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[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

Starring

Mark Wahlberg – Cade Yeager
Anthony Hopkins – Sir Edmund Burton
Josh Duhamel – Colonel William Lennox
Laura Haddock – Vivian Wembley

Summary

“Autobots and Decepticons are at war, with humans on the sidelines. Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

I honestly don’t think that movies can get any bigger than this one. I mean we had explosions left and right, we had  Transformers dying, we had the most epic of cars (from the classic to the new, from the badass to the exotic), we had supernatural beings, we had plants eating other planets…I mean Michael Bay literally has the best job ever. He probably just says, “How in the world can I f@%& stuff up beyond anyone’s wildest dreams?” I aspire to be him!

So, visually this movie was stunning. The graphics were incredible and the explosions were big. So it was a big movie! The colors were vivid, so it had the slightly larger-than-life feel but it was never too far out there that it was totally unrealistic (I mean, Transformers are totally real guys! I park Bumblebee in my garage).

The music, ONCE AGAIN, was absolutely superb. Steve Jablonsky is amazing when it comes to soundtracks. Since day one of Transformers 1, all of those years back, he has impressed me. This one did not disappoint. I love listening to the music while I study, or while I write blog posts. It’s so beautiful and so epic. He really is a master when it comes to capturing the scene/moment and turning it into notes. The music created an air that added to the movie, per usual.

The story itself was pretty good too. It had a few moments in the beginning like…where is this going? But then it would tie together. There were a few moments that I could tell that they had cut a few scenes out, as a person would show up and you wouldn’t know how they got there, and an explanation would be left out, but it didn’t detract from the movie for me. They had to do it because the movie was 154 minutes long. I mean that’s a long movie. It honestly didn’t feel like it though. Transformers 4 felt like it was long and had moments that it felt like it should have ended but it kept going, however this one kept you engaged.

[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

There was some fantastic comedy too! The British Transformer butler, Cogman, was absolutely hilarious! I mean he was a great Transformer to put in it. Hot Rod, another new character, though you didn’t get to see tons of him, was a pretty funny Transformer as well. Then you had Anthony Hopkins. I mean this guy is incredible (he’s not a Transformers).  I always see him play this very classy character, and in no movies really like this. Sure, he was in Silence of the Lambs, but this was just tons of action and I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. But he gave a great performance! He was classy and funny and just a joy to watch! I absolutely loved him in the movie!

The banter between Cade and Vivian was pretty good as well. Of course there was a very slight amount of romance there, but nothing that detracted. They mostly were just bickering back and forth which was hilarious.

[Movie Review] Transformers 5: The Last Knight (2017)

All the Autobots, and Decepticons, got upgrades and were sexy as heck! So it was nice to see them as their original cars, but modernized!

Honestly I loved this movie. It may be up there as one of my favorite Transformers movies (however there was no Ironhide – once he died…the series all got a little dimmer (he was my favorite Autobot)). I highly recommend watching it if you like the series.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Happy Watching!

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A Wrinkle In Time Trailer

WHAT?!
I had no idea that they were coming out with A Winkle In Time! And the cast looks good!
Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine?!
It comes out March 9th!
I’ll be waiting for it! And have to read the series again…to remind myself of the book. Childhood reborn.

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Movie Review: A Monster Calls (2016)

“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”

Starring

Lewis MacDougall – Connor
Sigourney Weaver – Grandma
Felicity Jones – Mum
Liam Neeson – The Monster

Summary

“The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother’s sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?”

-From IMDB.com

A Monster Calls
From Instagram – @mylibrarycardworeout

Review

So first off I went through almost half a box of tissues on this movie. IT ABSOLUTELY KILLED ME. I literally don’t think a movie has hurt me as much as this movie hurt me. It was just so damn sad! But so beautiful at the same time!

The movie stayed really close to the book which made me really happy! I mean besides the ending which just closed the movie, it was quite literally the book in movie format. I was kind of worried that they were going to change things or stray from the book because if you did with a book like this, it would have lost the entire meaning, and purpose, of the book. So I was really happy that it stayed so close to it!

