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Movie Review: It Chapter Two

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IMDB Summary:

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

 

My Review:

Let me first say that I wasn’t the hugest fan in the world of the first IT. I thought the CGI was super odd and distracting, and I was more interested in the group dynamic of the kids which I loved, loved, loved!

Now, on to chapter 2! I really, really, liked this one. Like, the first movie, the group dynamic—this time the adults—was just as stellar. I mainly went into this movie thinking I’d love James McAvoy the best, because he’s my fave, but I actually thought Bill Hadar’s character shined here! James Rasnone, who plays Eddie, was also awesome! However, I was super disappointed in Jessica Chastain’s character as Beverly, because Sophia Lillis had done such a phenomenal job with the character in the first movie. But for some reason, Jessica always comes off as stiff to me!

If you liked Bill Skarsgård in IT, then you’ll love him here. He pulls off the clown rather well, and I always get a thrill when I see him on the screen versus some of the strange CGI for the other fears. I’m actually confused why the CGI looks so weird when there is such a good budget for these films.

Anyway, I did shed some tears in this one and the ending was utterly perfect! There’s blood and gore and friendship bonds! My faves!

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Movie Review: A Quiet Place

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IMDB Summary: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

 

 

My Review:

I don’t know what to say anymore. Another let down—overhyped. Everyone I know has told me how good this movie was, and maybe I’ve seen way too many horror movies, but come on!

I will say my favorite aspect was the family dynamic, maybe it’s because I have a child of my own and would do anything to protect her. And I feel like that is the heart of this movie, which I loved.

Now let’s get to the monster/alien peeps. First, the whole thing gave me Signs vibes, except I actually preferred that movie to this one. Also the whole no making sound things was hypocritical in the fact that when the creatures make noises, example ripping up cars, no other creatures come out?? If they are blind, how do they know it’s one of their own making those noises? They don’t! There were cliches as well—example, opening scene and the end. No spoilers, though.

Back to the family… I absolutely adored Millicent Simmonds who was excellent as the deaf daughter. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were great and had a lovely relationship—probably because they are married in real life. Overall, I would just liked to have seen the horror aspects not be so unoriginal. I did like it better than IT, which was also over-hyped. Maybe I just shouldn’t watch new horror movies.

 

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Movie Review: The Shape of Water

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IMDB Summary:

In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature.

 

 

My Review:

I love, love, love Guillermo del Toro. He always has such amazing character makeup in his movies. What I loved was this film was like Amelie meets Creature From the Black Lagoon.

The stand out character for me was Octavia Spencer, but she is always awesome! Sally Hawkins was great as the mute Elisa. Doug Jones was great with his quirky movements—Pan’s Labyrinth was my favorite of his. Richard Jenkins’s character was one to feel for, and Michael Shannon was “insane” as usual.

The highlight of the movie was the romantic aspect because this isn’t Beauty and the Beast where you get a beast transforming into a prince. You get a freaking creature here, and I loved it! The musical score had a very artsy/French style to it that made the movie stand out more.

Bravo to del Toro who can go from Horror (Mimic), to comic book (Hellboy), to fantastical (Pan’s Labyrinth), to action (Pacific Rim), to Gothic atmosphere (Crimson Peek), to artsy/romantic (THIS MOVIE)!

 

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Movie Review: Coco

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IMDB Summary:

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.

 

 

My Review:

Pixar is pretty tricky for me because I hate most of their movies with the exception of Brave—that reminded me more of the straight up Disney side like Tangled, etc. I just don’t get a lot of cartoon movies, and I mainly like stuff like Coraline, etc. However, I really liked The Book of Life which this trailer gave me some of those vibes.

I generally have to take my daughter to most of these cartoon movies which I usually hate, especially the corny animal ones. I can’t think of one talking animal movie I like… I am even not that big of a fan of The Lion King.

Anyway, I was already annoyed with all the skeleton’s having eyeballs. I know, I know, I love Corpse Bride and some of them have eyeballs, but they are more of a creepy eyeball. And in The Book of Life it was more of a cool flame type thing. I know Pixar was probably trying to make the skeletons more kid friendly, but it just looks dumb!

The movie itself was just okay for me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot, but my husband and daughter seemed to love it. There was a “twist” I didn’t see coming, so at least Pixar got me there. The scenes were gorgeous and colorful, especially the amazing spirit animals. So, I was more thrilled about the vibrant setting than the story line itself. But it’s a good story for kids to remember family is important—so there’s that. What I’m more excited for is my daughter wants to see the new Star Wars!

