Movie Review | I Feel Pretty

I don’t care what anyone says, I love Amy Schumer; except for that time she dressed up as a baby on Ellen, that was weird. So when I first saw the trailer for I Feel Pretty, I was so excited to see Amy in something that clearly had such a positive message and an interesting concept.

I Feel Pretty has gotten a lot of criticism from people claiming that they “fat shame”. But I have a hard time considering it fat shaming whenever every negative thought this character ever has about herself is something every single average women in the world has thought.

Besides the fact that this movie was so relatable, I think a lot of people are also missing the fact that Michelle William’s played this beautiful and glamorous character who also had issues with self doubt and had her own confidence boosted by Renee’s reassurance.

I Feel Pretty is relatable on every single level and for every woman, while still being fun. It’s making you think, “I have absolutely thought that about myself, why?” while also laughing your ass off (I could only wish that was literal) . It makes me want to walk around like I think I am the hottest thing in the room; even though I probably won’t.

 

Movie Review | A Quiet Place

It has been a long time since I saw a horror movie that truly blew me away; and while I initially had a hard time filing A Quiet Place under horror, I was scared so I guess that fits the definition. I was scared for the characters. I was scared to cough in the theatre. It started boring, which made me wonder if it was going to be scary at all. But then it got super exciting, and then it got heartbreaking, and then it was over; it all seemed to happen so quickly.

If this movie doesn’t deserve an Oscar for sound editing, I don’t know what will. Did you see Don’t Breathe? They focused so much on little sounds, like the sound of a heart beating, because the antagonist was blind. A Quiet Place sort of pulled from that same structure. The emphasis on the sounds, because of the lack there of, made it that much more thrilling. And of course, it was about the lengths that a parent would go to to protect their child. Which was the heartbreaking part. The acting was phenomenal, from the entire cast. Emily Blunt was astounding, but I don’t think I have ever seen John Krasinki in a such serious role so seeing him like this was most impressing.

I left this theatre feeling absolutely nauseated, and it wasn’t from the popcorn and milk duds; it was an adrenaline crash. I’m not sure I’ve ever left a movie feeling like that.

The monster was maybe a little too ‘Stranger Things’. I only wish we had been able to see Emily Blunt annihilating them all.

Movie Review | Black Panther

Alright so some quick little thoughts on Black Panther cause y’all know I love my Marvel movies.

Black Panther was phenomenal. Not only was the cast incredibly good looking, but they were all around amazing. It was such a smooth dialect; and of course Marvel never disappoints with the comedic relief. It had a really beautiful message about loyalty and family; I know that N’Jadaka/Erik was the villain, but you feel really sad for him. It was visually stunning with incredible effects and remarkable technology. I was really excited about Kendrick Lamar producing the soundtrack for the film but all around I wouldn’t exactly sale the music was overly present. Like yes, when you’d notice the music it was well chosen but in some movies you can really feel the music, it really makes the scenes; it didn’t feel like the music was overly powerful here but that wasn’t bothersome, it didn’t need to be…the movie can stand on it’s own. Maybe I would feel differently if I watched it again. But I think that what I liked most was that this wasn’t really a superhero movie, it was a movie about warriors fighting for their country and for their people. And it was empowering that many of those warriors were women, and that all of those warriors were black. It was an incredibly powerful message to send into the world right now. Overall, it was an incredible installment into the franchise and I can’t wait to see Black Panther again later this year in Infinity War.

 

Movie Review | The Greatest Showman

There aren’t enough synonyms for phenomenal to describe “The Greatest Showman”. It’s heart warming, heart breaking, funny. It’s absolutely mesmerizing in every way; from the costumes, the music, the affects, the movement, the dancing, the way Zendaya looks swinging through the air. An incredible cast, beautiful music and amazingly choreographed; I mean amazingly. I could watch this movie a thousand times over and never get tired of it. In it’s own words, it’s “a celebration of humanity”. It didn’t drag out for longer than it needed, it never felt slow. Not once did I think, “well, they could have cut that”. It was an absolutely perfect masterpiece in every way. I feel like I will be in absolute awe for days.

What makes you unique is what makes you beautiful; follow your dreams, stay humble, and remember what truly matters.