Next, all of the stories told in the book, the teachings from The Monster, were really cool as well. They were these water-coloring scenes that added this fantastical element to it. It was an incredibly creative idea.

As for the cinematography, it was incredible! Visually, this movie was beyond stunning. However, I don’t think I will be watching it again, or at least for a long time to come. This was a movie you probably only watch once or twice, just because of what the movie is about. It was a very painful experience and it left you needing something that would make you feel happy afterwards. I unfortunately didn’t so I just felt depressed for the rest of the day honestly.

Now, you may be reading this review and thinking, “then why the hell would I watch a movie as depressing as this?” Because it was such an experience. I learnt so much about acceptance and that it’s okay to feel how Connor did in the movie.

There was also one scene which really struck me. When the mother was dying and it was time for ‘the talk’, Connor was unable to say anything. You could see that he was extremely angry and upset and unsure what to do. The mum said to him something along the lines of, ” do not worry. When you look back on this moment in a few years and realize that you didn’t say anything to me, anything you wanted to say, just know that I already know it all.” Essentially it was saying that even if you cannot say you love someone who is dying, if you showed it to them in your life, then they already know. It was also a wonderful way to know that when someone is a child and unable to express what they feel, parents know all! It was such a scene and really resounded with me.

Honestly, I do recommend watching this movie. But read the book first. It’s not a difficult read and together, they are beautiful.

I was sad to see how many people haven’t seen it, nor heard of it. It was just so incredibly powerful and think that everyone should see it. Yes, it’s tough, but dealing with these situations can be. And the movie was just…I honestly struggle putting into words what it was to me. This will be in my memory forever as one of the few movies that really had a profound impact on me. This is not a movie to really sit down and enjoy but to just experience.

Happy Watching and don’t forget your box of tissues.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Starring

Michael Fassbender – David/Walter
Katherine Waterston – Daniels
Billy Crudup – Oram
Danny McBride – Tennessee

Summary

“The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

I’ve been anticipating this movie since I watched Prometheus, and was so excited when I saw the trailers for it. And was quite literally counting down the days until its release. So my dad and I went the day after it came out, as we’re the two in the family who love the series. Boy was it good.

First off, visually it was stunning. The CGI was really very good and the shots on the planet were incredible as well. The entire movie had a blue/grey tinge to it, like the first movie as well, which just added this air to the entire movie. It also kept harping back to the original Alien series with a chest bursting scene, there was an around the table scene, but it didn’t involve food (there was no eating scenes in the movie which was so different!) and there was an airlock scene. It was kind of like paying homage to the original series which was really nice.

As for the Aliens, which is what the movie was about, wowwwwww. There were so many genetic evolution of the Alien in this movie and it was quite incredible to see them all and how they came about. I can’t tell you how as that’s part of the movie. But you’ll find out. And finding out how the Alien, from the original series, came about was like a smack to the face.

Of course, there was a lot of violence within the movie, as the Alien loved to pop out of people in such wonderful ways and of course eat people alive. Unlike the original series, where it was done off screen, you got to see the full glory of an Alien eating a person. So yummy and wonderful. So there was no shortage of blood and carnage. And a few jump scares. The one that got me was just a gun going off, and you knew it was coming too, but it was so quiet the scene and then suddenly, BANG. Everything else, you saw it all coming, but it was just yucky.

As for the crew, it was interesting to see how dumb they were. Unlike when Ripley was the main character, and she was smart and bad-ass. Daniels in this movie did harp back to her quite well, but the rest of the crew was just so dumb and made such bad decisions. Like, let me look into this egg-like thing, and I see something move so let me put my face closer. And then get shocked when a face-hugger shows up (there are always some and there were quite a few in this one).

Overall it was fantastic. The soundtrack was amazing and went back to the original soundtrack a bit, as well as the theme from Prometheus. It was a great movie and I will be buying it to watch again, especially since I missed a few parts and need to re-view scenes to understand how they connected to later scenes. It was a long movie, over 2 hours, but it didn’t feel like it because it kept you guessing what would happen. Even up until the last minute.

Boy I can’t wait for the next one to see what happens!

Happy watching!