New Trailer Reviews (#9)

The Greatest Showman

A musical about the start of Showbizz

This original take on the start of showbizz has some great actors and actresses linked to it. We off course have Hugh Jackmann, who already showed us one of his strength is in musicals. Zac Efron is going back to the genre after High School Musical. We see Zendaya taking on a more mature role than we’re used from her and even Rebecca Ferguson and Michelle Williams are joining the party. From this trailer I have the feeling this will be a perfect blend of music, cinematography, colours and light. They didn’t give us a clear view on the storyline, except on the start of the show, but I do think this will be one to watch.

A Bad Moms Christmas

The bad moms are back

And they’re tackling the most fun holiday of them all: Christmas. The original was one of my favourites movies of the past year, just because it was so funny and the perfect movie to go see with my friends. Now we’re getting an entire new movie in an entire other setting and period. Christmas is going to get dirty and bad and I love it.They can do so much fun things with this holiday and these characters and I can’t wait to see what they get up to next.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji is back

And yet again we have a remake. Ok, it’s not really a remake, but you know what I mean. The last year filmmakers and studios have been delving back in their archives to see what other stories they could bring back to life in a ‘newer’ look. Here it is time for Jumanji. The original was one of my favourite childhood movies, one I always watched when I was at my grandmother’s home, so it does have a special meaning for me. The first thing they changed is the game itself: it’s not a board game anymore, but it’s now a videogame. I don’t think this was an important change, but it does go with the way they want the story to unfold. The fact they change into another body, is an interesting change and will give a lot of opportunities for jokes and other events. I’m not entirely sure I will watch this one in cinemas, but it is one I want to watch at some point.

Death Note

American take on a Manga

If only this will come out ok. I’m so afraid of what they’ll do with this story. I’m a huge fan of the Manga and I’ve been devouring them. These are the kind of books you just can’t put down. With twists and turns at each turning of a page, you keep wanting more and I desperately want to know how it ends. With this movie, Netflix takes a chance and even though they already told that they took a lot of creative freedom, by putting the name ‘Death Note’ on it, you can’t but leave the fans with a certain expectation. Putting the white washing aside, I do hope that they keep to the core of the story and that it’ll be the most faithful adaptation as possibly can, storywise at least. I’ll have to see, but I’ll only watch it if I read all the Volumes. I do not want to be spoiled by this Netflix movie.

Breathe

“I don’t just want to survive, I want to truly live”

Andy Serkis brings us a tale of love, true strength and endurance set in a time not that far away. We follow the story of Robin who falls ill with Polio and starts losing all ability to walk and breathe. He finds strength in the love of his wife and sets on a marvellous adventure to find a way to live, truly live and not just survive. This seems like such a beautiful drama set at the beginning of this century. I like movies that are set in the not so distant past and that tell us stories of remarkable human beings that are not always put forward. This is also the first movie directed by Andy Serkis so I can’t wait to see how he tackles an entire movie. He previously directed some scenes in the Hobbit trilogy and these were already breathtakingly gorgeous, so I can’t wait to see his full creative vision in play. This will definitely be one I will check in cinemas.

Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC Tv Series)

Marvels takes over another network

This show seems a little strange. I honestly don’t know anything about this comic and the story and I didn’t get a lot of information from the trailer either. There is one who can’t speak of won’t speak because his power is connected to it. Iwan Rheon is back playing the bad guy. And there are a lot of other characters that come to earth and then problems arise and that is the only thing I got from this. The special effects do look incredible and that would be the only reason I would check this out. That and Iwan Rheon playing a bad guy again. I’m not sure about this one. 

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?

Movie Review – The LEGO Batman Movie

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A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.’ (IMDb) (by Chris McKay, 104 min.)

I actually liked this movie a lot. I already read everywhere that it was really enjoyable and for every age out there, so this was perfect. And I just feel like they took everything they learned and everything that was a success with the first Lego movie and just made it a lot better.

I must say that because we already knew Batman as a character (from other stories) and from the first Lego Movie, we already had a step into this story. We didn’t need to be introduced to the character, which made it easier to immediately step into the story.TLBM_04And it was such a fun story. If you know Batman, then you know he’s a loner and here this is taken to the next level. He doesn’t express his feelings to anyone, preferring to work alone and never letting anyone in. And here it all starts, because the Joker feels underrated. He doesn’t feel hated. Batman even lets him know that he doesn’t need him, but soon notices that without the Joker, there’s not much for him to do.

