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A Very Merry Bridesmaid (2021)
Unconvincing love story, but could be worse
Okaaay, so this was very awkward and pretty bad, but then again, what else can we expect from Hallmark movies like these?
I think the thing that disappointed me the most though, was the fact that the love story was very unconvincing. I suppose she at least did seem to be crushing on him pretty hard, but he appeared to not care at all. It was almost a little sad how one-sided everything was.
The acting was, as always, extremely bad and fake-looking, but again, what else can we expect? I found the contrast between the guy and girl kind of funny though, because her facial expressions were all over the place and non-stop, while he had no facial expressions at all; one was an explossion and the other was bland.
Also, lastly, everyone's obsession with her birthday just kept cracking me up. She's not a child, so it genuinely just shouldn't matter that much... And then the fact that everyone started to give HER speeches for her birthday on someone else's wedding really took me out. It was so ridiculous and over-the-top.
Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
Gorgeous visuals, a gripping story, meaningful characters and a beautiful romance
Everything about this movie was just absolutely beautiful. The visuals were truly stunning: every scene showed the wild and calm duality of the swamp and the lightning/colouring were so vivid. The plot was also simply amazing: I often find it quite bothersome when a movie isn't chronological and makes heavy use of flashbacks, but it worked perfectly here. It somehow made each reveal and each insight into the characters all the more meaningful or shocking. Lastly, the characters truly had a lot of depth and I genuinely felt a connection to all of them. Most of all, the love story between Kya and Tate was honestly gorgeous.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Charming story, amazing protagonist and lovely romance!
This movie truly is so charming and, as the title suggests, absolutely enchanting! It looks and feels exactly like a fairytale, but much more comedic and with actual personality within the characters! It's clearly meant to be somewhat of a Cinderella retelling, but it's truly sooo much better. Not only is Ella a strong, smart, sassy and independent woman, she also actually gets to know the prince! I genuinely believed their love story (even if it only happened in a few days, which was a shame, but whatever) and I just adored the way Prince Char was thoroughly obsessed with Ella! This boy was whipped and smitten, and I just love that so much.
The School for Good and Evil (2022)
Good or Evil; what is really the difference?
Wow, this was surprisingly good! I expected a ridiculous fairytale story, but it wasn't. I really liked that they showed how Good as well as Evil have grown into something quite bad; nothing is pure Good, and mostly, nothing is pure Evil either. This movie really took that concept to heart and developed it super well!
Both protagonists were very interesting. Agatha was smart and funny, with low expectations of herself. It was clear that she idolized Sophie (*cough* I still think she's in love with her but whatever *cough*) and always seemed to put herself second to her friend's wants and needs. Sophie on the other hand was a lot more complex; I loved the way they showed her vanity and ego as part of what made her evil, even though it made her exactly the same as all the other (Good) princesses in the school. The only difference was that Sophie suddenly got treated differently from them, and it made her deteriorate fast! All in all, Sophie was definitely the most interesting character here, even though Agatha is obviously by far the better person.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones really is the indisputable queen of second hand embarrassment
The main reason why the movie was so much better for me than the book is the fact that Bridget was actually likable here. I mean, yes, she's still a completely mess and truly beyond awkward 95% of the time, but it's almost always done in a way that's loveable and endearing. She's not self-absorbed or pathetic (like in the book), but instead she's kind, gentle and even funny.
I also understood her romantic choices a lot better in this movie than I did in the book. First of all, Hugh Grant plays Daniel in a way that actually almost makes him seem charming rather than despicable and disgusting (like he was in the book), so it makes sense why Bridget would fall for him at first (before she sees his true nature, of course). It also made more sense why she disliked and distrusted Mark at first, since Daniel lied about Mark sleeping with and stealing his fiancee (which, once again, did not happen in the book, so there really was no reason for Bridget not to immediately choose Mark then, who was clearly already the better option). Nonetheless, I don't want to say Mark is perfect either, though. I don't quite understand why he kept dating with and even got engaged to Natasha when he was clearly in love with Bridget. That's kind of mean to the other girl and almost makes me feel like he's not a great person either. However, he is still better than Daniel by miles and miles, because at least he always chose Bridget and clearly adores her, but yea, neither romantic option is truly great.
