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 πŸ˜€ . Its storyline is compelling, gripping and entertaining from start to finish plus mixes realism with magic perfectly πŸ™‚ . 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 πŸ˜› ) 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 β€œmagic” still works for this movie πŸ™‚ . 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 πŸ™‚ . Percy Wetmore was a perfectly horrid character who I believed (and hated πŸ˜› ) 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 πŸ˜€ . This is a long movie (over 3 hours) but you really don’t notice πŸ˜› . I definitely recommend this movie if you like Stephen King book adaptations (as this is one) or Crime with a touch of Fantasy πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

I have never read the books by Stephen King so I don’t know how faithful to the original this is and if any fans will enjoy this movie. However, coming to this film with no prior knowledge, I really loved this movie πŸ˜€ . I was gripped from the start, captivated throughout and loved the ending πŸ™‚ . My favourite person in this movie was Walter (Matthew McConaughey) πŸ˜€ . His performance was fabulous and his character was believable. Β He was awesome, strong, his magic great and was terrifyingly evil πŸ˜€ . Idris Elba played a very cool Gunslinger Roland who created an interesting character to follow. I also liked the main character of Jake (Tom Taylor) and his relationship with Roland πŸ™‚ . The other world was great and I liked the threat element of the demons. The pace was very good and action scenes were steadily placed (it felt right and I was not left wanting). The magic and hints to a darker world (such as the scene when Jake is attacked by the house) was very good and kept me guessing. There are a few deaths in this that are shocking and a great twist in the tale (won’t say who as don’t want to spoil πŸ˜› ). Plus in the final battle, I loved the cleverness of how the defeat was achieved. Overall, this was a great adventure fantasy for anyone who loves otherworldly movies πŸ™‚ . I would recommend this movie, would happily watch again and would love to watch another film if a sequel is ever made πŸ˜€ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

I had not heard much of this before the first trailers but I was excited to see a new sci-fi movie πŸ™‚ . The story line is very entertaining and interesting throughout. The beginning was very captivating at the start and actually quite emotionally as well (when you see the scene you will know what I mean πŸ˜› ). The graphics and the overall visual world was absolutely amazing πŸ˜€ . It the way the β€œCity of a Thousand Planets” was created was very interesting to see and I loved how in each world I was immersed entirely. They flowed well and the β€œmissions” in the film were action packed and exciting to watch πŸ™‚ . The overall main storyline is a little predicable but I found it enjoyable enough to watch till the end. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne were great as Valerian and Laureline. Their chemistry was a nice touch and very believable πŸ™‚ . All the cast was very good but the main two characters were the best. Rihanna was pretty decent as her character Bubble and I did enjoy her change outfits routine πŸ˜€ . However, her character was not as compelling as she could have been to make me care for her as much as her scene (you will know which one πŸ˜› ) wanted me too. The twist in the story is not a shocker but I did enjoy the ending πŸ™‚ . This is a really good sci-fi that I would happily watch again and I enjoyed its pleasant tale. I think it needs a pleasant story to start us off with this new world and the films which I am sure are to follow πŸ˜€ . This is worth the watch for anyone who loves Sci-fi and wanting something new πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven (2005)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

This is a very sweet romantic movie that is perfect for those lazy days watching with friends πŸ™‚ . This is a pleasant story to follow that is surprisingly very captivating from beginning to the end. There are a few emotional moments in this story that may not be as strong as others in this genre but it is enough. There are plenty of surprises and twists for this easy to follow storyline that help keep it entertaining πŸ™‚ . For example, I loved it when we learnt more about what may have happened to Elizabeth and how she is connected to David. The romance between Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) and David (Mark Ruffalo) is sweet, charming and believable πŸ™‚ . I loved their first meeting and how their animosity at the beginning was very comical. I especially loved the scene where Elizabeth is annoying David singing β€œTomorrow” πŸ™‚ . The addition of the psychic Darryl (Jon Heder) is fine and worked well with the story and Abby (Dina Spybey-Waters) was quite funny πŸ™‚ . I enjoyed the beginning scene which gives us a hint of what Elizabeth’s life was like and does introduce the tone of the movie well. Β I also loved the small addition of the magic /other worldly stuff such as the niece being more aware than normal (when you watch it you will know πŸ˜› ) . The ending is great and kind of has a fairytale feel to the overall movie. This story is a tad predicable near the end but I liked it originality at the beginning and reason for these characters to meet πŸ™‚ . Overall, this is a sweet, entertaining and fantastic movie that is great for anyone who loves romantic comedies with a touch of something different πŸ˜€ . Β I would recommend this movie and would happily watch again πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

I have been looking forward to seeing this movie since we first saw Gal Gadot’s perform in Batman V. Superman. She did not disappoint and this has been my favourite DC movie so far πŸ˜€ . Finally, we have a new DC film that does not make me pull apart it narrative after I have watched it and I would look forward to watching again. The story had me captivated from beginning to the end and I really enjoyed seeing Wonder Woman fighting in World War 1. I know this may not be historically accurate and many people would have preferred her in World War 2 but I still very much enjoyed it and it worked for the narrative. Diana’s look was amazing and Gal Gadot’s portrayal of her was stunning, fierce and impressive plus I can’t wait to watch more of her πŸ˜€ . I liked the character of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) as he was believable and endearing. I also liked the secretary Etta (Lucy Davis) as she was a charming addition the story πŸ™‚ . The film was funny, entertaining and did bring a tear to my eye (can’t say why as that would spoil πŸ˜› ). They told us stuff about her past, β€œwho she really is” and I though the mixing of her world (the Amazons) worked well with the World War story. My favourite scene has to be when Wonder Woman fights across No Man’s Land πŸ™‚ . Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya) looked terrifying though I feel we could have seen her defeated better. However, I loved the twist on who Ares truly was in this movie πŸ˜€ . I loved the relationship between Steve and Diana but I know it can’t last which is a shame. The look of the movie was great, I was captivated and was a worthy movie of Wonder Woman πŸ˜€ . I also found this movie to be less depressive then normal DC movies which I liked. I seriously recommend this movie πŸ˜€ . Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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The Mummy

