A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

This film is one of my childhood favourites and can keep all ages quite entertained with its narrative ๐Ÿ™‚ ! It is based off Lemony Snicketโ€™s series of books and I canโ€™t say how true to books it was. However, that shouldnโ€™t matter as the story still comes across as compelling and captivating plus made me want to read those books ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is a nice Steam Punk feel to the filming, costumes and world that made it appealing, unique and different. The children were great in this Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and adorable Sunny (by Kara and Shelby Hoffman) as they made you certainly feel for them. Jim Carrey was fantastic as Count Olaf ๐Ÿ˜€ . His facial expressions were fabulous, his overall persona was captivating and hilarious plus makes a very entertaining villain. I liked the events and how they progressed through the film. It felt like I was watching a far longer film than it was and I really did want to keep seeing more adventures ๐Ÿ˜› . The โ€œeventsโ€ were very good and action filled. The car event and hurricane were the most captivating and entertaining scenes. It also loved the moments of sweetness and sadness from the children and I loved the end scene ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย There is also a great cast of side characters such as Timothy Spall, Catherine Oโ€™Hara and Meryl Streep. My favourite was Billy Connolly as Uncle Monty ๐Ÿ™‚ . The addition of the writer narrator played by Jude Law really worked and I loved that they kept tricking throughout (making you think it will end one way but didnโ€™t ๐Ÿ˜› ). Overall, this is a great family film that has a strong story and acting that can keep all entertained throughout. If you have not already seen this then I recommend you do at least once ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Unfortune Events
Donโ€™t say we didnโ€™t warn you.

Justin and the Knights of Valour

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Film

This was a surprisingly great movie that I enjoyed throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . It has a simplistic storyline (a boy on his quest to become a Knight) but it also has very good moments that made it more unique. I loved that the film set up the world well within the first five minutes without over boring. I also enjoyed the hints to the bad guys and as we learnt more, I understood why they were โ€œfighting backโ€ but the film still had me wanting Justin to win. A really liked the world such as the loss of the Knights, the world design and the tower with the Monks ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main characters they introduced were all quite good especially Justin (Freddie Highmore) who was likable and Talia (Saoirse Ronan) who was not annoying ๐Ÿ˜› ! However, some of the side characters, such as Melquiades (David Walliams), who came of a tad too over-the-top which did become a tad irritating. However, the overall characters were good and the development of the story kept you captivated and intrigued throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . The animation was also great, I liked the song near the beginning โ€œHeroesโ€ and the last battle scene was pretty good. Also, I liked the small magic elements, the character connections to each other and overall was very enjoyable. A really great film with a pretty good concept of a story that is entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ . Great for the entire family and I think I would recommend this little gem ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

Panda Justin & Knights of Valor
Youโ€™ll make a terrible lawyer. Youโ€™re honest and not a very good liar.

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

So this sequel is as bad as the original movie and makes the first seem better than it actually was. We have in this sequel, characters that we got familiar with in the first movie and a few new ones ๐Ÿ™‚ . The new characters that were good were Vanity Smurf (John Oliver) who was kind of funny, Vexy (Christina Ricci) who was probably the best addition in this and the step- father who added humour when he was โ€œtransformedโ€ ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, the new addition of the other โ€œnaughtyโ€ was too stupid that he became irritating and cringe worthy. The human side of the story was too cheesy for words and struggled to captivate ๐Ÿ˜› . Though to be fair, there was one sweet moment between Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Victor (Brendan Gleeson) when he learnt the truth. Otherwise it was overacting from all human characters especially Gargamel (Hank Azaria) who was that stereotypical, cheesy, bad guy. He was so over-the-top you donโ€™t laugh at any of his jokes or comedy. The graphics of the Smurfs themselves was great as usual and deciding to make this all about Smurfette (Katy Perry) was a good idea ๐Ÿ˜€ . I liked that they used an original storyline here for her and explored the idea of turning her โ€œbadโ€. However, I wished it had focused more on that rather than passing over it and being too childish instead. Plus, there was a major inconsistencies with the turning into a Smurf. I will try not to spoil but if Smurfette when changing got blonde…then why did no-one else change? Overall, this film is as poor as the first and probably only small children will like this ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this 2 Stars out of 5!

