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 don’t mind cheesy films 😛 . 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 🙂 . The CGI was fabulous and the look of the creatures was fantastic 😀 . 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 😛 . 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 Dawn’s (Meredith Anne Bull) and Sunny’s (Elijah Kelly) rather than the possibility of the main characters’. I found their “romance” ridiculously too quick (it was barely a few hours maybe less) for True Love 😛 . 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 😛 . This is an animation I enjoyed in the beginning and despised at the end. I would not recommend this. Enjoy 😛

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 🙂 . This has a sweet and easy to follow narrative that can keep you very entertained even if the ending may be predictable 😛 . 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 🙂 . I even loved their relationship throughout this and they were quite believable when they were no longer playing (the bet wasn’t the reason the characters met).  There are plenty of humorous moments in this which will have you laughing which mostly came from Kate Hudson’s ridiculous “clingy over the top” girlfriend scenes 😀 . 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 🙂 . However, when the climax happens (when the bet is revealed) the ending can’t match the first half. Don’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 😀 . Enjoy 🙂

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 😀 . I can say this film is very entertaining and does please those fans of the original movie 🙂 . It’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) 🙂 . 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 😛 ). 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? 😛 ) 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 😀 . 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 Valentine’s (Samuel L .Jackson). Though, this film has Elton John who is incredible funny in “Wednesday Night” scene 😛 . This movie is fabulous and is great for any fan of the original who wants to see more of the Kingsman and I can’t wait to see if a third movie is on the way 😀 . It is worth the watch just doesn’t have the magic of the first. Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Genre: Action, Comedy

From the minute I first saw this trailer I was very excited to see this movie 😀 . Ryan Reynolds (Michael Bryce) and Samuel L Jackson (Darius Kincaid) did not disappoint and created a good partnership together. Their humour and lines in the dialogue were quite amusing and some parts hilarious 😀 . Other moments within the film tried to keep the level of comedy and action equal and it mostly does. The actual narrative was quite entertaining with a decent plot (try to defeat the bad guy and don’t let the witness die 😛 )plus the graphics are good. My favourite scene had to be the beginning as it was a great set up to understanding the character of Michael Bryce and the scene was a shocker 😛 . I also thought Gary Oldman’s character Vladislav Dukhovich was a very impressive villain and the action scenes were great 😀 . I liked the scene in the court near the end (can’t say what scene as I don’t want to spoil but I can hint it is the one with the van 😛 ) onwards was more intriguing. The defeat of the bad guy was very fitting and I liked the development of the characters as they “had” to get along 🙂 . However, as much as I was not bored at all, I can’t say I truly enjoyed this either. It storyline was very predictable which affected the action side of the storyline and the comedy suffered too. The jokes only had me slightly chuckling at times but no laughter. The majority of jokes weren’t funny and the only ones that got me chuckling were due to Reynolds and Jackson’s characters only. Plus the love interests and how they got together were not needed. However, this is still a very entertaining movie and I am glad to have watched it once, I just wished it had been funnier. Enjoy 😀 

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie (2014)

Genre: Comedy

This movie is certainly made for the fans alone and as much as I tried I could not get into it. Don’t get me wrong, this film is fine enough to watch throughout and it certainly is not the worst movie in the world. However, for a comedy it felt like it missed the mark 😛 . I have watched a few episodes of the popular television show and can see it is funny 🙂 . It can make me laugh but this movie struggled a lot. The concept of the narrative is passable but not very exciting and the “corpsing” in the movie wasn’t very good for the flow of the film. The stereotyping of the Chinese and Russians was very bad (especially the Chinese) and was rather cringe worthy to see. The opening scene was alright compared to the rest of the movie and the outtakes in the end credit were quite funny 😀 . The acting is not good, the jokes old and I really was not captivated. It feels like the format of this show does not work as a movie as it over stretches to the point of boredom. Where the story and humour that Brendan O’Carroll can create in 30 minute sitcom may work but cannot translate to the big screen. Mrs. Brown’s Boys is not my cup of tea and I have only seen the odd one when it was on TV. Now I may be actively avoiding this because the movie has certainly put me off 😛 . This one is for fans only if they can cope with its simple storyline but otherwise I would say not to watch this movie 😛 . Enjoy if you can 🙂

I give this film 1.5 Stars out of 5!

