A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

I surprisingly loved the first Bad Moms (2016) movie and was looking forward to being entertained by its sequel ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, as much as this story is okay, it disappointed me by being a typical not-as-good-as-the-original sequel. The main three actresses (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) are back and played their characters well ๐Ÿ™‚ . This did make this film feel like a continuing flow from the first film which is good. The story was passable to watch but this time I lost what was great about the original. The reason the girls decided to be Bad Moms was not as strong a reason as the first, and their mothers were awful. Which is to be expected (as that is the reason for this movie ๐Ÿ˜› ) and I did not mind them being terrible personalities. However, I did not like the preach from the councillor to Kiki (when you watch you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ) and that the overall resolution between mother and daughter was such a easy fix for all of them. The jokes are a tad too much now, too rude that it was too awkward (for me, some seemed okay with this level of rude comedy) for me to enjoy. ย I did find the joke in the spa about the butt wax amusing and the dance section in credits okay (though most humour not great here) ๐Ÿ™‚ . I am glad to have watched this film but I found it a shame its quality was not on par. I think this (since the release of the two films being just a year apart) has been rushed to try and gain popularity just because of Christmas ๐Ÿ˜› . I hope there is another sequel with a strong story if they (directors) give it time to think up a better script. I am not sure if I would recommend this but if another film does turn up, then watching this may have to be done if you were a fan of Bad Moms ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

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ParaNorman

ParaNorman (2012)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

This is a movie about a strange boy who has to save his town when zombies appear. You can probably guess how this movie will end but if you prepare for predictability, you will be surprised ๐Ÿ˜› . The narrative was entertaining, captivating enough to keep you watching and was clever as it revealed more about the witch ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the beginning section of this film as it threw us into the story while introducing Normanโ€™s gift. The humour is a good and consistent level throughout. The stop motion CGI was executed well and made it appealing to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . What I really liked about this movie was that its script (narrative) was appealing to both children who itโ€™s aimed for and adults. The comedy in this film takes away any scariness (though it is a childrenโ€™s movie so I wasnโ€™t expecting any ๐Ÿ˜› ). The twist with who the witch is was a nice touch and made you change your opinions of characters as the film continued. I liked the zombies and how the town becomes taken over (trying not to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) and my favourite comedy element was the vending machine moments ๐Ÿ˜€ . Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) was a good character to follow as he was likable even if a little weird. The pace of the movie ran smoothly which helps to keep you captivated from beginning to end ๐Ÿ™‚ . Plus any fan of horror may see some references or chuckle at the jokes about the genre in this film. This is a surprisingly great family film that is suitable for all ages and I definitely recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Albion: The Enchanted Stallion

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family Film, Fantasy

I was not expected much from this movie as I had not heard much about it and decided to just give this film a chance. The best thing I can say about this film is that it is simply alright ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story was very predictable but pleasant enough and did keep me fairly entertained throughout. It is a lighthearted fantasy but enough to show you an entire magical world and I did enjoy the adventure style mission. The main character of Evie (Avery Arendes) I actually liked as we got to see her back story and situation plus she stayed true to character ๐Ÿ™‚ . Her other companions Eriu (Castille Landon) and Lรญr (Daniel Sharman) were good too. They did looked very โ€œB-Movieโ€ with their costumes and as much as their characters were okay they were tad cheesy ๐Ÿ˜› . Most of the characters had a stereotypical feel to them and cheesiness affected the whole film but that could be a side effect of trying to create an entire fantasy world. The Horse was great and I really liked how Evie entered the world of Albion ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also really liked when they found The Abbess (Jennifer Morrison) and the character of Eremon (Liam McIntyre) was alright. I did liked the twist with who Evieโ€™s parents are (as its predictability of this movie could have lead it a different way ๐Ÿ˜› ) but I wish the film had ended differently. John Cleese was hard to spot straight away as his character (General Eader) is so disgusting but I think he acted him well (as I think the disgusting thing is on purpose ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is a pleasant and fairly entertaining fantasy for the entire family of all ages ๐Ÿ™‚ . If you like child friendly fantasy adventure movies than this is for you ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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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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The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van (2015)

Genre:ย  Biography, Comedy, Drama

I had been recommended this movie by a few people and I was ready to be impressed by this โ€œmostlyโ€ biographical film ๐Ÿ˜› . No one can be disappointed by Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd because she performed great and created a believable character ๐Ÿ™‚ . To be fair, she was not the most likable character in this, but I could withstand it to watch this movie. Alan Bennett portrayed by Alex Jennings, was my favourite character as he was easy to follow and to like ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved that there are โ€œtwoโ€ Alan Bennettโ€™s in this movie who talk to each other and narrated along with us ๐Ÿ˜€ . When we did get to know the โ€œtwistโ€ and reason for Miss Shepherdโ€™s situation (which is hinted at in the beginning) was good. It was interesting as we found the answer with Alan Bennett plus the relationship between the two characters (Miss Shepherd and Bennett) was charming ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย The story is mostly okay and does keep you fairly entertained. I do believe this is more of a โ€œmarmiteโ€ type of film as I was not the most impressed as I know others have been. I found some parts too tedious and I was not entirely entertained. Though there are touching moments and as much as her character was unlikable, the film would not be as good as it was without Maggie Smith ๐Ÿ˜› . This is an alright movie if you are a fan of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith or British comedy biographical movies. I donโ€™t know if I would watch this again but I may recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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A mostly true story

