Cinderella (2015) Film Review

So on Christmas Day last year the big film of the day was a choice between Harry Potter and Cinderella, and seeing as I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, Cinderella was the obvious choice, plus I was also curious to see how it stacked up against Beauty and the Beast, it being a live-action remake and all.

The answer is, not very well. Don’t get me wrong it was an okay film, it wasn’t completely terrible, I didn’t feel like I’d wasted my time watching it, but it wasn’t a brilliant film all the same. My main problem and my biggest problem with this film was that it didn’t really feel very fresh or new in terms of it being a re-telling of an old tale. The thing that made Beauty and the Beast stand out for me was that it was still a re-telling of an old story, it was still recognisably Beauty and the Beast, but at the same time it felt like it was being told in a new way, it felt like it had been given a new lick of paint, and it was it’s own thing. Whereas Cinderella on the on the other hand, I felt like, by the end of the film in particular, the paint was starting to peel away a little bit, and it felt like it was keeping too close to the original story, and it was almost as if Kenneth Brannagh was too afraid to do his own thing and take any risks in a way.

There were some things that I liked about this film though, namely it’s main star Lily James, who of course played Cinderella. Much in the same way that Emma Watson felt like the perfect fit for Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Lily James very much felt like the perfect fit for Cinderella, when I was watching her performance I just thought that she felt very right for the part and that she fitted in this world very well. A scene that particularly stood out for me was towards the end of the film when she’s leaving her Stepmother behind, and she turns to her for one final time and says “I forgive you,” I thought that that line was delivered with such weight and gravitas that you really did feel like she meant it when she said that, and it was another sign to me that made me feel like we was in good hands with Lily James playing Cinderella in this film.

I also thought that she was the perfect match for Richard Madden’s Kit as well, all throughout the film I was properly rooting for them to get together, and I thought that having Richard Madden opposite Lily James really added to the whole fairytale vibe of the film as well, because you just look at Richard Madden and he instantly looks like a Prince Charming, so to have him in the film just completely works I think.

Another stand-out performance that I really enjoyed was Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. Similarly with Lily James’s Cinderella, Helena Bonham Carter also feels like the perfect fit for the Fairy Godmother because she’s already got that really zany, bubbly personality, and I thought that really shone through in her performance as the Fairy Godmother. And in that respect as well I really felt like it added something new and fresh to this film, and was something that we haven’t really seen before, and I also thought that it made for very engaging viewing as well watching her character bounce off Lily James’s Cinderella.

All in all I thought this was an okay film, as I said at the top of the article, I’m not sure if I would watch it again, I would say that I did enjoy probably the first two thirds of the film, but for about the last third of the film I felt as though it was dragging on so much and I already knew what was going to happen anyway, so I just kind of felt like I wanted the film to finish really, I was just so bored with it to be honest with you. I thought it was good but not as good as Beauty and the Beast. I know I often say that I don’t think you should compare films against one another, but the only reason I say is because I feel like Beauty and the Beast is as good of a retelling of old story as it can be, and Cinderella just wasn’t quite there, that’s why I compare the two, because I feel like Cinderella is good but not as good as it can be.

That was what I thought, but what did you think? Did you enjoy it a lot more than me? Is Cinderella actually your favourite live-action remake of the Disney fairy tales? Do be sure to let me know down in the comments section what your thoughts are as I would love to hear from you, and be sure to give this article a like as well if you enjoyed it as I really appreciate it. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

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The Greatest Showman (2017) Film Review (Part Two)

So as I said in my last article I would be making this review a two-parter because there is just so much that I want to say about it, and I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one article, so without further ado, here is the second half of that very review.

And we start with where we left off, by talking about the scene in the pub, which as I said in the last part of this review I absolutely loved. This was for very similar reasons as to why I loved ‘This is Me’ so much as well, in particular the bit when the bearded lady is saying to P. T. Barnum that he took all these people under his wing and made them a family, again I loved this whole scene for the same sort of reasons really because it was about family and unity and coming together, and again a really positive message to promote. But I think the thing that made me smile most of all was the end card with a quote from P. T. Barnum that said “The noblest art is that of making others happy,” and I just thought that was just such a sweet moment to end such a heart-warming and feel good film on.

