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The Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is a Beautiful Take On A Fairy Tale Classic

Today I finally watched the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast and I can honestly say I highly enjoyed it. Here’s a rundown on what I know of Beauty and the Beast. I never watched the animated Disney Beauty and the Beast film, I missed that bandwagon, but I did own a book of the fairy tale when I was a child and I LOVED it. I read it over and over again and so to see the movie brought back all of that nostalgia from when I was little girl.

When this movie was coming out last year there was so MUCH publicity surrounding the film I didn’t want to watch it but now that it’s been just over a year since it burst into theaters I’ve finally seen it and I am very happy that I did. I tried to watch Cinderella and couldn’t finish it but Beauty and the Beast was much better and I am here to share with you my review of the movie. Enjoy!

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‘Moana’ Is a Beautiful Movie For the Empowerment of Young Girls

I watched Moana yesterday because I’ve been wanting to see it for two years straight. I had, for a while, lost interest in Disney movies but Frozen reawakened that excitement. I literally own Frozen, I enjoyed it that much. I know most of the songs by heart and the story was just superbly told. It was unlike any Disney princess movie I had seen before it and it really made me excited about animated Disney films again. So, since then I watched Zootopia, which I loved, and Inside Out, which I actually didn’t like that much if I’m being honest but I had never gotten around to watching Moana. Well, I’ve finally seen it and I can honestly say, it’s a beautiful movie.

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There is a lot of heart to this story and what made it such a fantastic film for young girls to see is the fact that it truly stayed front and center on Moana through the entirety of the movie. The story never deferred from her, she was always the hero through the vast majority of the film, and it showed that girls can be just as heroic as the boys any day. Whenever she found herself in tough situations she used her wit and determination to get out of it and whenever she was at her lowest she found the inner strength to keep going. Moana isn’t a story about a princess falling in love with a prince but rather a young woman wanting to save the world and that is a powerful change to the narrative of girls in Disney movies.

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This film had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, some fun action sequences, a couple of chill-inducing songs that are worth memorizing, but most importantly it was just a sweet movie. Dwayne Johnson as the buff demigod of the wind and sea, M’aui, did a marvelous job and Auli’i Cravalho brought a sparking personality to Moana that made me love her as soon as she appeared in the movie. Their companionship through the film was refreshingly non-romantic and very fun to watch and it showed that Disney is really evolving the picture of what we have come to expect in a Disney princess which is great.

My Conclusion of the Film

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Moana is a beautiful movie, no doubt about that, but after a while it does happen to lose that magic that Frozen was somehow able to find and contain through the entirety of the movie. The story for Moana was good but easily predictable, one of the songs was a little off putting, and it did dabble in the corny department near the end of the film, but it’s a lovely movie and if you happen to have little girls this is definitely the flick to show them.

I’m giving it 3.8 out of 5 stars and an 87 out of 100. The movie isn’t exactly bad but it lost what made it great during the looong back half of the film and that is a shame.

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

My Review of ‘Wonder’

Last night I was bored and looking for a new movie and I happened to chance this cute film that came out last year called Wonder. It’s the true story of a young boy named Auggie with a face deformity and his experience as he goes to middle-school for the first time. That’s basically the entire plot of the film. We follow his journey, his sister’s story and a couple of friends’ journeys as well throughout the film and it’s a really touching film through its entirety.

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This movie will hit all of your emotions. There’s humor, sadness, hope, elation, a bit of anger, and there’s Chewbacca as well. Who doesn’t love seeing Chewbacca? Whenever he appeared in this movie a giant smile came to my face at simply the awesomeness of having such an iconic Star Wars character play a part in this film.

Now I have to warn you. If you’re a person who doesn’t like to cry at movies do NOT watch this film because it pulls at your tear ducts through the ENTIRE movie, from beginning to end. Now, I’m totally down with a movie that’s kind of sappy and makes me want to cry a lot and this film definitely had that element within it but I’m just warning you. Make sure you have the tissues on standby.

I also loved the message this movie brought; that it’s best to judge a person’s character by their heart rather than their looks. It’s a beautiful lesson the movie taught and it really made the movie worth watching for me.

