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May 2015

Man Up (2015)

I first saw this trailer before I watched the DUFF. It looked interesting and I was intreaged to see it, but a bit spectacle. It was a rom-com, a genre that I have been fading in and out of because A. I don’t find comedy films as funny as the they used to be in the 80s, 90s and early 00s. B. It has romance, a genre that I haven’t been able to get into like most people. For example, when I first watched titanic, I didn’t cry, I researched the story after I had watched the movie to find out if the love story was true or not. When I found out that part was fake, I told everyone about it, including my mum who loved the movie at the time. So to conclude, this genre isn’t my type. The only reason that I invested my time in watching this film is because I watched a good review about man up and British films have now gotten much better than before.

This is about a women in her 30s who doesn’t believe in love anymore. While on a journey to her parents house, she gets mistaken for a girl who was supposed to go on a blind date with a particular guy. Instead of correcting him, she just goes along with it.

I loved this movie. It was so great to see a comedy which wasn’t actually trying to force itself to be one. It was simple and plain, but so effective. The main character just wanted to take a chance on life and she did. It is isn’t something that I would rush out to see again in the cinema but I would recommend it to anyone and I’ll probably watch it when it’s released on DVD or TV.

Lake Bell does a great British accent that I thought it was her natural accent throughout, then I remembered that she was on What Happened In Vegas and she is actually American. It was great to know that she stayed in character until they stopped filming because it shows how invested she was in the movie. Simon Pegg can do no wrong. He is also great on screen and it is is good to see him in this kind of genre.

There were some parts that I wasn’t happy about, mainly the part when he finds out who she really is 35 minutes into the movie but overall, it was great to see something different for a change apart from Oscar nominated movies and big blockbusters. I have given it a 7.5/10.


Spy (2015)

Spy was a comedy that I actually wasn’t excited to see. Melissa Mcarthy has gone down after Bridesmaids so her movies don’t interest me anymore (except The Heat but that was because she had a co-star that helped her out and she wasn’t the main character in that movie).

Spy is a movie in which spies have people working in the office who tell them what todo through an earpiece. When a threat comes and all their spies have been compromised, they would need to hire someone indoors who is unrecognisable to take over the case.

This one actually caught me by surprised because it was good. The ending, I’m not a big fan of but before then, it was good. I like seeing Melissa as an action star as well as a comedian. It was one of the reason why I liked The Heat so much. They brought all those charming traits from that movie into Spy and it was awesome. She should do more roles such as this one. It suits her. Miranda Hart is amazing, as usual. They both seem similar and play off each other very well. The plot is confusing and doesn’t blend well but it is ok because you are just here for the comedy.

I was surprised at how funny Jason Statham can be. Every time he would explain how ruthless and untouchable he was, he’d alway made me laugh. I wished that there was more of him. Rose Byrne is good as well.
Overall, it is not one that I would want to go back to like Bridemaids but it is good. I have given this movie a 5.5/10.

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (2015)

As soon as I saw the teaser trailer for this movie, I was excited to watch it. I have loved Brad Bird’s films since The Iron Giant.

A teenager goes on a mission with a former boy genius to uncover the secret of a place that is out of this world.

This film is visually spectacular. It was a good thing that I watched it in IMAX. It suits the futuristic world. The story was very interesting. I feel as though I put too much hype into the movie that I felt a bit disappointed with the end result. It is good but it isn’t really what I expected it to be.

The actors were great. George Clooney brought it as always and Britt Robinson was good. Her character always gave us hope when it wasn’t there. The girl who plays Athes is incredible. I loved her character so much. She was a strong willed young female and it is good to see it in this movie.

There is a strong message that has been put out saying that bad things may happen in this world and humanity needs to do something about it to make it better instead of listing all the bad things that are wrong in this world. This is something to live by.

The first 2 hours are all about the journey to Tomorrowland. It is great to see how we end up in this world and where it may be. Once we get there, the storyline isn’t as exciting. We get some touching and serious moments here and there but it is a weak part of the movie that isn’t engaging and can drag the magic out. I don’t blame the writers at all because it may have been hard for them to create something as memorable as the first part. It just let me down.

For that reason alone, I am giving this movie a 7.5/10. It has a strong story at the beginning but it fails to keep up near the end.

My top 10 Disney films of all time (2 to 1)

This may have taken me long to do as I have been very busy lately but I’m finally ready to talk about my top two Disney films but first, here are a few honourables mentions of the movies that almost made my list:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

I am a massive Tim Burton fan and one day, I thought about the different films that he has created with Nightmare being one of them. In the end of the day, I knew that I had to watch this one and I’m glad that I did.

This film is the one that I love more and more as I watch it. For me, this is a Christmas movie as it has heartfelt moments and you understand Jack the Skellington. Everyone has a moment in their life when they want to do something different and Jack is no exception. He’s gotten tired of doing the same thing ever year and when he hears about the land of Christmas, he just wants to spread his knowledge about Halloween to this land.

