MOVIES I’VE BEEN WATCHING LATELY // A seriously mixed bag!

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Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m taking a bit of a more laid back approach to blogging, so I thought I would talk about some of the movies I’ve watched lately and I think some of them might surprise you!

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE SPOILER FREE REVIEW // The Best Spider-Film Yet? 😍👍✨

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Title: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse [LINK]

Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Series? First film in a series/franchise (sequel confirmed)

Genre: Superhero

Triggers: Death, Murder, Violence

Release Date: 13th December, 2018

 

★★★★☆

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*NON SPOILER* FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD FILM REVIEW // yikes™ What were they thinking?? 👿💩😫

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Title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald [LINK]

Director: David Yates

Series? The second installment out of five (2/5)

Genre: Fantasy

Triggers: Abuse, PTSD, Death

Publication Date: 15th November, 2018

★★★☆☆

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I SAW ALADDIN THE MUSICAL AND I AM STILL SCREAMING // I review musicals now???

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Hey guys, today I am reviewing a musical??? Because I’m a professional adult now??? I saw this on my birthday at the end of April and I loved it. I turned 18 this year so this was a really cool present, especially because I got to see the show with my mum. 

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MY FIRST IMPRESSION

I loved this show. I found the first half really interesting, mostly because I hadn’t seen the movie in such a long time that I honestly didn’t remember any of the plot points. The first half sets up new story parts than the film – for example, Aladdin’s mother died 2 months before the story is set. I also really enjoyed the little changes in the story like how they changed Aladdin’s friend Abu into his three friends (Omar, Babkak & Kassim). And, I loved all of them and their songs were fantastic!

THE CHARACTERS

Oh my god, who cares about the plot because the characters and sets are what make this show as good as it is. The guy who played the Genie was fantastic and I loved him, he was definitely my favourite character of them all! I also really enjoyed Aladdin, and funnily enough considering the story is named after him, I’ve never actually liked the character of Aladdin before. This version of the character had more depth to him and was more relatable. His song, Proud of Your Boy, in particular, is my favourite because it shows that he’s not this ridiculously cocky character like in the original film.

I will admit that I wasn’t big on Jasmine but, maybe that’s just because she felt like a slightly fierce character. Maybe?? I don’t know, but honestly, I did still really enjoy her and we did also get to know her character more in the show too. If the characters in the new live-action Disney film are anything like the characters in this show then I will definitely not be mad. 
THE MUSIC

I love music from musicals, almost more than normal music??? And the soundtrack for this musical is absolutely fantastic! My favourite is of course, Proud of Your Boy but I have been known to play Prince Ali on repeat in the last week. The music is fantastic so you guys should definitely check it out (it’s on YouTube).

LAST THOUGHTS

I’m so happy I saw this show. If you live in AUS and you have the chance you really should go see it. I’m sorry to all you US people, but the Australian cast actually sounds so much better. whoops. I guess I’m a Musical snob now (lol I have been for years though so it’s okay?)

I just loved this show. They really made an effort to make the show enjoyable for all of watching the show. I mean?? There were Tim Tam jokes? He had VEGEMITE?? He made a joke about Ipswich and I swear to god, the entire crowd collectively snorted.

PROUD OF YOUR BOY IS THE BEST SONG OF EVER. Seriously, this song made m like Aladdin. Also, this has nothing to do with anything but that guy who plays Aladdin in the Brisbane show is hella pretty and god damn his voice is 💯💯💯

I am officially excited for the live action. It makes me think the live action will be something like the musical not even mad. If they include Proud of Your Boy I will cry, damn you, Disney.

 

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW // 2 and a half hours of shiny but mediocre???

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

rating: ★★★★☆

time: 2 hrs 29 mins

censorship rating: M

big names: Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr. , Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Chadwick Boseman, Dave Bautista, Letitia Wright, Vin Diesel, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie

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THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS MARVEL MOVIES

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10 years and 18 movies later we finally have him. Thanos is here and he’s ready to make shit hit the fan. Avengers Infinity War is the 19th ever Marvel movie and as you guys probably already know, I am quite the superhero fanatic. I love Thanos as a character so, I was cautious but optimistic and if I’m honest (and without giving anything away) I felt like this movie was slightly ridiculous, but isn’t that what Marvel is all about?

I will say before I properly get into my review if you are planning on seeing this movie you better go pee beforehand. You should bring a bottle of water and be prepared. I’m not a movie snacker but, if you like to snack you should bring some chips because you’ll be sitting in the cinema for a while. I was in the cinema + the long-ass premiere line for roughly 3 and a bit hours so I am so glad I had my water bottle with me.