The Mummy (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

There are many bad reviews from critics about this summer’s blockbuster but I really liked it πŸ™‚ . I found this story easy to follow (in a good way), I loved the Egyptian back story and I was entertained throughout. I really liked the Mummy Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) and her story plus the actress performed her great πŸ˜€ . She was scary, looked amazing and when she β€œreturns” her graphics as a Mummy were cool. I liked the CGI on the mummies and liked how she β€œturned” others, plus her first attack on the mortals in England was pretty cool πŸ™‚ . I liked the main character of Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and he was a likable character to follow. Plus I really liked his flashbacks / imagination with the Princess which helped keep the story flowing πŸ™‚ . There are some big moments which are cool such as the plane crash, underwater mummies, and when the glass turns to sand in London. Β I also liked the β€œsecret company” that becomes involved as it hints to a possible other movie (even a series of movies) and gave a new element to the typical Egyptian mummy story. However, there are some rough edges to the tale and I do sense that they did try and shove too many tales without flowing properly. The action scenes aren’t the best so fans of action may feel disappointed. The weakest part for me was Jenny (Annabelle Wallis). She was great at first (I found her moment seeing the mummies with Nick in the church funny πŸ˜› ) but as she went on, she became irritable and not interesting. I did not care what happened to her and liked the Mummy better πŸ˜› . Though she is minor and you can still enjoy the movie πŸ™‚ . This is a really good movie that I would happily watch again but I am a little biased as I loved watching adventure movies involving Egyptian tales πŸ˜› . This is worth the watch and I can’t wait to see what comes next in the Dark Universe franchise πŸ˜€ Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The ending to the great Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (or so they say πŸ˜› ) which is wonderful for those who love those movies πŸ™‚ . The narrative is good and entertaining throughout. The beginning scene was really amazing as it connected us with the new character Henry (Brenton Thwaites) straight away while giving us nostalgia by reminding us of older story lines πŸ˜€ . I really did like the character of Henry and I did like the new addition of Carina (Kaya Scodelario) especially her role. I enjoyed as we learnt more of her past and appreciated her role as a smart but not overly rich pretty girl making her different from other female roles in this franchise πŸ™‚ . I also loved the look of the villains, loved the new main villain Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and their half rotten appearance. How the ship “ate” was also great πŸ˜€ . The scene where we see how that crew (the villains) came to be was one of my favourites and there are plenty of good action scenes. I also appreciate that we got to see the majority of the old cast back (Johnny Depp still fabulous as Captain Jack πŸ™‚ ) and the cameo of Paul McCartney was amazing πŸ˜€ !! The humour is also strong especially the scene of the guillotine πŸ˜› . However, as much as I loved this I am uncertain of if I loved this out of pure loyalty. The narrative at times is not captivating enough to enthral and this still is nothing compared to the original movie. I felt a spark had disappeared somewhere either in the narrative or script of maybe they couldn’t live up to expectation. It’s a shame but this is still way better than the fourth instalment πŸ˜› . Overall, a strong finish that may not be a good as the original but great for any fan wanting to see their favourite characters one last time πŸ™‚ . Plus the monkey is back so I am pleased πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood (2011)

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

This movie should have been awesome but comes out as just alright. The cast chosen for this movie are pretty big names such as Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke and Max Iron πŸ™‚ . I know they can all act as I have seen them in other things, but in this they are just passable.Β  I felt nothing for any of the characters especially those in the β€œlove triangle”. The β€œthroes of passion” between these lovers was lack lustre and I quite honestly did not care who survived or who she would end up with πŸ˜› . The look of the wolf is decent and graphics aren’t bad πŸ™‚ . The visuals are great and the colour palette of this movie is worth the watch πŸ˜€ . The story is good enough but predictable and anti-climatic. The twist is pretty good (probably the best part) as you don’t suspect who it is πŸ˜› . However, I wish the film did not have its annoying anguish and just plain angry moments. Like how the town treated Valerie or bringing in that medieval torture device! The story had plot holes and failed to truly captivate. Though to be fair, this isn’t the worst movie and thanks to the twist, is passable πŸ™‚ . You can see Twilight movie elements as the one of the directors in this was involved in that movie πŸ˜› . It tried to focus on teenagers who liked that film rather than focus on the actual story of Red Riding Hood. The main problem is this film tries to be too many things which then leads it to just being an alright movie. Β I am not sure I would recommend this movie but it not the worst I have seen πŸ˜› . Enjoy πŸ™‚

I give this film 2 Stars out of 5!

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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 πŸ™‚ ! The film did not disappoint πŸ˜€ ! 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 πŸ˜› ). The songs were great, they were pleasant to hear (even if you think the original songs were better πŸ˜› ) and I loved the new additions which I assume are from the musical. My favourite song version in this movie was β€œEvermore” sang by Dan Stevens πŸ™‚ . The costumes and set looked appealing, β€œDisney” 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 πŸ˜› ) 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 πŸ˜€ . 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 Beast’s castle. I loved the relationship between Gaston and LeFou plus the development of LeFou was great πŸ™‚ . 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 πŸ™‚ . Enjoy πŸ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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