This calls for a celebration… Hooray! – The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2020

Happy March everyone. Did you enjoy your extra day of February? We’ll see you in 4 years time, 29th! During the end of January, I saw many films. I know this is a tad late to the party, but here is my review for The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

Here is a brief plot summary – The Personal History of David Copperfield is a story of Copperfield’s life, from his youth into adulthood. He has an amazing childhood, with his mother, father and nanny Peggort. When his father dies, his mother remarries a cruel man named Mr Murdstone, who regularly beats him. David is sent to work in Murdstone’s factory, where he isn’t told about his mother ever again. Not until it’s too late. After being told this, David trashes the factory and runs away to his very odd aunt. But things still go wrong for David, when he meets a rather slimy man named Uriah Heep.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

I want to talk about the blind casting of this film. Normally, I find that if something is set in a specific time period, blind casting can be jarring. In 1917, I didn’t see the reason for the Indian soldier, as he wouldn’t have been in a regiment that he was placed. It felt like it was just a political correctness thing, a tick box exercise. However, the fact that race does not play large here, no one comments on someone’s race, people are just people, didn’t draw away from my watching of this film. In fact, the fact that people were picked on the talent enhanced the viewing for myself and my family. Dev Patel plays an amazing David Copperfield, and it was like I was watching the story come alive on the screen. I would re-watch this film in a heartbeat. The who’s who of British tv and screen play amazingly on screen for this film, and I really recommend people go see it.

Have you seen David Copperfield? What did you think of the blind casting? Leave a comment below!

‘We are a bunch of ungrateful minxes.’ – Little Women, 2020

*Brushes off the cobwebs and blows dust off of the keyboard* Woops. It’s been a little while. I haven’t gone! I am back. You’ll see me at least once a month from now on. I promise. In fact there may be more than one post this month! I’ve even put an alarm in my phone!

The family wearing the most amazing flower crowns – Little Women, Columbia Pictures, 2019

Anyway, I saw Little Women a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it. I’m going to admit, I’ve never read the book (which I have bought now!) The basic plot (which I feel is allowed to have spoilers seeing as the book is over 150 years old). There are four sisters who the novel forms itself around; in age order they are… Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Jo is a teacher in New York, Meg is home tending to her family, Beth is unfortunately very sick and Amy is in Europe learning art. The story revolves around their life, including the relationships with other men – Laurie, a regular man about the town, and John, Laurie’s tutor. What’s interesting is that Jo has been writing their whole life into a book, and she puts it out for publishing. She too calls her book Little Women.

Laurie and Amy sharing an intimate moment – Little Women, Columbia Pictures, 2019

I just wanted to warn you that this is going to be an Amy ‘stan’ post. Whilst everyone will tell me that she is a spoilt brat, I really found her to be the most impressive character. And no it’s not just because I am one of Florence Pugh’s biggest fans (though yes, Midsommar is my favourite movie of 2019) but also I found her incredibly relatable. Being the youngest she finds that she cannot go and do the things that her elder sisters do, and I think that she’s really treated like a child and not a young lady, even into her adulthood. Don’t get me wrong, I like Watson as Meg – who decides to marry for love, which means she has no money but she’s with someone she wants to. I love Beth for her caring and loving nature. I also love Jo, for her firey and ambitious nature – for realising what she really wants. But I feel for Amy. She spends her whole life living in the shadow of Jo, trying to live up to Jo, and basically not being Jo. Living in someone’s shadow is not good – and she knows it. So when Laurie admits his feelings for her, she says she’s not being his second pick because Jo won’t have him. She knows what she wants and she won’t be lead down a path she refuses.

What did you think of the film? Did you like it better than the original or the book? Does it deserve an Oscar? Leave a comment down below!

“Need anything?” “Equal rights?” – Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Sorry I wasn’t around last week, I was writing this post before I went to Serbia, but something came up and messed my whole week up! I completely forgot to finish! Luckily, it’s still in the cinema now, so this topic is still relevant! A couple weeks ago I said I went to the cinema, and it was to see Solo: A Star Wars Story! Long and short, I really liked it. But I shall tell you guys why! Let’s get into this review!