Just before I wrap up this article, I just want to talk a little bit about, in my eyes, it’s three main stars, which were Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and Zac Efron, because these three really stood out to me with their performances in this film. You could just tell that Hugh Jackman was having such a ball playing P. T. Barnum, he just relished playing that part so much, and I think that really came across on screen as well, which in turn made his performance much more enjoyable to watch on screen. I think the reason that Zendaya and Zac Efron stood out to me was because of their relationship that they had throughout this film, and their story arcs that their characters go through as well. I think the stand-out scene was when Phillip Carlyle was rescued from the fire, and Anne Wheeler, Zendaya’s character just broke down in tears, and then subsequently when she stayed with him by his bedside until he woke up and then when they both kissed. I loved this whole bit of the film because obviously all the way throughout the film there was this too-ing and frow-ing between the two of them as to whether or not they were going to get together, so the fact that they eventually did, I thought was a really satisfying conclusion for those two characters. And it also links back to what I was saying before about how this film ticks all the boxes as to what you would normally expect from a musical, because you can’t have a musical without a love story that’s for sure.

And that is where I am going to wrap up this two-part article, I very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then be sure to give it a like, as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this film, then do be sure to leave them down in the comments section below as I would love to hear from you, and it also gives me an excuse to talk about this film some more, as you can probably tell, I absolutely love it. A big thank you to Rachel as well for joining me in watching this film, I had an absolute blast. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

The Greatest Showman (2017) Film Review (Part One)

Happy New Year! Did you all have a good start to the new year? I know I did because I went to see The Greatest Showman today with one of my dearest friends, Rachel Jacobs, and if you’ve not seen it already, then let me tell you now it is certainly the film to aid any of those January blues away that you may be suffering from in the coming weeks. And here’s why.

I think above all else this is very much a feel-good film, in fact I may go as far as to say that it is the feel good film of the year, because I for one just had a big smile on my face all throughout, as I’m sure my friend Rachel did as well, because it was just such a joy to watch from start to finish, literally from that opening scene where that music from ‘The Greatest Show’ kicks in, you just know that you’re going to be for a good ride. This film was also visually incredible to look at, the music, the acting, just the whole vibe of this film was perfect. I felt like it was hitting every note that you would normally expect from a musical, so much so that all throughout the film I was just affirming in my head everything that I wanted to see from this film, and it ticked every single box, it delivered everything that it promised to give.

By a mile though, the music is what stood out to me the most in this film, there were so many amazing tracks that I enjoyed that I feel like I will be listening to them on repeat for probably a good few weeks after today and I feel as though Rachel will very much be in the same mindset as well. I’d say probably my favourite music performances in this film were the opening scene as I’ve previously mentioned, I mean it was just such an incredible way to open the show. I’d say probably all of the final act of the film, from the bit where all of the circus acts come into the tent and they perform ‘The Greatest Show,’ to all of the visuals in that performance, to the bit where Phillip Carlyle takes over from P. T. Barnum, just everything about that final bit of the film was just perfect really. I’m going to put it out there, I reckon it’s going to end up on one of those top one-hundred greatest movie moments of all time, or at least it’s certainly on my top one-hundred movie moments of all time, that’s for sure, it was just so good.

Other musical performances that I absolutely loved were ‘This is Me,’ and the scene in the pub. The reason I loved these two scenes in the film were for very similar reasons and it’s because of the underlying messages and themes that this film promotes. Take ‘This is Me’ for example, from my point of view ‘This is Me’ really celebrates the diversity of these acts that P. T. Barnum has chosen to showcase. It’s saying to look at these people, these people who have otherwise been shunned, looked down upon and told that they have no place in society. But from that P. T. Barnum has seen the potential that these acts have, he’s seen the spark that they have and chosen to showcase that and really celebrate the fact that we’re not all the same, we do all come in different shapes and sizes, and I think as a message to promote I don’t think it gets better than that to be honest with you, and I think that’s the main reason this film made me smile so much was because of that underlying message.

And I’m going to tell you why the scene in the pub was another musical performance that I absolutely loved in the next part of this article, because plot twist, I’m making this a two-parter, well it’s not really a plot twist because you’ve worked that out from the title, but you get where I’m going. If you did enjoy this half of the article though, then be sure to give it a like, as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this film, then do be sure to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time Review (Part Two)

So as I said in my last article, there is just so much that I want to say about this episode that I just couldn’t possibly fit it all into one article, so I decided to make it a two-parter instead. And I’ve still got plenty more that I want to say about this episode, so let’s get right into it.

