(Movie Review) The Kid Who Would Be King // Spoiler-free

Director and Screenplay/Written by Joe Cornish

Produced by Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Language: English

Starring:
Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, and Angus Imrie

Synopsis:
Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends and enemies, and they become knights who join forces with the legendary wizard, Merlin. Together, they must save mankind from the wicked enchantress Morgana and her army of supernatural warriors.

Review

I am not a fan of King Arthur retellings (except the Disney version) so I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like it but since this movie took an unexpected turn, it caught me by surprise.

I was completely hooked like an eagle sinking its claws into the prey’s flesh. I WANTED MORE!

The movie had a good world building as the path was clear and was easy to follow and nope, I didn’t trip on any pebbles. I like how they cast the characters with different backgrounds, more towards diversity. It was entertaining to watch these characters in action, especially Merlin (I am already a fan.)

Acting-wise; there was a lot of British humour which I enjoyed. Kudos to the scriptwriter, Joe Cornish who made me laugh and smile throughout the film. Also, Angus Imrie did a good job at acting as Merlin. Since Merlin ages backwards in the movie, Imrie really captured how a historical figure would have given a chance to live and talk in the modern world. 

The continuity was good though some parts I feel that they should have made it a bit tighter. All in all, it was still entertaining and exciting. Even though the movie was 2 hours long, they managed to introduce a magic system. It was simple, thus, it was easy to absorb.

I like how they play around the idea of a ‘chosen one’ trope and sort of made it their own with their own twist. And this movie gave me some Harry Potter vibes, probably because of the wizard, Merlin who changed himself into an animal which was thrilling.

Overall, I rate it 8.7/10

Well, that concludes my review. I totally recommend this movie to all the fantasy lovers out there, who want a taste of an adventure!

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(Movie Review) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Directed and Screenplay by Ol Parker

Produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman

Story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis, Ol Parker

Language: English

Starring: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy García, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Cher, and Meryl Streep.

Synopsis: It is a follow-up to the 2008 film Mamma Mia! Both a prequel and a sequel. The plot is set after the events of the first film, and also features flashbacks to 1979, telling the story of Donna Sheridan’s arrival on the island of Kalokairi and her first meetings with her daughter Sophie’s three possible fathers.

Review

I was a bit worried that Donna (Meryl Streep) wasn’t going to appear in the movie, but she did later! Yes, I may be biased but even if she is not in it, the movie will still turn out great, and it did.

The continuity in the movie was perfect since it was also telling Donna’s story of her adventures of meeting Sophie’s possible fathers, and how she came to Kalokairi as well as showing the events set after the first film. Kudos to the editor! Peter Lambert did a good job of putting everything together.

I like the cinematography. Robert Yeoman did an amazing job at capturing the shots of the ocean, habour, the boat, and the other places, especially the main venues, the island and the house, where Donna and Sophie live their whole life. The scenes were breathtaking. It was like watching the unsinkable ship, Titanic on a reverse. From old to new. Yeoman really captured the details of the old and transitioned to the new.

The plot was as interesting as the first. But it was more intriguing to see it from somebody else’s point of view, which was entertaining.

(WARNING: SPOILERS) I was at the edge of my seat especially when Young Donna met Young Sam. As the viewer, I already know that they will end up together as it was said in the first movie. So seeing them all young here and carefree, and innocent was thrilling though I know what is about to happen next. The most painful scene to watch was when Donna found out that Sam was engaged to someone else. It was heartbreaking. BUT I know that they will see each other again. IN THE FUTURE. So there was nothing to worry, really. However, a part of me wanted to step into the movie and tell Sam not to go and ask him to confront her, telling her that he came back. Oh, my heart! That scene gave me so many feels!! And the ending, oh my heart, it still hurts.

I rate this movie 10/10.

That concludes my review. Donna’s and Sophie’s mother and daughter relationship reminded of how I am with my mother. All in all, it was enchanting to watch.

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(Movie Review) ~ The Incredibles 2 // Spoiler Free

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Directed & Written by Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Holly Hunter, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson

Language: English

Synopsis:
It is the continuation of the first movie, but this time it follows Helen Parr (voice of Holly Hunter), who is known as Elastic Girl back in the days. She takes the spotlight, leaving her husband, Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) to take care of the kids; Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huckleberry Milner), and baby Jack-Jack. Although it’s a difficult transition for everyone to cope as they are navigating the day to day heroics of a “normal” life, plus, the family is still unaware of Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. So when a new villain hatches a brilliant, yet dangerous plan, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must again work together, and save the day!

Review

What can you expect from sequels?

They say that sequels aren’t as great as the first movie. I stand corrected. But, oh boy did this movie prove me wrong. I have been waiting so long (for 14 years) for this movie to come out, and I was so thrilled to watch this with my cousin. Our childhood dreams coming true. O.M.Gosh 😱 it was too good! Action packed what more do you want? I watched it twice. Yes, it was THAT good.

The story line was different from the usual superhero movie. When I say it is different, it is different in a good way. Even though we don’t see much the family fighting crime, like in the first movie, this time it was more of getting to know more about the Parrs, which I enjoyed. Whether it was their human, or hero lives, the movie was focusing on their normal lives, their daily routines.

We still get to see them in action later, but it was more significant to see what is like living in the Parr residence. We get to see their relationships grow towards one another and watch how do they react, especially after realising Jack-Jack has powers like them.

My favourite character is Jack-Jack. One simple reason as to why I like him is because he is just too cute! I love those parts when he gets mad when he doesn’t get what he wants and also has his own moment to shine when defeating the baddies. The baby scenes are adorable, and seeing Mr Incredible, taking care of the children in place of his wife, was pretty entertaining. HEY! Who says a wife’s job is easy?

All in all, this movie was so up my alley. It was entertaining to watch the characters swap lives. The intriguing plot line, it had me on the edge of my seat right until the last moment, and the characters, old and new, good and bad were fully developed! Seriously, what more do you want in a movie?

This concludes my review. Thank you, Pixar for making the sequel possible! I don’t know how you do it but you have done it! Your movies have truly inspired me. I want to write stories like how you are telling them. Aaaaaah! I’m FANGIRLING right now!

I rate this 10/10.

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(Movie Review) – The Black Panther // Spoiler Free

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Directed by Ryan Coogler

Produced by Kevin Feige

Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Micheal B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis

Synopsis: It follows a young prince, T’Challa who has returned to an African nation called Wakanda after witnessing his father being killed, to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly shows up and challenges T’Challa for his empire, he as the Black Panther is tested that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with betrayal, and danger, the young king must team up with his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Review

The plot was good. Heck good! I think this movie had the same interesting wavelengths as Captain America. It had a beginning, a middle and an end, well, of course, every movie needs to have this Three Acts Structure …if not it wouldn’t be as good as it is now.  

The world building was on point. It made me feel like it was an actual country, with its rules, culture, poverty, race, religion, spiritual guidance etc. And the costume designs were amazing. The designers used African culture to inspire the characters in their costumes, which made them stunning and interesting to watch on screen.

This concludes my review. I rate this 8/10.

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