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.

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

The 3rd film in the reboot franchise that started in 2011 and quite honestly I enjoyed this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The graphics are really good, the story is much darker and I was quite captivated throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are many bad reviews I have seen about this and I can get where they are coming from. It is a tad predictable (but if you have seen any of the first movies from the 60โ€™s then you should know how this should go ๐Ÿ˜› ) and itโ€™s not a typical war film. Well I think it has enough war elements for a Planet of the Apes movie but if you were expecting a proper one side vs. another than this is not that. It is messier with a real nasty side of war sliding in with desperate humans who arenโ€™t all kind. I personally did not mind these issues ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked the references to the story to come (to the 60โ€™s start) such as introducing a small child Nova (Amiah Miller) and I really liked the flashbacks of Koba (Toby Kebbell) when Caesar (Andy Serkis) was at his worst. I also loved the new addition of Bad Ape played by Steve Zahn who was lovely and really funny ๐Ÿ˜€ .ย  There are some shocking and sad moments in this such as the scene in the cave and you do truly feel so sorry for Caesar. My favourite scene was the escape from the โ€œHuman Zooโ€ (I wonโ€™t say what scene specifically as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). I personally liked this movie more than the second one in the reboot and it felt fitting for the end movie. However, I would have preferred a different ending but that is just me I think not a reflection of the overall film. A great watch and needs to be seen to finish off the Planet of the Apes reboot movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda War of the Planet of the Apes
For freedom. For family. For the planet.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk (2017)

Genre: War, Drama, Action, History

I have never watched the original Dunkirk so I am unsure how close this version is to that movie and or real events. However, I found Christopher Nolanโ€™s version to be fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I was captivated and enthralled from start to end ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I loved the opening as it throws you straight into the drama and danger! There are big names in this movie such as Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and of course Harry Styles. Harry Styles who played soldier Alex was actually pretty good and you forget who he is (being a singer and so on ๐Ÿ˜› ) as the film continues. The big drama scenes such as being trapped in a sinking ship were all awesome and entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚ . It keeps you on edge of your seat as you are unsure who will survive or how the situation will develop. There is a non-linear narrative because we are following more than one character. I personally loved this unique way of presenting the story of Dunkirk ๐Ÿ˜€ . I really liked how we saw the same scene multiple times from different perspectives, without it being predictable, cheesy or boring. It was subtle, flowed well and I quite enjoyed seeing where each โ€œimportantโ€ character was in relation to the drama. My favourite characters were Collins (Jack Lowden) and Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are some highly emotional moments and a sense of pride when the โ€œendingโ€ happens (when you watch you will know). This war film is certainly more of a survival suspenseful movie but it certainly worth the watch for anyone one who loves historical genres ๐Ÿ™‚ . I even liked the sense of not everything finishing off well and that not everyone makes it home (I wonโ€™t say any more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). I certainly recommend this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Dunkirk
Hope is a weapon. Survival is victory.

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Genre: Drama, War

This is one of those classic war films that everybody needs to watch at least once in their lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I really enjoyed this film but I have to say from the beginning, this film will suit those who love war films more than those who arenโ€™t that much of a fan ๐Ÿ˜› . The beginning is intense, action packed and for the first 10 minutes you are forced with the brutality of war. This I did liked as it is what you expect from a war movie and did keep me on the edge of my seat ๐Ÿ™‚ . I was more interested when the โ€œreason for filmโ€ and the rescue mission began. I even liked when we lost someone in the group (I wonโ€™t say names as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) it was very strong as their acting skills made you feel and believe their pain. The story kept me intrigued and captivated until the end. The battle scenes are very action packed and impressive ๐Ÿ™‚ . Plus I even liked the difference each character made when reacting to situations or the war in general. Tom Hanks is very impressive as Captain Miller who made a likable character we wanted to follow ๐Ÿ˜€ . His supporting cast were also good as the other soldiers and I even liked that I could not guess who would survive! However, as much I loved this film there are some parts that I did not like. Such as the ending itself, I understand and I will not judge it too much but I found Private Ryan (Matt Damon) rather selfish and not likable. I also found in the final battle, that a certain character (on the good side) was annoying because he did not get a comeuppance for his actions (wonโ€™t say who when you watch you will know ๐Ÿ˜› ). Plus the edge of American patriotism in the ending was a tad cheesy. However, still a great film for war movie fans and worth a watch a least once ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Saving Private Ryan
The mission is a man.

