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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Every dog happens for a reason.

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages (2012)

ย Genre:ย  Comedy, Musical, Drama

This is another musical adaption that has made it to the big screen and I know many have mixed reviews about this one. However, I loved it ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story developed well, was captivating, entertaining and had very good songs ๐Ÿ™‚ . The mixture of song and story flowed well and it did everything I expected a Musical movie to do. Yes, the story is cheesy but I loved it as it is what you expected and it helped the comedy aspect ๐Ÿ™‚ . I did laugh at parts and found the relationship between Dennis and Lonny funny especially during their song โ€œI canโ€™t fight this feeling anymoreโ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . There are some pretty big names in this film such as Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston and Catherine Zeta-Jones ๐Ÿ™‚ . What I loved is that each character was well crafted and each brought something to this story. The choreography in this is epic ๐Ÿ˜€ ! Some of the dance sections were clean and professional. My favourite song / dance choreography was โ€œAny way you want itโ€ as it was effective and fitted the story while being a โ€œmusical momentโ€. Tom Cruise was amazing as Stacee Jaxx showing off his versatility as an actor. He was funny but not too comical and his relationship with the reporter was my favourite couple (their story in this film) ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also liked the character of Patricia Whitmore (Catherina Zeta-Jones) as she was a well crafted character and quite fearless plus I liked her song โ€œHit me with your best shot!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . Overall, this is a great musical movie that hits everything you want and will have you still singing the songs when itโ€™s finished ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Nothinโ€™ but a good time.

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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Get ready to get naughty!

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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Where the Smurf are we?

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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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Back to the Party