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.

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.

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

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family Film

Another film from the Despicable Me franchise but this one is following Gru (Steve Carell) and his family unlike the Minions movie. Personally, I am glad we are following this family again as these character are what made this series along with the minions (not just Minions ๐Ÿ˜› ) . However, this movie is not spectacular as it could have been. Donโ€™t get me wrong this film is alright, almost great and is definitely a brilliant family film ๐Ÿ™‚ . Letโ€™s start with the positives. I loved the villain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) who played his part in this narrative great, his reason for villain worked and his 80โ€™s look was fabulous ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved his general 80โ€™s vibe and how his weapons were 80โ€™s items like a Rubik cube ๐Ÿ™‚ . The minions were funny in the prison especially with the freedom song ๐Ÿ˜› . I also liked the addition of Dru (Steve Carell) who slotted into the โ€œfamilyโ€ well and he became more likable as the story continued ๐Ÿ™‚ . He was charming and a fresh update that the family needed for this film ๐Ÿ™‚ . There were also sweet charming moments in this movie. ย Also the final battle was alright and entertaining plus I loved the ending scene with the “5 minute head startโ€ (I wonโ€™t hint no more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). However, the storyline was not the most original and was only fairly entertaining. The minions werenโ€™t as funny as they could have been and were not in it as much I was expecting them too. Iโ€™m not sure if that was a good thing and the general storylines felt like I was watching a television series episode with its individual sub plots. Though this film is still good enough for fans of Despicable Me, children, families and I did quite enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ . The film is not as great as the original but I think this is better than Minions ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Despicable Me 3
Dance Fight!

Spider-Man:Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Marvel

I have always been a huge fan of Spider-Man since I was a child and have been very excited to see this newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe ๐Ÿ™‚ . Tom Holland introduced a great Spider-Man in โ€œCaptain America: Civil Warโ€ and continued in this film by creating a very likable character. He made a brilliant version that was charming and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the story development with its great action scenes, fantastic twists and connections to other Marvel movies ๐Ÿ˜€ . The addition of the โ€œAvengersโ€ and mostly Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was fabulous. He was funny but a great mentor/father figure that helped the story and I looked forward to seeing him and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) ๐Ÿ˜€ . Because it meant more danger / adventure was about to happen (trying not to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). The villain Jon Favreau (Michael Keaton) was a brilliant and dangerous bad guy for Spider-Man. He looked impressive, was strong in the battles and his ending was fitting plus different! His twist part way through was amazing and his reason to become a villain was completely understandable (I felt sorry for him ๐Ÿ˜› ). The humour was really strong in this as well ๐Ÿ˜€ . One of my favourite edge-of- your- seat moments was the โ€œelevator sceneโ€ and the other scene was โ€œthe boat in half sceneโ€. The flow of the movie went well and his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) was a welcome (and needed) addition. I loved the ending of the movie as from that last second I cannot wait to see how the next Spider-Man movie will continue ๐Ÿ˜€ . Also Marvel fans stay for the end credit (as you probably always do) as the very last extra scene is hilarious. A great movie for Marvel Fans that I recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Spide-Man Homecoming
Canโ€™t you just be a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man?

Iron Man

Iron Man (2008)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Marvel

The movie that started off the amazing Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it ๐Ÿ˜€ . This film might be the most interesting origin story and the most (in my opinion) captivating. I was gripped from the beginning scene to the very end ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved how in a sense, we have shoved straight into the action (with the kidnapping) as it made you want to see more. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect for Tony Stark ๐Ÿ˜€ . With his great acting skills, Downey Jr. uses Tonyโ€™s arrogance, charm and witty humour to make his character likable from the start ๐Ÿ˜€ . The supporting cast were also great in building the humour and action plus Gwyneth Paltrowโ€™s version of Pepper Potts in this was my favourite version. ย Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) was also a good character in this movie and I really liked his character development and role in this movie. The music is great and the CGI is fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the scenes where Tony is building (and testing) the Iron Man suit that we know today and loved his โ€œrevengeโ€ against the terrorists as Iron Man later in the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย  As well as the humour, there are some touching moments such as the scene when Tony is escaping near the beginning (I wonโ€™t say no more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). Also the danger element in this film and the โ€œnot sure if he will make itโ€ is very gripping (nail biting though you know he is in later movies ๐Ÿ˜› ) . The conclusion worked well and the hints to later films in the franchise such as Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) making his appearance. The movie set a strong bar for the others to follow and this movie is enjoyable to watch multiple times. Plus the actual ending (not the special credit ending ๐Ÿ˜› ) with Tony Starkโ€™s line is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ . Worth the watch for any Superhero fan not just the Marvel Fans ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Iron Man1
Heroes arenโ€™t born. Theyโ€™re built.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

This is the sequel to the first Jack Reacher film and the best thing I can say about this movie is that it is okay. It is obviously not exactly like the books (just like the first film) but it does keep you fairly engaged and does what an action movie should ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are enough fights and explosions to keep the action fans happy. Tom Cruise is great as Jack Reacher again and I think I prefer his portrayal in this rather than in the first movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . The storyline which forces him to be โ€œinvolvedโ€ in the case works and his relationship with Turner (Cobie Smulders) was good. I really liked that the director did not force a standard, typical or expected relationship between these two and allowed Cobie Smulders to portray a strong woman in this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also enjoyed the possibility of Jack Reacher being a father and Danika Yarosh who plays Samantha was really good (came across as not annoying ๐Ÿ˜› ). My favourite scenes in this movie were the run in the airport and when the truth of whether Reacher is a father is revealed (near the end in the cafรฉ) ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, I canโ€™t say I was entertained throughout and everything was just okay. Not very memorable and it became rather predicable (set up, bad guys chase, fight scenes, protect the girl and so on ๐Ÿ˜› ). The storyline of trying to solve the undercover crime was a little messy and dull so I was not really bothered. I canโ€™t say if this was better than the original or not but I think it was a passable and enjoyable enough action movie to sit through even if not the most entertaining ๐Ÿ˜› . Good enough for the Jack Reacher fans if you are desperate to watch the sequel ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

Panda Jack Reacher 2
Never give in. Never give up.

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.