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And the story goes on from there and I won’t go into anymore details here, just go watch it. I think I enjoyed this movie because of Batman and how his character was just enhanced in this film. Everything we knew from the other stories, just got bigger and worse. Giving us a another view on the character.

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But he wasn’t the only interesting character in this film. Robin was a cute, lightly superactive orphan, looking for someone to adopt him and when Batman adopts him (without knowing, because off course he was engrossed in his own life), Robin is over the moon and slowly starts pushing into Batman’s life, his heart, and off course into ours as well. You just can’t but fall in love with him. He’s too cute.

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Then we have Barbara, a strong female character, showing no mercy and trying to work with Batman, instead of asking his help. In our world, every strong female character is an affirmation of what we all can do, of what we’re capable of, but also it shows that we are all stronger together. And we must not forget about Alfred. Here he gets a bigger role than we are used from him, getting into the fight and the action. This is a real treat to see his character in a more active role.

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The amazing graphics and images are just amazing. There are songs that are incorporated in the storyline, none as great as the song from The Lego Movie, but they added to the story and were a nice change from the action and fighting. What I especially liked were the little winks to the past Batman stories… When Alfred tells Batman he has seen this ‘stage’ again and all different stages he goes through, we see short, little snips of past Batman movies and series in the background, to underline that he always gets in this mood. A nice addition and one I think is perfect in such a movie as The Lego Batman Movie.

7.5/10 stars… Definitely go check it out.

New Trailer Reviews (#8)

Thank You for Your Service

PTSD, War movie & Miles Teller

I’m not entirely sure about this trailer. On the hand I’m really excited, because we have Miles Teller in this movie, and if you have seen Whiplash you know how great an actor he is. He can handle difficult stories and characters like a pro. But the story to me is one I feel like I’ve already seen before. I’m not entirely sure where they want to go with the story and how they’re going to go about it. If they’re going to focus more on the story from the moment he’s back or if we’re going to see him first in the middle of war. I am going to see this one in cinemas, just because I think war movies come over better on a bigger screen and the story still sparks enough interest in me.

Game of Thrones Season 7

Winter is Here

This trailer looks amazing. It gives us a sense of what is going to happen and it seems as if we’re going to get a lot more battle and gruesome scenes. With the voiceover I also get the feeling that some of our favourite characters, who have always been apart, will maybe meet for the first time. I can’t wait to see how Daenarys will get to Westeros and how John Snow will try to rally everybody behind the cause to battle the White Walkers. So exciting! July 16th can’t be here soon enough.

To the Bone

Difficult gets movie on Netflix

It’s no secret that Lilly Collins herself battled with anorexia, so her telling this story is cathartic in a way for her, but gives it an entire extra dimension for us. From the trailer, I get the feeling that it will be a hard film to watch, but one that will try to show us a better way, a way to survive. To show us, who haven’t come into contact with this disease, that this a serious disease, but one that can be overcome, how difficult it may be. That with believing in each other and supporting each other, you can overcome everything. I can’t wait until it comes out on Netflix to watch it and see how it turned out.

Pitch Perfect 3

Pitchers Are Back

The Bellas are out of college and they’re trying to find their way into the world. The entire concept seems so great and this entire film seems funny. I especially like their outfits and the new songs they’re putting on. You can definitely see that they’re putting everything out there with this one. The entire production seems bigger and better than the last one, with stunts, and bigger stages, fireworks… Definitely one I’ll be checking out in cinemas.

Stronger

A story of strength

Get your tissues ready, because this movie will break your heart and put it all back together. I already got goosebumps just after watching this trailer. Jake Gyllenhaal has already shown us in so many films that he can easily carry a hard story and convince us of his strength. Tatiana Maslany is one of my favourite actresses out there, so I’m so excited to see what she’ll bring to this story. I just can’t wait to see the film and to see how his story evolves. I don’t really know much about it, so it’ll be nice to hear about it for the first time and to really see a story of true inner strength.

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?

Movie Rewatch: The Incredibles

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by Brad Bird

A rewatch for me

‘A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.’ (IMDb) (by Brad Bird, 115 min.)

I decided to rewatch this movie this weekend because I was feeling nostalgic and I forgot how much fun this film was. I wanted to revisit it, before the second one comes out next year. The action, the characters, the music, the images… these all show how good Pixar is at making a good, heartfelt family film. Because in the end that is what The Incredibles is.

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It’s the story about a family living beside each other, not knowing each other, being stuck in a routine. This is especially hard for them because they are superheroes and they don’t seem to fit in anywhere. It’s a universal story, which is the reason why this movie had so much success and is still, to this day, loved by so many people.  

