (Andy Serkis) was at his worst. I also loved the new addition of Bad Ape played by Steve Zahn who was lovely and really funny ๐Ÿ˜€ .ย  There are some shocking and sad moments in this such as the scene in the cave and you do truly feel so sorry for Caesar. My favourite scene was the escape from the โ€œHuman Zooโ€ (I wonโ€™t say what scene specifically as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). I personally liked this movie more than the second one in the reboot and it felt fitting for the end movie. However, I would have preferred a different ending but that is just me I think not a reflection of the overall film. A great watch and needs to be seen to finish off the Planet of the Apes reboot movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda War of the Planet of the Apes
For freedom. For family. For the planet.

Baby’s Day Out

Babyโ€™s Day Out (1994)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family Film

A typical example of a classic 90โ€™s family movie that is surprisingly quite good ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story is very simple to follow but it is highly enjoyable for the entire family. The story is about a rich Baby Bink being taken by three kidnappers Eddie (Joe Mantegna), Norby (Joe Pantoliano) and Veeko (Brian Haley). The comedy in this film is slapstick humour but it does work ๐Ÿ™‚ . They go through hug, awkward and dangerous moments (such as jumping from buildings or climbing various scaffolds) but comes across hilariously. The baby is adorable and you want him to succeed throughout ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved it more when the baby was just following his favourite book unintentionally rather than on purpose as the latter half of the film suggested. He has a charm that works as he avoids and makes his kidnappers struggle to catch him ๐Ÿ™‚ . As much as I loved the slapstick and 90โ€™s humour the โ€œattacksโ€ can get a little uncomfortable to watch, but as long as you donโ€™t take this film too serious then it is enjoyable. I personally loved the ending scene as it was very funny and I would not have minded a sequel from that hint ๐Ÿ˜› . Each of the problems are funny to see and the overall cuteness makes this movie highly entertaining and surprisingly captivating ๐Ÿ˜€ . A great family movie for all and I do recommend watching this movie at least once ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Baby's Day out
No bib. No crib. No problem.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk (2017)

Genre: War, Drama, Action, History

I have never watched the original Dunkirk so I am unsure how close this version is to that movie and or real events. However, I found Christopher Nolanโ€™s version to be fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I was captivated and enthralled from start to end ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I loved the opening as it throws you straight into the drama and danger! There are big names in this movie such as Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and of course Harry Styles. Harry Styles who played soldier Alex was actually pretty good and you forget who he is (being a singer and so on ๐Ÿ˜› ) as the film continues. The big drama scenes such as being trapped in a sinking ship were all awesome and entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚ . It keeps you on edge of your seat as you are unsure who will survive or how the situation will develop. There is a non-linear narrative because we are following more than one character. I personally loved this unique way of presenting the story of Dunkirk ๐Ÿ˜€ . I really liked how we saw the same scene multiple times from different perspectives, without it being predictable, cheesy or boring. It was subtle, flowed well and I quite enjoyed seeing where each โ€œimportantโ€ character was in relation to the drama. My favourite characters were Collins (Jack Lowden) and Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are some highly emotional moments and a sense of pride when the โ€œendingโ€ happens (when you watch you will know). This war film is certainly more of a survival suspenseful movie but it certainly worth the watch for anyone one who loves historical genres ๐Ÿ™‚ . I even liked the sense of not everything finishing off well and that not everyone makes it home (I wonโ€™t say any more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). I certainly recommend this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Dunkirk
Hope is a weapon. Survival is victory.