All in all though, this movie was just very charming and lovely. Bridget's awkwardness was entertaining and often times even cute.
Teleportation is just the coolest superpower out there
Okay, so first of all, the concept of this movie is honestly just super cool. The idea of someone being able to jump from one place to another, all over the world, is just so awesome and I love that this movie was mostly about that. I remember watching this movie years ago and being absolutely obsessed with this superpower; I literally dreamed of how amazing it would be to be able to do that, because seriously, who doesn't think that teleportation would be the coolest thing ever??
Nonetheless, the rest of the storyline isn't too great. After a certain point in the movie we don't focus a lot on David's superpower anymore and what he can do with it, but instead we are sucked into this random war between Jumpers and those who want to kill them. I honestly didn't care too much about any of that, and I could have done without it.
The romance part also wasn't too great. It started out pretty cute when David and Millie were still in high school, but when they meet again after the time jump it just felt silly and ridiculous. They had no chemistry or development within their relationship, and it kind of just felt shallow.
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Enemies to lovers done right!
Ahh, well, who doesn't love a good 'enemies to lovers' trope?? Especially when it's done with the right amount of chemistry and some heavy dose of teasing between the two love interests! Sophie and Charlie were truly sweet together; they were seemingly polar opposites at first, but after forcibly spending time together, they seem to share similar values and actually get along like a house on fire! I really liked how smitten Charlie looked with Sophie after a certain point; he kind of gave me puppy vibes sometimes, the way he stared at her like she was the sun, the moon and the stars. Anyway, maybe I would have liked slightly more development between these two, but what we got was already pretty good! Perhaps some might call this movie a little sappy, and they wouldn't be wrong, but I found it mostly charming in this case!
My only two problems with this movie were that Claire and Lorenzo's love story was a little too ridiculous for me, and I also didn't quite understand why Sophie was engaged to that annoying, self-absorbed guy for most of the movie; even if she hadn't met Charlie, why was she even with that guy in the first place??
Regardless, I really enjoyed this movie overall. Although it was somewhat slower paced and a little weird in its dialogue sometimes, it truly was a sweet and romantic movie.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
I don't think I was rooting for the same people the movie wanted me to
I know we're supposed to be on the side of the rebels because they're the main characters and all, but... are they actually right, though? I don't think so. I mean, isn't sacrificing a few people to save the rest of the world by far the lesser of two evils? Obviously it feels very brutal and horrifying to use other people in this way, but isn't it technically the most moral thing to do? Honestly, I think that mantra "WCKD is good" was very much correct. In my eyes, Teresa was the true hero of this story and I strongly believe she could and would have saved humanity if she hadn't died.
P. S. Fun little party game: Drink each time they scream a variation of: "Go go go, come on, we gotta go, go go!!" while dramatically looking back instead of actually coming into action right away. I swear you'll be absolutely sloshed by the end of watching this movie franchise.
Work It (2020)
I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to!
Okay, so a lot of these dances looked like they came straight off of TikTok, which was... slightly awkward, but I didn't mind it too much cus it still had a very wholesome feel to it.
I also thought the movie was surprisingly funny and plenty entertaining! Jas especially cracked me up multiple times! As a whole, this movie just gave me good vibes <3
I do think Jas was a much better friend to Quinn than the other way around; she was willing to give up her own opportunities to help Quinn, but that wasn't the case the other way around!
Also, Jake was SO FINE! That boy just made me feel all kinds of things, ngl. Him and Quinn were super cute together, and I wish we got more development between them! Their scenes were just so lovely.
Definitely a lot of running
The rate at which these people keep throwing themselves into trouble is actually astounding... It's no wonder that at least half of the movie is literally just them running away from things. The worst part of it is that it doesn't even make sense half of the time. Sometimes it genuinely feels like they just do something just so they can run away again.