Looking at this episode as a whole, I think above all else, if you’re going to bow out of Doctor Who, this is the way to do it, because there were so many callbacks, Easter eggs and references all throughout the episode, that it was sort of a love letter to Doctor Who in a way, which I absolutely loved. You of course had The First Doctor’s TARDIS, which just looked incredible, I mean just a fan-boy’s dream just to look at something as astonishing as that I think. You had The Brigadier’s grandfather in there, the return of all The Twelfth Doctor’s companions, Ben and Polly, scenes recreated from The Tenth Planet, 709 episodes ago, all those little references in The Twelfth Doctor’s final speech, again I could go on I feel. But my point being is that I thought it was just so lovely for Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi to say goodbye to Doctor Who in this way, and I thought that it was really heart-warming that this episode did everything that it did.

But of course, as one door closes another must open, and we wave goodbye to The Twelfth Doctor, we say hello to The Thirteenth Doctor, and probably the biggest moment not just in this episode, but arguably in the history of the show I think. I will honest here, I cried after the episode finished, because I was just so heartbroken that Peter Capaldi is not The Doctor any more, not to say that I’m not looking forward to Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor I am, I think she will be fantastic, but I’m just so sad to say goodbye to Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, not only did he deliver such an amazing final speech as The Doctor, but he’s just had such an incredible era as well, and I’ve had so many ups and downs in my personal life in the time that he’s been The Doctor, I really do feel like his era in particular has really helped me through those times, because whenever I’m feeling upset for whatever reason, I always just put Doctor Who on, and I always describe as an old friend giving you a hug and telling you that everything will be alright in the end, so of course it’s going to be a big deal saying goodbye to Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, this show is a huge part of my life.

But, I am of course so excited for Jodie Whittaker as The Thirteenth Doctor, I’m so looking forward to the new series next year. I don’t even feel like I need any time to get use to her as The Doctor, everything from her costume, to her performance in that one little scene, just completely sells it for me, even just at the end of this episode, I was watching her and just thinking “she is The Doctor, that is The Doctor right there, there’s not question about it,” just a shame we have about eight months to wait to see her next in action. Such a cliffahnger to be left on as well, what’s going to happen to The Doctor? What’s going to happened to the TARDIS? How’s she going to meet her new friends? And the biggest question of them all, what’s her Doctor going to be like? That’s the one that intrigues me the most.

But that is then and this is now, and that is where I am going to wrap up this two-part review of this year’s Christmas special. If you did enjoy this article then please do be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this episode, then please do feel free to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you, and it also gives me another excuse to talk about this episode some more, because as you can probably tell, I fricking love it. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time Review (Part One)

So I failed, I know, I’m sorry, but I did say in my Star Wars: The Last Jedi review that I have been very busy, and I still managed to put three articles up last week, and I’m most likely going to put another article up this week at some point, and it’s Christmas so leave me alone okay. Anyway, I hope we’ve all recovered from yesterday’s Christmas special, I know I definitely haven’t, and I’ve got a hell of lot that I want to say about this one, so much so that I’m going to make it into a two-parter, so let’s get straight into it.

My overall thoughts on this episode were that I thought that it was a beautiful send-off for The Twelfth Doctor and a marvellous end to this era of the show. I thought that it was such a great episode because I felt as though it didn’t get too hung up on the fact that we were saying goodbye to a Doctor, it was just telling a good story with just occasional reminders that this was the end for The Twelfth Doctor. It felt a very appropriate story for Christmas Day as well, filled with warmth and comfort, without being too in-your-face about it being a Christmas special as well. I think one of the reasons for that being is that there was no dastardly villain trying to take over the world, there was no big epic fight scene, there was no last stand for The Doctor, because we had all of that in The Doctor Falls, so I think this served as quite a nice epilogue for The Twelfth Doctor, which I really quite liked, because I don’t think we’ve ever had something like that before.