Aladdin

Aladdin (1992)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Disney

This is one of those Disney Classics that the entire family can enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story is highly entertaining and is adventure filled keeping both adults and children captivated. The narrative is simple to follow but it has danger elements such as the โ€œpalace in the snowโ€ or the โ€œescaping the caveโ€ to stop it from becoming boring. Aladdin is a very sympathetic character who has a sweet and charming element about him that makes you want him to succeed ๐Ÿ™‚ . Princess Jasmine is a very good love interest and her reasons in the film are totally understandable. The villain Jafar is very impressive and I loved his constant trickery throughout ๐Ÿ˜€ !! The humour is as strong as the adventure in this. The animal characters (Abu and Iago) are great but itโ€™s the Genie who makes this ๐Ÿ™‚ ! He is voiced by the late but great Robin Williams whose adlibs are so unique you canโ€™t help but be entertained ๐Ÿ˜€ . Some of the joke references may be dated (as this was for a 90โ€™s audience originally ๐Ÿ˜› ) but they arenโ€™t terrible so the quality of the movie is not affected. The songs in this such as a Friend like Me, A Whole New World and Prince Ali are all amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I think overall this entire film is exactly what you expect and want from a Disney Animated Classic. I enjoyed this film as a child and I can still love this film many years later ๐Ÿ™‚ . I personally loved the beginning with the hint of dark tones, mystery, adventure and of course magic ๐Ÿ˜› ! This film has something for everyone and will be a big hit anyone. If you havenโ€™t seen this yet you need to and it is perfect for fans of Disney that caters for boys and girls ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda aladdin
A diamond in the rough

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Genre: Drama, War

This is one of those classic war films that everybody needs to watch at least once in their lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I really enjoyed this film but I have to say from the beginning, this film will suit those who love war films more than those who arenโ€™t that much of a fan ๐Ÿ˜› . The beginning is intense, action packed and for the first 10 minutes you are forced with the brutality of war. This I did liked as it is what you expect from a war movie and did keep me on the edge of my seat ๐Ÿ™‚ . I was more interested when the โ€œreason for filmโ€ and the rescue mission began. I even liked when we lost someone in the group (I wonโ€™t say names as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) it was very strong as their acting skills made you feel and believe their pain. The story kept me intrigued and captivated until the end. The battle scenes are very action packed and impressive ๐Ÿ™‚ . Plus I even liked the difference each character made when reacting to situations or the war in general. Tom Hanks is very impressive as Captain Miller who made a likable character we wanted to follow ๐Ÿ˜€ . His supporting cast were also good as the other soldiers and I even liked that I could not guess who would survive! However, as much I loved this film there are some parts that I did not like. Such as the ending itself, I understand and I will not judge it too much but I found Private Ryan (Matt Damon) rather selfish and not likable. I also found in the final battle, that a certain character (on the good side) was annoying because he did not get a comeuppance for his actions (wonโ€™t say who when you watch you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ). Plus the edge of American patriotism in the ending was a tad cheesy. However, still a great film for war movie fans and worth a watch a least once ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Saving Private Ryan
The mission is a man.

Don’t Breathe

Donโ€™t Breathe (2016)

Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller

This is one of the most unique and truly enjoyable horror movies I have seen in a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ . The twist is (mostly told in trailers, other reviews and blurbs of the film so watch out ๐Ÿ˜› ) amazing and kept me hooked throughout. The main three characters Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) are not likable characters especially Money. They (Rocky and Alex) are given reasons for their bad behaviour but you arenโ€™t supposed to like them initially. However, when the robbing of the wrong house begins everything changed! I loved the constant shocks and surprises from The Blind Man (Stephen Lang) were brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ . He was intense and terrifying plus the more we got to know him the more I felt for the teenagers. The fight scenes were great and the fear, nail-biting, edge of your seat moments were great ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the scene where the survivors are running from the cellar in the dark ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the danger element within that scene and loved that they must have actually filmed in the dark as their pupils were dilated. The main thing that is great in this movie was the facial expressions and body language of the characters especially Rocky and The Blind Man. She showed her fear and anguish through her facial expressions which had you hooked ๐Ÿ˜€ ! Plus Stephen Langโ€™s portrayal showed vulnerability, sadness, and anger which made him an intense character I have seen from a horror film for a long while ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved the ending which allows a promise of a sequel and if not, left it with a great feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ . A feeling that neither one of the characters are as good as the other leaving you questioning who truly is the victim? A great horror / thriller film that is very unique, great for horror fans and will leave you wanting more ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Dont Breathe
This house looked like an easy target. Until they found what was inside.