Mini Movie Reviews || A bit of both rant and raving!

Name: Wonder Woman
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Release Date: 2 June 2017 (USA)
My Rating:

THIS!! ❤ I loved this movie so freaking much and though I was a little bit that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations because the hype surrounding this movie but I’m so glad it did. Princess Diana has never been outside the Amazons where she had trained her whole life. When she learns about the war ravaging mankind, she understands it must be Ares, the God of war who had come back to take his place back in the world by destroying God’s creations, aka men.

I was hooked from the very start. The story unfolds in a beautiful yet strong way. When an opportunity presents itself, Diana takes it upon herself to save mankind. I loved Gal Gafot so freaking much. I would have been imagined a better Wonder Woman than her. She was simply perfect for this role. This movie is not only enjoyable but also empowering. I watched it with my little brother and we both had so much fun.

The war was portrayed realistically and the Dr. Maru or the poison woman was really, really vicious. I hated her from the very start and I guess Diana pardoned herself due to the better cause but I hope she gets the ultimate punishment. I loved Steve!! I mean, I have always adored Chris Pine but the ending!! Why, oh why!! Nonetheless, I loved the action sequences, they were pretty kickass and I enjoyed every moment of it.


Name: Before I Fall
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu
Release Date: 3 March 2017 (USA)
My Rating:

I went into the movie fully knowing what was about to come but it still managed to break my heart. Although this movie did not manage to capture me like the book (obviously -.-) but it definitely had its moments. I wish we had more of Sam and Kent, he was portrayed by perfectly but we only got very little of him. Nonetheless, Sam was this pretty and mean queen bee as portrayed in the books. All her other friends were cast perfectly too. I hated how everyone treated Juliet, I hated the fact that Sam didn’t stand up for her in front of everyone. It would have been nice if the movie provided some sort of closure with how everything ended. This movie stayed pretty true to the book and although the middle felt a bit slow but it was because of the fact that how everything repeats itself and the way how the book is narrated. Overall it was an enjoyable watch.


Name: Beauty and the Beast
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Release Date: 17 March 2017 (USA)
My Rating:

Unpopular opinion alert! I usually enjoy musicals. I mean it’s in my genes since I grew up with all the Bollywood movies but I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as I had hoped. Don’t get me wrong, Emma was just perfection just as I wished Belle would have been but all the continuous extravagant singing and dancing were giving me a headache. But I did enjoy this movie, I loved the beast and the enjoyed the fighting sequences. I especially loved the tea cup lady and the ending was joyous and truly beautiful.


Name: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Horror, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Burr Steers
Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston
Release Date: 5 February 2016 (USA)
My Rating:

I seriously loved reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen during my 2nd year of college. I hadn’t read this book but I was pretty excited for this movie and honestly, it pretty much lived up to my expectations. I loved the action and the sassiness along with the humour which kept me engaged throughout the book. Although I didn’t enjoy Lily James as Cinderella but I adored her as Elizabeth. She upholds her character and stood true to the original character. The zombies were definitely a horrific part of the film, and I hated how a particular character played a part in that but it was a no brainer. Darcy, I would have expected a bit more from him but in the end, I was satisfied. There were definitely oh-my-god moments and the last scene after the credits nearly killed me and finally when the scene cut off and ringa ringa roses emerged in the background, it gave me chills to my bones.


Name: Letters to Juliet
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Gary Winick
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave
Release Date: 14 May 2010 (USA)
My Rating:

This was such a sweet and romantic movie. I loooved it so much. Sophie had always wanted to be a writer and when she visits Verona, Italy with her fiance, she gets to meet the “Secretaries of Juliet”, a group of women who write back replies to the letters of love, trouble and heartbreak on the wall, she can’t help but feel intrigued. And when she finds one by her own which hadn’t been replied over for years, she takes it upon herself to write the lady back regarding her dilemma about love. And now, with her encouraging words, that lady is back to conquer her lost love she left behind all those years ago.

Honestly, this movie was such a great ride. It was filled with fun and adventure and the promise of love. Claire ran away from love when she was young but after getting Sophie’s letter, she returns to find the man she once loved accompanied by her grandson Charlie who tries to persuade her to go back in every step. This was a story not only about love but also about discovering oneself and knowing what the heart really wanted. I loved how the story unfolded, it was funny and humorous at times. Even the angry young man of a grandson aka Charlie felt the change in himself with Juliet along for the ride. I loved the chemistry between them and I liked how maturely Sophie handled things with her fiance. The ending was super sweet and it melted my heart.