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 Shallows

The Shallows (2016)

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

This is an alright shark attack movie that can keep you fairly entertained from beginning to the end ๐Ÿ™‚ . Blake Lively was quite good as Nancy as her acting in this movie (through her characters struggles) was believable and you felt for her ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked that she was a medical student and how she was โ€œsaving herselfโ€ when she was dealing with her injuries. The scenery was very pretty and I liked her relationship with the seagull (though I did feel kind of cheesy… ๐Ÿ˜› ). The flow of the movie worked and did keep you watching plus you become very intrigued to see how she could survive. The attack of the Shark was very good and I liked how when one stranger was killed we werenโ€™t allowed to see it. We just watched her reaction which was pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved the opening scene with the child and I even liked how the shark was defeated (even if it may have been a little unbelievable ๐Ÿ˜› ). The CGI is an issue throughout this movie. At times it looked unique with the phone images integrating with the movie then at times looks poor. Especially the graphics of the shark is very questionable at times. Another problem with this movie is the sharkโ€™s motives. I assume it is just some seriously blood thirsty monster that just enjoys eating humans even if there is a massive whale carcass. Though the films suggests it is a normal shark so then that makes you question its motives throughout the entire movie creating a sense of unbelievably. However, the film is alright and keeps you entertained. This is good for anyone who likes survival thriller against a monster attack movie but it is nothing โ€œWowโ€. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

Panda The Shallows
Not just another day at the beach.

Romeo + Juliet

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Genre: Drama, Romance

A modern retelling (set in the 90โ€™s when it was filmed) of the classic Shakespeare play of Romeo and Juliet that is done pretty great ๐Ÿ™‚ . It brings the classic tale as modern as possible and still keeps you entertained throughout. I found this film very captivating and enthralling from the explosive beginning to the tragic end even if you never knew this story before (though how could you not know ๐Ÿ˜› ). Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are perfect as Romeo and Juliet plus their relationship is very sweet, endearing and believable. Their first meeting scene with the fish tank was memorable and their meeting outside her bedroom (after the party scene) was very good ๐Ÿ™‚ . The action scenes and fights between the two households were impressive plus I liked it when the โ€œdark skiesโ€ appeared when things got bad. The character of Mercutio (Harold Perrineau) ย was great and I liked the look of Tybalt (John Leguizamo) ๐Ÿ™‚ . The deaths of certain characters were played well and the end scene was tragic but performed great (the imagery will stick with you after the film ends ๐Ÿ˜› ). I did appreciate that the words remained mostly faithful to the original but did not seems out of place. It flowed well with the acting and scenes while making you still believe it was normal way of speaking for a 90โ€™s Verona ๐Ÿ™‚ . The soundtrack is also amazing in this and I did like the use of reporters and news television broadcasts at the beginning and the end ๐Ÿ™‚ . Also the use of flashbacks may be a tad cheesy but I think it works and I liked how they used guns for the daggers / swords. Overall, this is an adaption that is done fantastically well and is a great watch for any Shakespeare fan or those who love romantic tragedies ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Romeo + Juliet
My only love sprung from my only hate.

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.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance

What can I say, I love this movie and this film is what made me further my love for the original musical ๐Ÿ™‚ . I was a child when I first saw this and I am still entertained watching it now as an adult. The adaptation from theatre to screen works wonderfully and the narrative is entertaining throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . It sets up well, has plenty of surprises and twists plus the constant darkness (anyone could be next feeling) works giving a new element to the movie. I enjoyed how the film began and ended plus I especially loved the beginning scene where we go โ€œbackโ€ in time ๐Ÿ˜€ . The cast is great in this Gerald Butler, Emmy Rossum, Miranda Richardson and many more. Each created a believable character that I laughed at or with, cried, felt for and they added to the mystery of the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main thing to note is the songs in this and choreography! They are spectacular ๐Ÿ˜€ !! The voices were incredible and even those who were not as strong worked for the characters they were playing. My favourites (I loved them all but trying to only pick a few ๐Ÿ˜› ) was The Phantom of the Opera (obviously ๐Ÿ˜› ), Music of the Night, Masquerade and Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. The songs plus dรฉcor and movement were spell bounding and awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the movement in Masquerade the most. The set and costumes were really amazingly from the main star to the extra. You canโ€™t help but sit there and admire it ๐Ÿ™‚ ! Plus the love story is great but not too overpowering as the element of danger / darkness still slots in well. Overall, a fabulous adaptation that will have you captivated if you love musicals, romance or something that little bit darker ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Phantom of Opera
Listen to the Music of the Night