This is the film that started up the company Lakria who brought us great stop-motions such as Coraline. It is definitely in my top three for Christmas movies and I love every single song especially ‘This is Halloween’ and ‘What’s This’. This is the beginning of Danny Elfman’s musical masterpiece as he composes and sings the songs( only the Jack Skellington parts).I have given this movie an 8/10 and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of musicals, stop-motion and Tim Burton films (even though he only produced this movie)

A Goofy Movie (1995)

I have written a review about this movie previously so I won’t say a lot about it. All I would say is that it is one of the best Disney movies based on the main Disney characters. It shows a father and son relationship and how a parent would also see their child as they were in their first years even though they have matured into an adult. It also has an incredible song by Terry Campbell called ‘I2I’. I have given this film a 9/10.

The Incredibles (2004)

I know that a lot of people will be ranting on about how this movie is part of Pixar only but this is still part of Disney. I have watched this movie recently and seen the Disney logo at the beginning so this is most definitely a Disney product. Also, the fact that they actually brought the company tells us that they own everything Pixar. Anyway, the first time I had ever watched this film was when it came out on DVD. I knew the company behind it and I trusted them so much that I decided to get the home release without any knowledge and it was a good thing too because it is part of my honourable mentions.

The Incredibles lives up to everything that I hoped it was going to be and more. It is an incredible (see what I did there) movie that makes you want to live in a world with these superheroes. It also reminds you of your favourite heroes for example, when I see Mr Incredible and Buddy, they remind me of Batman and Robin. How Robin was always the little annoying sidekick that always got into trouble.

It sort of a quick movie but it’s good because it gets the point across without making it seemed rushed. The villain, Syndrome is fantastic and his assistant is great. I am really going to miss Elizabeth Pena (R.I.P). I was surprised at how many quotes that I could pick up in this movie as it had been a long time since I’d watched it. For example, Edna has some great classic quotes with my favourite being ‘No Capes!’ or when they are in the water and Dash says ‘we’re dead! We’re dead! We survived but we’re dead!’ And one of my favourite scenes is the ‘where is my super suit’ scene. It always cracks me up every time I see it.

This film deserves a 9.5/10 for still holding up after all this year and to honour a great storyteller, brad bird who has created great movies such as the iron giant and mission impossible 4. Let’s hope that he keeps getting better with films such as Tomorrowland and The Incredibles 2 coming out in the future.

PS. Violet is my favourite character in this movie and always will be because I used to be that shy girl and felt that I was always invisible and now, I can’t stop talking.

1. The Lion King (1994) and Toy Story 2 (1999)

It is hard for me to pick my favourite out of these two because they both mean so much to me. Toy Story 2 is one of the first movies that I remember watching in the cinema, whereas The Lion King is the first film that I actually remember watching in my life and it gives me so many memories. So, let’s start off by talking about The Lion King.

The Lion King is a movie based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is a coming of age story about a lion named Simba who is the prince of the pride lands. When something tragic happens, he has to try and not run away from his destiny while taking responsibility.

This is one of the first films that I had on VHS (Video Home System aka the device that we used to watch movies before DVD and instant download came out) and I loved it. I also had the cassette tape and the book based on the movie that I would read all the time.

The Lion King teaches kids about death and facing our fears. We may grow up to become a different person but we should never forget who we are and where we came from. This is something that I always tell myself everyday. It also tells us that it doesn’t matter what happens in the past, what matter is how we learn from it to improve ourselves.

The music is fantastic with my favourite being Circle of Life. The opening scene with that particular song is incredible, teaching us the moral of the story and introducing us to what we may learn about from the movie. It is also a great way to bring up the main title because it just appears after that last note in the song. I always watch this clip on YouTube and it brings a smile to my face.

James Earl Jones has the voice of power. It is the reason he voiced the king in this movie and played one in Coming To America. It is also the reason why he voiced Darth Vador in Star Wars. Every time I hear him talk, I alway think of the line from the Lion King when he says “You Deliberately Disobeyed Me”.

This is a great movie that everyone should watch. It is why it was the number 1 Disney animated film in the box office for a long. It is also in my top 5 for my favourite movie of all time. I have given it a 10/10 because it is perfect.

Toy Story 2

I have previously made a review for this movie so I will try and keep this short. All I would say is that recently, I watched a movie fight by one of my favourite YouTube channel, Screen Junkies. It was an epic fight between them and CineSims. One of the questions that they had was what is the best Pixar movie. Screen Junkies picked Toy Story 2 and their argument was, Toy Story was a great fun adventure and Toy Story 3 brought the whole gang together, whilst ending Andy’s story. Toy Story 2 started those emotions that developed in the third movie. If it wasn’t for that movie, we probably wouldn’t have the spectacular trilogy. It also made us realise that we are all Emily because we have given up on our toys and either donated them or kept them in the shed. It is the reason why it has a place in my heart. It has an incredible adventure plus heart-warming moments. I made me feel guilty of my actions in the future but like Woody says “You’re right, Prospector. I can’t stop Andy from growing up… but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” I didn’t miss out on the moments of having a toy in the first place and every time I feel as though I did, I just need to remember that I will always have a friend in Toy Story 2. This is why it deserves it’s 10/10.

