Movie Review: Not Cinderella’s Type (2018) (4 Stars)

“Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if mom were still alive, with her, I felt my life was perfect.”

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Title: Not Cinderella’s type

Director: Brian Brough

Runtime/ Rating: 97 minutes/ PG13

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Retelling, Family

Synopsis:

When the most popular boy at school, Bryant Bailey, kills her cat, Indy wants nothing to to with him, but he seems set on being a part of her life, and after all attempts of getting rid of him fail, she decides to give him a chance.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

(Technical)

The shots were bright, raw and rustic, really helped to bring out the contemporary vibe to the movie.

The music was mellow, soft, emotional and mainly consisted of piano pieces which helped to pull up the emotional factor of the movie.

(Story)

After Indy’s mother passed away, all Indy has with her is a cat and her new family who treat her like a maid. When Bryant, the popular guy in school accidentally kills her cat, she hates him but he doesn’t stay away.

(Thoughts)

I really, REALLY hated her relatives, they were such bitches to her.

Some scenes, I did feel that the acting was weak, but the overall movie was touching and pretty good. It was also deeper than I thought it would be since I thought it was just going to be another one of those Cinderella retellings, but it was more than that.

This has to be the most modern and realistic take on Cinderella I’ve ever seen, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. It was also adapted from a book by Jenni James

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Movie Review: Monster Family (2018) (1 Star)

“Life is a journey, and I like to travel in style.”

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Title: Monster Family

Director: Holger Tappe

Runtime/ Rating: 96 minutes/ PG13

Genre: Animation, Comedy , Family

Synopsis:

Despite the title, the Wishbone family are far from happy. Dracula’s spell turns them into a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf and Frankenstein’s monster.

Rating: 1 star

Review:

(Technical)

Music used was very medieval, vampiric (organ) and classical, helping to bring out the entire monster and feeling out of place vibe throughout the movie.

I liked the colouring of the movie though.

(Story)

Emma Wishbone accidentally calls Dracula, and he felt that she was the one for him, so in an attempt to make Emma his bride, he lets loose a witch to change her into a vampire, but her entire family gets changed into monsters.

(Thoughts)

There was a little comedy, but it didn’t really entertain me. Throughout the movie and even a few days after I watched the movie, I was confused as to what went on and who the intended target audience was for this movie.

This movie reminded me of the incredibles and the animation was ok. Bits and pieces reminded me of Twilight and a reverse Hotel Transylvania.

This movie was incredibly cheesy and majority of the men in this movie are annoying and psycho. It wasn’t emotional at all.

The movie was too convenient and it had a confusing plot, it felt too ambitious and there were too many subplots that drew the attention away from the main story.

I was more surprised to find out that this was a book to movie adaptation! The book is titled Happy family by David Safier.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Movie Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) (3.5 Stars)

“He might look different, but he can do great things.”

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Title:
The Lego Ninjago Movie

Director: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher

Runtime/ Rating: 101 minutes/ PG13

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family

Synopsis:

Shunned by everyone for being the son of the evil warlord Garmadon, Lloyd Garmadon, a teenage ninja, seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review:

(Technical)

The shots were raw, warm and oriental, helping to bring out the family/homely vibe along with the Japanese/Chinese feel for the ninjas.

The music was oriental and adventurous, helping to build the emotions for the touching and fight scenes.

(Story)

Garmadon, an evil warlord attacks the city of Ninjago frequently, his son, Llyod is the leader of a group of ninjas who defeat him.

(Thoughts)

I was so excited when I saw Jackie Chan! Majority of us asian kids grew up watching his films.

It was pretty witty and funny. It was like watching Power rangers in lego form. I liked the conflict of the movie with the father being the villain and the son having to take the blame from the people around him.

I didn’t like the videos they used when talking about the ultimate weapon (and so on), it felt amateurish although those videos are kind of true, maybe 30-40 years ago.

I liked the story progression, it was simple and cheesy, but it did the trick. I was pleasantly surprised at how emotional the entire movie was.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Movie Review: Along with the gods: The two worlds (2017) (5 Stars)

“Never waste new tears on the past.”

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Title:
Along with the gods: The two worlds

Director: Yong-Hwa Kim

Runtime/ Rating: 139 minutes/ PG13

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Synopsis:

After a heroic death, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the afterlife by three guardians, where only after passing seven trials and proving he lived a noble life will he be able to reincarnate.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

(Technical)

The shots were really raw, stylish and gritty, allowing the audience to easily relate and feel a strong sense of realism within the movie.

The music was soft, adventurous and yet emotional, strongly aiding to bring out the entire movie’s vibe in general.

I was actually pretty impressed by the special effects and the direction of this film. The cast’s acting was really on point.

The interesting factor is that the entire movie is told in the form of flashbacks. We literally start at the end to see the beginning.

(Story)

Ja Hong is a firefighter and dies while saving a girl, he is brought to the after by three guardians and must undergo 7 trials within 49 days to be deemed whether worthy of reincarnation.

(Thoughts)

I loved the concept and how easily anyone can relate to the film. The animation reminded me of a game (but since Korea is well known for their good graphics in games, I’m not too surprised).

The comedy was pretty funny and I LOVE the casting for the characters who played the gods. There were really high stakes.

Along with the gods: The two worlds is a dramatic and tear-jerking movie, a definite recommend for anyone to watch!

I was literally crying throughout the entire film and in each scene, it was so heartbreaking to watch, but so good!

Here’s the trailer for the movie:

https://www.imdb.com/videoembed/vi3700799513

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Movie Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) (4 Stars)

“Return the jewel and lift the curse.”

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Title:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Director: Jake Kasdan

Runtime/ Rating: 119 minutes/ PG13

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Synopsis:

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. There they must beat the game in order to return to the real world.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

(Technical)

The shots were very rustic and dark, showcasing how the jungle feels and looks and helps to bring out the vibe of the game. The shots were also shaky, giving the audience a sense of adventure and makes it feel more realistic.

The music mainly consisted of orchestra/instrumental pieces which helped to bring out the thrilling, action and heroic scenes of the movie.

(Story)

Spencer, Fridge, Bethany and Martha get detention together, only to get transported into the game world of Jumanji where they become the avatars they have chosen. They must return the jewel to the jaguar to lift the curse and win the game to return to the real world.

I really liked the story development and the high stakes of the movie.

(Thoughts)

There was a lot of use of game terms, which was good and pretty cute. The comedy was great and well timed, I was snickering throughout the entire movie.

I love that all their avatars are like a reflection of someone they aspire/hate to be.

A shoutout to the girl love and support between Bethany and Martha!

I love how they used their weakness and turned it into their strengths. The messages of the movie was really good, for e.g. you choose who you want to be, be comfortable in your skin, etc… I actually liked this movie more than I originally thought. I really thought it was just going to be another one of those action flicks, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!