IT: Chapter One (2017) Review

HIYA READERS! What a nice post? You wanna read it bad? Well come into the sewer to read and … you’ll float too. You’ll float too. You’ll float too. YOU’LL FLOAT TOO. We all float in what I am about to tell you in my review for Stephen King’s adapted novel: IT: Chapter One.

IT Chapter one is set in the eighties, following a group of children who call themselves the ‘Losers Club’: Bill Denbrough, Eddie Kaspbrak, Stan Uris, Richie Tozier, Ben Hanscom, Mike Hanlon and Beverly Marsh. These group of kids come together to defeat an evil threat known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The children, each with their own difficulties, unite in order to help Bill seek what happened to his little brother Georgie.

Focusing purely on the film, it was a great watch. Bill Skarsgård’s performance as Pennywise was certainly unique and special. His performance will certainly be as memorable as the Tim Curry one. That is without saying either one is better because they aren’t. They both are amazing in their own ways. However he does certainly place you in a tense atmosphere with his smile, drool and gruff voice. The voice was exceptional and I truly getting the feeling of coming face to face to Pennywise not Bill Skarsgård. ALTHOUGH I am not going to deny I do have a weird crush on Pennywise. Then again it is bad because he did kill children so it’s a weird thing.

The visual effects were amazing and really helped to bring elements of Stephen King’s novel to life. The symbolism of the red balloon was precise and exact and once again helped to make Pennywise creepy. Bear in mind the film did have two-three jumpscares but it was not an all around scary film. The film did make you feel tense and feel goosebumps. The film prepared you for the jumpscare, which I think for a film like this is a bit disappointing. A film that uses fear should involve sudden moments of jumpscares as it really helps to get the element of fear clear to the audience.

The plot was great and similar to the Tim Curry version and the child actors were amazing. Jackson Robert Scott in particular really did bring a authentic essence to Georgie and playing him as well Pennywise was perfectly balanced for a actor aged eight so great work Jackson! I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Losers Club and felt the character development was strong that I was empathetic to these characters rather than being hostile and it is important to have that in a movie like this.

I enjoyed the film what I enjoyed more was the memes that came along with it. There is this scene where Pennywise starts to do this goofy dance and on YouTube, many people have proved that Pennywise can dance to anything and he certainly has. He has danced to popular songs like ‘Despacito’ to the classic meme songs like ‘Never Gonna Give You Up”

Pennywise Meme

Click on the link and watch the entire playlist because honestly they are the funniest best thing to come out from the film. I would definitely recommend watching this film because it is well made and one should appreciate the art.

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Alien: Covenant (2017) Review

This was a film I could not wait to watch and when I watched it in the cinema I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with the film. Alien: Covenant was a film I long awaited for and I am a huge fan of the Alien franchise and universe but I can’t help but feel rather annoyed.

Alien: Covenant is set ten years after Prometheus (2012) and it features a colonising ship called the Covenant. They are on their way to an earth-like planet called origae-6 but along the way they come across an undiscovers planet which proves to be an suitable habitat for the colony ship passengers in hypersleep and embryos. This paradise is habited by a synthetic, David who was a survivor of the Prometheus. The world turns dark and dangerous as xenomorphs and neomorphs threaten the lives of the Covenant crew.

I was excited for the film having seen the teaser trailer and I thought it would really help answer many questions but once again, Ridley Scott being who he is answers a small amount of questions but opens the door to many questions. That is not what I’m disappointed about … what I’m really disappointed about was the plot. It felt very dry and just lacking excitement. The film does provide exposition on what happened to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus but the story line was just recycled and I could not enjoy the film as much. In addition the characters weren’t strong and it didn’t help with the narrative.

The xenomorph and neomorph were awesome and the best part of the film because the way they were designed was beautiful. The neomorph especially took the spotlight in the film and I felt there needed to be more of the neomorphs because they had a short lived presence in the film. Another thing I also liked about the film was the biblical references and it really solidified the meaning and theme the film was trying to get across:

Alien: Covenant (2017) Poster

The Fall of the Rebellious Angels (1554) by Frans Floris

The film poster embodies the painting in which the Xenomorphs are painted as the angels who are the victors while the engineers are seen as the rebellious angels when in actual fact the engineers are the heroes and the xenomorphs are the fallen ones.

Alien: Covenant

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The Kiss of Judas

The second point is when David (Michael Fassbender) kisses Walter (Michael Fassbender). David then attacks Walter and this is reminiscent to the kiss of Judas. This was when of the disciples kisses Jesus before he betrays him to the Romans.

I’m a big fan of biblical references and I liked the mentions to the Bible in Alien: Covenant but ultimately Alien: Covenant lacked a lot of story but the visuals and Biblical references were rather beautiful.

Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Super hero movies never get better than this and I have a lot to say after watching Wonder Woman in the cinema. This really opened a gate way for female superheroes to have their own stand alone movie and I don’t think that the amount of praise I have for this film will help to justify the great effect that the film has had on the wider audience.