Panda Smurfs 2
Get ready to get naughty!

Rio 2

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

This is a pretty decent sequel to the original Rio movie and is as good as the first ๐Ÿ™‚ . The colours of this movie are very bright and the music is okay although not very memorable. The original cast is back which is good to see though some arenโ€™t focussed on as much because we have new characters to get used to. The narrative is fine and is easy enough to follow ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, I do miss elements from the original story and some parts arenโ€™t very good. The moments where Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is made to look like a fool just became annoying because I like Blu more than the new characters. This also put a strain on the relationship between Blu and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) which was not great. Plus some parts of the story did have some clichรฉ moments and the โ€œhunt for a Starโ€ sub plot was really pointless but I guess it is there for comedy reasons. However, on the up-side the relationship between Nigel (Jemaine Clement) and Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) was great ๐Ÿ˜€ . Gabi is fabulous and her song was the best part in this entire movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . If she had been in the first movie I might have enjoyed the original movie better ๐Ÿ˜› . However, it does end sweetly and the โ€œclimaxโ€ of the story is captivating enough for you to leave the movie feeling good ๐Ÿ™‚ . Rio 2 is a decent sequel and is worth a watch if you love the original movie and is great for the entire family especially children. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

Panda Rio 2
Back to the Party

 

Rio

Rio (2011)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Film

This pleasant enough narrative aims to keep the whole family entertained but mostly the children ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story is easy to follow but enough to keep you captivated with a decent enough amount of humour ๐Ÿ˜€ . It has lovely sweetness and a decent villain to battle against even if the ending is quite predicable ๐Ÿ˜› . The scenery of this animation is pretty impressive and the colour scheme is great. It definitely makes you think of Rio and the music in this film is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ ! The characters are all good and likable (some more than others) but overall they all complement the narrative. The beginning scene and how Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) was captured was great. There were moments in this movie that does try to shock (danger element for the characters ๐Ÿ˜› ). The villain Nigel (Jemaine Clement) was cool and he meets a pretty nasty end but fitting ๐Ÿ˜› ! The humans of this story were also good and it was nice to see two separate storyline running at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚ . I wanted the birds to succeed as such as I wanted the humans to find them. As much as I enjoyed this movie and could sit through the entire of it without being bored, it is not really that captivating. This movie aims too much for the children that it may grate a little for the adults. Overall though, it is still a wonderful film for the entire family if you overlook the predictability ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Rio
The bird who never learned to fly will discover a place he can soar.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Genre: Family Film, Fantasy, Musical, Disney

I have been very excited to see this new real life version of the classic Disney animation from 1991 and I know I was not the only one ๐Ÿ™‚ ! The film did not disappoint ๐Ÿ˜€ ! The story stays mostly honest to the original story which I truly enjoyed and appreciated the nostalgic feeling you get (if you loved the first film ๐Ÿ˜› ). The songs were great, they were pleasant to hear (even if you think the original songs were better ๐Ÿ˜› ) and I loved the new additions which I assume are from the musical. My favourite song version in this movie was โ€œEvermoreโ€ sang by Dan Stevens ๐Ÿ™‚ . The costumes and set looked appealing, โ€œDisneyโ€ and I loved that it has attempted to look traditional 18th century France! I think it did a great job with the period setting, with the dress sense of the all the characters (maybe not Belles ๐Ÿ˜› ) and the CGI on the Beast and objects were great. The film began great and ends wonderfully. The cast is epic (Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad to name a few) and all performed fabulous in this film ๐Ÿ˜€ . What I also loved about this movie was as much I as appreciate the director staying true the original, they still showed new stuff such as more in depth backgrounds. We learnt more about Belle, Beast and what would have happened to the servants at the Beastโ€™s castle. I loved the relationship between Gaston and LeFou plus the development of LeFou was great ๐Ÿ™‚ . His line in the mob songs was very cool. Overall, a really good real life animation that any fan of the original will enjoy and it is great for the entire family ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Panda Beauty and the Beast 1
Be our guest.