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Artwork for Solo featuring Han Solo, Qi’Ra, Lando and Chewie – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story a stand-alone installment set prior to the events of A New Hope, it explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who also meet a young Lando Calrissian, as they are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld.
It begins in Corellia, where Han originally grew up. Han and his lover Qi’Ra plan an escape off world. Obviously it all ends in disaster, it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie if it didn’t, but this is where the story starts.
This movie is where we meet, not only Han Solo, but Lando and Chewie for the first time. We understand how their relationships started – why Lando is so standoffish with Han, but also respects him. How Chewie and Han became friends. And how the Millenium Falcon came to be in Han’s shady but capable hands.

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The Millenium Falcon, alongside a tonne of other space junk – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

The women in this movie are amazing. My favourite robot was in this movie. L3-37 (yes, her names spells LEET, and yes I said her!) is a sassy, takes no prisoners kind of character. She 100% rules over Lando, and doesn’t let him take any kind of advantage of her. She’s absolutely amazing, and one of the main reasons to go see this film! She’s played by FleaBag (also known as Phoebe Waller-Bridge). I spent a long time trying to figure out who on earth she was just by the voice. I was shocked it was her. I know her from BBC3 tv shows and the occasional advert, so props to her for getting herself into Hollywood!
Qi’Ra is also amazing. She’s very straightforward and refuses to be taken for granted. Imagine Han Solo as we know him, but female and probably much more ruthless. Very much out to save herself, and doesn’t care (or tries not to care) about other people’s feelings. She’s incredible, and played amazingly by Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame.
I wasn’t very keen on the casting of Han but did really like the casting of Lando. Maybe Alden Ehrenreich just needed a movie to get into the role? Who knows. But there’s a whole character now resting on his shoulders!

 

I can’t recommend this movie more. It was up there with Rogue One (2016) for me. I don’t know if I’ve spoken about it before, but I’ve found the new movies (VII and VIII more so) to be awful and are pretty franchise ruin-y for me. The Star Wars stories have been really good so far. Hopefully they’ll not let Ryan Johnson touch them!

Have you seen the new Star Wars movie, Solo? What did you think? What was your favourite and least favourite part/person? What was your verdict on Alden Ehrenreich as Han or Donald Glover as Lando? Did they do a good depiction or not? Leave a comment down below! 

‘Only best buddies execute pedophiles together.’ – Deadpool 2

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your extra day of weekend! I sure did, which is why this review is out on a Tuesday and not a Monday! I have done a lot of walking, enjoying myself at my local county show, and then going to the cinema. My review of that movie next week. This week is my review of the movie I saw last weekend – Deadpool 2.
Without further ado, review incoming!

 

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Deadpool loves you. – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

Deadpool 2 is the 11th (yes 11th!) installment to the X Men franchise. The storyline for this movie is hilarious, and is as follows, I can’t describe it better than this:

 

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

I don’t know what I can say without giving spoilers so SPOILER WARNING FROM HERE ON OUT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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The Creation of Deadpool – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

I loved this movie. Every second. Whilst some of the scenes felt a tad rushed (the Xforce bit especially). And sure some of the skits were played for laughs, but it works for a Deadpool movie – it’s meant to be stupid and funny. I actually think it was better than the original movie. This one felt better planned, the jokes were just as funny if not funnier, and there were more characters having to deal with Deadpool’s crap. I would be annoyed to have to deal with him all day too. Domino is a babe, and I love her a lot. She was amazing. Go Domino! Also go Cable, Negasonic, Yukio (Hi Wade! Hi Yukio!) and Firefist! Go team!
Much of the dialogue in Deadpool is ad libbed, which makes the movie funnier in my opinion. Ryan Reynolds has been seen saying that he had many different lines for each joke, and wasn’t burning any film so felt like he could just say lines until one stuck or felt right.
The death of Wade’s girlfriend, Vanessa, was very sad. But hey it’s been all retconned so never mind! (The end credits scenes were probably the best part of the film. Very funny)

The writing out of the X-men from being in the movie was hilarious. They just shut the door on helping him out. Purely ignoring his existence. Very funny. Also means they don’t have to pay lots of money for all of the X-Men for the whole of the film. His X-Men clothing was very funny, the yellow shirt over his uniform, and his call back to his X-Force clothing (white and black) was also very good.

I would really recommend people watch Deadpool 2. Especially if they’ve seen the first. Go watch it. It’s a good 2ish hours of your life.

