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Wonder Woman Review

I have finally (finally!) managed to watch Wonder Woman. I have heard great things about this film from the acting and cast to the plot and fight choreography. Did the film live up to the hype? Here’s my review (Spoilers ahead- although, it has been a while and I feel like you should have seen the film by now):

Plot Summary 

Diana’s (Gal Gadot) life on the Themyscira is turned upside down by the arrival of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). After witnessing the devastation of the battle on the beach and hearing from Steve about the horrors of WWI, Diana decides to leave the island with the objective of killing Ares, consequently ending the war. Over the course of this mission, the audience watch Diana become Wonder Woman.

Good Points

Firstly, all the actors and characters in this film, my favourites being Chris Pine and Gal Gadot. Gal Gadot was excellent as Wonder Woman. Or simply as a female superhero overall. She was everything that a superhero should be: brave, smart, strong, compassionate etc. Moreover, she managed to do all of this whilst looking FABULOUS the entire way through! I really hope that her performance has inspired directors to make more films with female superheros or simply strong female characters at the helm. Furthermore, I really liked Chris Pine as Steve Trevor! It was also really nice to see a man in the love interest role, a role normally reserved for a female co-lead.

In addition, there were some really great action scenes in this film that were really fun to watch. My favourites being the scene where Diana and Steve are surrounded by German agents in London and the scene when Diana runs into No-Mans Land. In those scenes, it really looked like Gal Gadot was a highly trained Amazonian warrior and as a result, they were extremely enjoyable to watch.

Bad Points

Although, I have praised the fight scenes in this film, there was one that I was not impressed by. This particular fight scene comes at the end, directly after the death of Steve in the air plane. Diana, in a fit of rage, begins to plough through the enemy surrounded by some red mist. This scene reminded me of some of the fight scenes from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword where Arthur would speed through the enemy leaving no man alive. Just like Arthur her movements were sped up to the point where it was hard to see what was going on. Furthermore, her actions showed no sign of the skill that she had demonstrated in previous battles. I don’t think that the scene needed that type of battle. In fact, I think these types of battles should be left out of all future action movies. #justsaying

In addition, another thing that really irked me throughout the film was Diana’s stubbornness, especially when it was combined with her ignorance. Now, don’t get me wrong, stubbornness in a character is fine. But when they make rash decisions and judgements on subjects that they know little of, it begins to grate on my nerves. Diana did this on several occasions and it was truly annoying. In my mind, if I knew nothing about the world, I know that I would listen to those that did and make decisions accordingly. There is nothing noble or heroic about deliberately ignoring sound advice on a topic you know little about.

Overall Comments and Rating

To conclude, I absolutely loved this film! It was fun, well acted and well executed. A desperately needed win for the DC cinematic universe. I only hope that they manage to keep this up for the sequel!

Concerning the ratings, I’ve decided to rate out of 10 in all future reviews. Wonder Woman will be the first with a rating of 8/10.

Random Comment

Wouldn’t it have been much easier for Hippolyte to tell Diana about her parentage and power rather than cryptically allude to it? I honestly cannot see a good explanation behind why she hid it from her. But I suppose there’d have been no real “surprise” at the end if we had known from the start…

So what did you think of Wonder Woman? Leave a Comment below 🙂

Featured image taken from the Den of Geek Website

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Circle (2015) Film Review

I’m always down to watch a psychological thriller, so when I came across this film on Netflix, my interest was peaked. I put it on and prepared for an emotional rollarcoaster as one does when they watch these kind of films. This is what I thought:

Firstly, the plot itself was fairly simply albeit a bit dark and depressing. A large group of people from various social, ethnic and economic backgrounds find themselves trapped in a room with no memories of how they got there or any idea on how to escape. They quickly realise that they have to vote for somebody to die or they will be randomly killed by the machine in the middle. The group spends the majority of the film arguing about who should go next and why they deserve to live.

As soon as the film started, I could not stop watching. I was addicted. In my opinion, this was due to the fact that neither I nor the characters onscreen knew what was going on. We were all in the same boat which in turn made me feel like I, too, was in that room standing on a red circle with the rest of the cast. This feeling was strengthened by the fact that the audience did not learn all the character’s names. As a consequence, the audience felt part of this group nameless people. The tension was real and that was before all the arguments started.

Once the debate started, I found myself pulled in so many different directions. On one hand, I was appalled by the people who were shamelessly voting for this child to die and the criteria that some characters were basing their decisions on. Yet on the other hand, I could not help but wonder what I would do in that situation. I would like to think that I would not be savage and cruel like some of the people in that program, but, I’m not so sure. After all, I’d definitely want to live. But at what cost?