I would also suggest tissues, just in case, because God knows I let my tears fall.

So, what did I actually think of the movie? 

I don’t know. I think I will have to watch some reviews to really determine my opinion. From a comic nerd pov, I did really love this but, I honestly don’t know how everyone else will feel about it. If you love the MCU you will probably love this movie because ALL MY FAVES ARE IN THIS MOVIE I AM SO HAPPY BUT ALSO SO SCARED OML! But, if you’re just coming because your sibling or friend is dragging you, in all honesty, you may not enjoy it.

This movie is a lot. Like, A LOT. This movie has so many characters in it and at points, I found it quite overwhelming. Without spoiling I felt like some of the characters were acting a tad out of character which was a bit weird. Also, my main problem with this movie was that it felt like I was watching 5 movies all at once. It was like reading a multi-pov book that switched to the next pov in the middle of a scene which really started to bother me by the end because I would completely forget about some character even if they had just been in the middle of an epic battle 10 minutes ago. This movie is a lot, but it’s totally worth it. It was a really fun and wonderfully acted first part of this story and I really can’t wait for Avengers 4.

That being said, I came out of the cinema, 3 hours later and I felt excited but tired. The film looked fantastic (and v shiny) but, I pretty much called it all beforehand, which is one of the only downsides to being a Marvel nerd. This movie was pretty mediocre but, if you are a Marvel fan and you really love these characters I really do think you will like this movie.

THE AFTER CREDITS SCENE: *NON-SPOILER*

Let’s just say that it was pretty lacklustre but I am more than excited for what’s to come.

I kind of feel like MCU movies as a whole are overrated. But, as a comic and general, marvel nerd seeing 10 yrs of films come to life is what really made this movie for me. If nothing else, I think others will enjoy this movie for the laughs and the sheer ridiculous amount of superheroes in this film.

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I’m 19 movies in and not quitting now.

Will I see it again though? Well, let’s put it this way, if I wasn’t already planning on taking my brothers to see it then no, I probably wouldn’t pay to see it again in the cinemas. I did enjoy it but I already got to experience it on the first day in the first session. I got to join the queues of people theorising about it in the line before we went in. I kind of don’t want to tarnish that memory?

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NON-SPOILER DUAL REVIEWS: LOVE, SIMON + A WRINKLE IN TIME // Underwhelmed but happy?

LOVE, SIMON

rating: ★★★★☆

time: 1 hr 50 min

censorship rating: M

big names: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Keiynan Lonsdale

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well written, authentic (ownvioices greg berlanti), not a whole lot of flashy important scenes just a lot of conversation, witty, relatable characters

OVERALL

1. Each parent got to have their moment and their speech and I am still crying

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3. I am the Principal and the principal is me.

4. The movie definitely focuses on Simon but I really loved Leah in the movie too. I wasn’t her biggest fan in the book but in the movie, I found her incredibly relatable. It was little things like her not having the confidence to dance in public that made me really understand her character more than I ever would have from Simon’s pov.

5. I am so happy this movie exists

6. Simon went through every emotion under the sun and Nick Robinson was fantastic.

7. This movie just made me so happy. It’s a really moving rom-com and while I don’t think I’ll pay full price to see it at the cinema again, I will definitely buy it when it comes out on DVD or digital. It’s going to be a great background movie for when I’m doing other stuff.

ANY CHANGES?

Yes, there were changes BUT I stand by them. I pretty much loved all the changes they made for the movie. I won’t go into them because this review is spoiler-free but, I did think that all the changes made sense and suited the story.

EASTER EGGS

No spoilers but there are a bunch of little easter eggs in the film. Just little things like The Upside of Unrequited or More Happy Than Not on Simon’s bookshelves, or Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli’s cameo in the party scene. There are also a few other spoilery things that I noticed while watching that I won’t mention, but I will say that I absolutely loved them! As a fan of the book, they really enhanced the experience for me!

That’s it for my review of Love, Simon but I’d love to chat with you guys about the movie in the comment! Warning: There may be spoilers!

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A WRINKLE IN TIME

rating: ★★★☆☆

time: 1 hr 49 min

censorship rating: PG

big names: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña

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Let’s talk about the big discussion point for this movie: the casting list. Ohhhh boyyyy.

