Movie Review Flashback: My Review of ‘Frozen II’

Before the behind-the-scenes documentary arrives on Disney+ check out my review of one of the highest-grossing films of 2019: Frozen II. Enjoy!

Before I write this review of Frozen II let me say this, I’m an avid adult Frozen fan. Translated: I’m not as obsessed with the film as little girls surely are but I have seen it multiple times and am a fan of the songs, particularly “Let It Go” which I sing to myself all of the time. So, once again, I love Frozen.

The film subverted what I’ve come to expect with Disney princess movies and told a modern-age story that felt poignant, inspiring, and downright beautiful. Plus, being someone who has a sister that I love to death, it made the story that much sweeter.

When Frozen II came out I couldn’t wait to eventually see it. The reviews weren’t scintillating but I was still intrigued.

Now, is Frozen II better than the first one? Easy answer, no, which isn’t surprising considering that the film didn’t even garner an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, but it was pretty entertaining. There are things about the film that I really liked and things that I felt didn’t connect this time around. So, I’ll detail this review in the pros and cons sort of layout. Let’s get those cons out of the way first. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: My Review of ‘Frozen II’

A Movie Ranking: Jennifer Lawrence

For years I knew who Jennifer Lawrence was simply because I kept seeing the Hunger Games movies come out. The first movie I actually ever saw her in was X-Men: Days of Future Past where she plays the character Raven/Mystique. To be honest, I don’t think she’s that great of an actress even though she has managed to nab an Oscar for her performance in the film Silver Linings Playbook. All of her roles feel memorable but somewhat one-dimensional. She doesn’t capture my attention like Jessica Chastain or Anne Hathaway. She’s just…there playing a tough heroine who you want to root for.

However, I thought it would be fun to highlight her for this week’s A Movie Ranking.

6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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I really, really enjoyed the first Hunger Games film. I mean, I was riveted. Its sequel disappointed me big time. While the story could’ve easily gotten better it lost steam once the all-star version of The Hunger Games started, devolving into a storyline that I found to be extremely boring. And Katniss lost steam for me as well. It became more of a romance film than a riveting movie. By the conclusion, I was not enticed to watch the next two films.

5. X-Men: First Class

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Maybe it was because I entered this movie late…nah, this movie is pretty so-so. The big battle at the end had HORRIBLE CGI and was so bad, in fact, that I couldn’t finish it. Maybe it’s the origin stories of the characters that make X-Men fans like this movie so much (or maybe it’s all of the hot ladies with their skimpy clothing.) All in all, not a fan.

And who did the makeup in this movie?! Mystique looks ridiculous. I’m so glad they fixed her because I could just not get into her character with her looking so fake in the blue prosthetics and cheap-looking red wig.

4. X-Men: Apocalypse

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Not bad…but the final act was what brought the film’s quality down big-time. And honestly, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse was a very bad idea. He was less menacing than Ronin in Guardians of the Galaxy and that’s saying something.

Jennifer Lawrence delivered yet again another one-dimensional performance. There were no standout moments, no tear-jerking scenes, just classic Raven/Mystique being classic Raven/Mystique.

3. The Hunger Games

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This first movie was REALLY good. It felt like the proper beginning of a well-adapted YA series. The story was riveting, the characters were intriguing, the actual Hunger Games were anything but boring, it was very, very good. And Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen felt like that bad*** YA heroine you’ve always wanted to see on the big screen. I rushed to the sequel expecting something just as great. Gosh, Catching Fire was underwhelming. 😢

2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Once again, Jennifer Lawrence delivered a very one-note performance as Mystique. There is never any depth, never any moments that stand out and make the viewer say, “Wow, this lady can act.” Unless you want to give her bonus acting points for a painful-looking death scene. But anyone can act short of breath and die with their head tilted and eyes wide open.

However, it is her death that adds that bit of depth to this film that makes the story somewhat riveting. Honestly, I don’t know why people hate this movie so much. I’ve seen it twice now and am totally up for a third viewing whenever it comes on again. I like it…what can I tell you.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Once again, I feel like Jennifer Lawrence delivers a very forgettable performance as Mystique in this film. Does the character have the best storyline of the recent X-Men films? Absolutely! But it is not her that carries this film…unless of course, you’re there to drool over Mystique’s various looks, blue or otherwise.

