Just got home from seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel, it was fantastic. Besides from the characters and the story being good the editing/pacing of the film was so brilliant I literally wouldn’t have noticed if the plot was bad.
More films should be edited like it, it was extremely easy to watch.
I just saw American Hustle and I didn’t think I’d like it a lot but it was great???
8/10 or something???
The review is under a read-more because of spoilers.
(spoiler-free for book readers)
(Yes, that happened. I gave THG 9/10.)
I’m so impressed with this movie. All the small problems of The Hunger Games are gone and this is a bigger, more powerful sequel that basically makes you scream for the two Mockingjay movies.
The acting was amazing. Jennifer Lawrence is the best, obviously. THG is obviously built around her and it works. She improved from the last movie and if it weren’t for it being a teen franchise she’d need a bigger shelf for her awards. The supporting cast that’s returning is just as good if not better than they were in the first movie, so there’s nothing to complain about there. Jena Malone and Sam Clafin are outstanding, and Jena surprised me a lot. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a perfect choice as well.
The production values of CF and higher than THG, and they put the money on the right things. I re-read Catching Fire yesterday, and it’s like they took it straight from the book.
The entire script is practically taken straight from the the book. Book fans have insane demands at times, but there’s nothing to complain about even if you try to find something.
Francis Lawrence is my new hero, basically. He kept and didn’t mess with everything that worked from the first movie, and kept the same feeling. But at the same time he improved what he could improve. He fixed the problems of the romance story from the first one which is important for Mockingjay. He didn’t just improve the romance, he increased all the emotions and used the bigger dangers of CF to improve the emotions. I think this shows the most during the interviews, which were perfect. It’s also gritter, which could be because of various different reasons but’s also important for Mockingjay.
Speaking of Mockingjay, this made me excited for it.
CF was better than THG, and seeing what Francis did with CF - the most boring book - I can’t wait to see what he does with Mockingjay.
To make a long story short, the cast is even better than I anticipated and this movie is basically everything I wanted The Hunger Games to be when it premièred last year. Seeing an adapted sequel being made even better than the first film makes me love movies even more than I already do.
(movie spoilers+big book spoilers under read-more, book spoilers everywhere)
I HAVE A LOT OF STUFF I HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT SO THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG ONE!!!
GO AND FUCKING SEE IT!!!
EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T READ THE BOOK!!!
MAKE SURE WE GET CITY OF ASHES!!!
(because we may not get it, and I want it)
So, let’s talk casting.
Lily Collins… I don’t know. I thought her performance was great. But she’s not good enough for them to have her even if she doesn’t look like Clary. Her not being properly ginger didn’t ruin the movie, if you think that’s what I’m saying. I knew about it before. But I’m sure there’s a short, red-headed actress out there who would have been as good as Lily and looked like Clary at the same time. But I have zero problems with Lily’s acting, and she’s more than good enough to have a leading role.
Jamie Campbell Bower was perfect. I can literally find no differences between the book version of Jace and the movie version. I don’t have anything else to say.
Robert Shehaan was also perfect. He was adorable and possibly the best actor they could’ve found for Simon if they’d auditioned every young actor in Los Angeles.
The love triangle was more cheesy than I would have wanted it to be in some parts - mostly just small things, and the acting was good, but still. I’m not sure I would’ve liked that part as much as I liked it in the book if I only saw the film. Great chemistry between the actors.
Jemima West, Alex Zegers and Godfrey Gao were also great. I know some people thought there should’ve been more things happening with Malec, but I just re-read the book today and yesterday and they basically got all the important parts in. I’m sure it will be perfect once they get together.
I would’ve casted someone else as Valentine if I casted it. Or at least fixed the stupid hair. Not that he wasn’t good, but IDK. The blonde hair is important.
Jocelyn is perfect.
Luke is also perfect although the blonde part of his hair is seriously distracting. I hope we get an explanation for it in the sequel if there is one.
Hodge was a flawless casting as well, just as he is in the book. Some people say they cared more about him in the movie, but I didn’t.
And this is the part where I’m supposed to write about the plot.
The start is good and quick-paced. It’s almost exactly like the book until somewhere after Hotel Dumort. I wasn’t annoyed by any of the small changes.
They kept the focus on the important part - Clary discovering the Shadow World and trying to find her mom. And they were incredibly lojal to the source material, if you’re a big fan of the books you shouldn’t have any major problems with it. There were even some things I was surprised made it to the screen.
The thing I missed was stuff about the Shadowhunters’ interaction with Downworlders, like the accords, and info of Idris, but I’m assuming they’ll deal with that properly if we get City of Ashes.
I watched Spring Breakers today and IDEK what I think.
It was completely brilliant and bad at the same time.
The only thing I’m sure I think is that I’ve never seen a movie like it and I don’t think I’ll ever see one like it again, so that’s a huge plus.
Iron Man 3 was at least twice as awesome as I expected it to be.
1 month ago I wasn’t exited for it at all (I actually thought I’d wait to see it until it was on DVD) but then I started hearing that it was good and I had a day off from school today so me and my sister went to see it.
When the trailer was released I thought it would be too dark, that they’d go too far with Tony’s PTSD and that it wouldn’t be as funny as Avengers and the other Iron Man vies.
I was wrong. It was funny, and it was funny in all the right places. And it’s not as dark as the trailer makes it look.
If this is what we can expect from Phase 2, I’m going to be a lot more exited about Marvel stuff from now on.
PS: Stay after the credits.
My rating: 8/10
WARNING: Spoilers under the read more.
I saw Beautiful Creatures at the cinema today.
AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I TWEETED ABOUT IT!
THEY RETWEETED ME!!!
(Edit: ONE OF THE AUTHORS (Margaret Stohl) retweeted me as well later!!!)
Enough about that, let’s talk about the movie.
It’s about a boy, Ethan, who lives in a boring, conservative town called Gaitlin which he wants to get away from.
He meets Lena Duchannes, who just moved into town.
After some stuff (including some hilarious arguments with the Christians in town) happens, he finds out she’s a witch.
(They prefer the term caster.)
But that’s not enough, on her 16th birthday (It’s in 75 days) she will turn either light or dark, so there’s a 50% chance she’ll turn into a “evil bitch-witch.”
There were some parts I really loved about the movie. The script was perfect, and had some very funny moments at the same time as it had some moments which were really exiting.
There are some departures from the book, but nothing that I think ruins the plot.
(Note: I read the book very quickly, and I’ve only read it once. I also haven’t read the sequels. The movie might be more different than I think it is.)
I loved the actors. You can tell they care about the books and the characters.
I also loved the costume design. If they had bad costumes the entire movie would have been ruined. All sets + the scenery was awesome.
Overall the movie impressed me. It was better than I thought I’d be, and it made me want to re-read the book and it also made me want to read the sequels.
I just got back from the cinema after seeing Django Unchained.
The script was perfect, QT really deserves the Oscar for original script.
All the actors were PERFECT.
It had a lot more funny moments than I expected.
And it also had a lot of awful moments.
I think it’s great that QT decided to make a movie about slavery because people usually don’t know how horrible it was.
AND OMG THE ENDING EVERYTHING HAPPENS SO MUCH
^ Classy Django is classy