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I liked everything about this movie and especially now, looking back at it being a bit older, I got so much more out of it. I was just so excited with every action point, every up and down in the story, the characters, the images, the music. It was just so great. They used a lot of little nods to James Bond, to the classics Westerns and to other action movies.

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This is a movie that can be enjoyed by adults and children, at any age actually. Because anyone can get something out of it and enjoy it. The story is easy to follow, and yet when seeing it now, there are so many little things that I now picked up, that I totally zapped on when I was a kid. I think this is really important when making a family film. It has to have a lot of different things for everyone to enjoy. 

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The graphics also make me think of those classic graphic novels. They use simple, yet powerful lines. Not going into too much detail, but staying focused on the most important lines and their functionality. Which is great, because you don’t get lost in all the details of the images (like it sometimes is the case with Inside Out, so many beautiful details), but you get to focus on the story and on the action that is portrayed.

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I really would highly suggest that you see this movie again really soon, if only to prepare yourself for the sequel that has been announced. This should come out in our cinemas in summer 2018 and I can’t wait to see it. First, for the trailer and any sneak peeks they can give us, but especially for the entire film. We have waited so long for a second film and now we’ll finally get one.

8/10 stars. I’ll definitely rewatch it really soon, and then again and again until the second one drops in cinemas.

New Trailer Reviews (#7)

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Olaf is back !

This looks so sweet. After seeing the short film which was centered around Spring, now we get to see them at Christmas time. And this is my favourite holiday. December is my favourite month. Frozen is one of my favourites films. So I couldn’t be more excited. Especially because it’s linked to Coco, the newest Pixar Film. We will have new songs about Christmas and family. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited? I do hope they don’t milk the story too much. I’d rather see a full length second film really soon, then 10 little short films. Disney get at it.

Flatliners

Students go further than ever to get a rush

This movie started out looking like a movie about students and partying, but then took a turn for the worse. Actually for the better, because it seems like a really interesting movie with great actors, a lot of possible crazy plot points and amazing action scenes. The concept is actually so interesting and one that has been touched upon here and there, but not in a full-blown movie. I can’t wait to see what they do with it and how it’ll turn out. I hope it doesn’t get stuck in its seriousness about the afterlife, but that they focus on the thriller aspect of the movie.

Jungle

Daniel Radcliffe is stuck in the Jungle

What is it with movies lately, this is the second trailer where the story takes us a certain way at first, and then turns it completely around and goes the thriller route? It’s build the entirely same way as Flatliners. First giving us a more ‘Into the Wild’-vibe. Daniel Radcliffe is on a journey around the world, travelling, experiencing life as it comes, seeing beautiful new places. Then he meets someone who takes him and a few others into the jungle to explore and leaves them all behind and then shit happens. It does seem like a great movie, with a lot of action and suspense, but the way the trailer was built, just reminded me a lot of the other one. I’m not sure I’ll see this one in cinemas though. Depends a bit on the second trailer. I’m more into the sci-fi storyline of Flatliners.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

story of the creator of Winnie The Pooh

This seems like such a cute movie, a bit like Paddington. The images look great and from this first look it seems a perfect blend of cinematography and music. I’m excited to see how Margot Robbie’s British accent will be. But I’m mostly excited to see how they’ll tell the story. I hope it will be full of fantasy, really putting the stories they tell on our screens in combination with their actual story. Just a bit of a mix like with Big Fish. We’ll have to wait and see. But I’ll be sure to check this one in cinemas.  

Daddy’s Home 2

Meet the Fockers #2

I wasn’t really interested in the first film, but this one seems actually really funny. Plus, I must be honest, I’m a sucker for a good Christmas movie. It does remind me a lot of Meet the Fockers and Meet the Parents. But with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell it will have it’s own type of humor. And I can’t wait to see Mel Gibson and John Lithgow clash. This will be one I will watch in the month of December, at home, and add to my pile of Christmas movies to get me excited for the holidays. I’m already in the mood for it. ^^

Home Again

Another Romantic Comedy with Reese Witherspoon

Now this second trailer has me a bit more excited for this film. The short sentence I read on IMDb, doesn’t really come over in the trailer though. I didn’t get the feeling they were moving in with her and her family, but I do think this will give a more interesting twist to the story and i can’t wait to see how it will turn out. I won’t go see it in cinemas, but I’ll pick it up when I want to watch a movie on a lazy night or for a fun girlsnight.

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?

Movie Review – A United Kingdom

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by Amma Asante

A tale of love, courage and perseverance

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.’ (IMDb) (by Amma Asante, 111 min.)

