The Black Cauldron

blackcauldronposterThis Disney film was one of the only ones that I had not seen before. I knew that it was from the dark period in the Disney films, but didn’t really know what was going on with it. We had gotten it on a whim, knowing that it was one of the more darker films that Disney had. We were hoping for something like “The Sword in the Stone.” So here is what I thought.

blackcauldron2I had high hopes for this I did, really. The story was terrible. This could have been so much better. I had no idea what was happening half the time and the other half I was hoping that the villain in the movie was going to win. That would have been something! The characters were boring, emotionless and had no depth at all. With some of the characters that were introduced midway through, they had no reason to be there. Why were they introduced? What did they do to propel the sad plot forward? NOTHING!! My boyfriend and I decided that this movie was trying to be Lord of the Rings-ish (think 70s cartoon), but nothing was there to grip you the way that that story does. The choices that were made were weird. Even when the bad guy gets the evil magic cauldron, things start to happen, but nothing is really ever fulfilled. It just stops.

blackcauldron1-2The only saving quality of this film is the animation. It is beautiful and well done. It just shows the craftsmanship that the people had working on this film. Every character, background and little detail was drawn and painted beautifully. I love the old 2d animation that Disney did, and I must say that I miss it. That was the only thing that made this movie slightly worth watching.

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Overall, if you want to watch it for the animation, do it. It will be hard to sit through. Everything else sucks. This would be a movie that I would like to see Disney do a live-action remake of. They can add and do so much with the basics that are here. I can see it being super dark and really go in deep with the mythology and book series that it is based on. It would be so nice. No more remaking of the classics that everyone knows. Do the underrated and “eh” films a chance to shine in a different way.

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-The Film Chick 😉

Tolkien

tolienposterMy boyfriend and I were excited to see this. Being such Lord of the Rings fans, we were interested in seeing how this portrayed Tolkien’s life and imagination. Once a year we even take a weekend to watch the extended additions of the movies.  Overall I think it did a good job of telling his life.

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Now if I wasn’t a fan of Tolkien and I watched this movie, I would say that it can get quite boring. There are times where the movie gets slow and more into what may be happening around him, and what he was seeing. I can totally understand that some people may not like it. Honestly, if I didn’t know who he was or have any knowledge going into this film, I wouldn’t have liked it. To me, I liked the slow moments, I think it made the people and the scenes that were being watched more real. Lives don’t just have quick, heavy moments. No, there are so many moments in life that are quiet and slow. I like that in those moments, they showed some of the things that he would notice and would inspire him. I also liked that it mostly the movie was mostly about what led up to writing the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

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Another thing I enjoyed was the actors and the acting in the film. I thought the actors had really great chemistry with each other and helped showed the friendship, and relationships he had with his friends and Edith. I also though each actor did a good job with their characters and bringing them forward in their own way.

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Overall I really enjoyed this film. I thought it was a good movie that showed an inspirational writer’ s life. If you are also a fan of Tolkien, I suggest that you watch it and enjoy getting to know the man behind it all a little better.

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Avengers: Infinity War

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In light of what just officially came out, I feel that before I talk about Endgame I should talk out Infinity War. Now for the few of you that don’t know, this is the first part to the epic conclusion to the universe that has been in the making for, what 10 years?! That is crazy! Who else has been able to do that? I know that I never would have been able to think of something like that. Somewhere several years ago they thought about this as a concept and never thought that it would become what it did. How could they ever realize how this would come to shape parts of pop culture and how it would bring so many people together.

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Now, this is the first time that most of the worlds that had not come together before, finally meet. Dr. Strange meets Tony and the Guardians are brought in with Thor. In the end, everyone comes together to try and beat the ultimate bad guy. The first thing that I want to say is that the script to the movie was really well done. Each character said and did things that felt true to their character despite that they were meeting people and in situations that were completely unique. Each scene helped move the story forward and helped to bring you back to the characters’ movies that happened before it.

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I also really appreciated how they left the movie at the end. It left you satisfied that that part of the story was over, but it left you wanting to know what was going to happen in the next one. What was going to happen to all of our fallen heroes? We were going to have to wait to find out, unfortunately.

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Overall it was one of Marvel’s best. Though I will state that this is not my favorite Marvel film, but it is up there on the list. Soon my thoughts on the last one will be out, so look for that in the near future.

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-The Film Chick 😉

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

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I happily got to see this wonderful movie in the theater and unfortunately, it has taken me this long to write about it. This was definitely one of the best pictures of the year that I have seen. There were so many great things about it that I almost have nothing to say. It was just that enjoyable.

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First, the story was so fantastic. It flowed really well and had me enticed the entire time. I was rooting to many of the characters throughout the movie and hoped that everything would turn out okay for everyone. I also really liked the character development throughout the story. Many of the characters faced many different issues, and you got to see them really work through them and understand each of their choices to move forward.

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Another thing that I really enjoyed about this movie was the animation style or multiple animation styles. I liked that it brought in different kinds depending on what dimension each character came from. It brought a different energy to the film with each style. It also was really refreshing to see the mix of styles on the screen and it all looked together.

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Overall, like I said, this was one of my favorite films from last year. It definitely deserved the Best Animation Feature at the Oscars. And believe me, it had some great competition. It was one of the best categories of the night! One thing that I will say is that I almost wished that it would have been a part of the Best Picture category. There were some films that were on that list that shouldn’t have been there. Why shouldn’t an animated movie be up on that list? Is it unworthy? Why? The last time that there was an animated movie up for best picture was in 2010 (Toy Story 3). That was almost 10 years ago. Perhaps one day we will see an animated film be back up on that list and perhaps it will win! With all that being said, if you haven’t yet seen this movie, I do whole-heartedly recommend it.

