Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

I was looking forward to an epic adventure about a classic biblical tale that should have been good especially with the level of CGI available ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, I found this film just okay. ย The first half of the movie was passable (almost boring) as you are willing to accept everything for the โ€œactionโ€ to start. It already feels too long before we have even got to the plagues which should have been the big money spinner scenes full of CGI and awesomeness. However, it really is not. CGI is okay but thatโ€™s the only credit I can give ๐Ÿ˜› . The director, Ridley Scott, has taken away the magic element and tried to make things more realistic to a tale that did not need it. For example, the river that turns red now involves crocodiles… ๐Ÿ˜› . Moses (Christian Bale) was not likable and did not inspire me to want his character to succeed. Half the slaves were destroyed in the process of the plagues / events happening and the fact the Egyptian Pharaoh is not given the explanation before the final plague made me like his characters over Moses. The film was too long as it was trying to achieve a grand epic feel like from old style movies but in doing so left the film without emotion. It just plods along while getting you annoyed from the plagues onwards. I found the dialogue was not captivating to keep me entertained and I was waiting for the film to finish as I was getting bored. This is a highly disappointing film that should have been great but is awful and will annoy anyone who loved the original story. I donโ€™t think I will ever watch this again and will not recommend this movie ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy if you can ๐Ÿ˜›

I give this film 1 Star out of 5!

Panda Gods and Kings
Once Brothers, Now Enemies
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-FI

The newest Star Wars movie that almost everyone has been excited to see and I was so glad I did ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story was very entertaining and kept me fairly engaged from start to finish. The characters we got to know from the last film returned and we got to see Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) again which is great ๐Ÿ™‚ . There had been a change to his character which I did not mind too much as it gave depth and new development to the narrative. Plus it is nice to see Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in this movie as well ๐Ÿ™‚ . The music is typical and normal to a Star Wars movie which gives any fan a sense of nostalgia. ย I loved the development between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) which was interesting to watch and made the film that bit more intriguing ๐Ÿ˜€ . The new creatures were also good in this movie especially the bird like ones (on Lukeโ€™s planet) which were cute and funny ๐Ÿ˜€ .ย  The action and fight scenes were entertaining, enjoyable for any fan of big space fights and were choreographed well. The graphics were top notch like we expected and the film was surprisingly full of humour from the dialogue and reference for old fans to appreciate. However, some parts of this movie were not as good as expected and sequels to movies are often not as good as the first. ย The resistance seems to be in a never ending depressive defeat, stupid moves from certain good characters and an edge of cheesiness from some of the scenes (like that ending… ๐Ÿ˜› ). I know from other reviews this may not seem like a good sequel but I loved it ๐Ÿ˜€ . Yes, it is not as good as the first but I would happily watch this again and canโ€™t wait for the next instalment ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Star Wars Last Jedi
Itโ€™s time for the Jedi…to end.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

I recently got to see this movie in a preview and was extremely excited to see this sequel to one of my favourite childhood films of all time. I was so happy to not be disappointed, surprised and was captivated from beginning to the end ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved all the characters in this film especially the character of Bethany (Madison Iseman and Jack Black) ๐Ÿ™‚ . She surprised me as a character (I liked her more than I thought I would) and Jack Black was hilarious as a teenage girl ๐Ÿ˜› . Nick Jonas was also a great addition and his character of Alex was very intriguing for the story. My favourite avatar characters were Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) and Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) especially their skill set in the game ๐Ÿ˜› . The story was strong and entertaining plus the comedy element in this movie was high. I was laughing throughout and liked all characters though Fridge (Serโ€™Darius Blain and Kevin Hart) was my least favourite (though his character got better later on ๐Ÿ˜› ). I liked how the game changed, I loved the world inside the game plus the CGI was very good. I also adored that they had not forgotten the original movie by adding a reference now and then. The action scenes were great especially the scene with the helicopter ๐Ÿ˜€ . I was very happy with this movie and it did exactly what it said it would do from the trailers. This is a great sequel for any original Jumanji fan and I cannot wait to watch this movie again ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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The game has evolved.

Justice League

Justice League (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

There has been some anticipation regarding the DC Cinematic Universe especially after the success of Wonder Woman (2017). The story ran well and I was fairly entertained from beginning until the end ๐Ÿ™‚ . The CGI is good and the fight scenes okay but the villain was not impressive. Not that he was terrible but he was certainly predictable and I had no fear he would win. Wonder Woman (Gal Godot) was great in her scenes (the suitcase scene was good) and her chemistry with Batman (Ben Affleck) was great ๐Ÿ˜€ . The Flash (Ezra Miller) was a good and almost funny character though I took a while to like him as I can still remember the Flash from the TV series ๐Ÿ˜› . The idea of the story was quite predictable which was disappointing as it made me wait as they inevitably find each other and work together. The twist (which you probably can guess from the trailers ๐Ÿ˜› ) was again predictable but at least how he came โ€œbackโ€ was interesting. The jokes are not that funny (though some are passable ๐Ÿ˜› ) and Batmanโ€™s attitude towards Wonder Woman was annoying (when they are deciding what to do about the โ€œTwistโ€). To be fair, this film is not terrible. It had some good elements, CGI is good and it was fairly good at continuing from the previous movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . I do wish it had held more surprises then what they showed us in trailers but I did appreciate the end credits which was great ๐Ÿ˜€ . I am glad to have watched it and would recommend this to any fan of the DC movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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You canโ€™t save the world alone.