Review | Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

It’s been a minute since I did a movie review so I thought I would share my thoughts on one of 2017’s most anticipated movie releases, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

What I liked most about this movie was that they didn’t just try to REMAKE the original Jumanji; it was like a sequel to show the evolution of the game. I also loved that they paid homage to Robin Williams by mentioning Alan Parish’s time stuck in the game.

I thought they did an awesome job with all the little details that really made it seem like they were inside a video game. But it was definitely not the feel good family movie that the original was. They depended more on the comedy, and it was skewed towards an older demographic(the original never would have made penis jokes). There wasn’t as much “heart” but each character still had their little lesson to learn and it definitely had it’s warm moments.

The cast was FANTASTIC! I normally can’t stand Jack Black (with the exception of The Holiday and School Of Rock) but he really did an amazing job of acting like he was a 16 yr old girl stuck in the body of a middle age man without totally over doing it (like he typically does).

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and would watch it again!

 

Movie Review | Spiderman: Homecoming

I’m not sure why I still do movie reviews but here are my thoughts on Spiderman: Homecoming.

It was awesome. I don’t know anything about the Marvel comics, I don’t know if Spiderman and The Avengers were even part of the same series but tying this Spiderman into the Avengers was a genius idea. I loved having the Avengers characters featured and have Peter look up so much to Iron Man, he wanted to earn his approval so much. I also actually really love that they made him so young because then Peter Parker is really this just young, nerdy kid who has so much to prove. I LIKED that he wasn’t just your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman, but that ultimately in the end he knew that he wasn’t ready to take on the responsibility of being an Avenger. I liked that they gave him his little nerdy sidekick too and I loved the high tech suit because it added so much comic relief.  I am a huge fan of the Marvel movies because they add in the extra comical aspect to the films and this one was probably one of the funniest ones; so many hilarious one liners and just the smallest details making this movie even more funny. It also had a really great twist about the bad guy. I also really liked the way MJ was introduced to build up to her future with Peter Parker. I liked the time line for the film, how they formatted it to be 8 years ago Avengers 2 and just after Captain America: Civil War. I do think that it would be nice to have gotten a bit of a origin story but I wouldn’t want that to take up so much of the film as the Toby McGuire films did. It was almost 2 1/2 long; it didn’t really feel long because it was pretty eventful, but then near the end it started to feel like “okay you can be over now” which may have been because it was late, I was tired and I had to pee.  The only thing I wasn’t loving was that they called it “Homecoming” just because he goes to the homecoming dance, definitely think there’s a better name for it. Overall, I think this is by far the best Spiderman and I can’t wait for more!

 

Movie Review | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

It’s been a few days since I’ve seen the movie so I’m less pumped about it now but I haven’t had the time to write the review, I’ll try not to forget anything.

So I want to start by touching on whether or not this will be the last movie in the franchise. Pirates originally started out as a planned trilogy, they released the third movie and said that was it. But then they did a fourth! And then a FIFTH. Now I have heard from a few sources that they didn’t plan on going any further with the franchise and here is the evidence that that is true:

All of the previous movies ended with Jack with a new map, ready to find a new treasure; this one did not, it was open ended. They always had a post credit scene to set up another movie. This installment ended with Will in bed awaking from a dream that Davy Jones entered his bedroom and then shows barnacles on the floor, which I don’t think was about setting up another film but the barnacles on the floor had just fallen off Will because his curse was broken. I also really felt like all the major characters got their closure and ended up exactly where they were meant to be, and they kind of all got to end the series as heroes instead of just pirates.

I really love this franchise because they were dark and creepy, dabbling in the supernatural, while still having the most amazing and cleverly written comedic relief. This movie was definitely the darkest of the franchise. It was also the most exciting, because I knew this was most likely the last one I was on the edge of my seat wondering if all of the characters would make it out alive. Always a fantastic cast; I really loved that they had Paul McCartney make an appearance as Uncle Jack since Jack’s dad was played by Keith Richards. The effects are always amazing and I really think that’s kind of part of what made this installment so dark; the effects to portray the dead were just incredibly well down and CGI young Jack Sparrow was so incredible. It was cool to see a bit of how Jack came to be a captain and have everything come full circle for him. The movie starts out with Jack kind of washed up and pathetic and then he snaps out of it. I always really loved how they managed to do the “everything that can go wrong will go wrong but Jack will still pull it off” sort of schemes; they’re incredibly cleverly thought out and well planned. I definitely feel like this was the best film in the franchise. I know I’m forgetting a ton of thoughts I had after initially watching it but it was just so amazing! Share your thoughts below, let’s chat!

REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Okay so I missed the part of the movie between when Belle is introduced and Maurice goes into the words because my boyfriend was in the line for snacks and required my assistance BUT my overall opinion on the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast was that it was absolute PERFECTION.

Every single little detail was amazing, all the special effects were fantastic. They thought of literally everything! They stuck pretty close to the original story line with a few little twists. They added in more elaborate back stories for both Belle and The Beast which was amazing. I thought how they formatted the introduction to the story was really cool, having the narrator tell the story and the characters not actually speaking their lines. Every single character was absolutely amazing; every personality, every actor PHENOMENAL. Obviously Belle has always been the most strong headed and independent “Disney Princess” and Emma Watson was an amazing choice for casting because she brought this perfect feminism to the character. Every musical number was chilling, actual goosebumps. It had quite a bit of pretty modern language but it didn’t bother me at all, I absolutely loved the humor as well. I felt like I was on the verge of tears the entire time because it was just. so. perfect.

The only thing, Belle had her horse the whole time so I spent a little time wondering how Maurice stumbled back to the village without the wolves attacking. At least in the animation the Beast had the decency to send him back with the enchanted carriage!

MOVIE REVIEW: Logan

I am a big fan of the X-Men movies but I never read the comics so my opinions may be totally invalid to people who DID read the comics and are die hard fans.

Logan is the latest X-Men installment; it rounds out the Wolverine movies to a trilogy and is the last time Hugh Jackman will play the roll. Patrick Stewart Has also stated that he won’t be playing the role of Professor X anymore.

The movie is a lot more basic than the X-Men movies usually are because obviously Wolverine’s mutation doesn’t require as many effects. Logan is set in 2029. I kind of liked the general post-apocalyptic feel it had because it kind of was post-apocalyptic; mutants are essentially extinct at this point. As soon as they show you Professor X is not in good health, I knew this was going to be an emotionally difficult movie to watch and I was proven right but maybe that’s just me because I get far too emotionally attached to characters. It was very violent, lots of blood, which makes up for the lack of special effects. Violence is definitely a “side effect” of Wolverine’s mutation. Laura, the new little baby Wolverine, is one badass little girl and the character was so well played. Working with child actors must be so difficult but it was super well done. It was maybe a little longer than it needed to be but overall it gave decent closure for the end of Wolverine. I am excited for future X-Men movies and I’m really interested to see where they go without Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

MOVIE REVIEW: UNDERWORLD:BLOOD WARS

Blood Wars is the latest installment in the Underworld franchise. Underworld, in my opinion, is the best vampire series. Essentially the movie is about the Lycons wanting to find Eve to use her born-hybrid blood to gain strength and power. While the vampires want to build their army to fight the Lycon. They bring the recently outcasted Selene back to the Eastern Coven to help them fight only to betray her. She is a hero and saves their coven in the end – because she’s a badass boss bitch. Awakening was kind of ‘meh’ but Blood Wars redeemed them. The cast was pretty great, and the costumes are amazing as always. I would kill for one of those vampire’s wardrobes. The effects were incredibly well done, the weaponry was cool as ever and the fight scenes were really well choreographed. Within the first five minutes there was the violence and gore I love about this franchise. Blood Wars was modern and technologically advanced as Underworld movies usually are, and it’s sexy as hell. There isn’t a lot of character development but it’s never really been their goal to get you invested in the characters. The Nordic Coven that was introduced in this movie was really cool and essentially the polar opposite of the covens we’ve already been introduced to. They were blonde and whimsical like elves from Lord of the Rings. The direction was great, the story line and script were well written and well developed. The movie also ended leaving us to believe there would be another film – so there’s that to look forward to. Overall, this movie was great and I can’t wait to see where they go next.