Also, am I the only one who completely missed when Teresa and Thomas even fell in love??? Like, it's just come completely out of nowhere. He honestly has more chemistry with Brenda, so if they really needed a love interest, I would have gone with her.
The Maze Runner (2014)
Awesome concept suffering from some main character syndrome
Don't get me wrong, I love Thomas, but he was really suffering from some HEAVY main character syndrome. He just threw himself into every single situation without being asked and kind of just assumed he would and should be the centre of everything. It was a little frustrating and ridiculous at times, but he did have the best of intentions so I couldn't dislike him for it.
I kind of wish we would have gotten more development for the side characters, because I don't feel like we really got to know any of them at all. Therefore, I didn't feel a strong connection to any of them, with the only exception being Chuck, whose death truly broke my heart. He was such a precious cutiepie and his "big brother / little brother" relationship with Thomas was adorable. He really deserved to make it until the end!
Also, last but not least, the whole concept of the maze was super cool and intriguing, but I feel like they could have done more with it. I was especially confused by what on EARTH the purpose of the maze even was??? Does it ever get explained properly?
I don't even recognize the story or characters anymore compared to the first movie!
Oh my god, the plot has become so ridiculous and extra, I just can't take it seriously anymore. This whole saga has lost all of its charm and charisma. I would be pissed about the franchise being left on such a cliff-hanger, but maybe it was time for it to die. The creators clearly lost their way.
The characterization here is also just horrible. Take our main character for example: I loved Tris in the first movie, she was okay in the second, but here she suddenly becomes completely annoying, painfully bland and pretty much braindead... She honestly felt more like a robot to me than the smart and kind badass we all got to know and love. I also became so frustrated at the way she betrayed and dismissed Four: it was all so out of character.
Speaking of Four, he truly had to carry this entire movie on his back. His brooding hotness was the only good thing left about this whole mess.
Nowhere near as enjoyable as the first movie!
Even after all these years, that haircut for Tris still feels like it should have been ILLEGAL. I could honestly talk about it for days, and I truly believe that atrocious cut marked the beginning of the downfall of her character. And no, I don't mean just in the looks-department; I'm not quite that shallow. But she does really loose a lot of her charm and charisma overall; she doesn't feel the way she does in the first movie.
Also, when it comes to Peter's character I just don't know what to think. Do we hate him? Do we love him? Who knows, honestly! He's funny for sure, but also very selfish...
Caleb, however, feels like the true villain of this story. He is just pure evil for literally no reason. He doesn't have an empathetic bone in his body and I straight up believe he's a psychopath.
Will never fail to put a smile on my face
Out of all the romances coming from our beloved 2010's dystopian movie era, I honestly think Tris and Four were the very best <33
They were just SO CUTE but also had insane tension and chemistry!! I mean, Tris really was THAT GIRL and Four was so hot and broody and protective!
This movie just has such a major charm to it that I honestly don't mind that not everything about it makes sense. Are there plotholes? Yes. Are things left unsaid and unexplained? Yes. Do I care? Not really. Sorry. I just don't think this is the type of dystopian movie you want to wat h when you're looking for in-depth political intrigue; it's mostly just a really pretty movie with exhilarating scenes and an awesome main character finder her own strength and a lovely romance on top of that!
This gives us the climax to the build-up of the previous installment, but still doesn't recapture the suspense or intrigue of the first two movies.
That plotline where our sweet and obsessed boy Peeta suddenly goes insane and hates Katniss for a while still feels like an unnecessarily personal attack to my happiness!
Their happy ending made the pain all worth it though! I feel like they needed to go through all of this for Katniss to realise how pure Peeta is and how much she needs and wants that in her life <3
However, Finnick dying the way he did will forever be my villain origin story.
P. S. Katniss continually thinking she can fix everyone with the magical healing powers of her kiss will never stop being funny to me. I crack up each time I think about it.