My Conclusion of the Film

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I enjoyed this movie, I really did. In fact, it was better than I thought it would be…but there was one problem. The movie was well thought out and had a lot of engaging sequences but after a while it seemed like the film just kept dragging on and would never end. Time and time again I thought the movie was over and it kept continuing for another lengthy sequence. The movie ended up only being an hour and fifty-three minutes but it felt like a film that had a run time that spanned clearly over two hours which isn’t always a great thing. But it is a very cute movie though.

I’d give it 4.2 (the extra 0.2 is for the Chewbacca cameos :)) out of 5 stars and 91 out of 100. It’s a very beautiful movie with a sweet message over all but it had a few hiccups.

It’s definitely a great family movie for those with children ranging from eleven all the way to sixteen and I’m glad that I managed to see it. I highly recommend watching it. You won’t be disappointed and it will definitely provide you several smiles.

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

‘Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle’ Is the Surprise Hit I Wasn’t Expecting

So last December Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle came out I think a week after The Last Jedi and even though it had some pretty stiff competition against the Star Wars it did a very decent job at the box-office, officially making roughly $900 million in its box-office run (*jaw dropped*) which is very impressive indeed. But even though it had such a great run at the movie theaters I wasn’t totally convinced that this movie would be good or not. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a menial score of 76% and the commercials I saw made this film look like something I wouldn’t want to watch. And then in the past week I kept seeing commercials boasting that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was still in theaters and coming out on digital at the same time. That was the moment when I thought to myself, “Maybe this movie is actually good?”

So, yesterday I rented the movie and low and behold it was FANTASTIC! There’s not a lot of times when I watch a comedy and it’s actually really good but this was one of those rare surprises that reminds me why I love movies so much. The story was refreshingly simple; a group of high school students stuck in detention ended up sucked into a game called Jumanji and they had to, of course, finish the game in order to escape and return to their regular lives. In Jumanji, however, they were transformed into the game characters they chose which was absolutely hilarious and led to some very great character interaction that had me laughing non-stop.

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Spencer, the nerd boy, was Dr. Bravestone, a.k.a Dwayne Johnson. The football player, Fridge, was Kevin Hart, a zoologist. The nerd girl was Karen Gillan’s character, the Killer of Men (ha-ha!) And the pretty, popular girl, Bethany, was Jack Black (which was even funnier.) This combo of actors was perfect for the film and they made the movie so enjoyable from beginning to end.

If you’re a gamer (which I am) this movie is even funnier because it really does strike the imagination of what it would be like if you were stuck in a game. And it conveyed to me how much I wouldn’t want to be trapped in a game. Jeez.

To my great surprise there was nothing in the movie that I didn’t enjoy.  I mean this film was laugh-out-loud funny throughout the entire film and the story never let up or got corny. And, I have to admit, I did get a little emotional from this movie as well. I held back the tears because I didn’t want to embarrass myself by crying at Jumanji but it definitely touched my heartstrings at a certain point in the movie.

My Conclusion of the Film

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I’m glad to say this movie got a grip on me on early on into the film and it didn’t let go. It was impeccably written, perfectly cast, the action was exciting, the situations were riveting, the movie was funny, and like I said before, the film definitely plucked at my heartstrings I’d say a couple of times.

I will give this film a 95 out of a 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. While it is one of the better comedies I’ve seen in a long while it definitely isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen and that’s the only reason why I didn’t give it a 100 or 5 stars. But, if you haven’t seen this movie or you’re a little curious about it like I was I highly recommend that you watch it. It’s the perfect film to watch if you’re bored and you need a light movie to brighten your day.

I thank you for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day.

My Opinion of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

I remember when it was announced that Peter Jackson was going to make a trilogy for The Hobbit, I was ecstatic. The Lord of the Rings franchise used to be my second favorite franchise, after Star Wars of course (its now third behind Marvel and Star Wars) and the thought of another trilogy to the Middle-Earth story was a dream come true. And it was going to be about Bilbo’s story in his early days. AWESOME!

Unfortunately the trilogy ended up becoming the Star Wars prequels of The Lord of the Rings franchise as it failed to generate the same buzz and excitement its predecessors had in the early 2000’s. The story wasn’t nearly as incredible, the CGI, at times, was horrendous, and it overall simply wasn’t as enjoyable as The Lord of the Rings films.

