New Trailer Reviews (#10)

Geostorm

The weather goes crazy

I don’t really know what sort of vibe I have to get from this trailer. The music gives the trailer and the movie a more fun vibe, a bit like Guardians of the Galaxy. But the story in itself is more serious, with a lot of action, destruction and terrible, terrible weather. The premise is interesting and there are a lot of different directions they can take us in. But I don’t really know what direction they want to go to from this trailer. I hope the second trailer will give us a better direction, but for now this is one my watchlist. But I will see this one at home when I don’t have anything else to see.

The Wall

Mesmerizing Thriller

This seems like such a great movie. If you lose the promotional sentences throughout the trailer, you get an intense story about two comrades in arms divided by a wall, trying to survive a sniper that just wants to chat. This seems like such an action-packed movie, with so many thrills and one that will keep my on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to see where this story takes us and if the last movies of Doug Liman can be any indication at all (Edge of Tomorrow and Mr & Mrs. Smith), this movie will be beautifully shot and the action will be on point. A must-watch for me.

Darkest Hour

Churchill gets another film

This is another movie about Churchill and World War II. What I find interesting about this one is that they seem to not shy away from the darker side of Churchill. Is this the truth? Probably not, and we will never really know how he was during that time or what he was thinking. But what we do know is that he was a difficult man to live and work with. So this movie will be an interesting point of view and I’m especially looking forward to see how they will show this difficult relationship of Churchill with his wife, his secretaries, the outside world, the politicians. A must-watch for me.  

A Wrinkle in Time

The latest from Disney

I do not know the original material on which this movie is based and I do feel that this will put me in a disadvantage. This movie, this story looks big and if you don’t know the backstory, I think you might lose the essence of the story. I hope that Disney learned from Tomorrowland and that they will make this story accessible to anyone, even those you haven’t read the book, not really simplifying it, but making it understandable to everyone. For the rest, I do think the trailer looks good. It promises to be a story full of magic, colour and an overwhelmingly big and well known cast. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis… are all in this movie. I’m a bit hesitant, but I think I’ll have to see this one in cinemas, just to be able to see all the colours and the action and the magic fully… I’m excited to see the full trailer.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Behind The Scenes)

Star Wars VIII has wrapped

I know this isn’t a real trailer and we don’t see a lot about the story, but the few images we get to see, have gotten me so excited for this movie. There will be a lot of action, lightsaber fights, new creatures, new characters and the story will apparently, if we can believe the interview bits, take us into new grounds and give us a new sense of Star Wars. It’s a sequel, but feels like a standalone. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to see the real full trailer to see where they will take us next.

Blade Runner 2049

The Sequel that no-one saw coming

We finally get a glimpse of the story in this full trailer. And this is the trailer I have been waiting for. Blade Runner being one of my number one favourite Sci-Fi film, I hold it near to my heart so I’m anxiously waiting for this film. I already know, I’ll either love it or hate it. And it all depends on the story. Here we see Officer K (Ryan Gosling) looking for Rick (Harisson Ford) because he found something that might change the world and he needs Rick to help him… understand? To testify? The exact reason we don’t know, but I do think the teaser we got from the story is an interesting one. But the images look great as ever and the music was here so well incorporated, it got me excited for the actual soundtrack.

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

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Star Wars News

New Trailer for Star Wars VIII + the Carrie Fisher Tribute

We’ve got a new trailer and it’s amazing. Watch it right now.

We get to see so much, yet the story isn’t unveiled. There is much to get from this trailer but it’s more in the sounds, then the actual images. We see Rey lifting up rocks, with Luke saying ‘Breath, just breath’. Will he be teaching her, like Yoda taught him? She’s on the island where we left them in Star Wars VII after all. 

It follows with images of the back of Princess Leia, a map of some sort, the broken mask of Kylo Ren, Finn in some sort of box or plane, Poe Dameron and BB8 under attack and some other epic images with the last sentence of Luke finishing it all: ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end.’ What does it all mean? Where is this story going to take us?  

It all looks epic and I can’t wait to go see it in cinemas and to explore this world even more. It will be bittersweet after losing one of its stars. 

The Star Wars celebration also gave us a beautiful Carrie Fisher Tribute.

I’ll be honest with you, I did cry a little bit watching this. It shows just how funny, beautiful and real she was. Carrie Fisher was one of the most talented actresses and writers out there and we lost a beautiful person. She was princess Leia and although all the difficulties she had in her life, she was always real and never ashamed of herself.

She was a perfect role model for all young women out there and a person I look up to a lot. I never had the opportunity to meet her, even though she was in Belgium a few years ago and I will always regret that.

I’ll always keep her strength in mind though when I’m faltering or feeling under the blue and I’ll give her values to my children. I’ll teach everyone around me what she taught me. It’s important we never forget to be strong women in this world, to be ourselves and to be as accepting as she was.

These movies teaches us important lessons while being entertaining as hell. And in this crazy world we need as much strength as we can get. 

May the Force be with you.

Trailer Review – Wonder Woman

This June, witness the future of justice

The new trailer for the 2017 Wonder Woman is out and gave us a little sneak peak of what is to come. You can see it right here.

