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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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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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 🙂 . The graphics are really good, the story is much darker and I was quite captivated throughout 🙂 . 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 60’s then you should know how this should go 😛 ) and it’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 aren’t all kind. I personally did not mind these issues 🙂 . I liked the references to the story to come (to the 60’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 😀 .  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 “Human Zoo” (I won’t say what scene specifically as I don’t want to spoil 😛 ). 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 🙂 . Enjoy 😀

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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