After recently watching The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug after not having seen it for quite some time I decided I wanted to share with you my opinion on the trilogy’s shortcomings, it’s triumphs, and my overall experience with The Hobbit films. Enjoy!

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I’ve Seen ‘Thor: The Dark World’!

The same day that I watched Jurassic World I also happened to see Thor: The Dark World for the first time and this is why I wanted to watch it. I have watched every Marvel film there has ever been except for Thor: The Dark World and it was bothering me. How could I have seen all seventeen films except for this one? So I watched it because I was curious to see what the Thor sequel was like and I found out alright.

This movie was terrible. I was literally laughing at how bad it was. The action was some of the worst I’ve seen from a Marvel film, the story was bland, the villain was horrendous, the CGI, oh my gosh the CGI was so bad Justice League‘s CGI looks great in comparison, and overall it made me appreciate Thor: Ragnarok even more after seeing the movie. The only scenes I actually enjoyed in the film were the ones with Loki involved.

He managed to make the movie enjoyable at times when the film was at its murkiest. And then as soon as he “died” the movie became boring again. I was shocked. I knew the movie wasn’t that great but this film was ridiculously bad. Thor is one of my least favorite Marvel movies and it was better than Thor: The Dark World.

And oh my goodness, I’m so glad Taika Waititi scrapped Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster.

She brought absolutely nothing to the movie except the aspect of romance and the means for Thor to save his Earth damsel in distress over and over again. It was kind of bad how out of place she was in the movie. In Thor she had a reason for being in the movie. She was a scientist who just so happened to be in the same vicinity as Thor when he crashed to Earth. In Thor: The Dark World she was really out of her comfort zone and brought no substance to the movie whatsoever. And having her slap the mess out of Thor and Loki doesn’t make her a strong character. It only reiterated that she couldn’t do anything but slap people and hope her Thor would be there to rescue her all the time. Ugh. It was so terrible.

My Conclusion of the Film

I was hoping Thor: The Dark World would surprise me and actually be a decent film but it was very much the opposite. Even without Jane Foster the movie would’ve still been super boring because it was terrible plot altogether. It was so bad in fact that I had to ask myself why the movie was even called Thor: The Dark World? It’s pretty terrible when a movie’s story is so disjointed that the title of the film doesn’t even match with the movie. The only good thing I got from it is I’ll understand what’s going on in Thor: Ragnarok even more now thanks to Thor: The Dark World but that’s about it.

I give this movie 2 out of 5 stars and a 68 out of 100. It was poorly made and I definitely won’t be watching it again. At least I can say I’ve seen every Marvel film now and that’s all I cared about achieving. If you haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend that you don’t watch. It’s not worth the hour and fifty-two minutes.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a glorious President’s Day.

A Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Black Panther’

I watched Black Panther yesterday and I’m still reveling in how good the movie was. In fact, I watched Captain America: Civil War last night, which is something I haven’t done in over a year, because Black Panther was so great I wanted to look back at how T’Challa was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the movie had such an impact on me I woke up still thinking about brilliantly fantastic the film was. So, while the movie is still fresh in my mind, here’s my spoiler-free review.

The Story

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Everything about this film worked. The story was one of the best I’ve seen in Marvel so far. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next while also clarifying earlier scenes in the movie that, if left untouched, would’ve left us viewers with some serious plot holes to try to fill.

The Characters

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The characters were not only incredibly cool but they each had an essential part to play in the film. There was no one who could’ve been left out of the film. And Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of the villain, Erik Killmonger, was beyond what I expected, becoming an immediate favorite in the MCU. He definitely wasn’t your typical Marvel villain.

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One of my favorite things about a movie is when you can actually relate with the bad guy. It’s one of the reasons I like Kylo Ren so much and why this new Star Wars trilogy is so entertaining. If the villain is always someone you immediately want to root against then the story isn’t very complex but if the antagonist presents an argument that’s kind of understandable and makes you question the antics of the good guys that’s when a movie gets really interesting and Black Panther did this. If Erik Killmonger is any indication on the direction Marvel is heading villain-wise I’m all thumbs up.

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