Doesn't quite have the same impact as the first two movies, but still good!
The Hunger Games without any hunger games... It doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but I suppose the movie was still intriguing in its own way.
There's this interesting thing I've heard people say, though: "Heroes are the ones who would sacrifice anyone to save the world, while a villain would let the world burn to save the ones they love." If you think about it in that way, then Katniss and Peeta aren't really heroes. They care more about saving each other than any revolution or rebellion. Saving their loved ones is their number one priority. They're not classical heroes, which honestly makes them a lot more interesting to me. Truthfully, Gale is more of a hero in this story than either of them, but does that mean he is necessarily a better person? I don't know. What I do know is that it makes him feel less real or authentic. While Gale is fighting to save the world, Katniss is fighting to save the ones she loves. It's a different motivation, and although it might not make her a hero, it does make her a beautiful person!
Totally Killer (2023)
A perfect blend of comedy and horror
Okay so this was definitely a very fun and enjoyable slasher movie! It really managed to mix all of its genres together perfectly; it never felt like they were overdoing it with the horror, but instead they kept it light and humorous. The storyline was also surprisingly non-stupid; by the end, everything actually made sense to me and I never felt unnecessarily confused.
I do have to say though that I would have most definitely just peaced out of there so quick if I were Jamie and let them all die cus they genuinely sucked so much at first!
In the end I really loved the parents though, so I'm happy she saved her mom this way <3.
The Hunger Games (2012)
A chilling story delivered well
This movie will forever give me the chills. It doesn't have to resort to using any gore or unnecessary action-sequences. The story itself is already chilling enough, and truly makes an impact. The pacing is also on the slower side, but I actually appreciated that. It really gave us the time to look around and think about what was happening here.
Katniss is definitely one of my favourite protagonists of all time; she's strong, capable, compassionate, smart, confident, sweet, brave and beautiful. I don't blame our short king Peeta for being completely obsessed with her because honestly... ME TOO!
Set It Up (2018)
Such a lovely and fun romance!
I love that we actually got to see the chemistry and the little moments of bonding between Charlie and Harper! It wasn't just insta-love or a shallow romance. Their development had a really nice pace to it and them falling in love with each other actually felt authentic. Their banter and teasing was so fun as well! They were honestly just truly cute together <3
Also, I really liked that the movie made a distinction between Charlie's boss and Harper's boss at the end; Rick was clearly a self-entitled and cruel man, but Kirsten was just a badass woman in power. Those are two very different things, and I'm glad the movie made that so clear!
Emily in Paris (2020)
Cute, light and fun!
Season One: 7.5/10
Themes: Romance, American in Paris, Drama, Love Affair, Workplace, French People, Comedy, Marketing Bureau, Instagram & Friendship.
Review: Okay, so is this show a masterpiece? No, of course not. But was it light and fun? Most definitely! This is the type of show that will simply entertain you. It won't bore you, and it can be highly addictive. I also thought it could be quite humorous. Personally, I really liked the plotline involving the marketing firm and Emily's boss, but I wasn't much of a fan when it came to the whole cheating storyline. The cheating thing really makes it harder to root for the protagonist, which is a shame since she is otherwise very cute and likable. Also, I do have to admit that I feel like the show went a little overboard with the focus put on Emily's utter inability to speak French. It literally seemed like we could skip half of the scenes with the simple consensus of it being along the lines of "je n'ai parle pas Français". Nonetheless, I enjoyed watching this a lot. It wasn't perfect, but I liked it.
Top five characters: 1) Emily Cooper, 2) Sylvie Grateau, 3) Mindy Chen, 4) Camille and 5) Lucien.
The Pacific (2010)
Shows the violence and hopelessness of being at war, but it could have had more emotional depth.
Themes: World War II, History, Drama, Action, Marines, Americans vs. Japanese, Trauma & Relationships.