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

I had not seen the retro cartoon series about Mr. Peabody & Sherman so I am unsure whether this has stayed loyal to the original or has offended original fans. However, for me I found this a very entertaining movie that had me captivated from beginning to the end ๐Ÿ™‚ . The characters they introduced were all likeable; Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), Sherman (Max Charles) and Penny (Ariel Winter). The animation was also very good ๐Ÿ˜€ . I really enjoyed the storyline as it was well thought-out with plenty of humour as well as some issues suitable for children. The comedy made me laugh but I did appreciate the rift between the characters. We saw how Sherman struggled at school at the beginning and how he clashes with his dad as the movie continues (you will see when you watch it ๐Ÿ˜› ). I liked the characters we met through history as it made playful jokes but was smart with storyline to not be too ridiculous ๐Ÿ˜› . This is a rather unique story that can be seen as predicable but I donโ€™t think so. It is aimed for the family and I think both children and adults can be entertained by this movie from Dreamworks ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also found Odysseusโ€™ reaction to a certain character at the end was very funny (wonโ€™t say which character as that would spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is a great movie that I would happily watch again and would recommend ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Strange Magic

Strange Magic (2015)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

I am a fan of animated films about romance and fantasy plus at times I donโ€™t mind cheesy films ๐Ÿ˜› . This started really good and had me quite captivated with its introduction. I liked the idea of the two sides (one good and one bad) and the animation was great ๐Ÿ™‚ . The CGI was fabulous and the look of the creatures was fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ . My favourite creature was the Imp who was adorable and his reason for being in this film was worth it. I also loved the image of the fairies and their colours and I did appreciate the Bog King (Alan Cumming) not being pretty ๐Ÿ˜› . The story is very predictable from the beginning the story starts but I was willing to forgive this. However, by the time the story hit half way (about the time Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) went to find her sister on her own) the story got gradually worse. The cheesiness became unbearable as it continued (and I was trying to stomach as much as I could) with no surprises in this narrative. The romance was fine but I preferred Dawnโ€™s (Meredith Anne Bull) and Sunnyโ€™s (Elijah Kelly) rather than the possibility of the main charactersโ€™. I found their โ€œromanceโ€ ridiculously too quick (it was barely a few hours maybe less) for True Love ๐Ÿ˜› . The songs are good and catchy (plus modern) but I found this film was over reliant on them. However, I did enjoy the scene when Dawn (when infected by the potions) sets her eyes on the first thing she sees ๐Ÿ˜› . This is an animation I enjoyed in the beginning and despised at the end. I would not recommend this. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜›

I give this film 1.5 Stars out of 5!

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

This is a decent light hearted romantic comedy that is great to watch over and over again ๐Ÿ™‚ . This has a sweet and easy to follow narrative that can keep you very entertained even if the ending may be predictable ๐Ÿ˜› . I loved the introduction to both main characters and the set up for the two characters to meet (their reasons and idea of the whole film) was very good. Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson and Matthew McConaughey as Ben Barry were both very likable characters ๐Ÿ™‚ . I even loved their relationship throughout this and they were quite believable when they were no longer playing (the bet wasnโ€™t the reason the characters met). ย There are plenty of humorous moments in this which will have you laughing which mostly came from Kate Hudsonโ€™s ridiculous โ€œclingy over the topโ€ girlfriend scenes ๐Ÿ˜€ . Personally, I loved the set and flow of the first half of the movie more. I thought it was captivating, allowed me to see the world the characters were in, their intentions, their friends and plenty of romance and comedy to boot ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, when the climax happens (when the bet is revealed) the ending canโ€™t match the first half. Donโ€™t get me wrong, the scene is funny and it ties up the story well. I guess I wanted a more wow ending or perhaps it ended too quickly by the time we got to the climax. Overall, this is a great movie that is fabulous for anyone who loves a decent romantic comedy or girly chick flick ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

The sequel to the surprisingly very successful first Kingsman movie that I could not wait to see ๐Ÿ˜€ . I can say this film is very entertaining and does please those fans of the original movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . Itโ€™s great to see the familiar characters Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Merlin (Mark Strong) and the return of Colin Firth as Harry Hart. I really enjoyed the introduction to the American Statesman and loved that their code names where drinks such as Tequila (Channing Tatum) ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story itself was very entertaining with its twists and surprises along the way. This film has many shocks and is not afraid to kill of some characters (even when you thought they would be safe ๐Ÿ˜› ). I liked that it did not forget what had happened in the first film like who his girlfriend is (though you do wonder why is he dating her? ๐Ÿ˜› ) and explaining why certain things happen. The villain Poppy (Julianne Moore) is absolutely terrifying and I do not question her power (being a difficult one to defeat). Plus I loved seeing more spy objects, spy fights and action scenes such as the ski lift ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, this film is long and the magic of the first movie could not be recreated for this sequel. I am not sure what it was that made this film lack, but as this movie continued you do feel it. Maybe it was that we had too many new characters and being in a completely different agency taking away too much familiarity. Maybe the villains defeat was very unimpressive compared to Valentineโ€™s (Samuel L .Jackson). Though, this film has Elton John who is incredible funny in โ€œWednesday Nightโ€ scene ๐Ÿ˜› . This movie is fabulous and is great for any fan of the original who wants to see more of the Kingsman and I canโ€™t wait to see if a third movie is on the way ๐Ÿ˜€ . It is worth the watch just doesnโ€™t have the magic of the first. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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