Movie Review – The Theory of Everything

by James Marsh

by James Marsh

‘The relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.’ (IMDb) (by James Marsh, 123 min.)

This movie was so good. I never thought a film about Stephen Hawking could be this great, but man, I almost cries while watching this film. Off course, the only reason this film worked was because of the actors and their connection.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are so adorable together and they have this connection that sparkles of the screen. They are perfect together and give this entire relationship on screen an extra dimension. And they’re both marvelous in their roles.

Eddie Redmayne gave a beautiful performans as Stephen Hawking. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for him, but I’m glad he won the Oscar. He so deserves it for this role. The entire story is just so marvelous and his performance just draws you in.

It definitely is a movie I won’t forget and will watch again and again. It gave me chills when I watched it in the cinemas and I’m glad it got all the attention, because they definitely earned it all.

out of 5 stars.

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Movie Review – Paddington

by Paul King

by Paul King

‘A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.’ (IMDb) (by Paul King, 95 min.)

This movie was the cutest ever. I’m so in love with this movie. It came at just the right moment and I needed that kind of movie in my life. It is just such a feel good movie.

It starts with an introduction of the world of Paddington in his home country, and quickly evolves in a family story and learning to accept each other the way we are. But next to the multiple layers this movie contains, it is such a beautiful story, beautifully written and filmed… It already became one of my favorites. And definitely worth watching with your entire family.

out of 5 stars.

Movie Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Peter Jackson

by Peter Jackson

‘Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.’ (IMDb) (by Peter Jackson, 144 min.)

OMG, the anticipation for this film was so huge for me. After a little bit disappointing second movie, I hoped Peter Jackson would go out with a bang. And man, did he deliver! They still can’t tip to The Lord of the Rings movies, but they took their place in my heart and I’m so happy it ended on this beautiful note.

There are still elements that I just don’t get. The relationship between Kili and Tauriel stays a bit unbelievable in my eyes. I do had to cry at the end. But it keeps on being one of the less interesting part of these movies for me.

For a little part of the film, I also had the feeling the movie was taking a long time to get to the actual story and the fighting. Don’t get me wrong. I love Middle-Earth and the more I get from it, the better. But not when it doesn’t help the story along. It dragged at some points.

For the rest, I do have to say it was a bittersweet ending for me. I’m so glad and sad that it’s over. No more Middle-Earth. No more Hobbit, Elves, Dwarves… I’ll have to binge-watch them really soon.

out of 5 stars.

Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

by Francis Lawrence

by Francis Lawrence

‘Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.’ (IMDb) (by Francis Lawrence, 123 min.)

I wan’t really impressed by this movie. I must say that this wasn’t my favorite book either. The entire first part of the book was just so uneventful and a lot of talking, what this movie also was. The few bits of action we get to see are such a small part of the story that the rest is just so long.

We get to see how they try to turn Katniss in the image of the revolution, of which she wants no part. We get to see a part of her that we didn’t see before. For the first time in the movies she didn’t have to fight in the games, but she is stuck in a foreign place with people she doesn’t know.

I have the feeling that this entire movie was just a build-up for something bigger, that we didn’t see yet. I’m certain that the next movie will be full of action again and more like we know of the Hunger Games.

3,5 out of 5 stars… I didn’t love it, but it was still an interesting story.

Movie Review -The Maze Runner

by Wes Ball

by Wes Ball

‘Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.’ (IMDb) (by Wes Ball, 113 min.)

I kind of liked this movie. I didn’t read the book beforehand so I didn’t know what would happen. And I was gladly surprised by this film and the direction the story took.

I liked the most of the movie. Everything in the maze was so amazing! It was entertaining. It was exciting and it drew me in from the start of the film and it continued to take me through this exciting world the entire way.

But, I wasn’t entirely happy with the end of the film. I’ll probably see how they continue it in the next film, but I would have liked to see it play out differently.

Dylan O’Brien was good as show runner! I hoped he would do it good and he delivered what I wanted and more! It was refreshing to see him take on a what bigger action-packed role. He played everything with a nice balance between kindness and being hard to achieve what he wants.

I give this film a 3,5 out of 5 stars

Movie review – If I Stay

by R.J. Cutler

by R.J. Cutler

‘Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.’ (imdb) (by R.J. Cutler, 107 min.)

I’m always a bit wary when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations and especially with my favorite books. If I Stay is definitely one of them. That story grabbed me from the get go and I read it multiple times when it came out. So when the movie rights were bought, I was scared they would ruin this story, like they did with The Vampire Academy or The Mortal Instruments series.

But they did ok with it, more than ok actually. There were still some things that bothered me, but I liked the movie and I’ll definitely re-watch it if I have the chance and time. It was a good adaptation and it was loyal to the book, but changed some things for the film-medium without being negative or aggressive to the book.

I first had my doubts about Chloe Grace Moretz. I liked her in Kick-Ass, but I was disappointed with her in Carrie. So when I know she would play Mia, one of my favorite characters, I was a bit scared I wouldn’t find the character in the movie that I liked so much in the book. I would give her a chance, especially because Jamie Blackley who plays Adam, is perfect for that part. He’s the perfect choice and brings so much to that part.

Their connection seemed so real and brought so much to the film. It was also one of the biggest reasons why this film works and why I felt in love with Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia. Her connection with the cello was also very real. I had the feeling she put a lot of work in playing the cello and just trying to  put the emotion I, and I think a lot of other people, had when reading about her love for classic music and her cello.

It was just a perfect blend between sadness and hapiness. I felt the same way about the movie I did with the book and I cried at the same moments. I was prepared, I knew what would happen. I know the story inside out, but still I wasn’t prepared for the movie and I just let it all out. I had no shame crying in the theatre. This movie was worth it and I need to see it again, soon.

out of 5 stars!