REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast

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YAY! I made it, I watched Beauty and the Beast and I’m… I don’t know exactly how I’m feeling but I hope writing this will help me.

Okay so, if you don’t know about it, I’m a huge, huuuuge Disney fan. Imagine the type of fan who doesn’t live in a country with a Disney park on it and somehow still manages to go once a year. That’s me. I’m not your average ‘Omg, I love Disney movies too!’ type of fan, no. I’m more like “I want to buy Disney posters and fill my house with them”.

Beauty and the Beast has a special meaning for me, thanks to it I learned how to read. I used to have this little plastic book with illustrations of the movie and a cassette. I would put the cassette and follow the narrators words. I even remember the sound it made every time I had to turn the page. Cute memories. There’s also the fact that I think it is one of the best Disney animated movies ever made and the soundtrack… Oh, God. Don’t even make me start on the soundtrack because this will end up being a long, long post.

So, I was delighted by the beautiful cast the movie had. Ever since they said Emma Watson was going to be Belle, I knew she was perfect for the role. I had a lot of people telling me they didn’t picture her at all which struck me as odd because all I could see in her was Belle potential. I never really seen anything with Dan Stevens (the Beast) on it apart from the new fox tv show “Legion” I have yet to watch but I was delighted by his performance in the movie, though sometimes it was a little difficult to analyse because I was not really seeing him.  Luke Evans made such a great interpretation of Gaston, I was so charmed by him and angry, just like I always was everytime I saw Gaston in the animated movie.

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Josh Gad and Lefou presented a little more of a challenge. When Disney said that Beauty and the Beast was going to be the first movie to introduce a gay character and that this character was going to be none other than the villain’s silly sidekick I was a little bit unsure that it was the right way to introduce LGBT characters into Disney films. Not only Lefou was on the bad side of the story, making him one of the villains but also because his name literally means “The fool”, and I don’t know about you folks but I found it quite displeasing. I think everyone had their insecurities about the subject. But (and a strong “but”) after watching the movie I think it was amazing. I think my favorite part of the movie was a scene featuring Lefou, I was so surprised by how well they managed to save that. Josh Gad is really incredible and I’m really glad Lefou got his happy ending.

I don’t need to say anything about Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw or Audra McDonald because some of these are in my list of favorite actors. I think they were an amazing cast so I should mention Lucy Bevan in charge of the casting, I thought her job was done wonderfully.

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Of course that being a hella passionate Disney fan means that I’m a little bit critical. In this case not that much. My complain was that they didn’t include “Human Again” and instead wrote an original song that carried the same message. I didn’t expect for the song to be included since it was also cut from the animated version. However I thought they could have done a lot of creative scenarios with it. Sadly, they didn’t.

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My second complaint was perhaps the book the beast shows to Belle where they then proceed to travel to a small place in Paris where she was born. Even though I loved the fact that they told us  more about Belle I thought it was a little too much magic for me. I know it’s a fairytale and more magical things are shown, however I think we didn’t need another scene to add to the whole magic aspect of the movie.

I’m not even going to deepen in the way they played with Emma Watson’s voice and how auto-tuned it was. Instead I’m going to say I was glad this movie had a sort of musical vibe, they added more songs giving the film a Broadway adaptation style. My final little complaint was the dress. Belle’s dress was… I don’t know how to put it but… meh? It was as if Disney was making it easier for the people in charge of making Disney Store’s dresses.

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In general, Disney delivered a great adaptation much more developed and deepened than Cinderella. I know, I don’t like to compare either but it’s inevitable even though I personally loved Cinderella’s movie.

What about you? Have you seen the movie? Which Disney movie do you think should have a live action adaptation?

Hope we read each other soon!

PS: I have this other post where I talk about some facts about the original Beauty and the Beast movie, it’s pretty interesting! check it out if you feel like it 🙂

(movie) REVIEW: Ghostbusters

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Just came home from the cinema which means: yeah, another crappy review. I hope you know that when I do reviews I just want to talk about the movie I just saw, not about the good or bad qualities the movie had in a cinematographically speaking way.

Anyways, I just saw Ghostbusters which was a film I was so desperately waiting to see. Though it has 73% of rotten tomatoes, here in my country it wasn’t so popular apparently because it’s only been two weeks since the release and there was only one function at 11pm

Honestly I don’t understand why because it was AMAZING. It was so funny and great and it makes me so happy that it got such good reviews and critics because people (white men probably) where trying to sabotage it. I also know before coming out they were criticizing the special effects of the movie but let me assure you they’re pretty great. And not only they were not happy about the protagonists being woman and the special effects of the movie but they also bullied Leslie Jones up to the point where she had to leave twitter. How mean can people be to bully a woman for being in a movie and criticize her about her skin color and body? That is so sick! Leslie was amazing in the movie and definitely made me laugh a lot, honestly she was a highlight.

