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So I haven't done a movie review in a bit, but I am back with a big one! This past weekend I went to see It, based of course off the book by Stephen King. Now I will try not to have too many spoilers, but since most people watching this movie have either read the book or watch the old miniseries, there's probably not much that I can spoil anyways.
For me this version of It got many things right. It is a good horror movie in and of itself, plus as a fan of the book it captured the spirit of Stephen King's work very well. Does it have everything from the book in it? No and there is no way that it could. (Plus there is one very controversial scene from the book that just is not something that should be acted out by child actors. If you have read the book you know what I am talking about.) Sure, they could have delved into the lives of the children a bit more, but the movie is already two hours long. Instead it really focused on each child's fears, the very thing that the evil Pennywise feeds off of. I really liked the child actors in this film, I think they portrayed normal kids in a very abnormal situation. They were funny and irreverent. The look and the feel of the film was creepy and some scenes were disturbing as they should be. (For instance Bev's home life.) Pennywise is a disturbing clown, not scary to me personally but portrayed very well. There were some instances of jump scares that while I didn't jump caused others in the packed theater to jump and scream. For purists of the book, they did not get every detail right, but they made a damn good horror movie and I am so glad that the second part has been given the go ahead. I look forward to the continuation of this story with the characters as adults, I just hope that they cast as well as they did for the children. I give this movie 5 stars and recommend it to horror fans and Stephen King fans alike!
First off let me say that I am a huge Stephen King fan and have been reading his work since I was 11. I have read the entire Dark Tower series more than once. So this weekend I finally went to see the Dark Tower movie. I was excited but also felt some trepidation at the same time. I personally was not worried about casting, being a fan of Idris Elba I had no doubt that he would portray Roland well. And I actually thought Matthew McConaughey was a good Man in Black as well. The kid who played Jake too was good, though if they were ever to make more movies he may be a little too old to continue as his character. Now going in I knew that this is not an adaptation of the books, rather an imagining of a continuation of the books. If you have read the books (SPOILER) you know that Roland reaches the Dark Tower and then basically starts his journey all over again and we have no idea how many times he has gone through this cycle. This movie is basically him starting with him at the beginning once more.
Now, how to actually describe how I felt about his movie without too many spoilers. I am torn about how I felt really. On the one hand if you go to the movie just seeking entertainment, it does not disappoint. It's a fun summer movie with a lot of action and a fast pace. The cast was great and portrayed their characters well. My husband who has never read the books really liked it. As someone who has read the books, well this is where the review gets a little trickier. Again, no complaints with the cast. I loved that there are a lot of nods to other Stephen King works in the movie, lots of little easter eggs if you are paying attention. I am fine with this not being an interpretation of the book, but I wish that the movie would have stuck to the heart of the books a little more. I was also hoping that this would become a series of movies (though I guess it is about to become a tv show so there is hope) but (SPOILER) when a main character dies way before they do in the books, it makes me worried where this series could be heading or if it will even happen. I also thought that it was a bit short and rushed. I kinda wish that there had been an R rating as well so that they could have maybe pulled more from the source material.
All in all though, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend you go see it. You might enjoy it more if you have not read the books, but see it even if you have read them. It's still a fun and entertaining movie.
Recently my husband and I went to see Dunkirk, a movie that we have been waiting to come out all year. Christopher Nolan did not disappoint in my opinion. This is a touching and real war movie without being too graphic. It focused more on the young men trapped on a French beach as the Germans surrounded them. Beautiful story telling, for the enemy is not really seen except for some planes, you just sense the fear in the men fearing their impending doom. As with any movie based on a true story, some liberties were taken, but over all this is a wonderful tribute to what happened on that beach. If you are interested in true stories, WWII, or war stories in general then go see this movie. You won't be disappointed.
This week I finally got to see The War for the Planet of the Apes, a movie that I have eagerly been awaiting. I liked both of the previous movies in this franchise, always rooting for the apes by the way. I was not disappointed in this movie. It has all that you would expect from a summer blockbuster, lots of action and special effects, but it also has heart. There are some very sad moments in this movie, as well as hopeful ones (well if you are rooting for the apes at least). Woody Harrelson made me root for the apes even more in this movie, for he played an excellent and crazy bad guy. I also love that Maurice, the orangutan that has been in all the movies, plays a bit bigger part. He is one of my favorite characters and provides a lot of heart in this movie. I highly recommend this entertaining movie, especially if you liked the previous two movies. It might be my favorite one in the series, even though or maybe because it shows the worst that humans can be.