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-The Film Chick 😉

Captain Marvel

captainmarvel-posterIt has been a few hours since I wandered out of the theater after watching this movie. First, I will say I was really excited to see this movie. It is Marvel and therefore it is at least going to be enjoyable, even if it isn’t as good as my favorite (Thor Ragnarok, btw). I was also excited about a female-driven movie and how this would tie into the rest of the cinematic universe. Now that I have had some time to process after my time seeing it, there are some things that I liked, and some things that were “meh.”

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The one thing I was having trouble with when I left the theater was how I was feeling after. I knew that I liked it, but there was something else that I couldn’t quite think of. I think I was slightly unfulfilled. I feel as if there could have been more done with her back story. You got a small glimpse, but nothing that really, really showed you who she is. As my boyfriend pointed out, many people in the movie were telling her to control her emotions, but you didn’t really see an extreme amount of them. You saw hints. I understood that perhaps you didn’t see a lot of her past because the character herself couldn’t remember them fully. With that being said. I did, truly, like the movie. I think I will really need to watch it again to really see different things and perhaps take it in a different way.

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One thing I really appreciated was how they made Coulson and Nick Fury look younger and do it in a way that it didn’t freak you out. These characters were still recognizable and were just de-aged enough to make it believable. It would have been so bad if Nick Fury didn’t look like Nick Fury. For example, they could have turned out looking like how Jeff Bridges looked in Tron Legacy. That was hard to look at.

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Another thing that I enjoyed was the music in this film. There were some 90s’ hits in there and I found myself singing along with them. I also thought that the placements of these songs were well done as well. For example, (spoiler-ish) in part of the last big battle scene Carol is fighting, and Just A Girl by No Doubt is playing in the background. It is a fabulous song to play during that kind of scene. I really did enjoy it.

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There are some things in this movie that I haven’t decided on. These things are questions brought about after discussing the movie with my boyfriend. I don’t know if I will be able to come up with my decision without watching the movie again. Perhaps I will watch it again soon and come up with some answers. Overall I did really enjoy the film and I do look forward to watching it again. I also will watch it for the cat. He was definitely one of the best parts of the film. He is quite adorable and quite special (wink, wink).

Before I end my review, for now, there is one last thing that I wanted to address. I appreciated the nod to Stan Lee that they did at the beginning of the movie. I was almost at the point of tears. It was so nicely done, it just made me smile.

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-The Film Chick 😉

Robin Hood

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This was a interesting take on Robin Hood, and you know what I didn’t hate it. So I really don’t agree with the rotten tomatoes score. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but it surely wasn’t a “15%” movie. The audience score was better, and that I agree with more. I was entertained and it kept my attention for the full length of the movie. I wasn’t going into this movie thinking that it was going to be the greatest thing and go into my top ten movies, but it did its job of being entertaining and I liked it.

The first thing that really liked was the actors in this movie. I thought they did a good job portraying them and diving into the characters psyche. It also looked like the actors all got along with each other. I must also admit that I really enjoyed Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, and Jamie Dornan were all in this movie… they are just nice to look at.

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The other aspect of the film that I liked was the way that the story was told. It was different than past Robin Hoods. It was grittier with more up close action. I do also appreciate that they showed Robin in the Crusades, giving him more backstory into becoming the thief we know and love. I am also happy that they put some humor and some banter in the movie.

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There were a few things that I did have problems with. There was, I thought a few pacing issues. I also wished that we had the chance for him to steal more from the sheriff and the rich. We didn’t get a chance for us to really see the character growing fully to his potential. I wanted to see more and learn from about some of the characters. Like what was the issue with WIll and why his he so hesitant about doing what is needed to be done? I want these things explained to me, please! Slight spoiler… but I didn’t like that the bad guy (besides the sheriff) was not who I thought it was, and that person wasn’t in the original story.

Overall I did enjoy the movie and would see it again. I won’t actively reach for it, but when in the mood perhaps it will come of the movie shelf.

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-The Film Chick 🙂

Exciting Upcoming Movies

Here are today’s movies that I am excited for. Enjoy!

First: The Lion King- Release Date: July 7th

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Now, this trailer… okay it’s not really a full trailer, but still, I’m very excited! First thing is that it looks almost identical to the original opening of the animated movie. I know that they did that on purpose, but still, that took a lot for them to try and copy it frame for frame.

I am both really excited and skeptical. I love the original so much (grew up with it) and they have a lot to live up to. I am super happy that they got James Earl Jones back as Mufasa. I think there would have been rioting if they didn’t get him back for the role. There are others that I am also excited to see in this movie, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, and John Oliver. There are some that I am not as happy with, but I will save judgment until the full trailer or the actual movie.

 

Next: Vice- Release Date: December 28th

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This just looks like it is going to be an interesting look on Dick Chaney and his time in the white house. It looks kind of humorous and thrilling. I am really curious because of how these real live people are being portrayed. This wasn’t even that long ago. I mean, I remember the Bush presidency pretty well, so this is going to be something to see. Christian Bales as Dick Chaney alone will get me to see this. He looks barely like himself, it was hard for me to even know that it’s him. Perhaps award season for this movie? Who knows? We will find out soon enough.

 

Finally: On the Basis of Sex- Release Date: December 28th

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I am so so so so excited about this. This is going to be one epic movie about an epic woman who has done so much in her lifetime and still continues to do good. After seeing her recent documentary (review coming soon), I really wanted another look at her life and the cases that she has won. I also think that Felicity Jones was the perfect casting choice. This could be another award season contender? Again we will find out soon enough.

 

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– The Film Chick 🙂