However, who does manage to carry this movie is the always impressive performance by Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Michael Fassbender’s mindblowing portrayal of Magneto, and James McAvoy’s definitely best performance as Professor X. They make this movie interesting and a sheer pleasure to watch.

So there’s my movie ranking. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

 

Throwback Friday: What Are the Top Ten ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Episodes According to IMDb?

Star Wars: Rebels is filled with fantastic episodes that have delivered some rather incredible moments. Moments that I’ve just seen due to my recent introduction to Star Wars: Rebels. Moments of which I will never forget. I could easily list my ten favorite episodes from the series so far but I thought it would be more fun to see which episodes rank supreme in the collective viewers’ eyes. So, on that note, here are the top ten episodes of Star Wars: Rebels according to IMDb.

10. Season 3. Episode 14: “Trial of the Darksaber”-9/10

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Many of the characters were given extra depth to their storyline with episodes that centered around their personal obstacles but Sabine Wren was always just there…until this episode. Suddenly, we delve into her personal backstory and we soon discover the tragedy that has struck her own life. Gone is the mystery surrounding her character and suddenly she is given that much more meaning in the story.

It was a fascinating approach to her character and indeed one of the best episodes in the series. Plus, the Darksaber lore was pretty fascinating too. Continue reading Throwback Friday: What Are the Top Ten ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Episodes According to IMDb?

Michael B. Jordan is One of the Underrated Best Actors in Hollywood

Michael B. Jordan, it’s a name that has grown more and more popular over the years as this young actor has managed to blossom into a true film star. My first real introduction to him was as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther where he blew me away by portraying a guy that didn’t exactly feel like a villain. In some cases, he almost felt like a hero as he fought and died (I hope he’s actually not dead) for what he believed in: liberating black people all over the world.

Shortly after I watched him in Creed where I was equally blown away by his powerful performance as the son of Apollo Creed. I followed the story, I fell in love with the character, and most importantly, I was super impressed in learning that he was one of those actors who can morph into different characters.

You know those actors that seem to be acting the same with every character and even though we may love that actor there is no true nuance. (Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Liam Neeson…lately, etc.) Michael B. Jordan isn’t one of those actors and the roles he has played have been absolutely captivating.

I loved his small role as the doting husband who mysteriously died in the cute Netflix show about a black boy who discovers he’s a superhero called Raising Dion.

His latest role as Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy was the role that impressed me the most. He wasn’t a boxer or a superhero antagonist, he was a lawyer in a film that asked for powerful performances and he delivered. He should’ve been nominated for at least a Golden Globe but he wasn’t…unfortunately. 😢

But…there’s no doubt that his hunt for an Oscar nomination and potentially a win will continue over the years as he continues to deliver powerful performances.

I think why I appreciate Michael B. Jordan as an African-American actor the most, however, is that since Creed he has played roles that aren’t the stereotypical black roles. He hasn’t played a slave in an Oscar-buzz worthy slave movie. He hasn’t played a drug dealer in a hard drama. He hasn’t played a janitor in an emotional and well-written flick. He, instead, has played inspiring roles that have made him, ultimately, rather memorable. And the trend will continue.

He’s already slated for a third Creed movie and his next film will be the action/adventure flick called Methuselah. Could he return as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther 2 to fight alongside Black Panther against a greater threat? Oh gosh, I hope so.

All in all, Emmy-nominated Michael B. Jordan, is one to watch over the coming decades and I feel it won’t be long before he will be recognized for his role in a film that The Academy can’t ignore.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

 

Fan Art Wednesday

For the first time in my weekly segment of Fan Art Wednesday, I will be sharing a collection of work from artists around the world and their fantastic fan art for franchises that I love. So, with no further delay, here is this week’s Fan Art Wednesday. Enjoy!

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Jack Sparrow by @Lucky_TwoFive

This pencil drawing of Jack Sparrow is absolutely fantastic and seriously stopped me in my tracks. So cool! Continue reading Fan Art Wednesday