Something else that we haven’t really had before, not in a full feature-length episode anyway, is a Classic Who Doctor meet a New Who Doctor. Yes of course, one of the big talking points about this episode was the meeting of The First Doctor and The Twelfth Doctor. Now, I don’t know about you, but David Bradley is actually scarily close to William Hartnell in his portrayal of The First Doctor, he’s so good as The Doctor, that certainly when I was watching him at least, I just thought “that’s The First Doctor, there’s no question about it, that is The First Doctor,” it’s just crazy how similar he is to William Hartnell, and thank fuck they used archival footage for his regeneration as well, and not get Reece Shearsmith in. I’m sorry, but Reece Shearsmith was good don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t a patch on David Bradley as William Hartnell.

But I loved their interaction with one another, I loved how The Twelfth Doctor kept getting embarrassed at all his old-fashioned views and how out of touch he used to be. I loved the scene where they’re both in The Testimony and he’s just completely baffled by The Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Sunglasses and his Sonic Screwdriver, I thought that was hilarious. I loved the scene that they both shared where they were talking about regeneration and how scared they both were really, to change, I thought that so beautiful, I could go on I feel.

And go on I will, but for now I am going to draw this half of the article at least to a close, because as I said at the top of the article, I’ve so much that I want to say about this episode, that I can’t even fit it all into one article. But if you did enjoy this half of the article then please do give it as like, as I really appreciate it, and if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this episode, then please do feel free to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Get Santa (2014) Film Review

So seeing as Jodie Whittaker is due to take over the role of The Doctor on Christmas Day and Jodie Whittaker just so happens to be in this film, and it’s also a Christmas film and it just so happens to be Christmas time, I thought that it would be a good idea to review this film for you today, and hopefully I can do a better job of writing some Christmas articles this year than I did last year.

My overall thoughts on the film were that I thought it was very good. I didn’t think it was an amazing film, but I didn’t think it was a terrible film either. I thought it was a real, nice, heart-warming Christmas film, the kind of Christmas film that you should watch at this time of year. Obviously having just watched a bunch of sci-fi and action movies just recently there was a thought in the back of my mind that was saying “this is too nice and cosy,” but I think if you switch off from action mode, and just enjoy the film for what it is it’s a very enjoyable film indeed, either that or I should just watch Die-Hard. If there’s just one little thing that I have to nitpick about this film, it’s probably the fart jokes that were in it, and it’s only because when I watched that scene where the Reindeer were farting I could just tell that they’d purposely put that in there purely to appeal to the children, and I think if they’d just left that bit out and focused in just putting the heart and soul into the film that it has, and just let the humour come more naturally, then I think it could have been an almost perfect Christmas film, because I think it hits the nose in every other respect apart from that.

I’d say that the biggest thing that stood out to me in this film was probably the relationship between Steve and Tom played by Rafe Spall and Kit Connor respectively. Reason for this being is that I found Rafe Spall’s character in particular really quite likeable, even though he often say and do things that are suppose to make you not like him in a way, because I still felt like there was a sense of warmth and kindness to his character, and you could clearly tell that all he wanted was to just be a good dad for his kid at the end of the day, and I just thought that was so sweet, seeing that played out on-screen and was definitely one of the plus points of this film. I think seeing him bounce off Kit Connor’s character as well really added to that heart-warming feel of the film.

On the topic of characters, Jim Broadbent as Santa, I mean, could there be a more perfect actor to play the role of Santa? To me, Jim Broadbent already just seems so heart-warming and likeable anyway, that’s he’s basically Santa already, all you need to do is put a red jacket on him and let him grow his beard out a bit, and bob’s your uncle. I think it’s safe to say that in all the Christmas films that I’ve ever watched in my lifetime, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more cast-appropriate actor than Jim Broadbent as Santa, he’s just perfect.

I think that most of the funniest moments from this film also came from Jim Broadbent, and despite me mentioning that I wasn’t too keen on the fart jokes in this film, there was still some good humour that did land for me. For instance, the scene where he comes out of the barber’s I think it is, and he’s been made to look like a gangster, I thought that was really funny. Similarly in the scene where he tells another one of his prison mates, Knuckles I believe his name is, to get out of his face, I thought that was quite funny as well. This is because he’s trying so hard to be really tough and hard, but Jim Broadbent just isn’t that so when he tries to be it just doesn’t work, but it doesn’t work in a way that we laugh with him not at him.

