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September 2014

What We Did On Our Holiday (2014)

British films were always something that I had a problem getting into. As a kid, I wasn’t interested in them but as I grew up, I started to watch them more especially the British drama film. When I first heard about this one, I was excited to see it mainly because it had David Tennant and Rosamond Pike.

This is a film about a family that are in the mist of divorce and decide to go on a trip to Scotland to meet their granddad without telling the family out the family problems.

I was excited to see this movie because it is British comedy which I usually love but I was a bit disappointed. While watching the film, there were some bits that were meant to be funny which weren’t at all and I think it is because the movie isn’t actually for my age group as I came into the cinema and saw that there were a lot of older people in the audience. This is the same thing that happened while I was watching the Quartet.

There were some parts that I thought were meant to be sentimental that weren’t for me and I just felt like the film was bland. There were a few good scenes in the film but overall, I wouldn’t want to see this ever again because it just wasn’t good but I appreciate it for what it was.

I have given this film a 2.5/10 because I expected a bit more from the people who created a great TV show that ended and that I enjoyed ‘Outnumbered’.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

It wasn’t that long ago that I had just got into the whole Lord Of The Rings trilogy and started to notice what I was missing. When I found out that they were making the hobbit films into 3 parts, I was a bit worried and upset because they do this with most book adaptations nowadays and it doesn’t always turn out to be good. I did see the first Hobbit film in the cinema and even though I hated the frame that they used in it, I thought the movie was ok. It also meant that if they still wanted to keep fans interested in the franchise, they would need to make this film much better than the first one.

This film was so much better than the first one. It had everything you wanted, great action sequence especially the scene with the three way battle where the dwarfs were trying to escape. It was mainly based on the dwarfs rather than the first one which was based on Bilbo Baggins.

You also got to see how the Ring has actually affected Bilbo to the point of how he turns out to be in the first Lord Of The Rings film. At first, I thought it was unnecessary for them to split the film into 3 parts but after seeing this one, I am glad they did and Peter Jackson is the only person in the world who can pull this off in a spectacular way. Can’t wait to see the third one.

I would have given this film 9/10 but I saw this film late at night after I had had a long day and felt a bit sleepy while watching it so I have given it 8.5/10.

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Chef (2014)

I wasn’t sure about watching this film because I never knew what it was about but when I watched a lot of YouTube  film reviews, they mentioned this movie and said that this could probably be the best film of the year. So, when this film came out on DVD, I decided to watch it.

This film is about a guy who is the top chef who later gets a bad review based on a menu that he wasn’t passionate about. He also gets fired because he  doesn’t want to serve the menu given to him and he goes to Miami. There, he finds out that he needs to go back to his roots so he starts a food truck service around the U.S where he serves Cuban food with his second in command and his son.

What can I say about this film. It has an incredible storyline that is based around something that everybody loves which is food. Even watching this movie made me hungry and wish that I could cook food like that. It also made me appreciate food and people who own food trucks as someone could have the best restaurant ever but it would never be as good as people who serve on food trucks cause you could really tell how passionate they are about it, and that food is an art to them and they want to make their art special for their customers.

It also made me think twice about the Internet and what I put out there and that family and bonding with family especially in the things that you like is more important than anything. I think that Jon Favreau is a great director and incredible writer who should really write and make more films because I just thought that he was a great sci-fi director but seeing this, it made me find out that there is much more than that. This film is amazing and probably one of the best one that I have seen this year. Everyone should watch it and make sure you eat before you watch the film otherwise you would get really hungry. I have given this film a  9/10 and recommend everyone to see it but mainly people who are over 15 because it is a 15 film.

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The Giver (2014)

I was a bit worried about going to see the giver. Mainly because critics have said that this movie was dull but I went to see it anyway because it is the only sci fi film that is out now. This film was an interesting one.


It is set in a place where there is no colour and no violence. Just peace and the main character finds out that he is different from the rest of them because he can see colour. So when his class graduates, he is assigned to be a receiver. There, he learns how the earth was before there was peace and dullness in the word.