Finally made it to see Alien Covenant. My husband had to watch Prometheus first, so we are a bit behind I know. However, as a huge Alien franchise fan I was not disappointed in this film. A little more action that Prometheus, the aliens were fun. Great overall look and feel to the film. A fun twist towards the end. I just liked the film and found it to be a perfect entertaining summer film. Go see it and just enjoy. I could say so much more, but I don't want to spoil anything. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
So if you know me at all from reading this blog, then you might know that I love movies and comic books, so of course I went to see Wonder Woman opening weekend. I have loved Wonder Woman since I have been reading the comics from five years old on. I have been waiting for this movie since then. And I was not disappointed. I am not going to spoil the movie, but it portrays the kick ass female superhero that I think many have been waiting for. Diana is still a kind and caring woman, but one with convictions and that can literally take on evil to save the innocent. As a woman and an author, it was empowering to see that kind of portrayal on the big screen. This movie really moved me and I highly recommend it. Of course it is not perfect, but the good more than outweighs a few weaker parts of the movie. Go see it. I will be going again that is for sure.
The husband and I finally got to see King Arthur Legend of the Sword this past holiday weekend. Shockingly we had the entire theater to ourselves and in some ways that makes me very sad. I really liked this movie (as long as I don't think too much about the original story of King Arthur). I thought that it was visually stunning, I loved the music and special effects, I thought that Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law were perfect for their respective roles. It was the perfect summer movie, full of action and fun. My husband summed it up perfectly when he said it was Snatched set in medieval times. I really don't know why it was panned so badly and has done so badly in the theater. It makes me sad because there were supposed to be more films in this series and it looks like that won't happen. Too bad, I would have loved to see them.
I had rather high hopes for The Promise, but somehow deep down I knew that the reality would not live up to my expectations. First, I am still very happy that this movie shined some light on a very little talked about part of history, the Armenian genocide. The parts of the movie dealing with this atrocity to humankind are touching and heartbreaking. I am a big fan of Christian Bale as well, and I will say that his American journalist is one of the few likeable characters in the movie. The female lead, well she makes me a little sick and want things to not end happily for her. I guess that means the actress did a good job, as I really just found her character opportunistic and lacking true empathy. (If you have seen the movie, I am sure you can guess what scene I am talking about. After her lover talks about what happened to his wife. I mean come on!) Over all I think that the love triangle took too much from the movie, combined with unlikable characters, it made this a hit or miss movie. Go see it if you are bored and need a cold place for a couple hours this summer. But it's not what I had hoped for.
Time for another movie review, this time for the Anne Hathaway film Colossal. I am not quite sure how to categorize this movie. Is it drama? Sci-fi? I just don't know and I think that tells you a lot about this movie. Did I like it? Some parts I loved. Some parts confused me. I really like the concept and some of the messages in the movie, but I also was lost in some parts. I will say that I went in thinking that this might be a rather light-hearted movie and that was not the case. This is much more serious and darker than the trailer leads you to believe. All in all I am not sure how to judge this movie. If you are up for a different sort of monster movie, something that will make you wonder what it was all about, then give this movie a chance. I am not disappointed I went, I just don't know how to describe the film and sometimes that can be a good thing.
Time for another movie review! And this time it is another small release independent film, the animated My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea. A friend at work told me that it looked weird and slightly disturbing, so you know that means I had to see it. Now it has a pretty good cast (even though I am NOT a Lena Dunham, I can over look that for this movie). The animation is trippy, so much so that there is a warning for those who suffer from seizures at the beginning of the film. (I do in fact suffer from seizures, but I was okay other than adverting my eyes a couple of times just to play it safe.) It is a short movie with some entertaining and funny moments. Not my favorite independent animation film of the year (that belongs to My Life as a Zucchini) but it is an entertaining way to spend a night. Not many people have heard of this film, so if it is playing it near you and you have some time to kill, why not give this movie a try?
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