The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause (1994)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family Film

This is a classic Christmas movie suitable for the entire family 😀 . The story itself is very entertaining and captivating from beginning to the end. The dialogue is witty and amusing which will create some laughter from you whether you are a child or an adult 😛 . The idea of the story is unique “The Santa Clause” and how Scott Clavin is forced into this story. The effect he goes under is very funny and helps keep the story entertaining but light hearted too 🙂 . I liked the North Pole world and the explanation for how Santa gets down the chimney (when you watch it you will know 😛 ). The ending was sweet and the animation on the reindeers is not that bad, which makes it passable for the tale. Tim Allen as Scott Clavin is great and his costume as Santa Claus is awesome 😀 !! He is certainly the picture of Santa that you imagine 😛 . Charlie (Eric Lloyd) is adorable and his relationship with his father is sweet. The elf’s were good especially Judy (Paige Tamada) but personally, I was not a fan of Bernard (David Krumholtz) but you can’t say his character is not memorable 😛 . Laura Calvin Miller (Wendy Crewson) and Dr. Neil Miller (Judge Reinhold) are not good characters in this (work for the tale but not likable) but to be fair, I disliked the mother more. Let’s just say she is not winning Mother of the Year awards from her actions in this movie 😛 .  Overall, a great Christmas movie for the entire family 😀 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

I was looking forward to an epic adventure about a classic biblical tale that should have been good especially with the level of CGI available 🙂 . However, I found this film just okay.  The first half of the movie was passable (almost boring) as you are willing to accept everything for the “action” to start. It already feels too long before we have even got to the plagues which should have been the big money spinner scenes full of CGI and awesomeness. However, it really is not. CGI is okay but that’s the only credit I can give 😛 . The director, Ridley Scott, has taken away the magic element and tried to make things more realistic to a tale that did not need it. For example, the river that turns red now involves crocodiles… 😛 . Moses (Christian Bale) was not likable and did not inspire me to want his character to succeed. Half the slaves were destroyed in the process of the plagues / events happening and the fact the Egyptian Pharaoh is not given the explanation before the final plague made me like his characters over Moses. The film was too long as it was trying to achieve a grand epic feel like from old style movies but in doing so left the film without emotion. It just plods along while getting you annoyed from the plagues onwards. I found the dialogue was not captivating to keep me entertained and I was waiting for the film to finish as I was getting bored. This is a highly disappointing film that should have been great but is awful and will annoy anyone who loved the original story. I don’t think I will ever watch this again and will not recommend this movie 😛 . Enjoy if you can 😛

I give this film 1 Star out of 5!

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Wonder

Wonder (2017)

Genre: Drama, Family Film

From the trailers I already knew this film was going to make me cry but I am glad it did 😀 . The story was sad but charming, lovely and actually very inspiring. Jacob Tremblay (Auggie Pullman) was amazing and made us feel this poor boy’s pain of trying to survive school. The situation and the reactions around him makes you cry but also warm to his character 🙂 . What I adored and what surprised me was that this story was not all about him! I was surprised but loved that we saw the narration and story switch to others in this movie 🙂 . I liked learning about what Via (Izabela Vidovic) felt through all this and it made her one of my favourite characters 😀 . The acting was superb from everyone in this movie and the pace of film ran well 🙂 . I was not bored at any point throughout and one of my favourite scenes was near the beginning when Auggie mentions the “Punch-line” (I won’t say more as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ). I liked that the story did not run smoothly for the characters but I did not fear that I was going to get a depressive tale. The children and the acceptance from people was great to see later on and it made want to see another film (maybe of them older?) but I know that can’t happen 😛 . It was a great film that I would happily watch again, and I loved the idea and message of this tale plus I really need to read the book now 😛 !! I am sure fans of this book will enjoy this adaptation and it is fabulous for all ages to watch 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

I have always been a fan of an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery and I was very excited to see this movie adaptation 🙂 . The cast is absolutely amazing in this with the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp and Judi Dench creating excellent characters to the screen 😀 . The setting was great especially the look of the train and the costumes were good. I liked the scene with the train getting stuck in the snow and the level of drama in this movie was high 🙂 . The flow ran well and the story was entertaining and captivating (though we might as well give that credit to Agatha Christie’s Novel 😛 ). I did enjoy the plot twist and the connections we learnt about the death of someone in the past (would say who but that would spoil the story 😛 ). I did really enjoy this movie but I was not wowed by this either. This felt like any other murder mystery show that I could watch on a lazy Sunday evening. Nothing specially different from this film except for its huge amount of major stars (which is probably its element that will make people watch this 😛 ). Also, I am a little biased about Poirot because as much as Kenneth Branagh tried (and did fairly well) I still only see David Suchet as Poirot. That huge moustache was a little distracting (not in a good way 😛 ) but I did get over it fairly quickly and was not bored. Overall, this is a great movie for those who love Agatha Christie movies and don’t mind seeing a new remake. This is not the best I have ever seen but worth a watch 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Everyone is a suspect

