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November 2015

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I wasn’t as excited as most people. It just reminded me of Brave and how they tried to make it mysterious but there was nothing special. It wasn’t until I saw the second trailer that I got more excited as I knew a bit more about the story. 
The Good Dinosaur is a movie that shows what might’ve happened if there was comet to destroy the dinosaur? How will humans and dinosaurs live together on earth?

  
Before I talk about this movie, I want to talk about the short shown before the main feature because Pixar are known for their shorts. I remember seeing the first clip on YouTube and I wanted to make sure that I got to the cinema on time to see it in full. I have to say that I loved it, every minute of it. It is based on a somewhat true story and it’s amazing. I don’t really want to give much away but it’s about Superheroes, religion, and father and son. I would really love to see it again and I’m sure it would get nominated for an Oscar.Now the main event, The Good Dinosaur. 

This film is emotional, especially when you see the bond between the dinosaur and the human. In this situation, the human is the dog and the dinosaur is the human. The human even has the name Spot. The two may not understand each other language wise but emotionally, they have the same feeling. There is one scene in the movie that might make people cry in particular because it is just that powerful. There were some scenes that made me chuckle. I’m even laughing just thinking about them. It is a journey film which is similar to the Land Before Time and is a good thing because that film is great.

It gives a great lesson to kids about fear. You will never get rid of your fear but there are ways that you can overcome it and seem brave. This is why I love Pixar. They give kids great life lessons and messages such as this.

The whole time I was watching this, I was thinking that the film looks visually stunning. Some of the land looks crisp and clear, making it look lifelike. The 3D gives it an edge making it more special and an unforgettable experience.

I was debating on the rating between 8 and 9. At times, it felt like a 9 but the way some scenes rushed made me want to but the rating back a bit.

In the end, I have decided to give it an 8 because I don’t know if I might watch it again but it is well worth a view. 
P.S if you do plan on watching this, look out for the hidden Disney logo in the movie.

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Bridge Of Spies (2015)

I got the opportunity to go to a special screening before the release of this movie.

  
This film is set during the Cold War. An American lawyer has to defend a Soviet Spy after he was recruited.

This film is a bit slow but when it gets interesting, you’re hooked. Tom Hanks gives a stellar performance as always. His character always did what a lawyer was supposed to do, help his client in any way that he could, whether it would be positive or negative. It made him the most hated man in America and the most liked man in America. There are some scenes that are just powerful with his face expressions. Mark Rylance is incredible as well. His character knows that there could be a chance where he may or may not live but he is always positive. 

This movie is very important because it tells us that we should always follow the law and give people their rights, especially if they are an American and have been for a long time.

I have talked about the movie being slow and this is its problem. There are a couple of pacing issues that can take you out of the film, particularly at the beginning. They were able to solve it later on but sometimes it can be a bit too late (especially since a few people left the screening early). 

In the end, this is a must see, despite pacing issues. I have given this an 8.5/10.
P.S. Great screenplay by the Coen brothers.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

Since the first movie, I have been following this franchise. It’s a series that made me go back to reading books again. It inspires a young generation and tells us that we have a voice. This year has been great for me because I managed to go to a press conference for the movie and watch the movie a day before it officially comes out. 

  
This is a continuation of the the last movie where everything comes to an end. The big finale.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was a great conclusion to an incredible series. The movie starts straight away, as if there was no part one and part two, just one movie as a finale. As someone who has read the book, I know a few pointers of what may happen but not enough to justify the whole story so it felt like I was learning something new each time. I was feeling anger when needed and sadden when I was supposed to ( especially the scene with Katniss and the cat which made me tear up). 

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson’s performance were the standouts for me. It’s scary to see Peeta the way he is. The Capital corrupt him and turned him into something that he is not. All he is trying to do is find out what is real or not real. Katniss is trying to find out how to kill Snow and keep the innocent alive because she knows it not their fault. It’s like the Hunger Games where they are forced to kill people by a greater power. Donald Sutherland’s character was menacing, even when he wasn’t on camera and that is an effective villains. He knows that even though he might have accomplished something, it is still not over.
I have tried not to put a spoiler in this review but I’m afraid that I have to talk about a minor one. So, if you don’t want to be spoiled, I suggest you skip this section. …………

You have been warned.

The ending felt like Deathly Hallows Part 2 and not in a good way because I didn’t like the villain death scene in that film. This one is a bit stronger but the feeling is still there. You think about this big epic ending and when it comes, you go “meh.That was ok”. It could be because it was split into two movies which was unnecessary or the fact that I read the book so I wasn’t as surprised as I was supposed to be. When I watched the epilogue , I was happy that the series ended. Not in a way that I thought it was bad but in the way that the whole series was satisfying and now, it’s time for it to end. 

I’m going to miss this franchise but I’ll remember for the rest of my life because it gives young people a voice, especially young women that we affect this future and we are smart. Like they say in The Help, “you is smart, you is kind, you is important”( I know the grammar is poor but you understand where I’m going here)

This movie deserves its 8.5/10. Thank you for everything Hunger Games, I’ll never forget you.
(Silently whistles and does the three finger salute)

Steve Jobs (2015)

This is another movie that I wanted to watch during the festival but I missed out on the opportunity. It was released this Friday and I really wanted to see it on Saturday. I left a few minutes late but I thought it was fine because the only thing that I would miss are the ads. I didn’t know that there would be traffic on the way. As soon as I got there, I was told that I couldn’t go in because I was 40 minutes late (20 if you take away the ads). I wasn’t going to go the next day but I woke up early and thought that I should at least try. Luckily, I was 10 minutes early.

This movie focuses on events that happen backstage at the three most important moments of Steve Jobs’ life.

Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor. That was all I could think of when I was watching this film. He may not look like Steve Jobs but you still believed that it was him (if any of those things that happened in the movie are true). I like that they didn’t start from the beginning of how he built Apple like the boring movie, Jobs. It starts from a very important part where the company was about to go downhill and Jobs got fired. They did have a couple of flashbacks here and there but only whilst they were trying to tell us what had happened that could impact their decisions in their situation.

It’s sad that for a long time Jobs didn’t acknowledge his daughter to be his kid. Every time that he would say she not his, I felt so bad for her, especially because she was in a place where her and her mother were suffering but she always tried to make everything positive. This is because she was so young at the time but it was still good that they were able to reconcile. Like the screenwriter Andy Sorkin said “She is the heroine in the movie”.

Kate Winslet does a great job. Jobs’ assistant, Johanna Hoffman was the only one who could stand up to him and tell it like it is. It’s great to know that even at that time, there were strong, powerful women in the business world.

In the film, there was something very important that was said from Steve Wozniak, the character that Seth Rogan portrayed who is a co-founder of apple and created Apple ii. The people who actually created the product from scratch never get credited. It’s always the ones who try to sell it. It’s good that we have people who are the face of a product and encourage us to buy but we forget or don’t even notice the ones who actually start the process from scratch and work hard to create it. This is why I try to acknowledge the people behind the music or movies. I may not talk about it in the reviews at times but I know who they are sometimes and I follow what they do. In music, this has always been with me. It is the reason why I look for and love singer songwriters.

I really enjoyed the soundtrack for this film. It may be because I am a somewhat fan of Bob Dylan. The score was also really good by David Pemberton, the same guy who did the score for The Man From U.N.C.L.E, another movie I also enjoyed.

In the end, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin have created another masterpiece to add to their collection. I have given this an 8.5/10. If you love the Social Network, you will love this film.

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