‘Cruella’ After a Second viewing

Last Friday I watched Cruella for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. No the movie wasn’t perfect but it was far more enjoyable than the likes of Mulan, both Maleficent films, and even Cinderella.

Because I liked it so much I decided to watch it again yesterday to see if its enjoyment would hold up and sure enough, it did.

You know those movies that aren’t particularly great stories but are super rewatchable. Cruella is one of those movies.

It’s a classic Disney story with no real authenticity, the writer’s timidity on making Cruella truly evil is a bit frustrating, and yes, the CGI is awful, but ultimately it might become the live-action Disney movie I’ll watch the most.

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So what is it that makes Cruella so magnetic? Simple. The characters.

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An Evaluation of the First Episode of ‘Loki’

The premiere of Loki was perfect as it brought us into this world that we never knew about and yet were instantly immersed in through the duration of roughly fifty minutes. Considering the fact that Loki has thrived on sarcastic humor through the duration of his MCU run, it was no surprise that the episode was filled with hilarious moments from start to finish, but what was even more fascinating were the story elements of this show.

So, let’s start from the beginning of this show and the plot points that got my brain thinking.

Spoilers Ahead!

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‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ Made Me Cry a Lot

How To Train Your Dragon is a film that my parents took me to see eleven years ago in theaters. I remember enjoying it. Since then I’ve watched that film only one other time and I vaguely saw How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. My sister, however, had seen How To Train Your Dragon 2 and I remembered her telling me how good it was so yesterday I finally decided to watch it.

Oh my goodness, I’m glad I did.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2, in my opinion, is far superior to the first movie in scope, storytelling, and sheer brilliance. I was sucked into this Nordic world of Vikings and dragons that took me on an emotional rollercoaster that didn’t seem to end.

The surprise early into the film left me reeling and from that point on…well, I just couldn’t stop crying.

The only negative thing I have to say about this movie was that when a crucial plot point happens toward the end of the film, the writers seemed to turn on the accelerator and sped toward the movie’s conclusion at breackneck speed which was a bit jarring after the film so elegantly and carefully handled the rest of the story. But overall, I was blown away by this film that just continued to hit me blow after blow with its emotional storyline and whoop-inducing action sequences.

I’ll give it 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was almost perfect and undoubtedly one of the best sequels I have ever seen. (It blew Frozen II out of the water!)

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.