Review: The premise of this show had the potential for a gut-wrenching story filled with heart and grief, but it didn't manage to fully live up to that potential for me. This series definitely succeeded in showing the violence and hopelessness that went with being at war, but I struggled a little bit with the emotional factor. It lacked some depth for me there, and I was expecting more from it. The pacing was a little off as well and the structure wasn't the best. I have to say I thought the series did get better over time, and the first half truly felt different from the second half. In any case, this was an interesting watch, but it could have been more.
Het Perfecte Plaatje Op Reis (2022)
I love the original series, and this edition isn't much different!
Season One: 8/10
Themes: Reality-TV, Competition, Photography, Celebrities, Travel, Argentina, Artistic & Dutch.
Review: There is much to like about this programme even if it wasn't without its flaws. All of the contestants were incredibly likeable and unique, the challenges were super fun, the photographes were genuinelly good, and the overall vibe was just really nice. I do have to say that I didn't particularly understand the added value of them being in a different country, since many of the pictures could have been taken here in The Netherlands as well, and, most importantly, they never even went into nature! Argentina is such a beautiful country, and we did not get to see any of it. It's a shame, since I'm sure they could have taken so many gorgeous nature shots there. Nonetheless, I really liked this particular group of celebrities, and I thought this was a very humorous and entertaining watch! I always love seeing the end-results of the week, and I never fail to be impressed by the stunning and original photos.
Favourite Contestant: Thomas Berge (S1).
Veronica Mars (2004)
This show has an amazing main character, and that's what makes it stand out.
Season One: 8/10
Themes: Mystery, High School, Drama, Private Detective, Crime, Suspense, Murder Investigation, Lies, Blackmail & Relationships.
Review: This show has some really interesting and compelling things going for it. The main character being a smart, sarcastic bad-ass being amongst the first of those things. It's very easy to root for her and get sucked in with her shenanigans. Then again, I did find some of those 'adventures' to be a bit more on the boring side; especially when they focused on a storyline only related to one specific episode, rather than the over-arching plot of the whole season. I just felt like sometimes the show lacked direction and tended to drag. It still managed to be pretty entertaining but I definitely had a preference for the episodes that tended to be a bit more meaningful for the general plot and the character's relations to each other.
Top three character: 1) Veronica Mars, 2) Logan Echolls and 3) Eli 'Weevil' Navarro.
Locke & Key (2020)
It has quite a cool concept but the execution wasn't the best.
Season One: 6.5/10
Themes: Fantasy, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Magic, Paranormal, Family, High School, Murder, Relationships & Grief.
Review: The concept of this show is interesting and fun, but for me the execution felt lacking. The pacing was very slow, and something about it felt off. Maybe it was the acting or the dialogue, but I couldn't help but think it was a lot more cringey than it needed to be. Some of the world-building was decent and cool, but I once again think it could have been done even better. The plot was okay, but some of the decision-making skills of the main characters were painfully stupid.
When They See Us (2019)
This story will leave you speechless.
Themes: Biography, History, Drama, Racism, Injustice, Rape, Prison, Persecution, Law, Police & Crime.
Review: This story is something that honestly leaves me speechless. There are no words to describe the outrage I feel with regards to this situation or the injustice of what these five boys went through. It's insane. It's crazy. It's UNJUST. However, I'm now going to go into the actual execution of this series, rather than the story itself, which, in my opinion, left certain things to be desired. I think the first and final episode were chilling and were able to portray the story in the exact right manner. However, the middle two episodes (especially the third) could have been done better. They didn't hit as deep and they felt very rushed. I feel like we didn't really get to see the struggle Kevin, Yusef, Antron and Raymond went through after they got convicted. I feel like we glossed over their experiences a little bit. Opposingly, Korey's life was depicted in detail and with a lot of emotion (in the final episode), and it was his story that eventually brought me to tears. In conclusion, this story is a devastating one, and this series luckily brings a strong light to that, but I personally feel like some things could have been executed a little better to portray the story even better and do even more justice to all these five boys.