Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship (2016)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is one of the newest versions of Jane Austenโ€™s books which I had not seen before. Love & Friendship is based on the novella Lady Susan and being a fan of previous novels turned to movies, I couldnโ€™t wait to watch this ๐Ÿ™‚ . The costumes (especially Lady Susanโ€™s dresses) were amazing, the scenery and houses were great and the background music was suitable. The beginning the story was quite appealing and captivating enough to keep you intrigued. I loved the โ€œintroductionsโ€ to the characters by giving each person a title and witty description ๐Ÿ˜€ . That made it unique and at times quite funny to read ๐Ÿ˜› . ย Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan Vernon wonderfully as I believed the character throughout. She was definitely the most entertaining and memorable of them all ๐Ÿ™‚ . The comedy was mostly mild throughout but Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) was absolutely hilarious ๐Ÿ˜€ . He was my favourite in this film and I especially loved his scene with the โ€œpeasโ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . Also the dialogue is very faithful to the period and book and at times this wasnโ€™t always a good thing.ย  It got a little confusing to follow what actually was happening, who was tricking who and had Lady Susan succeeded? The ending was also very much of a let-down. ย It felt rushed and shoved together to make a happy ending without actually achieving in movie time. I was unsure how I felt with who married who and that Lady Susan kind of got away with it. Also Frederica Vernon wasnโ€™t the most interesting character to care about. I guess this is great for fans of Jane Austen only but I think reading the book would be better ๐Ÿ˜› . However, it is acted great and the odd humour is worth it for Jane Austen fans ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

Panda Love and Friendship
A lady never reveals her tactics.

Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven (2005)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

This is a very sweet romantic movie that is perfect for those lazy days watching with friends ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is a pleasant story to follow that is surprisingly very captivating from beginning to the end. There are a few emotional moments in this story that may not be as strong as others in this genre but it is enough. There are plenty of surprises and twists for this easy to follow storyline that help keep it entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚ . For example, I loved it when we learnt more about what may have happened to Elizabeth and how she is connected to David. The romance between Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) and David (Mark Ruffalo) is sweet, charming and believable ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved their first meeting and how their animosity at the beginning was very comical. I especially loved the scene where Elizabeth is annoying David singing โ€œTomorrowโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ . The addition of the psychic Darryl (Jon Heder) is fine and worked well with the story and Abby (Dina Spybey-Waters) was quite funny ๐Ÿ™‚ . I enjoyed the beginning scene which gives us a hint of what Elizabethโ€™s life was like and does introduce the tone of the movie well. ย I also loved the small addition of the magic /other worldly stuff such as the niece being more aware than normal (when you watch it you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ) . The ending is great and kind of has a fairytale feel to the overall movie. This story is a tad predicable near the end but I liked it originality at the beginning and reason for these characters to meet ๐Ÿ™‚ . Overall, this is a sweet, entertaining and fantastic movie that is great for anyone who loves romantic comedies with a touch of something different ๐Ÿ˜€ . ย I would recommend this movie and would happily watch again ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Just like Heaven
Feel the connection.

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

Baywatch

Baywatch (2017)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama

The movie based off the very famous television series and is aiming to please its original fans ๐Ÿ™‚ . For the fans they do bring back some cameos of the original cast which I am sure they are pleased to see. This film should not be taken seriously as it definitely is not ๐Ÿ˜› . I kind of liked that the movie made a joke of themselves with the odd jokes of the โ€œslow motionโ€ which were quite funny. The cast is good and has some famous faces such as Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron ๐Ÿ™‚ . They all acted well especially the main two actors Johnson and Efron. Their characters were funny, well rounded and kept the banter between them constant and believable (as much as could be ๐Ÿ˜› ). The storyline is very entertaining (as long as you donโ€™t take it too seriously) and does have a few decent โ€œsavesโ€ to keep you captivated. The flow of the movie runs smoothly, the โ€œdarkโ€ storyline worked well with the high comedy element and finished great. I did laugh and found the โ€œsave the peopleโ€ and โ€œmurdersโ€ quite entertaining. The fire on the boat scene was the most entertaining and my favourite character was Zac Efronโ€™s Matt Brody. The jokes are crude and arenโ€™t for the fainthearted but the older generations and original fans will enjoy this very much. Also, the music is pretty good ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, some characters were unnecessary (but you know why they are here ๐Ÿ˜› ) and the story is hardly the best I have ever seen. But for a crude but comedy filled movie with the odd action moments (with a pretty decent defeat of the bad guy ๐Ÿ˜› ) it will keep most entertained. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Baywatch
Beaches ainโ€™t ready

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.

After The Ball

After the Ball (2015)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

This is another take on that Cinderella story so predictability was always going to be high with this movie. However, as predictable as it was this was a fairly entertaining film ๐Ÿ™‚ . Its pace was light but easy to follow and has odd humour moments ๐Ÿ™‚ . The beginning starts well and the new modern take of her stepmother and sisters being part of a family business works. They are obviously mean to her but it works in way that is acceptable for a modern world (that no-one else noticing the work harassment and so on ๐Ÿ˜› ). The romance is also typical but sweet between Kate (Portia Doubleday) and Daniel (Marc-Andre Groudin) who you do want together (but the pull isn’t that strong as I don’t think I would have minded if they didn’t get together ๐Ÿ˜› ). I think what saved this movie for me was about part way through switching from being another Cinderella retelling to a Twelfth Night. The main girl, Portia Doubleday, plays greatย  “Nate”ย and the humour excels in this part of the narrative ๐Ÿ™‚ . I really wanted her to succeed and I think from this point on was when I felt a connection with the characters. However, on the downside the climax was not that big so the resolution became lukewarm because of it. Though it did end happily and the moment when Daniel realises who Nate is was a great and sweet scene. Plus the costumes are good and I was quite entertained and captivated even with its flaws ๐Ÿ˜€ . Overall, this is a light hearted, romantic comedy that is worth the watch for those love the romantic comedy genre ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda After the Ball
What would you do if you were in my shoes?

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.

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.