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Movie Review: Happy Death Day

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IMDB Summary:

A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

 

 

My Review:

So, I saw this trailer and was like, heck yeah! I’m all about horror films with people in masks! A lot of people didn’t like the movie Valentine back in 2001, which I totally loved! Anyway, the mask in the trailer gave me that vibe.

I’ve never been a fan of any movie like Groundhog Day because I hate that movie, but I still wanted to try this one out. Glad I did! I love comedy mixed with horror, and I mean, you can only die so many times without trying to have some fun with it!

Also, with the over-hyped movie “It,” this was a 1,000 times better. Besides the horror and comedy aspects, I enjoyed the mystery aspect, because I’m all about guessing who the killer is. Of course, I was right, but not for the reason I had guessed.

The character Tree, yes her name is Tree, has sort of a mean girl type vibe at first. And where most people would hate her or find her annoying right off the bat, I thought she was awesome! I also liked that this movie felt fresh, because all we have been getting lately is “ghost” type haunting movies which I am beyond burnt out on. Definitely recommend!

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Movie Review: It

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IMDB Summary:

A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

 

 

My Review:

Since everyone and their mom loved this movie, I was like well, I guess I’ll watch it. I can’t remember the original TV film clearly except for Tim Curry’s character, and the bathroom scene with the girl from Ginger Snaps.

Let me just say I was… not super impressed. Some of the CGI was pretty annoying. I also get that this group of characters were kids, but some of them made some super moronic moves that as a kid, I would have never made. Going into rooms alone, leaving the group behind because you think you can do it… get real. I would have stayed hugging onto my friend’s shirt and taking care of business together!

My favorite aspects of the film wasn’t even the horror scenes, it was the group bond with the kids known as “The Losers.” I thought there were a lot of hilarious scenes with them. Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Eddie, was the best! I also really liked Sophia Lillis, and she played Bevery well—the bathroom scene was awesome!

I feel like Bill Skarsgard did a better job at luring the kid at the drain by appearing more child friendly than Curry’s clown I would have liked to see more of his acting skills, since most of the time he just pops out, but he did do a good job.

I am anxious to see the second chapter to see what happens next, but it won’t be out until 2019! I haven’t read the book, either! I just haven’t been impressed by a lot of movies in general lately, but I do recommend this one!

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Movie Review: Little Mermaid (Not Disney!)

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IMDB Summary: 

Based off of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid leaving the sea for a human she thinks that she knows. Everything isn’t as it seemed and she must face the harsh realities of the world.

 

 

My Review:

I found this movie on Amazon Prime under popular movies, and first let me say why would they make the cover look like that? I’m sure kids are clicking this movie left and right on there, and they should not be!

Anyway, this movie was interesting… The movie literally felt like it was shot with someone’s home camera, which it probably was. I wasn’t ever sure what was going on with the main girls hair… this is a good pic, I couldn’t find a bad one, but it was very caveman the whole time!

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I was also confused at the beginning of the movie on how she came out of a pool if she was changed in the ocean from mermaid to human. I thought for a second maybe this is Lady in the Water? (Which I love that movie)

Also the first guy she meets, which I guess was a guy she saved before in the ocean from the brief flash of a clip they showed, she sleeps with him right away—even though he is a jerk face to her. Then some waitress sees how he is treating her at cafe, and lets her come stay with her. That was kind of odd: just inviting some girl you don’t know to stay at your apartment while you are going to be gone for two days.

Enter pervy roommate who sees her dancing topless and takes a pic from behind, because well… he’s a photographer, so it’s all okay. I forgot to mention, in between those two scenes, she gets a job as a stripper. Yes, you heard it—Little Mermaid is a stripper.

Then she just slept with that jerk the first day, and she is already making out with this guy and getting down to business, even though they haven’t had any real getting to know each other moments because she has no voice. But they still fall in love after like a day.

The Sea Witch comes to town with her head shaved on the side (I guess trying to be part of the whole “fashion” trend that was popular a few years back). She does some crappy stuff, a couple characters do some idiotic things, and you’ll have to see how it ends. Also the acting was very stiff, so not sure what was going on there. Even though all this stuff was pretty ridiculous, I actually kind of liked it!

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