I’m going to be honest, I watched the other ghostbusters but never kind of got into it. I did like the catchy song though. When I heard they were doing an all woman remake I got really interested and even more when I found out Kate McKinnon was going to be there because I love her a lot, she’s so funny and cool. She was so good in the movie making all the audience laugh with everything she did.

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig were also amazing along with Chris Hemsworth who I was also glad to see in the movie, he made me laugh a lot, besides being Thor I think he should also focus in comedy because it suits him.

In conclusion if you haven’t watch it go and do it because you will laugh and you won’t regret it. There are some awesome appearances of the original cast too so that’s a plus.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: Finding Dory

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Last week I had the chance to go and see Finding Dory, not only was I excited about it because it’s a Disney/Pixar movie but also because Dory has a special place in my childhood, I still remember being 7 and going to see Finding Nemo in theaters.

Let’s talk about the movie and try not to spoil anything. Like the title clears it out this movie is about Dory and her journey. As you may know she has short-term memory and though she remembers Nemo and Marlin because she sees them every day her childhood and origin are a mystery to her… until she does remember something, she gets a glimpse of memory of the past that takes her to the idea that she had a family and she needs to find them. With that, Dory , Nemo and Marlin start a new adventure full of new charming characters and really cool places.

If I had to choose between the first and the second one I think I definitely would stay with this one. First of all because although Finding Nemo is part of my childhood my sister was the one who was more obsessed with it. See I have a complicated relationship with Pixar movies and only now I’m starting to really value them. When I was young I used to love them but I would get tired of them really quickly (except The incredibles, I love that movie) And maybe it was that my sister’s bed was full of stuffed animals in the shape of Nemo, Dory and Marlin or the fact that she used to watch the movie everyday just like I used to watch The Lion King everyday when I was her age, must be a family thing.

I found the movie (I did something there hehe) really dynamic in terms of the spaces it takes place. The new characters were amazing and funny and I was glad that we also got to see old ones like Crush and Mr. Ray. I would however have loved to see those sharks again, they were hilarious. What I also loved about this film is how well handled Dory’s illness is, I got so emotional with it. It’s funny how a movie without any major tragedy like brutally killing the family at the first part of the movie (ahem, Finding Nemo, ahem) can make me cry like a baby… or maybe that’s just me I see a bit of emotion in a scene and I’m already crying, you have to always have in mind you’re reading a review of a person that literally cries during all of The Lion King. Yeah, not just Mufasa’s death, ALL the movie, even in Hakuna Matata.

The colors of the movie also caught my attention a lot, I feel the need to point it out because some scenes had really beautiful art. And finally but not less important the soundtrack and the song at the end on the credits, simply incredible. I saw the movie two times and even in the second one I stayed listening to Sia’s Unforgettable (cover) because it was really beautiful (and is now on my Apple Music songs)

I’ll leave it here for you to listen cause I really, really loved it.

REVIEW: X-Men Apocalypse

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We had a new Marvel movie in theaters last week and I’m ready to talk about it. I probably love all the X-Men movies and their characters though I admit I prefer the Avengers. Possibly because I read more Avengers comics rather than X-Men ones. I always get so confused with them, I have read a few though.

In this movie some years have passed since X-Men: Days of Future Past, Charles in dealing with Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and Erik is dealing with his new secret life. Both old friends haven’t seen each other since and things seem to go well. But because is a movie trouble always finds the main characters.

From the start we can see the movie has a huge production. The plot follows Apocalypse an ancient mutant believed to be the first one who awakens again and like every villain ever tries to take over the world. He carries his 4 horsemen with him, in this case Storm (my fave), Archangel, Psylocke and Magneto. Of course Erik joining the horsemen brings trouble in mutant paradise city (Xavier School), specially to Charles and Raven.

I don’t want to spoil too much but overall X-Men Apocalypse was a great movie. If you have been following the X-Men cinematic universe then you’ll understand a bit more that if you didn’t watch the others, plus I know the timeline can get a bit messy. I’m still trying to figure out if this one or Days of Future Past was my favorite. What’s also interesting about Apocalypse is that we get to meet again Jean Grey (Phoenix), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Ororo Munroe (Storm) and Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) as teenagers and I don’t know about you but I always love when we get to see flashbacks of characters as kids or teenagers, here we get a whole movie!