I was so utterly surprised by how much I liked this film. I knew I would love the story, because it is a well-known story of love and of courage and of two people fighting for each other and for the country they care so much for. But the way this movie was made, the way this story was told was just so beautiful, that I couldn’t stop watching and kept rooting for them to succeed.

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There are still some things about the story, about the film that bothered me a bit. At the beginning of the film I wasn’t connected to the characters. I just didn’t believe in their love. It felt a bit pushed and not real. Not because of the actors, because they were great, but I felt it was pushed a bit too quickly. I think the film would have benefited from it if they put in 10 more minutes of them falling in love with each other. Because now it was too quick for my taste. I had the feeling that the director, Amma Asante, wanted to get to the ‘juicy’ part, to the real story of this film.

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Which made it a bit harder for me to connect to the characters. I did find that Rosamund Pike was perfect as Ruth, a young woman falling in love and leaving everything behind and pack all her belongings to go off to Africa. She portrays Ruth perfectly. You feel with her when she starts her life in Africa and feels the racism and the difficulties to fit in there, which she also faced in England. The fears and the difficulties to learn the language, to make his people love her and accept her, became real and made the movie so much better towards the end. Their love became so much more apparent and real towards the end of the film. Actually from the moment he left to go back to England and she stayed behind in Botswana. 

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David Oyelowo was great as well. He has already played in so much of my favourite films, that it came as no surprise that he portrayed Seretse so well. You felt with him, with everything he went through. When he got the news that he was banned from his country and from his pregnant wife, that just hit me in the heart. He was vulnerable, yet so strong because he didn’t want to give up on Ruth. You could feel his love for his country, but that he also wanted to do the right thing, even if he knew that he would be met with a lot of resistance. There were so much emotions going through me while watching this. 

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This is a great example of the perfect combination of great acting, gorgeous images and the right use of music. If only the beginning of the film wasn’t pushed so much and didn’t go by so quickly, I think this would have been in the top 5 of my favourite films of the first half of 2017. I will be checking out Amma Asante’s next film, because I do feel she evolves with every story she tells and she knows how to put her land on film in such a beautiful way. Can’t wait to see what she brings out next.

7/10 stars.

New Trailer Reviews (#6)

The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet try to survive

I don’t really know what to think of this movie. It’s packed with star power. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are both great actors with different awards behind their names and now they are acting together in a disaster movie. Do they want to attract award nominations and make a really serious movie about survival, or do they just want to make a good disaster movie, full of action, survival and suspense? I just don’t know and this bothers me a bit. Normally a trailer is more ‘open’ about the way they want to take this movie, but here I frankly don’t know. I prefer to know it before I watch a movie so I can put myself in the right mindset. Maybe trailer #2 will give me another perspective on this. I will watch it, but probably not in cinemas.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Funny and Action, I’m in

Now, this seems like a fun movie. With Ryan Reynolds as the bodyguard charged with protecting Samuel L. Jackson as the hitman, this movie has a lot going for it. Next to them we can also see Salma Hayek and so many others. It seems to has a nice plot, a lot of crazy action scenes and gives of a little bit of a Deadpool and Kingsman vibe. This will definitely be one I’ll be seeing in cinemas, just to experience it in all its glory on the big screen.

Murder on the Orient Express

A huge cast tackles this well-known tale

This was a trailer I waited so long for and it looks great! The huge cast they got together is just so impressive that I’m sure this film will be amazing. The cinematography looks great. The music seems on point. The graphics are perfect. It all seems so well put together and the tension is already real in the trailer. I can’t wait to see this great story turned to the big screen again with some of the biggest stars of the moment. November can’t be here quick enough.

Coco

The latest Pixar Movie

Yes, Pixar is back! And this seems like the cutest film ever. I already saw the teaser trailer, but here we get to see more of the story and the feel of the movie; At first sight, it does remind me a bit of ‘The Book of Life’, but I hope the story takes us a totally different way. I think they will focus more on family and the differences between their worlds. The images and graphics look great, as per usual with a Pixar movie and I’m sure it will hit us right in the heart. Definitely one I will watch in cinemas.

Black Panther

Damn

I like where Marvel is heading with this one. I watched it three-four times in a row just to be sure that I catched up on all the little details. Because, wauw. The way they blend African culture with the modern world is amazing. The action scenes look mindblowing. The costumes are ridiculously gorgeous and the story will be, in my opinion, one of the more interesting ones in the Marvel universe. Only negative point is that we’ll have to wait until February of next year until we can see it.

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?