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!

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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!

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The Smurfs

The Smurfs (2011)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Children

Whether good or bad you will be compelled to watch this movie at least once if you ever loved the Smurfs as a child ๐Ÿ˜› . Overall, this is an amazing movie for children that will have them laughing and enjoying throughout ๐Ÿ˜€ . It is a little too childish and tries too hard to be funny for the adults to enjoy this but it is not too offensive to watch as a family. Though, the storyline was easy enough (plain and simple ๐Ÿ™‚ ) to follow and to keep you watching until the end. The CGI is alright and the cast in this are pretty good (Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Jayma Mays plus many more ๐Ÿ™‚ ). There is also some modern references that you will note which can be funny and the slapstick humour is okay. The major problem with this movie is that nothing is truly memorable and you donโ€™t really connect with the human characters or the Smurfs. Plus this movie might not keep you captivated throughout if you are older than a certain age. However, saying this it is a movie about Smurfs and it does what it says on the tin ๐Ÿ˜› . Overall, this is a really pleasant and traditional childrenโ€™s movie that is just about escaping a villain and returning home ๐Ÿ™‚ . If you go and watch this with little expectations than you might enjoy this and feel quite nostalgic for the original Smurfs ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

P.S. Happy Easter ๐Ÿ˜€

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Rio 2

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

This is a pretty decent sequel to the original Rio movie and is as good as the first ๐Ÿ™‚ . The colours of this movie are very bright and the music is okay although not very memorable. The original cast is back which is good to see though some arenโ€™t focussed on as much because we have new characters to get used to. The narrative is fine and is easy enough to follow ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, I do miss elements from the original story and some parts arenโ€™t very good. The moments where Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is made to look like a fool just became annoying because I like Blu more than the new characters. This also put a strain on the relationship between Blu and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) which was not great. Plus some parts of the story did have some clichรฉ moments and the โ€œhunt for a Starโ€ sub plot was really pointless but I guess it is there for comedy reasons. However, on the up-side the relationship between Nigel (Jemaine Clement) and Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) was great ๐Ÿ˜€ . Gabi is fabulous and her song was the best part in this entire movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . If she had been in the first movie I might have enjoyed the original movie better ๐Ÿ˜› . However, it does end sweetly and the โ€œclimaxโ€ of the story is captivating enough for you to leave the movie feeling good ๐Ÿ™‚ . Rio 2 is a decent sequel and is worth a watch if you love the original movie and is great for the entire family especially children. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Rio

Rio (2011)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

This pleasant enough narrative aims to keep the whole family entertained but mostly the children ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story is easy to follow but enough to keep you captivated with a decent enough amount of humour ๐Ÿ˜€ . It has lovely sweetness and a decent villain to battle against even if the ending is quite predicable ๐Ÿ˜› . The scenery of this animation is pretty impressive and the colour scheme is great. It definitely makes you think of Rio and the music in this film is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ ! The characters are all good and likable (some more than others) but overall they all complement the narrative. The beginning scene and how Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) was captured was great. There were moments in this movie that does try to shock (danger element for the characters ๐Ÿ˜› ). The villain Nigel (Jemaine Clement) was cool and he meets a pretty nasty end but fitting ๐Ÿ˜› ! The humans of this story were also good and it was nice to see two separate storyline running at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚ . I wanted the birds to succeed as such as I wanted the humans to find them. As much as I enjoyed this movie and could sit through the entire of it without being bored, it is not really that captivating. This movie aims too much for the children that it may grate a little for the adults. Overall though, it is still a wonderful film for the entire family if you overlook the predictability ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Book of Life

The Book of Life (2014)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Book of Life is a pleasant and surprisingly unique story that the entire family can enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ ! The graphic are pretty good and I really liked the fact the animation changed to โ€œpuppetry style animationโ€ for the โ€œstoryโ€. It began well and ended quite happily ๐Ÿ˜€ . I have to admit I really enjoyed this story and was so happy that the predictably did not affect the narrative.ย  There was a moment during the beginning when I thought it would end a certain way because I knew who she would chose. However, half way through the tale, it shocked and surprised me which had me captivated until the end ๐Ÿ˜€ !! I liked the three main characters Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) as they were likable throughout. I also loved the characters in the land of dead and especially the characters of Xibalba (Ron Perlman) and La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) ๐Ÿ™‚ . The songs are really enjoyable to hear and are recognisable. The colours in this film are really great as well ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย I really enjoyed learning about the Mexican Culture of the Dead without it feeling like I was getting a lecture. It was enough and let storyline keep you entertained and captivated. A great animation which was better than I expected ๐Ÿ™‚ . I definitely recommend this film to all ages ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