This new/old characters were really great and boosted the film aswell. We also get to see a little of Jubilee too though I wish we could have seen more and that’s probably my only complain about the movie. Other characters worth mentioning are Quicksilver and Moira Mactaggert. I love Rose Byrne so I’m really happy she was back and Peter might possibly have stolen the movie with his funny and quick comments.

Though the “Take over the world” villain plot is old, the movie remains pretty stable, the action scenes are well used with a great soundtrack accompanying and all the characters are amazing. Of course I wish we could  have seen some of them speak more like Psylocke or Storm but they took a great place in the fighting scenes.

So here’s the general list of things I like

  • Jean and Scott relationship throughout the movie, cuties!
  • Erik and Charles relationship, always (I ship that so hard guys)
  • Kurt being all cute and interacting with Raven.
  • Quicksilver in general.
  • Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse.
  • Wolverine appearance that I’m not spoiling because we saw him in the trailer.
  • Mental fight!
  • Hank in general, he’s such a nice character.
  • Ororo, my favorite X-Men.
  • Psylocke and Warren (Archangel)
  • Soundtrack so powerful!

See ya!

 

Let’s talk about Civil War

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I might drop some spoilers so you’ve been warned! 


I remember mentioning I was a really big fan of Marvel so if you were expecting I wouldn’t talk about one of the most anticipated movies for me this year, you were wrong, I’m sorry!

I saw Captain America Civil War last week and because I’m obsessed with Marvel I went a second day the day after I watched it for the first time. Even though I know what you’re thinking (you crazy) it was useful because it gave me a new look about it.

So basically after Avengers Age of Ultron what became most important for me in terms of Marvel movies was this release. And when I talk about how excited I was to see it what I mean is that I was not ready (not when they announced it, nor when the trailer came out or when I saw it) I did not want to see Tony and Steve fight, I didn’t want anyone to die, I was going to suffer and I was not ready for that but I wanted to see the movie anyway because I guess that’s the thing about being a fangirl, you suffer but you’re okay with it.

One of the things that comes to my mind on the early stages of this movie when it was still in development was if it was going to be like the comics. For those who don’t know, the reason this was going to be a major event in the Marvel cinematic universe was not only because the Avengers would split in two and the main Marvel characters would go against each other but because at the end, Captain America dies, so yeah I was not ready for that! Even though Cap is not my favorite, in the movies he gained a lot of points for being portrayed by Chris Evans who is honestly a golden retriever puppy.

But Steve didn’t die so let’s talk about the movie and what I think about it.

So after reading the paragraphs above I hope you can imagine my excitement and the expectations, plus like I said in the sort of review I did of Batman vs Superman I pay a lot of attention to the reviews of the movies and Civil War killed it! (Entertainment Weekly gave the movie an A-) Everyone was saying this was Marvel’s finest movie. All these things made me go with really, really high expectations and I think that’s why the first time I watched it I think I was a little bit disappointed.

First of all, I didn’t cry, which for me was weird (I even brought tissues, don’t judge). I love Steve and Tony’s friendship but the main problem in the MCU is that the movie was presented as a big fight between these two close friends (Tony and Steve) and I feel like in the movies we don’t get to see much of this friendship, I don’t think they had much time to develop it. I feel like Tony thinks Steve is betraying him but in the movies they weren’t that close as they are in the comics.

On the other hand I thought all the characters were generally great, Black Panther and Spider-Man made a wonderful debut and were simply one of the best parts of the movie. I was surprised because I though Peter Parker’s cameo in the movie was going to be shorter and it actually was pretty long, I had faith in Tom Holland as Spidey and he didn’t disappoint, he might be the most accurate Spider-Man out there. When T’Challa appeared dressed as Black Panther I was holding a scream, so badass and majestic. I didn’t even watched him for half an hour and I already knew that as soon as the movie came out next year I was going to be the first one to buy tickets.

I also loved Wanda and Vision’s interaction, I’m glad MCU is developing this relationship, it’s cute and I was going to be really mad if they didn’t. Ant-Man was also an incredible highlight, I already said this but I’m so thankful for Paul Rudd in MCU. Not only he was hilarious but we got to see Giant-Man! An underrated character was Falcon, he was probably the funniest and loyal one and I feel like Anthony Mackie never gets recognition about it.

The plot was marvelous (he, he), Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo was surprisingly good. I didn’t read much of Zemo in the comics but I’m a big fan of this actor (meaning I love him) and I thought it was a great villan, really smooth. Robert Downey Jr. did his best work as Tony Stark and overall everything was amazing. So why do I say I was a bit disappointed? Well, when the movie ended I had the feeling something was missing, like it was not complete.

