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Enjoyable teen flick
I've seen on here that this movie has a lot of bad reviews and low ratings and felt I had to watch to see if it was that bad. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but I , myself did like it. Is it amazing? No. Is it a classic? no. But it's entertaining enough. Plot holes? Doesn't make sense? Well, it's a fantasy movie. If you watch the premise for what it is, it's a fun ride. Of course I can understand if readers of the book were disappointed, I have not read the book, but often when I do, I am disappointed at how much is left out or does not come across on screen, but that is inevitable across the two different media platforms. Set in the future, after a world war. The state of Chicago (all that's left of the world apparently) is now split into five different factions, depending on your natural or strongest characteristic. If you fit into more than one category or none at all you're considered a divergent. Our sweet, pretty heroine (Tris) is such a person, it's a dangerous situation, as divergents are caught and killed. She manages to find an ally however, in the handsome love interest Four, who takes an immediate interest in her because he senses a connection, which is revealed later. Together they learn of a plot to kill all the people in Tris' s original faction putting her parents and other innocents in danger. Their aim is to try and stop it. The acting is good coming from the main two protagonists and Tris's mother (Ashley Judd). Some of the scenes are well filmed and lift you up into this dystopian future. There were a few edge of your seat moments for me. The only let down for me was Tris's rather stilted reaction to her father dying, after already mourning her mother, that would floor anybody, but she seems to get on with things rather quickly. The ending nicely sets up the sequel, and the story itself left me interested in possibly picking up the Divergent book series one day for a fuller experience.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Star Wars On Acid
After the hype I didn't know what to expect. I certainly didn't expect the movie to be so much fun. Lovable characters, believable friendships, emphatic emotions, excellent humour throughout. The story arc was generic. Good v Evil. Losers come good. Save the planet. There are reminisces of Star Wars. The Music is used to great effect and surprisingly fits in easily with the futuristic space age scenes. The focus on the old eighties Walkman is a sweet nod to my favourite decade ever. It's basically lots of laugh out loud fun with characters you can care about. My only gripe is Zoe Saldanas painfully looking thin waist. Her shape is not womanly. It was the only thing that bothered me about the whole movie. Towards the end there are clues to what may be explored in the sequel....bring it on.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Dreamy Musical Gothic Romance
Having never seen the stage version i cannot compare the two. As a film i found it quite mesmerising, from the music to the lavish set pieces and costumes. I prefer it to Chicago and Evita, although those films were much better received by critics and the box office. Gerard Butler plays the phantoms emotions to a tee,through his acting and singing we get to feel his longings, pain and torture, this helps us to see him as a human (and it doesn't hurt that he looks pretty good!). Emmy Russom is enchanting as the young, innocent and sensual Christine,( although i couldn't help inwardly shouting at the screen 'pick the phantom!') Well i guess his odd murdering habit put her off!!. As an average movie goer and being no musical expert i have to say i was more than happy with all the vocal performances, especially Gerard and Emmy's which i thought were quite good, and i think some of the criticism towards their vocal abilities have been a little harsh. Anyway, I think Andrew Lloyd Webber is a genius and I haven't stopped listening to the extended movie soundtrack since.