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!

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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

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.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Genre: Drama, Romance

I have loved this movie as a child and it still has not disappointed when watching it again now ๐Ÿ™‚ . It is a great adaptation from Jane Austenโ€™s book that is mostly faithful but still makes you feel like you are watching a new story ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is a stellar cast in this movie such as Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and many more ๐Ÿ˜€ . Each character was as realistic as possible and made us feel for (and believe) these characters because of their extremely excellent performance in this movie. I quite liked all the main characters equally and donโ€™t think I can pick a favourite ๐Ÿ˜› . The pace of the film runs well and gives us plenty of details without boring us with too much ๐Ÿ˜› . There is a good level of humour still added in this movie with some odd scenes and clever dialogue. This movie does more focus on the romance element but that is expected as this is a Jane Austen tale. The heartbreaking scene with Marianne is stunning (the one in the rain later in the film) and memorable ๐Ÿ™‚ . Each of the sisters (Elinor and Marianne) has a sad moment which makes you feel for them and could make one quite tearful. The relationships are quite believable between the characters and makes the tale very interesting. The film ends well plus the costumes and set of this movie are stunning ๐Ÿ˜€ ! This is a fantastic period drama movie that can keep a fan entertained from beginning to end. Plus the movie has a nice 90โ€™s nostalgia that works in the filmโ€™s favour ๐Ÿ™‚ . I would definitely recommend this if you love period drama romances ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Sense & Sensibility
What do you know of my heart?

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!

Panda A Dogs Purpose
Every dog happens for a reason.

American Beauty

American Beauty (1999)

Genre: Drama, Romance

This is one of those films that go down in history for being completely unique and stunning in their script writing. This movie was recommended to me for a long time and when I did watch this, it was definitely worth the watch ๐Ÿ˜€ . The acting is superb in this movie throughout especially from Kevin Spacey who plays the main role Lester Burnham. He plays a suburban father who is having a mid-life crisis and became obsessed with his daughterโ€™s friend Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari). He does become it bit creepy as his infatuation grows but this also makes him rather captivating throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . The film was quite dark especially how it began as it hinted to how the film would continue and was a very interesting start ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked how the film was narrated by Lester as this brought us closer to the film and wanting to see how things would end. I liked how the film did not just focus on just Lester but others too and I liked the character of Ricky (Wes Bentley) especially as you learn what his family is like ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved how each characterโ€™s problems built together and all lead to the last scene which was my favourite section. The ending was shocking, different and has stuck with me since I watch it ๐Ÿ˜› . The film is very arty and this works in its favour because the scenes are quite memorable (such as the roses on the ceiling scene ๐Ÿ˜› ). Itโ€™s a very psychological film that will have you thinking and questioning the idea of the โ€œAmerican Dreamโ€. This may not be to everyoneโ€™s taste and to be quite honest, the ending was the best part of the entire movie for me. But it deserves a watch once and it is unique ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out 5!

Panda American Beauty
…Look Closer

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!

Panda Rock of Ages
Nothinโ€™ but a good time.

Ghost in a Shell

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

This film adaption of the original Japanese Manga is exactly as I imagined it would be and more ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I have never watched or read the original 90โ€™s Manga (or Anime) ย so I am unsure how true it was but I was so captivated that I did not mind ๐Ÿ˜› . The worldโ€™s set up is original, bright, well crafted and (kind of) believable. It looked like a realistic future and with that small introduction at the beginning, you believe that those characters actually โ€œliveโ€ there. Even though this is clearly a dystopian world it didnโ€™t feel depressive which helped make this film enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚ . Not only was the world set up great (making me want to learn more ๐Ÿ˜› ), the music and characters were also crafted well. The CGI and design of Majorโ€™s robotic body was great. Also everyone elseโ€™s CGI for the robotic parts did not seem fake (which is obviously a good thing ๐Ÿ˜› ). I loved all the characters but my favourites were Batou (Pilou Asbรฆk), Kuze (Michael Pitt) and Scarlett Johansson as Major stole the show ๐Ÿ˜€ ! The fight scenes are plentiful, the chase scenes are good and parts are a bit scary / freaky (like the Geisha Robots ๐Ÿ˜› ) . There are nice shocking moments and twists that should have been predicable but were great instead ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved that twist and I loved when we start learning more about Majorโ€™s past ( I canโ€™t say which part in the movie as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). The pace flowed well and I would have liked to watch more of this film. A great Sci-fi that kept me entertained throughout and I would happily watch again ๐Ÿ™‚ . I definitely recommend whether you were a fan of the original or not ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Ghost in a Shell
They did not save your life. They stole it.