It Chapter Two (2019)

It’s been a hot minute since I sat down and wrote a review. It has been so long I feel like I don’t even know how and where to begin. And it has been quite a while since I saw this movie so… let’s see how it holds up! I’ll start with the simplest of ways. I did not love It Chapter Two. The movie had its moments, some of which will forever remain my favourite, but overall, the magic the first chapter had wasn’t recreated.

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Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak

When the words be aware of the crimson peak are whispered to the young Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) in the beginning of the movie, the meaning of that message is lost until it will be too late. The effect of those words translates similarly to the audience, but when the secret behind crimson peak is revealed to both Edith and the audience, it’s almost like a jolt of disappointment because it happens way too carelessly for it to have a profound effect.

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The Martian (2015)

the martian

Ever since I read Andy Weir’s book The Martian, I’ve been itching to see its screen adaption with Matt Damon as Mark Watney. Anticipation was definitely there, expectations were definitely high and even though it didn’t bump Mad Max: Fury Road off its pedestal, The Martian hit all the right notes and is an amazing example of a sci-fi movie that makes you wonder how capable the human race is against the vast and mysterious universe.

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark ThirtyGoing through the entire list of Best Picture nominations finally ended up in a place where the three last movies were the ones I wasn’t excited to see. Zero Dark Thirty happened to be one of them because of Bigelow’s earlier work, The Hurt Locker, which despite its award success, left me a bit unsatisfied. And as my suspicions about her newest war related work accompanied me throughout Zero Dark Thirty, I was yet again a bit disappointed and honestly, bored out of my mind.

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The Tree of Life (2011)

This post is scheduled. I’m currently on holiday and will be answering Your comments when I get back. Be sure to leave some, so returning to rain and wind would be more enjoyable.

Missing some of the most talked about movies last year wasn’t my intention, it just happened and I never got around to watch them because.. well, I didn’t feel like it. Then all of a sudden I got my motivation back and I have since watched many movies, so many in fact, that my reviews are piling up and I literally have to speed-write some of them otherwise I never will. So, The Tree of Life review is on its way and it’s not going to be a long discussion like some would might expect from this movie. Some went mad lengths to describe it.. so, I’m gonna be short and a bit unhappy about it.

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Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

My trust in IMDb starts to crumble down in moments like these: I went to see how much lower the score for Madagascar 3 is compared to the first two animated movies and it turns out it is better, 7.2 against two scores of 6.7. Same thing happened in Rotten Tomatoes but luckily Metacritic was on my side and rated at least the first movie better than the third. So what happened? Was I just that tired or was I just waiting for something much more amazing – I guess both but still, it is not better than the first two, the numbers are wrong!

What became a weak point for me was the inability to tell a coherent story. Everything was mostly fine but a certain reality was lost when the animal control lady started sniffing around like a spider! I get that they wanted to create an interesting and dynamic villain but the first lady who kept kicking the lion with her handbag and portrayed the evil woman was a bit more realistic. I guess that’s the key of my dislike towards this very colorful animation – the reality aspect was missing. And I know that Madagascar is about animals who talk and can do tricks and stuff but still, some kind of logic should still be kept.

Pixar does it even with fish, and I mean, even DreamWorks Animation’s own Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon have a certain human like quality to them and they don’t need a tiger jumping through rings and keyholes ten times smaller than he is (once even together with a zebra)! Am I really getting too worked up over this logic thing while discussing an animation!? Yes, and I am well aware how silly it might sound but if you have seen Madagascar 3 and the whole colorful circus act they never actually show, you start to wonder if they lacked imagination and just made everything colorful, swirly and 3D to distract us from the fact that the actual story fell flat. Or is it the fact that they managed to make an animation that leaves all logic behind and leaves everything to the imagination of the viewer – well I feel like it is a negative rather than an interesting new angle.