Although, the film had minimal movement, I managed to remain engaged for the duration as there were many twists and turns accompanied by some unexpected deaths. Though nothing was as surprising as the ending which had me in shock because I could not believe what I saw.

My one criticism of the film is that it felt unfinished. After all the stress of the previous hour and twenty minutes, the final seven left me somewhat unsatisfied. I still had questions that I feel should have bee addressed in a sequel.

Rating wise, I will give this film 4/5 stars as I was thoroughly entertained over the course of the film. I would definitely advise everybody to watch it, especially if you’re interested in how people think and act under extreme stress.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Review 

From the moment I saw Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Civil War, I have been super excited for Homecoming to be released so I could finally watch it. I had high expectations for this film and I wasn't disappointed!  But before I begin my review, I will give those you haven't seen it a fair warning. There may SPOILERS ahead!

Firstly, I have to say that Tom Holland is my favourite Spider-Man to date. Honestly, as a superhero, I've never really been a fan of Spider-Man but Tom Holland has changed that. He doesn't just play Spider-Man, he is Spider-Man! He plays both the superhero and the teenage boy part of the role to perfection. His scenes with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr.) were probably some of my favourite and as result, I cannot wait for Infinity War when he will almost definitely have more interactions with Tony and the rest of the Avengers. 

Other characters that I really loved in this film were The Vulture (Michael Keaton), Ned (Jacob Batalan) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). The Vulture is up there with Loki as one of the best Marvel Villians out there. Furthermore, the reason why the Vulture turned to crime is so relatable that you can't help but sympathise with the character. It's refreshing to see a villain that isn't villainous for villainous sake. Ned was the best, best friend that Peter could ask for and often he felt speaking on behalf of the audience. Moreover, Aunt May was so cool and funny. In fact, I love the direction they went with this character, it really worked with the whole direction of the film as a whole. Overall, the cast for this film were mostly amazing and well chosen. One of the things I loved the most was the fact that these high schoolers actually looked like they could be high schoolers in a diverse place like New York. That's rare to see and something that should be largely applauded. 

The actions sequences were great particularly the boat scene and the plane scene at the end. They were well-chereographed (if that's the right word) and clear. What's more, you could always see the Peter Parker had a plan and wasn't shooting aimlessly and winning by accident. I also loved when the suit's AI was turned on and began interacting with Peter. Karen was hilarious and I hope she's back for the next film. 

If I had to pick something to criticise, I'd have to say that I don't feel like Zendaya really needed to be in this film. That's not to say I did not like her character because she did have some funny lines. However, I feel like her contribution as Michelle (or MJ 😮😮) wasn't integral and she could have been put the next film with more of a substantial role.

Overall, this was brilliant film with superb acting, great action sequences and side splitting comedic scenes. Over the course of the movie, I laughed, I cried and I fangirled. Rating wise, it was solid 5/5 as I can't really find much fault with it. 

So what did you think of Spidey this time around? Leave your thoughts in a comment below 😊

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To the Bone- Film Review

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film on the subject of whether it glorified Eating Disorders. So, I wanted to watch the film and decide for myself whether the criticism it was receiving was justified- and also, I wanted to see if it was a good film. Here is what I thought:

Firstly, in my completely subjective and non-ED suffering point of view, I do not believe that ‘To the Bone’ glorifies Eating Disorders in any way. As I watched the film, I found myself confronted by the harsh realities of living with an Eating Disorder. In my opinion, the film showed the absolute harsh and brutal reality of living with an ED and how it effects those around you. In fact, as a person who doesn’t really know much about Earing Disorders, the film was extremely informative. It showed me that EDs don’t discriminate by age, race, gender, sex and sexuality. Therefore, I think it is a great example of why films that tackle this issue must be made and shown more often.

Regarding the plot, I have to say that it was nothing extradinary as nothing really happened. It basically just followed Eli/Ellen (Lily Collins) as she takes part in Dr. Beckham (Keanu Reeves) inpatient program designed to help her and people like her overcome their ED.

Without a doubt, I have to say that the film was well acted with Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves being the standout performers. Watching Lily play Ellen/Eli, I really did see the struggle of living with an ED whilst watching Keanu, I did really feel like he was this caring no nonsense doctor who wanted to see his patients get better and live.