The film follows the origin of Wonder Woman who was Diana, princess of the Amazons. She is raised and trained by the Amazons and becomes a great warrior. She meets an American pilot, Steve Trevor who tells her that The Great War is having a devastating effect and Diana comes to realise that war is being controlled by Ares, God of War. Diana travels with Steve and goes to find Ares, to kill him and stop the war in which Diana discovers her true identity and destiny.

There is so much I can say that won’t help to justify how AMAZING Wonder Woman was and this ranges from the story; the characters; visual effects and the overall message. This was a truly beautiful film that Patty Jenkins (Director) had created. She truly captured the essence of Wonder Woman and how she is a big symbol to many women. Diana is not the damsel-in-distress, she is the one who fights through and wins against the bad guys, she saves the guy and I saw this many times when Diana deflected a bullet that was going to hit Steve.

Gal Gadot who portrays Wonder Woman did such a fantastic job and she was truly born to play the part. She is compassionate, funny, sexy, adorable, innocent, brave and just downright badass. I’m glad that Zack Snyder helped to write the story for Wonder Woman because Joss Whedon’s scripted version was just disappointing and sexist. Gal had created an iconic symbol for girls and honestly I salute her for making me feel empowered and significant. Gal Gadot deserves her role and I believe Wonder Woman deserves an Oscar because it is utterly beautiful.

The setting was beautiful and the visual effects brought more realism to the film than anticipated and the chemistry between Diana and Steve is well executed. The film made me cry and that is a fortunate thing because there are not many films that move my heart. My favourite part in the film is the fight between Diana and Ares, when Diana truly discovers herself and she overpowers and wins against Ares. This film is not conventional and I appreciate that because it makes Wonder Woman an even bigger icon. She is her own man and does not need anyone else.

Another great thing about the film was the song: ‘To Be Human’ by Sia and Labrinth. It is such a beautiful song and the contrasting vocals from Sia and Labrinth is almost an embodiment of Steve Trevor and Diana Prince. The song brought Wonder Woman to a great conclusion and honestly it makes me cry tears of joy every time I listen to it.

Patty Jenkins made a great female superhero film and I think Wonder Woman is a bigger hero than Batman and Superman and I honestly cannot wait to see Wonder Woman in either Justice League (Nov. 2017) or another stand alone Wonder Woman film. She is the epitome of feminism.

Beauty and the Beast (1991) Review

There is no tale that is as old as time like this one. Beauty and the Beast is the Oscar-winning animated film that stole the hearts of people around the world. It’s one of my favourite films and I cannot wait for the live-adaptation of the film which will release March 17th in the UK.

The plot follows a young intellectual seventeen year old, Belle who rescues her father and becomes the prisoner of the dreaded Beast. During her imprisonment, Belle discovers more about the Beast and starts to fall in love with him. Gaston leads a village to kill the Beast and to persuade Belle to marry him.

Watching this movie as a child, enraptured my love for princesses because I loved the idea of an independent woman who does what she wants. Belle inspired my love for reading and I could not have reached where I am without her inspiration. The film made me laugh and warm as the songs would play. However watching the film again as an adult made me realise that what I know now has definitely changed my opinion of the film.

One of the big issues that people have with Beauty and the Beast is that Belle has the case of Stockholm Syndrome. According to Google Stockholm Syndrome is: Feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor. This is identifiable in the case of the film and it is an ongoing debate as to whether Belle has this. Personally I believe she does not have Stockholm Syndrome for it was her choice to replace her father as a prisoner and on top of that the Beast did not harm her in any way. Then again I may be wrong but who knows?

Apart from that, everything else was perfect. The story flowed well and followed the typical conventions of a fairy tale. It also created a new kind of princess as Belle adored books rather than appearance. This presents a better example for young girls. I hope that the new Beauty and the Beast film does justice to this film because the animated version is a well written story with memorable songs and fantastic animation.

Ghost (1990) Review

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day. A time where couples will show their love for one another in an extra special romantic way. In order to get into the romantic spirit, I sat down with my love, food and decided to re-watch one of the classic romantic films: Ghost (1990)

Ghost follows the plot of a banker, Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and his girlfriend, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) Sam is killed in cold blood and returns to earth as a ghost. With the help of a con artist psychic named Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), they both try to discover who killed him and to protect Molly who could quite possibly be the next target.

Ghost is a film perfect for couples as the pot making scene is a memorable moment for couples to re-enact. I think this is one of Patrick Swayze’s best films along with Dirty Dancing (1987) and Roadhouse (1989). The way the scene was conducted was genuinely sensual and the song, Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers helps to immerse the audience into the romantic atmosphere of the scene. The slow melody with the baritone soft voice eases you into the intense scene and it really summarises the film in just this one scene. The clay scene tells you all you need to know about the love between Sam and Molly. It helps to get across the chemistry and genre of romance.

However the clay scene was not my favourite scene. My favourite scene was Oda Mae Brown’s reaction to the amount of money she was transferring to her account. Oda Mae Brown was my favourite character in the entire film just because she is wildly funny and loud. She keeps you attentive. The effects are definitely better than the current special effects and the plot is definitely interesting despite very easy and simple.

