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March 2015

Cinderella (2015)

When I first heard that they were making a live action movie based off the Disney animated film Cinderella, all I could think of was ‘Oh no. Not again. We already had two live action Snow Whites. ┬áBoth of them weren’t great but one had more action than the other.’ We also had a red riding hood movie that wasn’t interesting ( mainly because it was made by the same director who directed twilight). Disney have already done a live action movie based on one of their beloved villains which spoiled the original source material (cough* malificent*cough). In the end, I thought that I should at least try and watch the movie.

This is a retelling of an original classic Cinderella. In this story, Ella has to deal with her new stepmother and stepsisters after the death of her mother. When her father goes out for work, she has to deal with the mistreatment she gets from her step family while still having hope that good things can come for good people.

I got there three minutes late but it was ok because I hadn’t missed that much( just the frozen short that I was sort of interested in). The movie as a whole was alright. The costumes looks amazing. Sandy Powell has a great artistic vision for the costume. The set looks incredible. A bit fake but incredible. I think that the modification of Cinderella’s glass slipper is the best design in this movie. I like that they added butterflis to it and it makes the character even more special than she was before.

It was great to have a bit of a back story for the character Cinderella and her family before the step mother came into her life. This is because in the disney movie, it just starts a day before the ball so we don’t get any background feature. I still prefer the original even though I am not a big fan of disney princesses. Especially the scene when they destroy Cinderella’s dress. It is more horrifying in the animation rather than the live action. It felt like they didn’t want to take it any further because they don’t want people to love it more than the animation.

I like that the Prince and Cinderella had actually met before the ball. It made us at least except the fact that they had got married after a short time because they got to know a bit more about each other and it wasn’t just based on the looks. It has a great moral in the movie about being kind hearted and good things will happen. I didn’t like the fact that they wanted her name to be Ella and make as if the sisters named her Cinderella to be cruel. It just took me out of the character for a bit.

Cate Blanchett does an amazing job as the step mother. I think that Lily James was the perfect candidate for Cinderella. She brought the character to life and I think that other than Brandy, she is the best Cinderella.

While I was watching this movie, there was something that I had noticed about one particular character and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Cinderella is actually crazy. I mean, she talks to mice and herself most of the time. She thinks that everything is perfect even when it is not and she just jumps into song whenever. Some people might think that she is nice as sweet but I was just thinking the whole time that if I actually met her in real life, I would just think that she is mad. Everyone would need to stay clear from her.

Anyway, I have given this movie a 7/10. It was a great watch and I think that if Disney intend to make any of their beloved characters into live action, they should take a page from this book.


Insurgent (2015)

When the book, Divergent came out, I was a fan instantly. Then, the second one came out and I got a little bit bored. I was sceptical to see this movie but then I noticed that there were a lot of changes, and thought that it could actually be better than the book.

Insurgent is the second part of the Divergent Series. 

This movie is great for a cinematic experience. I was lucky enough to see it at a screening which had the best sound and visual quality. I recommend that if you plan to watch this movie, it should be seen in IMAX 3D rather than normal 3D or 2D. It looks so much better than the first movie. Like the hunger games, it has finally found its feet in the second movie based on visuals.

 So, as you already know, there are huge differences between the movie and the book. For me, they paid off. There are some scenes that I am sad that changed but most of it, I’m happy with. The movie is still at the same level as the first. It may be a bit higher because of the visuals but I won’t stop watching the series. Most of the movies that I have watched this year have been average so this one could do no wrong. 

Shaliene as always is great as Tris. I didn’t like that the character in the books because she was aggressive and always angry all the time but in the movie, I could tolerate it a bit more. The others characters are ok. Nothing special. My favourite scenes are the stimulation scenes that Tris have. They always keeps me on the edge. 

Overall, I thought the movie was good. I don’t know if I would remember this movie in the future for the story or if I would buy the DVD but I did like the visuals. I have given this film 7/10. 

P.S. Ansel’s running in the movie was actually intended because he wanted the show that the character wasn’t very strong.

Chappie (2015)

When people hear about movies based on a robot, they become worried. Not me, just watching the trailer made me excited for this movie. Here is my verdict.

Chappie is set in the future where crime is being controlled by robot police force. When one of their robots, Chappie gets stolen, he is programmed to become the first robot  to have the ability to think and feel for himself. This power makes mankind think that the Chappie is a threat that needs to be stopped.

This film had a great premise. ‘A robot that could think and feel for itself’. ‘Misunderstood by the world but deep down, he was good’. It had everything going for it so what went wrong? I know, it was completely different that what I expected it to be but not in a good way. Instead of Chappie living with his creator and being misunderstood, he lived with criminals that made him a bad robot. Criminals who I didn’t even want to sympathise with. Characters that I was wondering why we focused on them a lot and why they weren’t killed off, especially their boss who pushed Chappie into those crimes. I would’ve like it if the movie was all about the creator and Chappie rather than what I got in the final piece.

For Neil Blompkamp’s movies, I have only seen Elysium which bored me. After watching this one, I have come to a decision that I will never get high expectations ever again. I will only be disappointed. This movie has gotten a 4.5/10 because of the robot Chappie even though I was always upset when he would do any crime. It’s not your fault, Chappie.

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