However, one of the things that partially spoiled my enjoyment was the romance between Luke  (Alex Sharp) and Eli/Ellen. I feel like the main focus in this film should have been the Eli’s recovery not this unnecessary romance. Furthermore, I really didn’t like when he asked her to stay because he needed her. I feel like that was too much pressure to place on someone who was going through their own stuff and was clearly spiralling. In addition, the bottle feeding scene was super weird and took me out of the film a little bit. It just felt really random and out of place but maybe it just me lol.

And one last thing, I really didn’t like the bit where they lied about having cancer in order to get the waitress to serve them alcohol. (A bit random I know). I feel like that was a bit selfish as that woman could have lost her job because of it. To manipulate her in that way was not funny and not necessary.

To conclude, whilst the film tackled many important issues and tackled them well, the film itself was nothing remarkable or groundbreaking. That’s not say it was awful, so in terms of ratings I would give it 3/5 stars

So what did you think of the film? And in your opinion, does it glorify Eating Disorders? Write your thoughts in a comment ! 🙂<<<<<
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Before I fall- Film Review

After my last experience watching a similar film on Netflix (cue shameless promotion of You Get Me blog post) I was a little apprehensive about watching this film. However, I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed it. The film is far from perfect but it is watchable and even enjoyable, at times. But before I start this review I’m gonna put out a SPOILER warning for all those who may wish to watch it. You’ve been warned!

The plot for this film is fairly simple, think teen high school drama meets ground hog day. The main character Samantha (Zoey Deutch) wakes up expecting her day to be absolutely fantastic. It’s Cupid day, so she’s looking forward to receiving loads of roses and finally pop her cherry with her “amazing” boyfriend Rob (Kian Lawley). However, her day doesn’t go as planned as her and her friends go to this party where they proceed to harass the weird loner girl from their school Juliet (Elena Kampouris). This altercation sours their night to the point where they decide to leave, only to later get into an accident with a truck. Normally, that would be the end but Samantha soon discovers she was mistaken when she realises that she’s reliving that same awful day. The film then follows Sam as she attempts to end the loop that she is stuck in.

Firstly, I think the film was a bit lazy in its characterisation, for example, I knew straight away that Samantha and her friends were going to be a group of rich, mean, popular girls for these reasons:

  1. The way Samantha spoke to her parents and younger sister
  2. The way they discusssed the amount of roses that they had gotten previously and how much they expected to get this year
  3. The fact that they call each other ‘sluts’ and ‘bitches’

There are plenty more examples like this that focus on the central group of friends, but I have to say that these stereotypes weren’t exclusive to those characters. In fact, every character could be stereotyped in a similar fashion for example, the douche boyfriend was exactly that- a douche boyfriend, the grungy, hipster lesbian had lines like “I’m in heteronormative hell!” that firmly grounded her in that specific stereotype and lastly, Juilet the apparent class weirdo dressed in odd clothes, painted dark and unusual paintings in her spare time and sat by herself at lunch.

There were attempts to add depth to these characters which were somewhat successful but whether they were enough to stop them from being standard high school stereotypes is something I’m not too sure about.

However, negatives aside, I quite enjoyed seeing Sam relive each day and eventually get her redemption. I thought “to hell with it phase” was hilarious as well as being the moment where she really stuck it to her horrible friends in particular, Lindsay (Halston Sage).

Furthermore, the ending completely took me by surprise. A pleasant one at that! I was expecting a complete happy ending but I was so wrong. I thought that if she fixed everything about that day, she would skip off into the sunset a new and better woman (with better friends) but that did not happen. Admittedly, this ending was way better as it was in a way, more satisfying.

So to conclude, this was a standard teen drama, tropes and all, but with an interesting twist. The film was definitely watchable though nothing outstanding and as a result, I’ll give it 3/5 stars.

So what did you think about the film? What do think abou the ending? Feel free to leave a comment telling me your thoughts on the matter 🙂

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The Mummy (2017)- Film Review

When I went to the cinema last night to watch The Mummy, I was pretty excited due to my love of the previous ‘The Mummy’ series with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. So when I took my seat, popcorn and ice blast in tow, I was hoping the films would elicit the same feelings of joy and laughter that I previously felt when watching those earlier remakes. But it didn’t and I was disappointed. That’s not to say that the film was awful because it truly wasn’t but it definitely wasn’t fantastic either.

As I am a person that tries to look on the bright side, I’ll start with the aspects of the film that I quite enjoyed:

Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde 

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I really liked Russell Crowe as this character in the film. I thought he played the enigmatic doctor with a dark secret very well. Furthermore, I absolutely loved when he transformed into the charming cockney chaos maker Mr. Hyde. He did that really well, so well in fact, that I’m looking forward to his installment in the Dark Universe Series.