I would definitely recommend Ghost for those that love romance films. It is a true romance film with elements of comedy and action. It is a great romance film and I have no criticisms for this film so definitely watch this film. Although, just a little note there are quite racy scenes so please be appropriate and watch it when you are the right age.

Passengers (2016) Review

Today I was reminiscing the last time I went to the cinema to watch a film and I remembered the last film I had seen was Passengers which released 21st December and I had many thoughts going through my head when I was watching this film in the cinema.

The plot is simple: two people, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) are aboard a passenger ship which is headed to a new planet for habitation. These two people wake up ninety years early and as time goes on these two people start to fall in love with one another but a threat is looming which could cause the lives of 5000 people aboard the ship. Jim and Aurora are the only ones that can save them.

It was an okay film. The plot was interesting and the chemistry between Jim and Aurora was fantastic but I felt it was lacking in something. The film was a typical Sci-Fi film: “Oh no there’s something wrong with the ship!” “This is not my real job but I have to save everyone” “Don’t sacrifice yourself – I have to, I love you” “Oh no they are about to die – oh wait they are alive I’m so happy!” I man don’t get me wrong it was a good Sci-Fi film but I felt they needed to change it for it to be unique and original. This film just used the same formula that many other Sci-Fi films.

What was surprising was the easy flowing love story because most love stories in Sci-Fi are rushed and lack legitimacy but Passengers allows the love story to flow very naturally which is something very appreciative.  The reason helps to ake the story more heartfelt and natural as well as relatable because the audience witness Jim being alone for an entire year and this justifies his actions when he wakes up Aurora. I sympathised with Jim as he needed human companionship and it made me realised that this is what humanity is like now. Every human is so attached to technology that we have forgotten human companionship and so the film reminded that we all need each other to stay connected.

The special effects were amazing and I really appreciated how they managed to create an interesting storyline but I felt it did lack in more of the Sci-Fi and action side of things but then again the film was trying to sell itself as a romance film rather than a action Sci-Fi film. However the one thing I want to draw upon is that if you are going to emphasise the romance of the film then have a montage video of them growing old, having children or dying.

The threat however was a disappointment. A lot of suspense was built up and it was hyped until we realised the threat was just an meteorite. Sorry for the spolier but honestly it’s not much of a spolier. A meteorite threat for this kind of movie kills the vibe of the film a little because I think a film with high chemistry needs a high level threat to really test the romance. That would really help with the plot of the story.

The best thing of the film is the song: ‘Levitate’ by Imagine Dragons. It is one of the best songs I have heard and can just listen to it forever. The lyrics match the plot of the movie so well and it is a song I wish could have been played during the film but no it was playing in the credits.

This would really make the film really tug at the strings of your heart but hey with what they made I felt it was a well made film with great SFX and a intriguing story line. It’s a film that you could watch once and appreciate it once but not repeat watch.

The Grinch (2000) Review

Christmas is descending upon us soon so now the time is to have the turkey in the oven; tree decorated and the mince pies ready for Santa Claus as I tell you my opinion on a Christmas movie, The Grinch … or the original title How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Grinch is a live-adaptation of a well known childrens book written by Dr. Seuss. The Grinch is the story about a green recluse by the name of Grinch, he hates Christmas. He decides to ruin the Christmas festivities of the town Whoville but he comes to a few obstacles after meeting a sweet little girl by the name of Cindy Lou Who. She begins to teach him how to have feelings and fall in love with Christmas.

After watching the movie again I realised three things: The Grinch is terrifying, yet he relates to me so much and the film is a life lesson. I understand that the Grinch is meant to be scary and horrible, but here I was scared for my life and I’m an adult. Children would feel even worse than I. Hats off! To Jim Carrey for playing a mean character that has an intense hatred for a Christmas movie but aren’t children’s movies meant to make kids happy instead of give them the nightmare of their life. But then again who am I to judge? I think what really sells the terror is whenever the Grinch looks directly at the camera and that is because it is rather difficult to tell whether he is talking to a character or to the audience.

The Grinch is essentially a reflective image of me and I can not help just admire the Grinch for be so … emo. I mean I do disagree with the hatred of Christmas but I totally agree with the other aspects like having to socialise as well as overwhelming emotions. I never would realise that I would end up being the Grinch as an adult as he says many relatable quotes like:

“I guess I could use a little … social interaction.”

“Help me! I’m … feeling.”

“Am I just eating because I’m bored?”

This is my favourite part of the movie only because the Grinch and I act so similarly.

Finally and most importantly, is the lesson the Grinch teaches: the fact that Christmas is not about consumerism but more about people being close together and having one another and I think that is an important lesson. As a child you ignore the lesson as soon as the presents arrive but as an adult you realise that family is important at Christmas time. It’s nice to have cool presents and awesome decorations but what really is important is family and friends and so the Grinch is definitely a film to watch either for the moral lesson or to relate to the Grinch. It’s a good film to watch … just don’t be frightened of the Grinch.