Obviously I also like Jodie Whittaker’s character in this film, that’s the whole reason that I’m doing this film review in the first place. Sadly though I didn’t think she was actually in it for that much of the film, so I feel like I don’t have that much to say about her character to be honest, but I still liked her nonetheless.

And that is where I think I shall draw this article to a close, those were just some of my thoughts that I had on this film. But what did you think? Did you like it as much as I did? Or was it not so much to your taste? Please do be sure to let me down in the comments section below what your thoughts are, as I would love to hear from you. Also make sure to give this article a like as well if you enjoyed it, as I really appreciate it. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Film Review (Part Two)

So as I said in my last review there’s just so much that I want to say about this film, I’m going to make it a two-parter because if I said everything that I wanted to say in one review it would just be far too long indeed. And I still got plenty of things that I want to say about this film, so let’s get right to it.

Picking up where I left off and continuing with the theme of characters, I want to talk a little bit about the character of Supreme Leader Snoke. Now first of all, what a villain, so chilling and so sinister to watch as a villain I thought, I think because he suppose to be this all-powerful being, he just has complete control of the room whenever he’s in a scene, I think that’s what makes him so intriguing to watch as a villain. As for who he really is, well that remains as enigmatic as ever. Personally, I think he’s someone new but I do think he’s surely got to have some sort of connection to another big Star Wars character in some sense or another, maybe he was friends with Palpatine or there’s some sort of connection between him and Darth Vader because he clearly knows him as we find out in this film. Otherwise, I just think it seems a bit strange to suddenly introduce his character in this new trilogy whose clearly a big part of the Star Wars universe without having any connection whatsoever to any other big Star Wars character that’s gone before. So who knows, maybe in Episode IX, we might find out finally get some answers.

Sticking with the theme of characters, one of the biggest characters by a mile in this film, is of course Luke. And again, Luke is another character that really interests me in the film in terms of how he’s developed further and how he interacts with the rest of the characters. I think it’s interesting to see how he’s developed in this film because it’s such a different Luke to what we’re so use to seeing, he’s clearly become bitter and withdrawn, and what also interest me as well, is that in an interview with Daisy Ridley, she was saying that the lines between good and bad in this film become blurred, and I think that is something that is most definitely reflected in Luke, because as we come to learn there was a moment where he actually considered killing Ben Solo, and I think something like that opens up a lot of questions, particularly for the fans, such as “is Luke actually the bad guy here?” “to what extent can we actually trust Luke?” “is there even more to this back story that we don’t even know yet?” And again, hats off to Rian Johnson for pulling this off, because now as a result of this, it makes Luke a really interesting character to watch, and it also makes for a really intriguing film to watch as well and keeps you hooked on the edge of your seat, which gets a big thumbs up from me.

On the subject of Luke, I obviously can’t not talk about his scene that he shared with Master Yoda. Now, I, much most like most other fans it seems, am really happy that they did this, and I thought it was perfectly executed as well. It wasn’t built solely on nostalgia, it wasn’t just put in there for the sake of it, it wasn’t just put in there to please die-hard fans of the films, it fitted well with the story, it was a nice little callback to the old films, and I don’t think you could say anything negative about that scene really, it just fitted so well in terms of the whole story arc.

Another aspect of this film that I obviously can’t not talk about in this review is of course Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Leia. To be honest, I don’t think words can do it justice as to how great she is in this film. What I will say though is, I’m so glad that her performance in this film remained unchanged, and it was portrayed in the film how it was originally meant to be portrayed because I think above all else that’s the best way of honouring her really, by just letting her having her final moment to shine, as it was intended to be. As to how they will deal with her death in Episode IX, who knows, but personally I trust they will give her the send-off she deserves.

Speaking of Episode IX, I, for one, am certainly looking forward to it, especially now so that I’ve seen The Last Jedi, I feel as though after I’ve seen Episode IX, this trilogy will very much feel like a well-rounded story because after watching this film, I feel as though it has enhanced my enjoyment of The Force Awakens more so, so after watching Episode IX, I feel like the same thing will happen again. But I’m hopefully going to go more in depth as to what I’m looking forward to in Episode IX, and the rest of the upcoming Star Wars films for that matter in another article, so be sure to look out for that.

But that’s then and this is now, and that is where I am going to call it a day on this two-part article, I very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this film, then do be sure to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.