Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

I have been looking forward to seeing this movie since we first saw Gal Gadotโ€™s perform in Batman V. Superman. She did not disappoint and this has been my favourite DC movie so far ๐Ÿ˜€ . Finally, we have a new DC film that does not make me pull apart it narrative after I have watched it and I would look forward to watching again. The story had me captivated from beginning to the end and I really enjoyed seeing Wonder Woman fighting in World War 1. I know this may not be historically accurate and many people would have preferred her in World War 2 but I still very much enjoyed it and it worked for the narrative. Dianaโ€™s look was amazing and Gal Gadotโ€™s portrayal of her was stunning, fierce and impressive plus I canโ€™t wait to watch more of her ๐Ÿ˜€ . I liked the character of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) as he was believable and endearing. I also liked the secretary Etta (Lucy Davis) as she was a charming addition the story ๐Ÿ™‚ . The film was funny, entertaining and did bring a tear to my eye (canโ€™t say why as that would spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). They told us stuff about her past, โ€œwho she really isโ€ and I though the mixing of her world (the Amazons) worked well with the World War story. My favourite scene has to be when Wonder Woman fights across No Manโ€™s Land ๐Ÿ™‚ . Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya) looked terrifying though I feel we could have seen her defeated better. However, I loved the twist on who Ares truly was in this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the relationship between Steve and Diana but I know it canโ€™t last which is a shame. The look of the movie was great, I was captivated and was a worthy movie of Wonder Woman ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also found this movie to be less depressive then normal DC movies which I liked. I seriously recommend this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Wonder Woman
Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.

The Mummy

The Mummy (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

There are many bad reviews from critics about this summerโ€™s blockbuster but I really liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ . I found this story easy to follow (in a good way), I loved the Egyptian back story and I was entertained throughout. I really liked the Mummy Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) and her story plus the actress performed her great ๐Ÿ˜€ . She was scary, looked amazing and when she โ€œreturnsโ€ her graphics as a Mummy were cool. I liked the CGI on the mummies and liked how she โ€œturnedโ€ others, plus her first attack on the mortals in England was pretty cool ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked the main character of Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and he was a likable character to follow. Plus I really liked his flashbacks / imagination with the Princess which helped keep the story flowing ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are some big moments which are cool such as the plane crash, underwater mummies, and when the glass turns to sand in London. ย I also liked the โ€œsecret companyโ€ that becomes involved as it hints to a possible other movie (even a series of movies) and gave a new element to the typical Egyptian mummy story. However, there are some rough edges to the tale and I do sense that they did try and shove too many tales without flowing properly. The action scenes arenโ€™t the best so fans of action may feel disappointed. The weakest part for me was Jenny (Annabelle Wallis). She was great at first (I found her moment seeing the mummies with Nick in the church funny ๐Ÿ˜› ) but as she went on, she became irritable and not interesting. I did not care what happened to her and liked the Mummy better ๐Ÿ˜› . Though she is minor and you can still enjoy the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is a really good movie that I would happily watch again but I am a little biased as I loved watching adventure movies involving Egyptian tales ๐Ÿ˜› . This is worth the watch and I canโ€™t wait to see what comes next in the Dark Universe franchise ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda The Mummy
Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters

 

Fast & Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 (2015)

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

I can’t say I am the biggest fan of the Fast and Furious franchise as I have only seen around about 2 of these movies. However, saying that I know enough to able to watch this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . It is quite entertaining and captivating enough to keep you watching from beginning to the end. There are plenty of big action scenes in this that are pretty impressive ๐Ÿ™‚ . Such as the driving the car through buildings or sky diving with the cars ๐Ÿ˜› . Also the fight scenes with the villain Deckard Shaw ( Jason Stratham) were really cool. He made an impressive and deadly opponent plus the hospital scene at the beginning was a cool introduction to the character. I also really loved Paul Walker’s character and his scenes in this such as his “Jump from Coach on Cliff”ย and “slamming door shut to protect child”ย were great ๐Ÿ˜€ ! However, the overall awesomeness was not carried over entirely and some moments struggle to deliver. Of course we have the bikini’s, fast cars, bums on show and the occasional “sexy”ย car wash but that is expected with the franchise ๐Ÿ˜› . There was a weak fighting scene with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the female guards. It was not very impressive and looked weak compared to the men fights in the movie. If you took this scene out I don’t think the movie would be affected at all. Even the character of Letty and the other female characters weren’t that good. She came off a little bit boring even with her amnesia storyline and no other female character was memorable. Though, some of men were not good either such as Roman (Tyrese Gibson), who at times became irritating to hear his over-the-top jokes. This is not to say it’s a terrible movie because I did enjoy watching and the ending was good ๐Ÿ™‚ . I think you have to watch all the other films first to appreciate this movie as for me I felt at a disadvantage. The storyline was good, villain impressive, the action scenes great and a fitting movie in dedication to Paul Walker ๐Ÿ™‚ . A must see for those who love franchise and a decent movie for those who don’t ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Fast and Furious 7
Vengeance hits home