Sofia Boutella- Princess Ahmanet

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I really like seeing Sofia Boutella in films. She always puts in a good performance and ‘The Mummy’ was no exception. Her facial expressions and her body movements as the mummy were on point. I only have a one question about her character that is slightly less positive:

  • Why did Princess Ahmanet as a mummy have to be so ‘sexy’? Like she’s a 2000+ decaying year old corpse, watching her lick Tom Cruise’s face was weird and it felt unnecessary. But hey, that’s the direction they chose and it really wasn’t the worst part of the film.

My main gripe with ‘The Mummy’ concerns the overall style of the film. In my opinion, it seemed like the film didn’t know what genre it wanted to belong to and as a result, it tried too hard to fit into several different genres at once.

For example, there were moments when it tried to be funny and I found myself laughing for laughing sake, rather than the scene being actually funny. From the many jump scares included in the film, it was clear that it wanted to inject elements from the horror genre. However, they happened so often that after a while, they became a bit boring and predictable. Furthermore, they clearly wanted to have a romance between Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis’ character that didn’t really fly with me.

Like they spent the night together, after which he subsequently robbed her and in doing so, he nearly prevented her from discovering what she has spent most of her life trying to find. Yet after all that, I’m expected to believe that she’s willing to overlook all that on the off chance that ‘there’s a good man in there somewhere’. Furthermore, after the week that he has known this woman, he’s prepared to embrace what has been hyped up to be the ultimate evil in order to bring her back from the dead? Sure Jan, sure.

So, to conclude, I had high expectations for this film due to the popularity of the previous ‘The Mummy’ films and unfortunately, it didn’t live up to them. The film simply tried too hard to be too many things; a comedy, a thriller, an action movie and the beginning of a franchise. As a result, ‘The Mummy’ didn’t feel much like one cohesive film but several different films or parts of films blended into one. If I had to rate it, it’d give it a 3/5.

But I have one burning question before I end the review that applies to both this film and the films from the previous Brendan Fraser series:

Why do the protagonists always ignore the glaring warning signs left by the people who made those tombs and wake up these mummies??

In both cases, the protagonists were aware of the warnings as they both had knowledge of and had studied the Ancient Egyptians, their decision to ignore both their teachings and the blatant warnings is both stupid and selfish!!

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‘You Get Me’- Film Review

After spending most of the day cleaning, I was in the mood to watch something new and entertaining on Netflix. That’s when I came across ‘You Get Me’, believing it to be exactly what I needed. And well… it was something lol..

The film follows Tyler (Taylor John Smith), an attractive high school student with a troubled home life, as he finds love with the new and attractive arrival in town, Allison (Halston Sage). One night at a party, their relationship abruptly ends after an argument between the two lovebirds over her previous choice of partner. And subsequently, he rides off with Holly (Bella Throne) and they spend a whole day bonding over their shared angst and absent family members. For Tyler, that was clearly an escape from reality for him, a moment that he believes will eventually fade into a distant bittersweet memory. Thus, he rekindles his relationship with Allison and settles back into the domestic bliss of before. He soon realises that he was wrong as it becomes clear that Holly is obsessed with him and her obsession quickly becomes deadly leading to a somewhat climatic confrontation between the Holly, Tyler and Allison.

I feel like the film wanted to be this psychological thriller where the audience watch a beautiful yet seemingly ordinary girl, slowly warp into this crazed person who’s a danger to all those who stand in her way. The audience would be sitting on the edge of their seats, wondering what exactly she’d do next and whether everyone would survive.

But that didn’t happen.

Sure Holly was definitely crazy by the end and there was also a confrontation where there was a possibility of some fatalities. However, at no point in this film did I feel remotely worried for the characters. In fact, I didn’t really care about any of them at all.

Furthermore, over the course of the film, I found myself asking questions like:

  • Why didn’t Tyler just tell Allison about Holly when it became clear that she was dangerous?
  • Why didn’t he just forward those articles to the everyone he knew instead of just sending it to Holly?
  • Why did the school still suspend him, when I’m certain they knew about Holly’s problems?
  • How did Holly manage to get Allison up there at the end?
  • Why is there a gun in the same house as Holly, knowing full well the extent of her problems?

With all that in mind, I’d say that ‘You Get Me’ wasn’t a great film as it didn’t get the audience to truly engage with the characters nor did it really build up the tension and atmosphere that I think it wanted to have. If I had to give it stars, I’d say that it was a 2/5 stars. I definitely don’t think that I’ll be watching it again.

If you agree or disagree, feel free to drop a comment 🙂