A movie that has spun from the success of The Lego Movie (2014) and of course, Batman ๐Ÿ˜€ ! This is a good solid movie that is highly entertaining with the colours, action and Lego characters for the children. This movie is also great for those who love Batman and for the adults in general, with its humour that we older generations will appreciate ๐Ÿ˜› . The narrative itself is easy to follow and is quite captivating when the โ€œbad guysโ€ arrive. The action is plentiful but done in that Lego way ๐Ÿ˜› . The opening credits are great and I loved Batmanโ€™s narration. His quotes in this movie are fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I loved the Joker in this and the references to the โ€œshippingโ€ between Batman and The Joker ๐Ÿ˜› . I liked that I felt for Batman but I also felt for the bad guys as the narration allowed you to see each side and was surprisingly touching. However, as much as it looked good, was entertaining and hit everything for families and children…it just not as good. I wasnโ€™t laughing out loud the entire way through and it felt a bit like a funny nostalgic trip down the Batman Franchises. Maybe you have to be a major Batman fan to appreciate all the in-jokes? Also, there was a moment for me where I was not as captivated as I probably should have been. Though there are more good points to this movie then bad and after all, it is aimed for children so in a sense, it did great ๐Ÿ™‚ . It is also a definite watch for fans of Batman but I donโ€™t think this has surpassed the success of the Lego Movie. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Sing

Sing (2017)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama

This is a very good animation that both children and adults will enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story is simple to follow and may not be the most exciting, compared to other animations out there, but I found this highly enjoyable. It hit all the right points for me ๐Ÿ™‚ . I was laughing, felt for the characters when the bad things happened and was kept entertained throughout. I loved the beginning and how each character was introduced without feeling like they were shoved at you ๐Ÿ˜› . The build up was good, there never seemed to a clear winner and that all different types of singers were shown.ย  I canโ€™t say there was a weaker character as all were different and great. I loved Johnnyโ€™s (voiced by Taron Egerton) and Rositaโ€™s (Voiced Reese Witherspoon) stories the best ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is also a stellar cast in this such as Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly and many more! Their songs were fantastic and those actorsโ€™ voices were exceptional ๐Ÿ˜€ !! My favourites were โ€œIโ€™m Still Standingโ€, โ€œMy Wayโ€ and โ€œDonโ€™t You Worry โ€˜Bout a Thingโ€.ย  I seriously loved this film and loved how it ended. This hits everything it was suppose to, kept me entertained and laughing with the characters. A great movie for the entire family ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

The sequel to the first โ€œHow to Train Your Dragonโ€ and it had a lot to live up to. It lives up pretty well and was entertained throughout the entire film ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story is simple to follow but keeps the feel and nostalgia of the first movie while giving us new characters that slot in well. I loved the fact the Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) looks grown up and even had a stubble which is pretty good for an animation ๐Ÿ˜€ ! The beginning is good as it throws you straight into the story with the familiar and favourite characters of the series. It also has plenty of danger for the characters, twists and fights to keep most entertained ๐Ÿ˜› . I liked the development for Hiccup and the new character of Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchett) was a nice addition. I also found parts funny such as Ruffnut (Kristen Wing) when she sees Eret (Kit Harington) ๐Ÿ˜› . The music and sense of adventure is nice in this and the bad guy was impressive with his army of Dragons (wonโ€™t say much more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). There is also a shocking death that happens (again canโ€™t say who ๐Ÿ˜› ) that I had not expected and was done quite effectively ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, the only downside was, during the middle section, the pace slowed and just wasnโ€™t as captivating as it could have been. Therefore, the sequel is pretty great for fans of the original but just isnโ€™t as good as it could have been ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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