This film had an interesting concept and at times, it was good but it just felt too long. After a while, you start to get bored and wonder why some of the scenes were in there because I think this film should have been between 1hr 30mins to 2hr mainly because two people actually walked out of the screening after 1hr and 30 mins and they were teens so you know it was long and sort of boring.

That being said, if they did want to make it this long, they should have made the film a bit more interesting. I hate to do this but I would have to compare it to Hunger Games but only base it on the dystopian world because that is what the two films have in common. The Hunger Games dystopian world is much more exciting compared to this one and I feel a bit bad because I know this book came out before Hunger Games and that it was a best seller but having the film come up after all they hype of hunger games didn’t help as audience members are much more interested in action. I get that they want to make it more about story but the story has to be more engaging to be a great film and this one was only half.

I still think that the actors did a great job for what they had but there was one person who annoyed me and that was Katie Holmes. I don’t know why. Maybe her acting doesn’t interest me or maybe because her character had no emotion at all that it annoyed me. If you have read the book, maybe this movie would interest you but if you are looking for another popular dystopian film with action, then I suggest you don’t watch this. I have given this film a 5/10 and was expecting a lot more which meant that I was a bit disappointed with what I got.

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The Boxtrolls (2014)

Laika have created one of my favourite stop motion films Coraline. When I first saw that film, I thought it had the best story ever for a kids films and it felt like it had that Tim Burton style that The Nightmare Before Christmas has. I had also seen Parnorman and although it isn’t my favourite, I still liked it.

Boxtrolls is a film that is about creatures who live underground who event things and have boxes as clothing. They are also named after the box that they have and they adopted a boy who becomes a Boxtroll called Eggs. 10 years later, Boxtrolls keep getting taken by the Snatchers so eggs goes on a mission to find and save them.

This film was a good film. I will always love stop animation and it will have a special place in my heart but this film’s standards felt like Paranorman. It was good but it wasn’t incredible. I like the story for the film but it just felt a bit bland compared to their other film Coraline. I felt like they could have tried a bit more with the action because the concept of this film has a lot of potential to become a great film. At the beginning of the film, when one of the Boxtrolls that looked after eggs got snatched, there was a part of me that cared about the characters but after a while, every scene that was there to make you care for the characters didn’t actually work mainly because the story felt a bit rushed. The evil henchmen were funny in this film at times especially when they kept coming up with reasons why they are the good guys and the Boxtrolls are the bad guys.

I also noticed that in the film that they added CGI which looked ok at the beginning but after a while, I just thought that the whole film should have just been stop motion because that is what makes these films so original. I like the ending of this film where the show you the set and how they do the stop motion and show the set production of this film because it always makes you appreciate the animators behind the film. This film in all will be amazing for kids probably older kids because it is a little scary for the younger ones but a bit of a disappointment for fans of Laika film who were expecting a lot from this film. That being said, it is still a good film to watch and enjoy, the message is good for children showing that you should except people no matter what and the boxtrolls remind me of the minions. I have given this film a 7/10.

If I Stay (2014)

When I first heard about this film, I thought it was going to be another teen drama film about girls who fall in love with guys and it wasn’t until I saw the trailers for this film that I found out that it was much more than that.

This is a film about a girl called Mia who goes out with her parents for Christmas when tragedy happens and Mia needs to decide whether she should stay or go.

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I like the fact that the film first starts with the tragedy and we get to see flashbacks of her and her first love when they first meet up to the last time they see each other before the accident. We also get to see her connect with other people who are close to her and visit her in the hospital when she is in a coma. This is good for the film because you get to see what she would have if she stays or goes.

At first, I didn’t like the ending of the film and thought that she should have went to see her family but I understood why she stayed with the boy because even though she loved her family and they loved her, all her life, she always thought that she was out of place and that the cello was an instrument that no one would understand in her life except for her but when she met the boy, she found out that her instrument can always fit into other people’s world.

Chloe Grace Moretz did an amazing job in this film and I always feel like her performance keeps getting better and better. Even though I liked this film, it is not as great as the fault in our stars which made me cry but it is still a good film to watch. I have given this film 7/10.

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