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo (2011)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family Film, Romance

Monte Carlo is one of those teen romance movies that you might watch with your friends when you are in the mood for a light hearted chick flick. The story is very simple to follow, there are not any big surprises waiting in the narrative and it ends as expected ๐Ÿ˜› . Though, it does have a very warming and happy feeling throughout that keeps you entertained. It ends pleasantly and fitting enough for the film ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main actresses (Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester) act okay enough for the roles of the narrative but I canโ€™t say the film shows the best acting I have ever seen. ย Though, donโ€™t get me wrong, I donโ€™t think they are to blame as I think it has something to do with the average and typical narrative plus the film in general. The scenery is great and the whole fairytale aspect is good ๐Ÿ™‚ . At times it did make me smile and I was most intrigued during the โ€œalmost found outโ€ section near the โ€œclimaxโ€ of the movie. I also loved the growing romances though some could have been focused on more but at the ending one couple finished wonderfully ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also wished they had made the distinction between Grace and Cordelia Winthrop Scott clearer, so the humour of Grace trying to imitate could have been funnier. Overall, an alright movie that I surprisingly liked but canโ€™t deny this isnโ€™t the greatest in romantic comedy genre movies. Good for a girly night in or for younger teens ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

panda-monte-carlo
She’s having the time of someone elseโ€™s life.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Film

Lots may have good reviews about this animation but quite honestly, I was so bored of this entire movie. Donโ€™t get me wrong, itโ€™s drawn beautifully and moments in this film are quite good ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked the train scene with the horse Spirit (voiced by Matt Damon) as that was done effectively. I have to give them (the director and team behind the film) credit as I did like the horses not being able to speak when human where around. Apart from when Matt Damon speaking the narration of course ๐Ÿ˜› .ย  Also there is a decent soundtrack to this film that is fairly catchy ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, as much as I kept watching throughout it wasnโ€™t because it was entertaining. I found most of it boring and cheesy. I got the story and it could have been entertaining but the mute horses were not working for me. I have seen a horse movie where they shown me emotion, heart and dramatic stories and that was called War Horse. This was nothing like it. I mean I did like the character of Little Creek (Daniel Studi) and wished there were more scenes with him ๐Ÿ˜› . The character of Spirit I wasnโ€™t impressed with. Everything he did felt predictably cheesy and it ended like I expected. This is a film from Dreamworks that I wish I hadnโ€™t seen and I canโ€™t say I would recommend it. However, it is fairly good enough for youngsters or for those who loved it from their childhood ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

panda-spirit
Some legends can never be tamed.

When Marnie Was There

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family Film

This is a wonderful and stunning movie that has become one of my favourites from Studio Ghibli ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story is written beautifully that it keeps you entertained throughout and explored many realistic themes. It explored a rather strange girl (Anna) who canโ€™t connect with others very well and even though she can be rather mean, she is quite likable. I loved the magic hints throughout this movie and the mystery of Marnie ๐Ÿ˜€ . The animation is drawn wonderfully and the scenes like โ€œthe boat on the water during the full moonโ€ are quite pretty ๐Ÿ˜› . My favourite of the characters was Marnie and when her reveal appears (when the Anna figures out who she is) is the best scene in this film. It made me cry so much as the way the themes are explored all come down to that scene, which will pull many peopleโ€™s heart strings ๐Ÿ˜› ! The themes that play throughout are loneliness, finding yourself and love. The relationship between the two girls is endearing and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ . The background music adds to the mystery and alluring quality of Marnie that makes you want to solve the story yourself ๐Ÿ˜› . I also enjoyed the ending that finished off the film well. Overall, a fantastic movie that I would watch again and again plus would definitely recommend this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

panda-when-marnie-was-there
Promise weโ€™ll remain a secret, forever.