I’m not a huge fan of DC Comics, I’m more of a Marvel girl myself, but I did enjoy The Dark Knight series by Christopher Nolan. I’ve always been a huge fan of his, but here I thought he made these stories really his and left his mark on the superhero genre. So when Ben Affleck came as the new Batman and they made an entire new series with this character, I was hugely sceptical. And honestly I haven’t seen the latest one, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and I heard this wasn’t the best story out there. This is the movie though where Wonder Woman is first introduced. I am highly anticipating her Origin story though.

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Wonder Woman has in my mind always been one of the strongest female superheroes out there and one I always looked up to. I’m especially interested in this one, because next to being an Origin story, they’re also making it a war film. And we’re going to get the entire story, from when she first arrived on the island of Themyscira, until she leaves to fight in WWI.

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Judging by this trailer, the production design will be sick. They pulled all the stops out. The images look great. The costumes are fierce and all the Amazons look magnificent. The action scenes are breathtaking. And this is only the trailer. Can you feel how excited I am? Gal Gadot is also remarkable as Wonder Woman and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the character. Costume- and look-wise she’s Wonder Woman incarnated and I can’t wait to see her on the big screen in her own movie, the first superhero movie focused on a female character.

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One thing I want to touch upon, but only a tiny little bit, is the shaved armpits. Why did this blow up so much? Yes, they didn’t have any ads that showed them beauty and the rules they have to follow, but women have been following specific rules long before advertisements ever became a thing. Women always had to look beautiful and different then men, so my question to you is why couldn’t there be any rules on their island? Why couldn’t there be any rules (not touched upon in this trailer, movie or in the comics) regarding beauty? They braid their hair, they wear specific type of clothes that facilitate their fighting. So why couldn’t there be any rules about this? Would I have preferred that she had some armpit hair? Yes. But does it bother me she doesn’t? Not at all. And I’m sure it won’t take away from my pleasure seeing this movie. I’m just glad there’s finally a female superhero movie.  

This is one of the superhero movies that I’m most looking forward to this year and I can’t wait until it comes out in theatres on June 1st.

Movie Review – Dracula Untold

by Gary Shore

by Gary Shore

‘Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.’ (imdb) (by Gary Shore, 92 min.)

This movie was ok. It was an exciting and thrilling story with lots of action and visual effects. It was also the only thing that kept me interested.

The story was well-built, but wasn’t very interesting for me. It was just another take on a story that we saw a lot of times before. It had an interesting concept, but there wasn’t a lot made out of it. We saw how the prince of Transylvania turned into Dracula and the reasons behind his decisions. It’s an interesting take on Dracula’s story, but felt a bit slow to me.

The sort was action-packed and it never felt really boring because there was always something happening on the screen. But sometimes, I had the feeling that some of the shots in the action scenes were so quick and blurry. I never got a good look at how the fights were going on and how he transformed in Dracula and in a vampire. And why make a story about a strong vampire if we can’t see how he fights. I get he’s quick and that you don’t see him coming until he’s upon you, but there are still ways to show that and show how he fights to us, the public.

3 out of 5 stars, still an interesting concept

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!

Moie review – Lucy

by Luc Besson

by Luc Besson

‘A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.’ (imdb) (by Luc Besson, 89 min.)

This movie was a non-stop thrilling ride. It was a mix of psychological thriller with lots of action-packed scenes. Lucy had me entertained from the moment the film started and I never had the feeling that it was too long or the story dragged on.

I was raised in a scientific family, so having a movie that is in our world with a science-fiction approach about the capacity of our brains, was a breath of fresh air. It sometimes went a bit far with their theories, but it was an interesting approach to the studies that are currently made about our brains.

Scarlet Johansson was amazing as Lucy. Her character changed a lot during the movie and she made it seem real. Her eyes were important in this and the director thankfully chooses to pull us close on the moments when it was needed and give us space when it helped. It was just a perfect blend of image and sound.

Some choices the director made were a bit far-fetched, for example light coming out of her mouth, and it did pull me out a bit of the story. But it didn’t bother me a lot. Once I got over it, the story pulled me back in and I could enjoy the crazy theory of the director. A film definitely worth seeing!

4 out of 5 stars

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Movie Review)

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As much as I like the Underworld movies (not much story, but very entertaining), this one let me down. I think Michael Sheen is an amazing actor but he just didn’t surprise me in this one. I didn’t believe for a second that he really loved his vampire girlfriend and wanted to protect her from the world. And his vampire girlfriend, she was just so ugly. Just compare her to Kate Beckinsale! I only have to admire Michael Sheen’s performance at the execution of Sonja, his girlfriend. He was just so raw and real and at that moment I could feel his pain and his loss.

I really was expecting more, certainly after the revelations of the first movie, where Selene finds out the truth about the death of her family. I was really intrigued by this character that is Viktor and why he could sentence his own daughter to death.

And well, I can’t really remember the story because there wasn’t really one. The vampire and the Lycan felt in love. They still are in love and are going to be in love forever. Until Viktor finds out and screws everything up. That’s it, I guess. Just a plain old love story. There’s not even a proper enemy, unlike in the other Underworld movies, where at least you know who is against who.

Well, I still have to see the last one. And I truly hope with all my hard, that it’s better than this one.

I give it 2 stars, just for Michael Sheen performance at Sonja’s death.