[Header Image: Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018]

‘ My name is Gene. I’m a MEH emoji.’ – The Emoji Movie, 2017

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? As you guys know, I’m bogged down with a lot of work and assignments, so I will be giving you a short review today. I am someone that works with noise in the background, which means I watch a lot of movies that come out of Sky, Netflix, Amazon or any other streaming site I have a subscription to. I tend to come across a lot of awful movies, and trust me this one is *awful*. Without further ado, here we have The Emoji Movie.

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This was a thing! – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

The Emoji Movie is a pile of gar- no wait… I should at least try give you guys a non bias review… at least give this thing a chance…
Let me start over… *clears throat*
The Emoji Movie is an animation, much like any other we see in this day and age, based on the trend of emojis. It is about Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, who decides he needs to set out to become a normal emoji. Gene is an emoji that lives in Textopolis (very hard thinking on this name guys…), a city inside the phone of his user Alex. He is the son of two ‘meh’ emojis (😒) named Mel and Mary, and is able to make multiple expressions despite his parents being singular face emojis. He goes on a mission to make himself a normal emoji, and makes some friends along the way.
Okay, there’s the brief synopsis – I can stop being unbiased now…

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This is so true for this movie… – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

I went into this movie with an open mind, I had seen it hadn’t done too well on any of the scoring systems for movies. I tried to get on with this movie. I really did. But…this movie is 2 hours of my life I will never get back. You may say that’s an exaggeration, but I do not. It was awful. It was just painful to watch. I can honestly say it just seemed like an advert for the mobile apps Candy Crush, the match three game, Dropbox, the safe file app and Spotify, the well known music app. It didn’t seem to have a story other than “here’s some huge apps we’re going to show you, because we were paid a lot of money to show them off to you.” I am struggling to find anything good to say. I feel like the actors in this movie were wasted on it. Such big names for something so awful… honestly, it’s a tad depressing. Maybe I only feel this way because I was watching it whilst half asleep, stressed out and missing nearly a pint of blood (I had given blood that morning, and just needed to chill out with a movie.

I’m sorry this review has been so awful! Better thing next week… I promise!

Have you seen The Emoji Movie? What did you think? Hate it or love it? Leave a comment down below! 

 

 

 

 

[Header Image: The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017]

‘I wish somebody spoke his language’ – Isle of Dogs, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? I am drowning in deadlines, but my library door is always open, so I can’t forget about you all! I’ve been with Seb (@sebonthesilvermountain) this week, and we decided to have a date night. Both of us wanted to see this movie, so after a very filling Wetherspoons we toddled down to his local cinema and cuddled up to watch. Wes Anderson is one of our favourite directors; we both loved The Grand Budapest Hotel and I really liked Fantastic Mr Fox. So, without further ado, here’s our thoughts on Isle of Dogs!

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Cover art for the Dvd box – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Isle of Dogs is a stop motion animation, with an all star cast. Set in a dystopian near-future Japan, the film follows a young boy who goes in search of his dog after the whole species is banished to an island due to an illness outbreak… and the fact that everyone likes cats more. The prologue explains the downfall of dogs and the uprising of cats – dogs were only saved by the daring deeds of a young samurai.
The film is split into acts, four if I remember exactly. Most of the film takes place on an island of trash, just off of the coast of Megasaki City, Kobayashi. The humans speak in their native tongue, and are translated by interpreter, machine or subtitles. The dogs have been pre-translated – it highlights the struggle between man and beast when trying to get them to play fetch. As I said before, it’s got an all star cast. The main dogs are played by names like Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton and Scarlett Johansson, whilst there are human characters played by the likes of Frances McDormand.

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Wes Anderson and his figures – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Overall, I really really enjoyed this film. Like every second of it. I felt like I learned something about the culture of Japan, I found it to be a respectful depiction of such – it wasn’t being forced upon me that this was correct. It also brought up the idea about being environmentally friendly – Trash Island isn’t exactly a sustainable solution. I think it shows Anderson’s worry for the future, a dystopian world who’s leaders get rid of the things that they hate through mass cullings. It shows that if people band together, they can make things better for everyone – and the epilogue shows that. I won’t spoil it for you, you need to go see it for yourself.
The only qualm I had with it was that the man in front was so tall (or I was so short, either way) I struggled to see over his head. It made me remember why I disliked going to the cinema on a regular basis.

Have you seen Isle of Dogs? Do you want to? What’s you views on it’s portrayal of our future? Do you believe we’re heading for a dystopia? What about it’s portrayal of Japan?Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Isle of Dogs, Searchlight Studios, 2018]