Okay, so I will say that I really loved the casting for the main group of kids, I think they each did a fantastic job. I also really loved Chris Pine as the dad, I thought he was spot on casting. BUTTT, I honestly don’t know if having such a star-studded cast is going to pay off in the long haul. To be honest, I love all the actress who played the Mrs but, the actresses’ performances were pretty mediocre. Anyone could have done it on the same level and the performance would’ve been the same.

I don’t know, honestly, it isn’t a big deal and I understand that the cast will bring in lots of viewers, but it just felt unnecessary??? I don’t know, maybe I’m just weird?

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A Wrinkle In Time is one of my favourite books, on the level of The Giver so you could definitely say that I was excited to see this one. Along with Love, Simon this was in my top 3 anticipated movies of 2018. I was pretty excited to go see this and make a day of it at the shops but as you can see by my rating (above), I did enjoy this but I only rated it a 3 stars. I did really enjoy it but I think the hype, amazing trailers and my love for the book got me too excited for the movie. So, I felt let down when it wasn’t 100 or even 90% perfect.

I really loved the kids who played Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace were fantastic and really carried the movie. Who needs Oprah when you can watch Storm Reid (Meg) totally killing it on screen!

My overall feelings are that the film felt slow, which I was okay with because the book is also slow. But, that I don’t think most viewers will enjoy it because half of the movie is build up and then BAM PLOT!

I do think though, that even if the movie isn’t our cup of tea, it is impossible to watch this movie and say it didn’t look visually fantastic!

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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE SPOILER-FREE FILM REVIEW

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017)

rating: ★★★★☆

time: 119 min

censorship rating: PG

big names: The Rock, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas

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Preface: I have seen the original film (Jumanji -1995) twice in my life. The first time I got about halfway through before I was scared shitless and so I only finished it a year later. And so, because I’m a badass, and for this review, I have braved a childhood (life) fear and watched the original film. You’re welcome, and yes my child mind made shit u and that was definitely not as scary as I thought it was when I was 7.

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HOW DOES THIS FILM COMPARE TO THE 1995 ORIGINAL?

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The writers and directors did so well with this film! It was a great ode to the original movie and I really enjoyed it, there were so many nods to the original and I had a lot of fun spotting them when I went and watched the original a few hours later.

Overall, if you are a big fan of the first film you will really appreciate this continuation. It really shows the power of Jumanji, it’s a film with heart and a lot of laughs.

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GREAT CAST = GREAT FILM?

Going into the film I really wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I thought that it would be a pretty meh film because usually if you put a whole bunch of “big names” together, the result just isn’t worth the money the company paid to get the cast together.

But, with this film, it just worked. The Rock, Kevin Hart and Jack Black are all naturally funny cast members, Karen Gillan played an insecure, badass teen like a pro and Nick Jonas was spot on in his role.

Also props to whoever is in wardrobe because the outfits were spot on.

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I mean look at these guys and tell me they don’t look like video game characters. 

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WHAT I LOVED

I loved how the characters make fun of video game stereotypes. Why am I wearing this? HOw is a crop top, shorts and a weird harness going to help me in a jungle? The film also plays with high school stereotypes and flips them on their head throughout the film which I really enjoyed, it was about time.

THE CINEMATOGRAPHY WAS AMAZING This film was actually shot like a video game. There were cutaways for flashbacks, there were cut around in the action scenes and I don’t know how to explain it but it just looked and felt like a videogame.

There is no girl hate, they actually talk to eachother!

Jack Black plays the best teenage girl ever!

THE ELEPHANT

Everything is green and I love how this film ties to its predecessor.

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IT MADE ME THINK/ WHAT A GREAT PREMISE!

I said this before but I’ll say it again, this film really doesn’t shy away from the power of Jumanji. In the first film the game brings Jumanji to Alan and Sarah, but in the 2017 adaptation, the game adapts to the modern world by transforming into a video game (which is terrifying) and then sucks the characters into the game where they play as characters – play or die.

So, I loved this film, it made me think. I was literally up all night (into the AM) writing out conspiracy theories and trying to understand the complexities of Jumanji. And, I am getting nowhere (blog post coming soon!), but I’m having the time of my life trying to figure it all out!

 

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I think, what really struck me about this film was Nick Jonas’ character, Alex. He thinks he’s been playing the game for something like 3 months but in reality, he’s been missing for something closer to 20 years. If that doesn’t fuck with you, I don’t know what will. I mean, doesn’t that perfectly display how batshit crazy powerful Jumani is?

Jumanji is literally a world that adapts to our world. I mean, they literally got sucked into the jungle Alan Parrish was in for 26 years in the first film. And I’ve got to say that is definitely the best movie tie-in I’ve ever seen and I will never get over it.