Alex (Stiller), Marty (Rock),  Melman (Shwimmer) and Gloria (Smith) have almost made it back to New York but are hunted by this spider-woman I was telling you about because she wants Alex’s head on her wall, literally. They stay in the circus, they buy the circus, they save the circus and they realize that they want to stay with the circus instead of going back to the Big Apple. That’s the whole story and while there are several new characters, including circus animals Gia, Stefano and Vitaly (Chastain, Short and Cranston), nothing can take away the effect the penguins and the lemurs – small roles that steal the show. Even the friendship between the main four is lost somewhere in the spectacle of the whole color-explosion and the final feeling after the movie was certainly an overwhelming disappointment.

To be fair, I’m the girl, or technically already a woman, who watches animated movies quite often and just the other day I revisited How to Train Your Dragon because I like it. So my review isn’t for the purpose to insert dislike towards animations, it is just an opinion regarding this specific film that seems to be liked by the general public more than it actually deserves. I would never watch Madagascar 3 again but if time passes I might forgive Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria. When that happens the first two installments are very welcomed to make me laugh again. Still, as a conclusion, Madagascar 3 is an animation only for the kids, but as I’ve witnessed, the best animations (even the first two Madagascar ones) are also suitable for the kid-like grownups. Now, since I appreciated the first two and I still adore the penguins, the lemurs and lets face it, the monkeys!, I will rate this one a bit better than my first reaction.

Images from Yahoo Movies.

# 266 – The Help

Emma Stone is having an amazing year, she is the newest upcoming A-list actress who is not only funny but seems absolutely adorable as a person as well. There is no reason not to like her and that is why I love her! I have liked all her characters and her takes on roles pretty much the last two and a half years. Crazy Stupid Love DVD just happens to be next to my computer right now – oh, joy! Since I have been a little slow with the posts (so sorry) I am finally going to write about The Help.

The story itself is based on a novel written about black women working as maids to these white women who are very mean. It was the time where skin color was a problem and it is shown in this movie pretty clearly but at the same time it shows two white women caring for these women like friends. As the movie progresses there are things that start to evolve from it all – one maid is a talented cook, the other a great nanny for this woman who herself is not really the mom-type. Although the movie tackles a lot of racial issues and parental matters, thinking back to this movie now, I can’t really recall the point to this whole story. I understand that it was to show a point of view of the black woman working at that time but I think the problem for me is the fact where the story originated. While I don’t doubt the fact that the author had some knowledge of the matter (born in the end of the 60’s and raised in Jackson, Mississippi – same place the story is happening) I still feel like her view is a bit crooked. As a kind of a proof to my argument I read that there was some issues with the way the typical black woman was portrayed – especially the life at their homes.

I am no expert on the matter, since I have absolutely no real idea what that time represents for the black women or the children raised by them – since Emma Stone portrayed a writer who had strong feelings towards her own maid/nanny – I am not gonna comment further with this criticism. Though looking past the racial issues that seem to hover over this movie a lot, I think it still has a great entertainment effect to it. It has cuts and vitality, the women in the movie are all strong in their own way and despite their skin color all equal as well. Chastain’s character was probably the most appealing cause she was so friendly and perky (there is no better way to describe her personality) but still everybody hated her and you can not help to feel sorry for her. So it does have a lot of appeal and friendliness to it – a nice weekend treat for the movie friends.

And as far as the casting goes, nice decisions were made since Octavia Spencer received a Golden Globe for her role and Jessica Chastain also got a nomination. Since I started with Emma Stone it is only fair if I end the post with her as well but sadly, as much as I love her, I liked Chastain’s character a bit more than Stone’s. Maybe the reason is hidden in Stone’s southern accent she took on for this role – I believed it but I did not love it. Anyway, Chastain was brilliant and Spencer as well, I mean she won the Golden Globe! But over all the movie gets about 3 out of 5 from me cause now after I have had the time to think about it I like it a bit less. Still love you though, Emma, so no worries!