The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Director:

Andrew Adamson

Starring:

Tilda Swinton

Georgie Henley

William Moseley

Skandar Keyes

Anna Popplewell

James McAvoy

Plot:

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Review:

I saw this in theaters. I was a bit apprehensive because I loved the book series as a child, but I ended up loving this and was excited for the series. I ended up hating the next movies, and I’ll probably not watch them again to write a review.

Anyway, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the story of four children escaping a world war to a house in the country. Unbeknown to them the house holds a portal to a magical world. It’s a sweet and amazing story, with father Christmas, a talking Lion that will save them all, and an evil white witch.

This is a children’s movie. You could talk about the heavy Christian symbolism and the lack of any racial representation, and it does, actually, bother me more watching it older, but it’s a kids movie. Kids save the day. Kids rule the world. It’s a fun movie, though, not as enjoyable as it once was.

3/5

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Snatched (2017)


Snatched (2017)

Director:

Jonathan Levine

Starring:

Amy Schumer

Goldie Hawn

Plot:

When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.

Review:

Amy Schumer’s character is a selfish fuckup and her mother, Goldie Hawn, is afraid of life. Naturally, they find themselves in Ecuador and hijinks ensue.

There were several laugh out loud moments, lots of awkward moments I couldn’t really watch, and a surprising amount of death.

All in all it was a lite, entertaining movie.

3/5

Anne with an E Season 2 (2017-?)

Anne with an E Season 2 (2017-?)

Network:

Netflix

Creator:

Moira Walley-Beckett

Starring:

Amybeth McNulty

Geraldine James

R.H. Thomson

Dalila Bela

Lucas Jade Zumann

Dalmar Abuzeid

Cory Gruter-Andrew

Plot:

The adventures of a young orphan girl living in the late 19th century. Follow Anne as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels.

Review:

Season 2 of Anne with an E is better than the first season. I liked the first season, but this adds new characters and some LGBT and racial story lines that I freaking loved.

Anne, Amybeth McNulty, is still at times annoying. At one point I screamed at the TV because of her, but she was also so sweet and accepting.

Cole, Cory Gruter-Andrew, the new boy at school is an artist and sweet and after a night a Diana’s aunt’s house realizes he’s gay. That he’s not alone and that there are others like him. His life is difficult, but his part of the story ends on a positive note.

Gilbert, Lucas Jade Zumann, is working on a ship out in the ocean where he meets Bash, Dalmar Abuzeid. Bash is a free black man from Trinidad. He shows us a whole new side of the time and world. It’s sad and at times unrealistic, as much as I would like it to be. Bash and Gilbert make plans for their future and return to Avonlea. Gilbert goes back to school, Bash tries to survive a Canadian winter. Eventually, Bash falls in love and Gilbert makes him a full partner on the farm.

Diana, Dalila Bela, discovers that her aunt loved another woman. She struggles with this, while Anne and Cole embrace it immediately. Being the sweet, loving girl that she is, she eventually realizes that love is love.

This season was really sweet, with a fair amount of drama. Some struggles with PTSD and medical issues, on top of everything else. I loved it. I really hope that we get a third season, while it’s not sticking strictly to the books, I love what they’re doing and I want more.

5/5

Ready Player One (2018)


Ready Player One (2018)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Starring:

Ty Sheridan

Olivia Cooke

Ben Mendelsohn

Lena Waithe

Mark Rylance

Plot:

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

Review:

I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline back in 2011 when it came out and I freaking loved it. I gave it to my dad as a Christmas gift that year and everything. Sure it was packed full of 80s references but it was fun! I will judge all VR by the VR in the game and it will probably never live up to that in my lifetime. I never went back and read it again, even though I own it on hardback, and after watching the movie I’ve realized it did not age well.

Wade Watts, Ty Sheridan, lives in the stacks in Columbus, OH. His parents are dead and his aunt is “raising” him, her abusive boyfriend is clearly the priority though. Wade spends all of his time in the OASIS, which is the VR world. That’s where everyone lives. Wade doesn’t seem to have a job or go to school instead he is a gunter, he hunts for Easter eggs to unlock the dead creator of the OASIS billions.

Wade is a pretty one note character, there is almost no depth here. He lives and breathes Halliday, Mark Rylance, and everything that Halliday loved so that he can win the contest. Somehow, even after thirty years or so, Wade figures it all out and against all odds wins.

Naturally, there’s a girl, Olivia Cooke. There’s a romance here, but you never really figure out why Samantha likes him. She seems to have more depth than him, she wants more, and is leading a resistance or something, and yet she falls for the nerd that can’t tell you anything about the real world. It’s very wish fulfillment and disappointing.

Visually, the movie is shot beautifully, of course, Steven Spielberg. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really save the movie for me. It was nice to hear the random 80s theme song notes every now and then too. It’s just…the world has changed since this book came out. I’ve changed. Seeing a white boy with no thought to anything outside of old pop culture just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

There were lots of changes from the book, there would have to be in something like this, however, I felt like most of the changes were not for the better. All in all, it was a pretty disappointing movie and I’m kind of scared to ever go back and read the book.

2/5

When We First Met (2018)

When We First Met (2018)

Director:

Ari Sandel

Starring:

Adam Devine

Alexandra Daddario

Shelley Hennig

Plot:

Noah spends the perfect first night with Avery, the girl of his dreams, but gets relegated to the friend zone. He spends the next three years wondering what went wrong – until he gets the unexpected chance to travel back in time and change that night – and his fate – over and over again.

Review:

We’ve got another Netflix movie that’s dealing with time travel and douche bags that “learn” the wrong lesson. A “nice guy” became friends with a girl but felt he deserved more so through a magical photo booth he gets lots of do overs. Eventually he realizes that his true love was her friend after all.

This movie made me furious. I’m assuming since it wasn’t funny at all that it was a romance and not a romcom, but this was a shit romance. In Groundhog Day Bill Murray realizes that Andie MacDowell isn’t a prize to be won, he learns how to love himself. In this movie Noah, Adam Devine, does not learn these things. He continues to act like a woman is a prize to be conned into dating him.

After failing to manipulate his way into getting the woman that he felt he deserved he realizes that they don’t work together. Instead of taking that realization and learning from it, learning to live his life and be himself, he decides that he had it wrong all along. The universe wasn’t trying to get him together with Alexandra Daddario it was trying to get him together with her roommate, Shelley Hennig. That is not growth at all.

I absolutely hate the “nice guy” trope. Nobody wants to be with that guy not because they’re “nice” but because they suck. They feel like they deserve a woman for reasons. They put in the work, they were witty and funny and laughed at their jokes, the woman owes them now. At the very least she should put out. Fuck that incel shit.

What the hell is going on at Netflix? Between this movie and Set it Up I have no hope for any future romance releases by them, unless they’re holiday related. Though dear god I hope they don’t fuck up any future holiday releases. Seriously, Netflix get your shit together. Why are you having such a hard time with romance?

1/5