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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜› ). The graphics and the overall visual world was absolutely amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ . It the way the โ€œCity of a Thousand Planetsโ€ was created was very interesting to see and I loved how in each world I was immersed entirely. They flowed well and the โ€œmissionsโ€ in the film were action packed and exciting to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜› ) wanted me too. The twist in the story is not a shocker but I did enjoy the ending ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ . This is worth the watch for anyone who loves Sci-fi and wanting something new ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 โ€œTomorrowโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ . The addition of the psychic Darryl (Jon Heder) is fine and worked well with the story and Abby (Dina Spybey-Waters) was quite funny ๐Ÿ™‚ . I enjoyed the beginning scene which gives us a hint of what Elizabethโ€™s life was like and does introduce the tone of the movie well. ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜› ) . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . Overall, this is a sweet, entertaining and fantastic movie that is great for anyone who loves romantic comedies with a touch of something different ๐Ÿ˜€ . ย I would recommend this movie and would happily watch again ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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 Gadotโ€™s perform in Batman V. Superman. She did not disappoint and this has been my favourite DC movie so far ๐Ÿ˜€ . 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. Dianaโ€™s look was amazing and Gal Gadotโ€™s portrayal of her was stunning, fierce and impressive plus I canโ€™t wait to watch more of her ๐Ÿ˜€ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . The film was funny, entertaining and did bring a tear to my eye (canโ€™t say why as that would spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). They told us stuff about her past, โ€œwho she really isโ€ 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 Manโ€™s Land ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the relationship between Steve and Diana but I know it canโ€™t last which is a shame. The look of the movie was great, I was captivated and was a worthy movie of Wonder Woman ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also found this movie to be less depressive then normal DC movies which I liked. I seriously recommend this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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 summerโ€™s blockbuster but I really liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ . She was scary, looked amazing and when she โ€œreturnsโ€ her graphics as a Mummy were cool. I liked the CGI on the mummies and liked how she โ€œturnedโ€ others, plus her first attack on the mortals in England was pretty cool ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are some big moments which are cool such as the plane crash, underwater mummies, and when the glass turns to sand in London. ย I also liked the โ€œsecret companyโ€ 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 arenโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜› ) but as she went on, she became irritable and not interesting. I did not care what happened to her and liked the Mummy better ๐Ÿ˜› . Though she is minor and you can still enjoy the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜› . This is worth the watch and I canโ€™t wait to see what comes next in the Dark Universe franchise ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters

 

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 ๐Ÿ˜› ) which is wonderful for those who love those movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and the cameo of Paul McCartney was amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ !! The humour is also strong especially the scene of the guillotine ๐Ÿ˜› . 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 ๐Ÿ˜› . 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . Plus the monkey is back so I am pleased ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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The dead have taken command of the sea.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . I know they can all act as I have seen them in other things, but in this they are just passable.ย  I felt nothing for any of the characters especially those in the โ€œlove triangleโ€. The โ€œthroes of passionโ€ between these lovers was lack lustre and I quite honestly did not care who survived or who she would end up with ๐Ÿ˜› . The look of the wolf is decent and graphics arenโ€™t bad ๐Ÿ™‚ . The visuals are great and the colour palette of this movie is worth the watch ๐Ÿ˜€ . The story is good enough but predictable and anti-climatic. The twist is pretty good (probably the best part) as you donโ€™t suspect who it is ๐Ÿ˜› . 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 isnโ€™t the worst movie and thanks to the twist, is passable ๐Ÿ™‚ . You can see Twilight movie elements as the one of the directors in this was involved in that movie ๐Ÿ˜› . 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. ย I am not sure I would recommend this movie but it not the worst I have seen ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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 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!

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Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The newest version of the King Kong story with a pretty decent cast and looked awesome from the trailer. The film is alright. I canโ€™t say it was the best because it definitely wasnโ€™t but I canโ€™t say it was the worst either. Letโ€™s start with things like I did like ๐Ÿ™‚ . The cast was great Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson and John C Reilly to name a few. The deaths were pretty shocking, at times surprising and I liked the fact you did not know what creature you might find next ๐Ÿ˜€ . Some of the characters I liked and wanted to survive. Kong looked good and I liked his entrance (and fight scene) in the 1974 storyline. The monsters looked and were shocking like that โ€œSpiderโ€ monster part way through the movie. I also enjoyed when the attack (from Kong) at the beginning happened and liked that the group was separated ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, as much I liked it…the storyline was plausible enough to run but not enough to captivate. The โ€œartโ€ that made it look like 70s editing did not help this movie but hindered. The slow motion fights and moments like dramatically cutting a monster just made the scene cheesy and became repetitive. The focus of the slow motion and the โ€˜moneyโ€™ shots of the monsters affected the characters and as much as I might have felt for the characters at the beginning I began to lose any attachment to them. They were swallowed by the poor CGI moments bringing even their good acting skills (I have seen these actors before and I know they can act) down to its level. Donโ€™t get me wrong the film is alright and has merit ๐Ÿ™‚ . I did enjoy some parts and liked that they had tried to imitate classic monster flicks in the movie. I just wish that the whole cheesy element had not turned up and wish the narrative was stronger than the CGI. This film could have been so much better. A film that is good for any looking for a monster flick that is an easy watch with the odd surprise ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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We donโ€™t belong here.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

This is a decent movie that I really enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜€ . The storyline was great, kept me entertained the entire way through and was captivating ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the graphics for the fight scenes, the monsters were simple to grasp but impressive and I believed them enough for the story. I even felt for the characters that had to go against them and felt for them as they tried to โ€œdefeatโ€ the monsters. The design was great in this movie with the different colours for each part of the army ๐Ÿ™‚ . The characters were great in this film and I felt like I got to know each one and their reason for being here. The majority of the cast is Asian (like Tian Jing) which is expected and great to see as this film is set in China ๐Ÿ˜› . Plus the reasons the โ€œWesternersโ€ (like the lead actor Matt Damon) are fighting for China (and here to save the day) was plausible for the narrative to continue. However, as much as I liked the fight scenes, the suspense, the edge of your seat actions, drama and shock (and sad) deaths the graphics arenโ€™t that great. The beginning sequence of the movie had shocking low quality and had me worried that the quality would let the movie down. The good news is that you forget the quality and it does seem to get better as the movie continues ๐Ÿ™‚ . So I suggest you try and ignore the first clip and appreciate the film ๐Ÿ˜› . A great film for anyone looking for looking for a decent Action and Fantasy movie! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?