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The ending to the great Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (or so they say ๐Ÿ˜› ) which is wonderful for those who love those movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . The narrative is good and entertaining throughout. The beginning scene was really amazing as it connected us with the new character Henry (Brenton Thwaites) straight away while giving us nostalgia by reminding us of older story lines ๐Ÿ˜€ . I really did like the character of Henry and I did like the new addition of Carina (Kaya Scodelario) especially her role. I enjoyed as we learnt more of her past and appreciated her role as a smart but not overly rich pretty girl making her different from other female roles in this franchise ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved the look of the villains, loved the new main villain Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and their half rotten appearance. How the ship “ate” was also great ๐Ÿ˜€ . The scene where we see how that crew (the villains) came to be was one of my favourites and there are plenty of good action scenes. I also appreciate that we got to see the majority of the old cast back (Johnny Depp still fabulous as Captain Jack ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and the cameo of Paul McCartney was amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ !! The humour is also strong especially the scene of the guillotine ๐Ÿ˜› . However, as much as I loved this I am uncertain of if I loved this out of pure loyalty. The narrative at times is not captivating enough to enthral and this still is nothing compared to the original movie. I felt a spark had disappeared somewhere either in the narrative or script of maybe they couldn’t live up to expectation. It’s a shame but this is still way better than the fourth instalment ๐Ÿ˜› . Overall, a strong finish that may not be a good as the original but great for any fan wanting to see their favourite characters one last time ๐Ÿ™‚ . Plus the monkey is back so I am pleased ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Pirates of the Caribbean 5
The dead have taken command of the sea.

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.

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.

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.

Ghost in a Shell

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

This film adaption of the original Japanese Manga is exactly as I imagined it would be and more ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I have never watched or read the original 90โ€™s Manga (or Anime) ย so I am unsure how true it was but I was so captivated that I did not mind ๐Ÿ˜› . The worldโ€™s set up is original, bright, well crafted and (kind of) believable. It looked like a realistic future and with that small introduction at the beginning, you believe that those characters actually โ€œliveโ€ there. Even though this is clearly a dystopian world it didnโ€™t feel depressive which helped make this film enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚ . Not only was the world set up great (making me want to learn more ๐Ÿ˜› ), the music and characters were also crafted well. The CGI and design of Majorโ€™s robotic body was great. Also everyone elseโ€™s CGI for the robotic parts did not seem fake (which is obviously a good thing ๐Ÿ˜› ). I loved all the characters but my favourites were Batou (Pilou Asbรฆk), Kuze (Michael Pitt) and Scarlett Johansson as Major stole the show ๐Ÿ˜€ ! The fight scenes are plentiful, the chase scenes are good and parts are a bit scary / freaky (like the Geisha Robots ๐Ÿ˜› ) . There are nice shocking moments and twists that should have been predicable but were great instead ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved that twist and I loved when we start learning more about Majorโ€™s past ( I canโ€™t say which part in the movie as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). The pace flowed well and I would have liked to watch more of this film. A great Sci-fi that kept me entertained throughout and I would happily watch again ๐Ÿ™‚ . I definitely recommend whether you were a fan of the original or not ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Ghost in a Shell
They did not save your life. They stole it.

Power Rangers

Power Rangers (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

I was very excited about this as I used to watch the original series back when I was a child though I was a little anxious as this could also go very wrong. However, I very much enjoyed this movie for the nostalgia and for just being awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ ! The style of the movie is very slick and fits well with what we remember of the โ€œRangersโ€. The suits looked great, the zords are different from the original series but the film had a complete rework so you can forgive it ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main cast (Dacre Montgomery, Noami Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin and Becky G.) are fresh and very good at portraying the individual characters. I liked how each had a back-story that was relatable and understandable and made you actually root for the characters. My favourites were Zackโ€™s back-story and the character of Billy ๐Ÿ˜€ . However each one was pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ . Elizabeth Banksโ€™ portrayal of Rita Repulsa was awesome and she was a terrifyingly evil! Her costume and movements made her a weirdly believable villain to defeat. The look of Zordon and Alpha 5 were great even if it was different. I loved the beginning and hint to a series of movies by that teaser in the credits ๐Ÿ˜› . It had some shocking and surprising moments that I was not prepared for ๐Ÿ™‚ . Also this movie is surprisingly not cheesy even when playing that original song from the series as it just became nostalgic. The humour and the charactersโ€™ relationships were great too. Overall, a truly fabulous movie that is great for the fans of the original and for the younger generation (to be fair I think the entire family will enjoy this ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I am looking forward to seeing another Power Ranger movie which I am sure is on the way ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Power Rangers
Itโ€™s morphinโ€™ time!