Death Note

Death Note (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Well first things first, if you were a fan or loved the Manga or anime than you aren’t going to like this movie. It’s not terrible but it is no match or worth comparison to the original series. However, I will try to review it as something different (as I may be biased as I did like the original series 😛 ) as it is not Japanese, the characters names changed (Turner instead of Yagami) and is set in America. It’s alright and the graphics (especially on Ryuk) is great 😀 . When Light first uses of the book; that is the most entertaining section along with the Ferris wheel was really different (from series) and cool 🙂 . Light Turner (Nat Wolff) was alright (I really loved his scream reaction from Ryuk as that was funny 😛 ) but it was strange. You try to watch it without thinking of the series but it is hard as they kept the premise, Shinigami’s, character names and roles yet they changed it too. The character I disliked the most was L (Lakeith Stanfield). He was so annoying and so dislikeable in how he “tried to be a smart detective” that I really wanted Light to win. The main problem of this movie is that the pace is really fast which does not work in favour of the narrative. It was so rushed that I don’t think we were given enough chance to care for the characters (especially the ones we were supposed too 😛 ). However, saying that, the new sections make this film good and it’s not the worst thing I have ever seen 😛 . The deaths were gruesome, the show watchable and overall alright to watch 🙂 . I would not recommend if you loved the original series but if you have never known of Death Note before then it’s alright 😛 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

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The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van (2015)

Genre:  Biography, Comedy, Drama

I had been recommended this movie by a few people and I was ready to be impressed by this “mostly” biographical film 😛 . No one can be disappointed by Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd because she performed great and created a believable character 🙂 . 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 🙂 . I also loved that there are “two” Alan Bennett’s in this movie who talk to each other and narrated along with us 😀 . When we did get to know the “twist” and reason for Miss Shepherd’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 🙂 .  The story is mostly okay and does keep you fairly entertained. I do believe this is more of a “marmite” 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 😛 . This is an alright movie if you are a fan of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith or British comedy biographical movies. I don’t know if I would watch this again but I may recommend 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Flatliners

Flatliners (2017)

Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-fi

I have not seen the original movie so I cannot compare how much better or worse this reboot movie is. However, when seeing the trailer I was very excited to see this and was happily entertained throughout 🙂 . There is an amazing good cast for this film such as Ellen Page (Courtney), Diego Luna (Ray), Nina Dobrev (Marlo) and James Norton (Jamie) who all acted good 🙂 . I believed the friendship and how the team got together, plus I really enjoyed the beginning as it set up the “drama” of the story well 🙂 . The scares in this film may not give you nightmares but will definitely make you jump and I certainly jumped a few times 😛 . The graphics of the “supernatural” world was great and I was on edge when the “horror” elements appeared. The worst scary scene but my favourite had to be the “Morgue” scene 😀 . I also really enjoyed the surprise in who would die first, as that was surprising and I never could have guessed 😛 .  However, I did enjoy the first half more and the ending could have finished better. Don’t get me wrong, it ended fine and I did not have a problem but it could have had a more dramatic climax. Also my least favourite character was Sophia (Kiersey Clemons) but I understood why she was there (kind of 😛 ).  Though, I really did enjoy it and liked the attention to small details such as 9 years ago Courtney holds a flip phone but a smart phone in the present day 🙂 . I think (seeing other people’s reaction to this movie) that you aren’t going to love this movie if you’re a fan of the original. However, if you looking for a rather entertaining movie that is not too scary to watch but jumpy, then this is for you 🙂 .Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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The Babadook

The Babadook (2014)

Genre: Drama, Horror

This is an unusual but very entertaining film that is certainly for those who prefer a horror movie focused on story than gore 🙂 . The movie starts off oddly but it is intriguing and it continues to remind us of the opening scene and allude to the car crash as the film continues. I liked and disliked the mother Amelia (Essie Davis) and child Samuel (Noah Wiseman) in this movie as we discovered more of their personalities. However, what I did like about both characters was that even in their most unlikable moments they were still understandable. However, my possible dislike did vanish as I got more gripped in the tale especially when Amelia starts to believe. The idea of isolation was great and the aunt was awful in this, plus the scene at the birthday party was good 🙂 . I loved the entrance to the Babadook and the scenes of his appearances. His story was great, the idea of the book and the “Babadook, dook, dook” was awesome 😀 . There are plenty of creepy moments in this and surprises 🙂 . I very much enjoyed how the atmosphere of dread and uneasiness never left. The twist near the end was great and I was unsure with the outcome making this film not predicable. I also very enjoyed how they “defeated” the Babadook and overall ending of the movie 🙂 . It is a nice change to find a surprisingly pleasant and happier ending to a horror movie 😛 . This is slow steady paced film with plenty of creepy scary moments that is great for those who love horrors that make you pay attention 🙂 . I definitely recommend this movie though I did not find this scary 😛 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Victoria and Abdul

Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

I was very excited to see this movie from the trailers as it appeared to be a charming story about the unusual friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal). The main two actors were great as their characters as they were believable, their friendship chemistry good and Judi Dench looked fabulous as Queen Victoria 😀 . My favourite actor in this was Eddie Izzard as Bertie the Prince of Wales who was amazing 😀 . He was very convincing as his character throughout and I liked him even at his worst (as it fitted the character’s persona). This film was quite humorous at times and my favourite moments were from Mohammed’s (Adeel Akhtar) jokes about the English food as Barbaric 😛 . The narrative was informative (as I have not heard of this story in history before), scenery and costumes were great plus I was not bored 🙂 . I liked the speech Victoria gave when threatened with “insanity” and the Ali Fazal’s performance near the end was very good 🙂 . The actual end scene was sweet which matched the pleasantness of the movie (when it had time to be 😛 ). However, part way through the movie I lost my interest as it became a little depressive and I found the more I watch, the more I questioned Abdul Karim. Like why did he lie or not tell the entire truth? Though, this is minor but did not keep me from being captivated as it could have been. This is a decent watch and worth it for anyone wanting to learn more about Queen Victoria but I can’t say I would be rushing to see this movie again 😛 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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History’s most unlikely friendship