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Bridesmaid

Bridesmaids (2011)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

I had heard many people who loved this movie and recommend this comedy. Therefore, when I got the chance I had to give this movie a watch 😛 . The overall story is pleasant and I can’t say I wasn’t captivated from beginning to end. The actresses who played the main characters all performed great and I liked the fact this movie is lead by women 🙂 . However, the humour was not as great as I was expecting. The humour felt off or overdone and it tried to force us to laugh along at the comedy elements. Don’t get me wrong I did laugh at parts and it was not terrible 😛 . I think its main problem was the main character herself. Annie (although portrayed brilliantly by Kristen Wiig) was not a very likeable character. I get her life was awful and at times I did feel for her but the problems she faced became annoying. She became dislikeable as the story continued especially her attitude to people and that moment in the bridal shower was horrid. The only characters I did like in this movie were Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Helen (Rose Byrne) and Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) 🙂 . I did like the growing relationship between Annie and Rhodes (except for her attitude part way through). However, it is saved by the ending and I can’t say it wasn’t entertaining. This is an alright movie that is possibly worth the watch but it is not as great as others may say 😛 . If you like crude humour with your romantic comedy then this is for you 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Man Up

Man Up (2015)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

I am not the biggest fan of comedies but sometimes I do find a rare comedy that keeps me entertained throughout 🙂 . Man Up was pleasant, lovely, funny, captivating and a great watch from start to end. We are introduced to Nancy (Lake Bell) and even with her “problems” we automatically sympathise and really root for her to succeed when the film continues 🙂 . The main plot of this film “pretending to be someone else’s date” is actually quite unique and even though it’s “wrong” you really want it succeed 😀 . Jack (Simon Pegg) is a really great character and I really appreciated that this film gave him flaws too not just Nancy 😛 . The chemistry between the two characters is really genuine and I really liked them in the bar when the ex-wife turns up (won’t say any more as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ). There is plenty of space for comedy to work its way into the story and isn’t over powered by the romance. The “The Reflex dance off” was really funny and I loved the scene when Jack is running with the drunk teenagers 😀 . Nancy ‘s old school acquaintance Sean (Rory Kinnear) is the most marmite comedy element here but he is needed for the conclusion.  The pacing of the movie flows well and I was enjoying it that much that I wished I had more to watch. Though I loved the ending and I think it ended perfectly for any fan of romance comedies 🙂 . I certainly recommend this movie for anyone who likes romantic comedies or anyone in general as you will be surprised at how good this is 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship (2016)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is one of the newest versions of Jane Austen’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 couldn’t wait to watch this 🙂 . The costumes (especially Lady Susan’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 “introductions” to the characters by giving each person a title and witty description 😀 . That made it unique and at times quite funny to read 😛 .  Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan Vernon wonderfully as I believed the character throughout. She was definitely the most entertaining and memorable of them all 🙂 . The comedy was mostly mild throughout but Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) was absolutely hilarious 😀 . He was my favourite in this film and I especially loved his scene with the “peas” 😛 . Also the dialogue is very faithful to the period and book and at times this wasn’t always a good thing.  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.  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 wasn’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 😛 . However, it is acted great and the odd humour is worth it for Jane Austen fans 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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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 🙂 . 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 🙂 . 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 🙂 . 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 “Tomorrow” 🙂 . The addition of the psychic Darryl (Jon Heder) is fine and worked well with the story and Abby (Dina Spybey-Waters) was quite funny 🙂 . I enjoyed the beginning scene which gives us a hint of what Elizabeth’s life was like and does introduce the tone of the movie well.  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 😛 ) . 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 🙂 . Overall, this is a sweet, entertaining and fantastic movie that is great for anyone who loves romantic comedies with a touch of something different 😀 .  I would recommend this movie and would happily watch again 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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