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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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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IT

IT (2017)

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror

This looked fabulous from the trailers and when I finally got to see it, the film certainly did not disappoint 😛 . The narrative is amazing and captivating from the beginning to the end. The beginning scene is very good for a horror film without being over the top with the “gore”. It had a perfect balance of scariness and an intriguing storyline plus after seeing the first clip it gives you a hint of how the rest of the movie will follow. Bill Skarsgård as the clown Pennywise was fantastic 😀 !! He looked creepy and terrifying while his outfit looked amazing 🙂 . The overall visual aesthetics of the film is quite memorable especially its use of the colours such as Georgie’s yellow coat and the red balloon 🙂 . Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) was an adorable actor in this and the overall lead children were good. I liked them all but some I preferred more such as Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Beverly (Sophia Lillis) 🙂 .Their relationships (the entire group of friends) were sweet and this made us like them more. This movie had some great scary scenes such as Pennywise in the basement (in the water) and the projector plus the graphics in this film are fantastic 🙂 . What I loved in this film was the discovery the children found as the movie continued and I never knew who would be killed next 😛 . However, the only downside I would say was that this film did not terrify me. I think I was more afraid for the characters rather than the movie being scary. This film is certainly worth the watch and I cannot wait to see what Part 2 will bring 😀 . Enjoy 🙂

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Genre: Drama, Romance

I was wary about watching this movie as I had seen another book adaptation of Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D’Urbervilles BBC series) and I was not the biggest fan. Not that the series was bad because it wasn’t, it was just very depressive and I assumed this one would be the same. However, I was definitely wrong and absolutely loved this 😀 ! The story had me hooked from the very beginning and it continued to captivate me throughout. There are no big dramatic action scenes but the small scale drama still manages to grip you to the story of Bathsheba Everdene. Carey Mulligan performs Bathsheba brilliantly and I loved the empowerment and kind of feminist feel 🙂 . I believed her and really wanted her to “astonish them all” 😛 . The romances she finds and her admirers were also good 🙂 . I liked that each were very different a sheep famer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), land owner William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) and soldier Sergeant Francis (Tom Sturridge) plus each had a moment with her that made you want her to go with them. I could not decide who I wanted her to be with 😛 . I liked the scenes that shocked me such as the scene with the sheep on the cliff and the conclusion of Christmas Eve party 😛 . The scenery was amazing, the acting superb and costumes really helped envision the Victorian world the characters lived in. 🙂  I liked the character development and the fallout over the Fanny Robbin situation. The ending is also very fitting and perfect 😀 . I was left wanting to see more of this film 😀 ! Overall, this is a great romance period drama which is a must watch for anyone who loves those genres and is a fan of Thomas Hardy 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Green Mile

The Green Mile (1999)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy

This is a film that everyone needs to watch at least once in their lifetime and it is a classic 😀 . Its storyline is compelling, gripping and entertaining from start to finish plus mixes realism with magic perfectly 🙂 . The story is dark (it is following the lives of death row guards) and does have some uncomfortable moments but it feels right for the atmosphere of the movie. I loved that the excellent performances from all the actors lead by Tom Hanks (Paul Edgecomb) and Michael Clarke Duncan (John Coffey) helped created so many different characters. I believed each character (some made me love them and some made me hate them 😛 ) and each felt useful to the narrative. I loved the character of Eduard Delacroix (Michael Jeter) who was lovable and funny even if he was a death row inmate plus his exit scene is a shocker. The filming is clean and crisp plus the CGI on the “magic” still works for this movie 🙂 . John Coffey was an extremely likable and unique character and Paul Edgecomb (performed fabulously by Tom Hanks) was a main character you wanted to follow 🙂 . Percy Wetmore was a perfectly horrid character who I believed (and hated 😛 ) and Doug Hutchison performed him brilliantly. The movie also ends great as it leaves you questioning the experience Edgecomb saw while accepting a perfect end to a memorising movie. It is beautifully filmed, has a fantastic storyline with solid acting 😀 . This is a long movie (over 3 hours) but you really don’t notice 😛 . I definitely recommend this movie if you like Stephen King book adaptations (as this is one) or Crime with a touch of Fantasy 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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