Jack the Giant Killer

Jack the Giant Killer (2013)

Genre: Action, Fantasy

A retelling of the classic โ€œJack and the Beanstalkโ€ story, but with all that B-Movie quality that you come to expect when you watch films from channels like Syfy ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย  The first thing I must say is that there are no giants in this at all!! Unless they mean the giants are the large weird looking dinosaur/elephant that just looks strange. The film tries to throw us into the story straight away and then flashback to the start but it does not come across great. It worried me as I saw the terrible CGI monsters from the start. The one good thing I would give this film was I liked the idea of what had become of Jackโ€™s father which we learn early on ๐Ÿ™‚ . It was a nice twist and time difference that made his character one of the most interesting though that did not last long. The shame was they broke their own rule. Without trying to spoil much, they explained 1 day equals 1 year on earth time. Yet we see Jack there for some time (at least half a day) so surely at least 6 months should have passed? The acting is not great in this at all and I was really annoyed by the close ups to show emotion. The main villain (the Queen) became weak which was disappointing. The time that Earth should be set in was strange and confusing (it could be the 1950โ€™s, older or earlier?) The deaths were boring and the killing of the monster was predictable and I think the film forgot about the other monsters (there was at least three that arrived on earth and I can only remember one dying). This film is so bad and terrible I would never recommend this movie and will never watch this again. Enjoy if you can ๐Ÿ˜›

I give this film 0.5 out of 5 Stars!

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Jack went up the beanstalk, and brought down Hell.

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.

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!

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No Hammer. No Problem.

Geostorm

Geostorm (2017)

Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

I was looking forward to a decent disaster movie as I havenโ€™t seen any that have matched up to expectations for a while. This is not the best one you will ever see but it does a decent job ๐Ÿ™‚ . The CGI was plenty and decent quality. They were very dramatic to keep you entertained and I donโ€™t think this affected the movie at all. My favourite disaster was the ice blast in Brazil as it definitely kept you gripped to the movie though I did like the fire in Hong Kong too ๐Ÿ˜€ . The main characters were alright, I canโ€™t say I was attached to any of the characters and donโ€™t know if I was bothered if they made it. However, to be fair I canโ€™t say I did not like them either and they worked enough for you to enjoy the movie as a whole. I liked the reason for creating Dutch-Boy and the reason why this Geostorm was happening ๐Ÿ™‚ . The pace of the movie ran well and it does enough to keep you entertained throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . Each disaster that happened got more dramatic and you did feel for the characters involved (mostly those characters werenโ€™t main characters ๐Ÿ˜› ). The bad guy(s) tried to be different and clever which I appreciate but the cheesy attempt to create emotion near the conclusion was too much. I felt more for Maxโ€™s friend (when you watch it, you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ) then the people in space in the end. The movie ended rather too happily but I still enjoyed the overall movie. This is a decent disaster movie that is great for anyone who likes these types of film with a good story ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Control the weather, control the world.

Rogue

Rogue (2007)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror

This movie is about a group of tourists who get trapped on a small mud island right in the territory of a โ€œrogueโ€ crocodile. This movie does sound like one of those B-Movies that you love to sit and laugh at its impossible storylines, plot holes and terrible CGI ๐Ÿ˜› . However, this film is definitely not one of them. I was happily surprised by its plausible narrative and it was very interesting and captivating throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the beginning of this movie and the newspaper clips about โ€œmonster crocodile attacksโ€ giving us a hint of what is to come for the rest of the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked that in the first 30 minutes of this movie, we were allowed to get to know each individual character and I did not know who would be next (or first) to be โ€œkilledโ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . The suspense was great and there were some surprising deaths plus dramatic tension such as the โ€œclimb across the lineโ€ scene.ย  I was hooked as they tried to figure a way to survive and the way they defeat it was plausible which I appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ . The graphics were good and I liked how the crocodile looked realistic (as much as it could be as it was a rogue crocodile ๐Ÿ˜› ). ย The scenery was also very good and I absolutely loved the end credit music of โ€œNever Smile at a Crocodileโ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . I wish though, I was more interested in the main character Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) because as much as I did not hate him…I did not really like him either. Though his character is not terrible and does not affect the overall enjoyment of this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย Overall, this film is surprisingly enjoyable and great for anyone who loves monster horror flicks ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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How Fast Can You Swim?