In conclusion, Toy Story 2 and The Lion King have given me different emotions that I never thought I could get in a kids film.  I have enjoyed making this list as it has given me a lot to think about on why Disney is so special to me and why it has lasted for all those years.

If you like this or any other review that I have done, you can feel free to leave comments below and also suggest films that I should review.

Here is a link to some previous views that I have talked about in this list:

A Goofy Movie-

Toy Story 2-

My top 10 Disney films of all time (6 to 3)-


Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

‘What a lovely day’. I was excited to watch this movie. Every time I watched a trailer, my hype grew and grew.

Max is a man who just wants to be free and Furiosa is a women who wants to get back to her homeland. Together, they team up to restore order in humanity.
Mad Max exceeded my expectations. It is everything that you would want it to be. Crazy with great action. I couldn’t keep my mouth closed throughout the whole first 15 minute sequence. It was enough to get me hooked and realise that I would enjoy this movie. It has a great message about female power and shows that women are not slaves. They are trying to do everything they can to be free of the system that tells them they have to bear children for the rich.

Tom Hardy can do no wrong. His performance just gets better and better every time I see him. Charlize Theron is an incredible actress and holds her own in this movie. Her character does everything to help these women. Mad Max is a crazy roller-coaster that I would be happy to experience again. I have given this movie an 8.5/10 because I enjoyed it so much.

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

When a pitch for the sequel came up, it was perfect (pun intended). I love the first one so much and my hype grew even more when I started to see still images, including one from my favourite group, Pentatonix. When the first trailer came out, there was something wrong. I wasn’t as excited as I was when I saw the images. This pattern started to happen more and more as the trailers came along. Then I realised something, the trailers weren’t as new and fresh as the previous movie. Everything was just bland.

This is a sequel to the incredibly, surprisingly successful Pitch Perfect. After publicly embarrassing themselves in front of the whole nation, the Barden Bellas are pulled out of the American competition. They decide to enter the international competition so that they can win back the nation.

When I got a chance to see this movie, I didn’t have high expectations because I knew that it wasn’t going to be great. The cinema was packed because I went to a late screening. As I was watching the movie, it occurred to me that the volume had been at a low point compared to other movies in the cinema. This made my opinions about Pitch Perfect 2 worsen by the second.

The great parts in this sequel are the fact that Beca had a back story. Everything that happened in her internship was great (even though there were some girls behind me who couldn’t stop laughing, especially when nothing funny happened). Hailee Steinfeld has an incredible, surprising singing voice but her original song annoyed the hell out of me after a while. Her character is okay. Nothing special. I thought that Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy would get on my nerves but she didn’t. She did have her funny moments. The accapella feels a bit weak in this movie for the Bellas, especially at the ending when they (spoiler alert, not really because of the predictable ending) win. I don’t feel as though they deserved it compared to the other group. After some consideration, I have decided to give this movie a 4.5/10. It is something that I am glad I went to see but I won’t revisit it. I also won’t be watch any sequel or spin-offs as I feel the original is and always will be the best.

P.S. If you are watching a movie in a cinema, remember that this isn’t real. So don’t clap if the people in the movie are doing so and most especially, don’t take any pictures. It distracts people around you. Thank you.

Update 4th July 2015:

They are making Pitch Perfect 3.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

To celebrate the release of Pitch Perfect 2, I have decided to review the movie that starts it all, Pitch Perfect.

This was the first film that I found out about by watching new trailers on YouTube. I saw Pitch Perfect in the worst cinema that you could ever go to as there were people constantly shouting at the screen.

This film is about a girl called Beca who has a dream of being a DJ but is forced by her dad to go to college. In the school, she is forced to join an acapella group which she later finds out is cool.

What I liked about this film was that it was funny as a whole and there were references which will be memorable in years to come like ‘accacuse me’.I liked the fact that they were singing in accapella because it made it more interesting and you felt like you wanted to join one of those groups. It also made accapella groups seem cool.

Even though I wasn’t a big fan of Twilight (I only watched the movies to see why people loved it so much and after 3 years since the last one, I still don’t understand why), I still loved Anna Kendrick. Her performance in Up In The Air was fantastic and she is really good at comedy. I suprised at how amazing she is at singing. I have never seen her Broadway performances before so this was a complete shock.

This was our first introduction to Rebel Wilson and boy, was it a great one. Her comedic timing was spot on and I loved her one liners, they made me laugh.

Overall, this is a film that I can watch over and over again without getting sick and tired of the same thing. It also has fantastic singing. I have given it an 8/10.

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