Now these two things I’m going to mention might mean nothing to you but being a big fan of these two characters in the comics and the movies I was a bit pissed. At one point of the movie Black Widow literally disappears and doesn’t come back anymore. All of Clint Barton in the MCU is just… ugh, I try to like it but that family storyline they made for him is horrible, they could have done more with this amazing character, they could have included his brother or something else but no, they created something completely out of character for Hawkeye.

The fact that after Steve admits he knew about Tony’s parents death they proceed to fight and in one moment you can actually see Steve losing control had me like “Why are you mad for? You’re not the one who just finds out your friend is almost betraying you for the guy who killed your parents” And I don’t mean to diss on Bucky because he was amazing and I love the character and the storyline but c’mon Cap!

At the end of the movie, Steve sends Tony a letter apologizing. For me, in that point you can see how The Russo’s (directors) did a great work trying to show the characters (Tony and Steve) as not bad or good but both bad and good. In this letter Steve sends he says Tony can stay with the Avengers that after all he thinks they have always been his but… hum… Steve stays with almost all of the Avengers at the end of the movie so I’m like ¿¿?? (Insert confused meme here)

So when I came out of the movie the first time I was like “I loved it!” but on the “I loved it” Level how much did I actually loved it? Does it make sense? I hope it does. The second time watching it I was able to enjoy it more I guess because I came out of the movie with another perspective. I got more emotional with the final fight and even more when Steve walks away with Bucky. I still have all my opinions of the first time I watched it but somehow I was a little more up in the “I loved it” level. Also, I’m thankful nobody died.

In conclusion, the things I didn’t like can be considered personal opinions, as to the movie in general I think it really is Marvel’s finest, I totally recommend it!

See ya!

 

REVIEW: The Jungle Book

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Hey people! After last post I decided I wanted to go a little light and do a Review of The Jungle Book which I saw on Friday.

A little background information: This movie was directed by Jon Favreau which for me was a plus since I’m a marvel fan and he directed the first two Iron Man movies aside from appearing in them, he directed Elf and though I’m not a big fan of this movie I know it has quite good reviews. Zathura and Cowboys & Aliens are also in his repertoire of well-known movies.

The voice cast is also something: Bill Murray playing Baloo, Ben Kingsley playing Bagheera, Idris Elba (swoons) plays Shere Khan, Lupita Nyongo’o (she’s amazing) plays Rashka, Scarlett Johansson gives voice to Kaa (Scarlett is my babe, I love her a lot since she gives life to one of my favorite comic characters also is the first time Kaa is portrayed as a female and if you stay until the end of the movie you can hear her sing in the credits) Giancarlo Esposito plays Akela and King Louie is played by Christopher Walken. Last but not least Mowgli is played by the amazing young actor, Neel Sethi, who I hope gets enough recognition because I thought he was incredible.

Ok, like I told you posts before (or not) I’m a big Disney fan… like big, big. So of course it’s a must for me to go to see Disney movies to the cinema. However, The Jungle Book is not one of those Disney classics I would say I love so I wasn’t so convinced about going to see it to the cinema. Sure I was going to enjoy it because it was Disney but I didn’t know if I should spend money on it or just wait until it’s on internet (illegally, you know)

I’m glad I decided to pay and watch it because it’s the kind of movie you need to see on the big screen. All the locations we see in the movie are totally made up, meaning computer generated and people might think that this gives some sort of fake image yet it was beautiful. These places are inspired in real ones from India but it’s like they have a more fantasy/magic look, more “Disney like” and they still manage to look real, I couldn’t believe this was made in a studio and not in a real jungle.

Same system was used to create the animal, and there are a lot of them! One of the first thoughts that came to my mind when I saw this movie was being made was that when animals talk in movies it looks horrible and very artificial but this was not the case for The Jungle Book. Though animals were fake they looked pretty much real.

Another pro for this movie is that it doesn’t follow the exact same story that the animated one. The Jungle Book (1967) was inspired by the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling and the movie follows more the story of this book rather than the story of the classic Disney movie which I think is great because you don’t go to watch it thinking you already know the plot and what’s going to happen.

Neel Sethi (12) who plays Mowgli is absolutely amazing, I always admire actors who can do a good job when everything around you is green and you have to imagine what surrounds you and who you are talking to. I read that Jim Henson Company life-sized puppets were used to act alongside Mowgli to help Neel and serve as eye-lines.

I suck at reviewing, usually I just tell you what I saw and like (or sometimes didn’t) trying not to spoil you anything. Anyway I totally recommend this movie, I cried, I laughed and I sang which for me it’s the definition of totally worth it.

See ya!

PS: I want Bagheera and Baloo as parents please.