Beauty and the Beast (2017)-Film review

Beauty and the Beast is a live-action retelling of the classic animated Disney musical from the 90s. The film follows Belle, an intellectual young woman who is mocked by her village for being able to read. Belle longs for adventure outside of her ordinary town life, but when her Father is locked up for trespassing in a mysterious castle in the woods she trades places with him and becomes prisoner to the cursed Beast that resides there. The Beast, and all the servants of the castle, have been cursed for many years due to the shallow nature of the Beast, and only by finding true love before a magical rose wilts can the spell be lifted. Time is almost up, and so the Beast and his servants try to court Belle. I think most people know this story as nothing really changes between this film and the original other than a few elements are extended or changed slightly. I am of the mind-set that all these live action remakes are pointless cash grabs and unnecessary, but if it is done well I will still enjoy them, for example I really liked the new Jungle Book film because they did something new with the story. That being said, the stuff that this film added to the story was uninteresting to me, and as most of the film was an exact re-tread of its predecessor, but not done as well, I came away feeling  mostly disappointed. This film is directed by Bill Condon, and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Ian Mckellen. Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast (2017)-Film review”

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Split (2017)-Film review

Split is a psychological thriller following three girls who are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities. The film primarily follows Casey, one of the kidnapped girls, and three of the man’s personalities, Dennis, Miss Patricia, and Hedwig. These three personalities have split away from the other 20, as they believe a 24th personality is coming to consume the girls. This is the latest film from director M. Night Shyamalan, and if you are familiar with his previous work then you know that he has had very high points and very low points, and I am very happy to say that this film feels like a return to form for him, I enjoyed it a lot. There is quite a big spoiler in this film which I will avoid giving away. Split stars James McAvoy as many personalities, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula. Continue reading “Split (2017)-Film review”

A Monster Calls (2017)- Film review

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A Monster Calls is the film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness. It tells the story of a young boy, named Connor, who is visited nightly by a giant monster. Connor is struggling with issues at school and at home, and dealing with things that no one, let alone a child, should have to deal with. A Monster Calls explores the complexity of a child’s emotions through imagination. Having read the novel and loved it, I knew that trying to not compare this Film to the book would be difficult. However, this wasn’t really an issue, as the film is almost exactly the same as the book plot-wise, and acts as a very good companion piece to it. The film captures the essence of what made the book special, and that is its mature approach to a child’s mind as well as its full and vibrant imagination, and while it isn’t a masterpiece or one for the Oscars, it is a touching and heartfelt experience with an important message that can connect to all ages. A Monster Calls stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver, and is directed by J. A. Bayona. Continue reading “A Monster Calls (2017)- Film review”

Moana (2016)- Film review

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Moana is the latest film from Disney animation. Set in ancient Polynesia, a young chieftains daughter, named Moana, is raised on stories of the Demi-god Maui and how he stole a life giving stone which was then lost to the sea, causing a darkness to spread across the world. When the supposed legend turns out to be true as the darkness reaches Moana’s Island, the Ocean chooses Moana as its champion, and she must decide whether to go and find Moui and make him correct his mistake, or stay with her tribe as the future chieftain. It is an exciting musical adventure filled with magic, beauty and heart. I didn’t know what to think going in because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Frozen (2013) and have preferred Disney animation’s none-musical films, like Zootopia (2016) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012}, but I ended up having a lot of fun with this one. It felt like it belonged alongside the classic Disney musicals of the 90s, such as Aladdin (1992) and Lion King (1994). Moana stars newcomer Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, and is directed and written by John Musker and Ron Clements, the team behind The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin and Hercules (1997). Continue reading “Moana (2016)- Film review”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)- Film review

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel/spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise and is the first film in a planned 5 film series. The film follows Magizoologist Newt Scamander as he arrives in New York with a suitcase full of magical creatures, and when an encounter with No-Maj (American Muggle) Jacob Kowalski causes some of his Beasts to escape into New York, Newt and others must track them down before they hurt others or themselves. The film offers a familiar yet different setting from the Harry Potter films, as it’s set in America in the 1920s. We see new aspects of the wizarding world, such the American Wizarding Government MACUSA (the Magical Congress of the United States of America), but it is still a return to the world of magic that we love and they really play off of that. You can’t help feeling excited when the music starts and as this was written by J.K Rowling and directed by David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, you feel like you’re in the right hands. Fantastic Beasts stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller and Alison Sudol. Continue reading “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)- Film review”