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If they end up making a third film I will definitely see it. It would be really interesting to see how they changed up the game (literally) this time. An arcade perhaps?

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: THE GREATEST FILM OF 2017?

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

rating: ★★★★☆

time: 1 hr 45 min

Censorship Rating: PG

Big Names: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Keala Settle

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WHY SHOULD I SEE THIS FILM?

  • The casting is fantastic!
  • Based on a true story (though how much of it is true I really don’t know)
  • It looks amazing
  • Zendaya did her own stunts
  • It’s a feel-good film
  • The voices of the cast are really utilised and the soundtrack is gonna be so cool

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WHAT IS “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” ABOUT?

So… The Greatest Showman… is a loosely-based story about P.T. Barnum (you can thank him for the circus). This is an original musical movie (think along the lines of Lala Land) with a stunning cast and some seriously brilliant shots (the colouring of the film was to die for).

So… who is P.T. Barnum? Dude is an ethically messed up guy but the film gives him a big smile and an elephant so it’s okay? The movie shows that there really is quite a lot wrong with the character (can I even call him a character???), in that he thrived off of him exploiting animals, marginalised groups and physically disabled people, because hey that is just how circus stated okay don’t shoot the messenger.

MY THOUGHTS

THE FAULTS

Considering they spent 7 and a bit years getting this film onto the screen, the movie felt pretty disjointed and I just felt like they really sanitised and idolised a pretty ethically screwed up man. He really made all of his money off of what made other people “freaks”, and boy, did he milk it. He doesn’t sound like the best guy but hey, we’re still rooting for him?

So, in a second I’m going to praise the music but for now, can we just admit that nothing is perfect? So… the music sounds good but some of it really didn’t feel like it fit the period. In reality, all of this was going down in the 1800s so when I started getting a pop vibe from some of the songs that sounded like stuff I would hear on the radio I was like, whatttt? Like, it has this awesome pop vibe but also an 1800s backdrop?? It was weird, but damn they sounded good so I’m not gonna complain anymore.

Okay, nobody hurt me but I wanna just say this one lowkey negative thing and then I’ll talk about the pros and leave immediately.

Okay, so maybe this movie was a tad disjointed plot-wise (dude had a crazy life) and maybe it dealt (subtly) with a lot of social issues that were never fully discussed (the cast is pretty large and most of the characters have their own issues) and the movie is kind of  only carried by Hugh Jackman’s commitment to the project and an amazing soundtrack.

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THE GOOD STUFF

Okay, so when you watch the trailer what do you notice? The soundtrack and the cinematography.

My favourite things about this film are the soundtrack (which I am definitely buying), the FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC choreography (especially in the below gif), and how beautiful the film looks with your eyeballs. And yeah, I am listening to the soundtrack on repeat right now (it’s on YouTube) and I’m never turning it off.

My favourite songs (in no particular order): The Greatest Show, This Is Me & Rewrite The Stars

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  • some of the musical numbers had a pop vibe and didn’t progress the plot but some of them really did and damn were they good (that bar scene amirite?)

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AND FINALLY, YA GIRL IS GONNA HAPPY RANT ABOUT THE CASTING

I feel like if the movie had gone on a darker, sadder route with Barnum than Hugh Jackman definitely would not have been fit for the part BUT, considering the vibe of the film it did really feel like he was fit for the film.

In other words, I loved it. Hugh Jackman’s character was definitely a bit of a dick but if you just watch it for what it is then you’ll be set to go.

ALSO, Zendaya is gonna have a fantastic career (the girl can do anything and I love it) and I feel like it’s been an age since I’ve heard Zac Efron sing and maybe I missed it I don’t know he just has a nice voice??

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Okay, so fun, this movie is fun. This is a really fun family movie, yeah there are significantly strong issues with the film but if you just take it at face value then you’re all good. But the main things is that i came out of that cinema amiling and I will definitely be seeing it again because damn, I loved it.

In conclusion: The Greatest Showman was the greatest film of 2017.

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I KNOW THIS REVIEW FELT NEGATIVE BUT, I DO WANT YOU ALL TO SEE IT AND MAKE YOUR OWN OPINIONS BECAUSE DAMN THERE ARE ABOUT 10 DIFFERENT STORIES GOING ON AND DAMN, I AM DEFINITELY SEEING IT AGAIN.

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Have you seen The Greatest Showman? What movie are you looking forward to seeing next?

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