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‘Christopher Robin’: Why Can’t I Finish This Movie?

I’m a movie lover. If there’s a new movie I’m going to watch it. Last year Disney made a live-action version of the classic Winnie the Pooh story starring Ewan Mcgregor in Christopher Robin. As a Winnie the Pooh fan when I was a child it seemed pretty obvious that I was going to enjoy this film but that soon turned out to not be the case and there’s a very simple reason: Winnie the Pooh.

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As someone who loved the super cute, cuddly, bright yellow version of the character in the books I find this live-action version, voiced by Jim Cummings, a tad bit disturbing. His soft voice is creepy and his dingy yellow look makes one feel like this is the Winnie the Pooh of my nightmares.

As I tried to get invested in the story I could not stop feeling troubled by this teddy bear who loves honey and talks…so…slowly. This wasn’t the Winnie the Pooh of my childhood, hence I couldn’t continue watching the film.

I’m sure for others this movie can be enjoyable to a certain extent but I just couldn’t get over Winnie the Pooh who transitioned from creepy to annoying real fast.

So, for me, A Wrinkle in Time and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, both poorly reviewed by critics and audiences, were way more enjoyable than Christopher Robin. Maybe it’s my bias against Winnie the Pooh (actually, I know it’s my bias against Winnie the Pooh) but if the film was better maybe I could’ve looked past the teddy bear.

Hence, I’m giving this film 80 out of 100 and 3/5 stars.

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

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Have You Seen ‘Elektra’?

I’ve seen the Marvel movies from the early 2000s’. It wasn’t pretty. The X-Men films were received pretty well but films like Hulk and Daredevil were downright travesties to the eyeballs. So imagine my surprise when I watched Elektra last week and was pleasantly surprised.

Starring Jennifer Garner, Elektra is a very simple movie with a simple storyline but it was pretty well executed and interesting enough to have me invested in its one and a half hour runtime.

When the film ended I found myself more pleased with the film than Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, which you may find shocking but is my humble opinion.

You see, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman had the template provided by the phenomenal films in the MCU to piggyback off of whereas Elektra didn’t have anything to draw off of in terms of inspiration. If that exact same movie in 2005 came out now in 2019 it would’ve been better than Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman combined. I’m just saying.

I’m sure there are a lot of people who disagree with me considering the film’s dismal 4.7 out of 10 stars on IMDb or its horrendous 11% Rotten Tomatoes score but like I said before, this is my humble opinion.

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

Why Do People Not Like ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’?

The Nutcracker, it’s my favorite classical music of all time. As a child, I would listen to The Nutcracker every night (and it didn’t even have to be Christmas time.) The music was magical, transporting me to another world where I was a ballerina dancing gracefully to the lilting melodies of the album.

Last November, Disney released a live-action adaptation of the classic Nutcracker story and it was bombarded with awful reviews by the critics. It currently has a 33% critics and audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and sits at a 5.5 out of 10-star ratings on IMDb. Pretty dismal right?

Don’t believe the haters.

I watched this film very recently and I was like, “What’s so terrible about this film?”

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Yeah, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen but it wasn’t as horrible as everyone seemed to claim either. The same thing happened with A Wrinkle in Time. People said it was a horrible film but when I watched it I was pleasantly surprised.

Both of these films have predictable storylines, yes, but these are children’s movies. They are designed to inspire, not win Oscars for Best Picture. For children, especially little girls, films like The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and A Wrinkle in Time celebrate the power of girls and how we can find ways to be heroes against all odds.

If you’re a parent and you have little children I highly recommend you watch this with your family this holiday season. I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised. And besides, who doesn’t love The Nutcracker?

I’m giving this film 87 out of 100 and 3.75 out 5 stars. Like I said, it isn’t the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen (not b a long shot) but it is way better than people are saying.

Next stop, Christopher Robin. Critics and the audience proclaim Christopher Robin to be way better than both of these films. I want to see if they’re right or not.

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

Movie Review Flashback: ‘A Quiet Place’ Is The Best Sci-Fi Movie I’ve Seen In Years

When I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place while watching Justice League I immediately knew I wanted to see this movie. I’m not a fan of scary movies in the slightest. I refuse to watch The Exorcist and I’ve just recently gotten the guts to watch The Shining all the way through. Scary movies are my allergy but this film felt like something I had to see. I’ve never seen a movie where the premise is that you have to stay completely silent to avoid being found by a mysterious something or else you will perish. I knew this film was going to be scary but the premise sounded too original and cool not to watch. I ended up missing the opportunity to see it in the movie theaters but I finally got to see it on digital at home and it was surprisingly better than I expected.

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A Quiet Place is about a family who, in a post-apocalyptic world where any sound can get them killed, is just trying to survive. The movie starts a little slow but soon establishes the seriousness of the situation the family is going through in a legitimately horrifying fashion. The story then showcases the family living a somewhat ordinary life despite their obvious noise-making hindrance but when life hits with a bang (literally) things go awry real fast.

What impressed me the most about this film is its realistic situations. This movie could’ve easily turned south real fast by having the family participate in wild escapades that would’ve turned the film into a typical PG-13 action film where the protagonists are supposedly invincible (like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.) The writers for A Quiet Place, however, kept the suspense up and never let the movie get corny in any way. Let me give you an example. SPOILERS AHEAD!

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My Review of ‘Rango’

Rango, it’s a movie I had completely forgotten existed until yesterday. Back when it came out in 2011 I vaguely remember seeing it. I was thirteen at the time. At that age, the story didn’t grasp me and I ended up forgetting 98% of the movie. I could only distinctly remember that the film was a bit strange.

Eight years later, I’m twenty-one, I just watched the film for only the second time in my life, and now I can say I finally understand it. Yes, it is strange but its uniqueness is what makes it stand out among all of the animated films that I’ve seen.

Rango may be rated PG and designed for children but honestly, I don’t feel like it’s a children’s movie. Continue reading My Review of ‘Rango’