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

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

This is a surprisingly amazing movie with a compelling storyline ๐Ÿ™‚ . Ben Stiller creates a likable character as Walter Mitty who has you enthralled from beginning to end ๐Ÿ˜€ . His “daydreams”ย were very entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story is not the most gripping to start with but as the film continues the more captivated you become. It is a little hard to focus on what is real and what is not but I think that works in its favour. It helped you understand Walter while giving the film an arty feel with the random letters (quotes) that appear on objects around at certain times in the movie. I loved the build up in the story when he starts to look for the photo and his adventures are great ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved his continued relationship with the EHarmony Todd (Patton Oswalt) who was hilarious the more he got excited about Walter. The message of the film was great and helped with the overall feeling. I even liked the change in the character of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller’s supporting cast deserves some credit as each one brought something to the story and Kristen Wiig was great as Cheryl Melhoff ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is not the most action packed but by the time this film ends, you are quite satisfied. There are humorous moments (like the gold statue imagination moment), some action (like the run to the helicopter or the volcano) and it is slightly thought provoking ๐Ÿ˜› . The ending is quietly triumphant which will make the viewer feel good while being a fitting end to a surprisingly awesome movie. I seriously recommend this movie as it has stellar camera work and story will have you contemplating for days ๐Ÿ™‚ . It’s worth a watch at least once even if it ends up not being your cup of tea ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Stop dreaming. Start living.

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.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

This film is one of my childhood favourites and can keep all ages quite entertained with its narrative ๐Ÿ™‚ ! It is based off Lemony Snicketโ€™s series of books and I canโ€™t say how true to books it was. However, that shouldnโ€™t matter as the story still comes across as compelling and captivating plus made me want to read those books ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is a nice Steam Punk feel to the filming, costumes and world that made it appealing, unique and different. The children were great in this Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and adorable Sunny (by Kara and Shelby Hoffman) as they made you certainly feel for them. Jim Carrey was fantastic as Count Olaf ๐Ÿ˜€ . His facial expressions were fabulous, his overall persona was captivating and hilarious plus makes a very entertaining villain. I liked the events and how they progressed through the film. It felt like I was watching a far longer film than it was and I really did want to keep seeing more adventures ๐Ÿ˜› . The โ€œeventsโ€ were very good and action filled. The car event and hurricane were the most captivating and entertaining scenes. It also loved the moments of sweetness and sadness from the children and I loved the end scene ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย There is also a great cast of side characters such as Timothy Spall, Catherine Oโ€™Hara and Meryl Streep. My favourite was Billy Connolly as Uncle Monty ๐Ÿ™‚ . The addition of the writer narrator played by Jude Law really worked and I loved that they kept tricking throughout (making you think it will end one way but didnโ€™t ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is a great family film that has a strong story and acting that can keep all entertained throughout. If you have not already seen this then I recommend you do at least once ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Unfortune Events
Donโ€™t say we didnโ€™t warn you.

A Dog’s Purpose

A Dogโ€™s Purpose (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

I am not usually a fan of animal movies but when I do see a decent one I love them. This is a truly amazing movie ๐Ÿ˜€ !! It had me in tears constantly (I literally have not cried as much to a movie as I did this one ๐Ÿ˜› )! The story itself is really unique and I loved the idea of this one dog who keeps on โ€œcoming backโ€ in order to find out his purpose in life. The dogs were all adorable and really good little animal actors plus the voice over by Josh Gad was genius ๐Ÿ™‚ . He gave true personality and life into the various dogs (though mostly Bailey) and excelled in making us either laugh or cry. Comedy in this movie was pretty high (not as much as the sad sections) and I loved how they took everyday things and described them as a โ€œDogโ€ would ๐Ÿ˜€ ! We get to see various different owners and their individual stories. I quite liked them all equally though I do wish we had gotten to see more of the Police Officer Carlos as much as we saw of Maya or Ethanโ€™s. ย Even the bad owners (much as I did not like them) fitted the narrative well showing us all types of animal owners and what some poor dogs have to go through. The tragic moments were done extremely well and was heart breaking for anyone watching (not just Dog lovers). The main character we followed was Ethan (played by Bryce Gheisar, K.J. Apa and Dennis Quiad) and he was a likable character who we did want to see again as the dogโ€™s story developed ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the ending of this movie as it fitted in a happy ending without being overly cheesy ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also loved the idea of magic in the real world (how else can you explain how the same dog keeps returning? ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is an amazing movie that I would recommend to everyone (though probably those who like animal movies more ๐Ÿ˜› ). I definitely recommend as I think you will be missing a great movie if you donโ€™t watch this ๐Ÿ™‚ !! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda A Dogs Purpose
Every dog happens for a reason.

Justin and the Knights of Valour

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Film

This was a surprisingly great movie that I enjoyed throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . It has a simplistic storyline (a boy on his quest to become a Knight) but it also has very good moments that made it more unique. I loved that the film set up the world well within the first five minutes without over boring. I also enjoyed the hints to the bad guys and as we learnt more, I understood why they were โ€œfighting backโ€ but the film still had me wanting Justin to win. A really liked the world such as the loss of the Knights, the world design and the tower with the Monks ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main characters they introduced were all quite good especially Justin (Freddie Highmore) who was likable and Talia (Saoirse Ronan) who was not annoying ๐Ÿ˜› ! However, some of the side characters, such as Melquiades (David Walliams), who came of a tad too over-the-top which did become a tad irritating. However, the overall characters were good and the development of the story kept you captivated and intrigued throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . The animation was also great, I liked the song near the beginning โ€œHeroesโ€ and the last battle scene was pretty good. Also, I liked the small magic elements, the character connections to each other and overall was very enjoyable. A really great film with a pretty good concept of a story that is entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ . Great for the entire family and I think I would recommend this little gem ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Justin & Knights of Valor
Youโ€™ll make a terrible lawyer. Youโ€™re honest and not a very good liar.

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.

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

So this sequel is as bad as the original movie and makes the first seem better than it actually was. We have in this sequel, characters that we got familiar with in the first movie and a few new ones ๐Ÿ™‚ . The new characters that were good were Vanity Smurf (John Oliver) who was kind of funny, Vexy (Christina Ricci) who was probably the best addition in this and the step- father who added humour when he was โ€œtransformedโ€ ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, the new addition of the other โ€œnaughtyโ€ was too stupid that he became irritating and cringe worthy. The human side of the story was too cheesy for words and struggled to captivate ๐Ÿ˜› . Though to be fair, there was one sweet moment between Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Victor (Brendan Gleeson) when he learnt the truth. Otherwise it was overacting from all human characters especially Gargamel (Hank Azaria) who was that stereotypical, cheesy, bad guy. He was so over-the-top you donโ€™t laugh at any of his jokes or comedy. The graphics of the Smurfs themselves was great as usual and deciding to make this all about Smurfette (Katy Perry) was a good idea ๐Ÿ˜€ . I liked that they used an original storyline here for her and explored the idea of turning her โ€œbadโ€. However, I wished it had focused more on that rather than passing over it and being too childish instead. Plus, there was a major inconsistencies with the turning into a Smurf. I will try not to spoil but if Smurfette when changing got blonde…then why did no-one else change? Overall, this film is as poor as the first and probably only small children will like this ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this 2 Stars out of 5!

Panda Smurfs 2
Get ready to get naughty!