Name: The Boss Baby
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Director: Tom McGrath
Cast/Voice: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel
Release Date: 31 March 2017 (USA)
My Rating:

This was a super fun watch! I watched this with my brother as well and both enjoyed it very much. When the babies are ready to be delivered from Baby Cory, most of them get chosen into a family while some get their duties assigned to management. The boss baby is one of that few who comes to Tim’s house as his new baby brother with the intention of fulfilling his mission of collecting information about Puppy Co who is stealing all the attention from the babies which is leading to the loss of their company.

The relationship between the baby boss and Tim started on bitter terms since Tim was the only child and he got all the attention but everything started changing since boss baby arrived. But when they came clear of his mission, Tim agrees to help him so that he would return back to his company soon enough and everything would be like before again. And so the adventure began. It was seriously funny but the fact that I loved the most was, despite everything they began to develop a bond as a family. I seriously loved the duo and it was heartbreaking when the boss baby had to go back. Tim took the ultimate step and I felt so proud of him. The ending was seriously the sweetest, I enjoyed this movie so much!


Name: Angry Birds
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Directors: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Cast/Voice: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride
Release Date: 20 May 2016 (USA)
My Rating:

I actually saw this movie last year but since I was doing this post, I decided to add this to the list since it was a pretty fun watch. Red is always angry and he prefers to stay isolated. When the pigs come into their homeland, all the other birds invite them with joy but Red is the only one who suspects them. His suspicion turns true when all their eggs are stolen by the pigs.

This was an enjoyable movie. I never played the Angry Birds game much but my brother was a huge fan and we also watched this together when he came for a visit. Despite not playing the game, I loved these wonderful and colourful birds so much! 😀 Each of them were unique and had a personality of their own. Red had to suffer because of his attitude but it was exactly was saved the day. When all the eggs of the birds get stolen, Red takes it upon himself to rescue them. He leads the mission and it was so fun to watch. All the specific powers that the birds in the games, they had the same in the movies too which made it worth watching the movie. The birds fought bravely against the evil pigs and Red used his wit against them to defeat them. This movie also dealt with a great deal of friendship and I was glad Red managed to make true friends in the midst of everything.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this movie? Have you watched all of these from my list? Any particular favourites?

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver || Where I kept falling…

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary-Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 496 pages, Paperback
Published: February 7th 2017 by Harper Collins (first published March 2nd 2010)
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


Before I Fall was a refreshing read which continued to surprise me till the very end. Also, this is kind of the very first book of which I preferred the movie-tie-in edition rather than the original one.

Samantha or Sam is one of those popular high-school students who has it all from close best friends to the hottest boyfriend. But everything changes on February 12. i.e. Cupid Day which proves fatal for her. But she wakes the up the next day and the day after tomorrow reliving her last day. It is up to Sam to figure out how to stop this circle of events before everything spins out of control.

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

The plot of this book was unique and refreshing. It was also quite addicting and I couldn’t put it down! Sam is one of the mean popular girls who along with her charade of best friends rules over the school. At first, I absolutely hated Sam, no I actually loathed her. She is one of those people with whom I would never be friends in real life. Due to this fact, I was afraid I would end up disliking this book but I liked her character growth. After a couple of pages in I started liking her when she begins to change, when she actually begins to understand life.

Reliving one’s last day over and over again was a pretty interesting concept (It reminded me of that trickster episode in Supernatural where Dean dies over and over again). I was very eager to see how each day spanned out and they managed to surprise me every time. Each day was so different from the other, while one was rather cringe-worthy, my favourite was the one when she stayed back and spend the day with her sister. It was simply the best.

Although I loved that Sam had such a close knit group of friends yet she never confronted Lindsay, not when it actually mattered. One can only that the circumstances that lead to the ending could bring some changes in them. I really, really thought the ending was going to be different but it threw me off the tracks and there I was… a total mess. Anyway, I absolutely adored Kent, I wish we got to see some more of him rather than the sleazy and douche bag boyfriend of hers.

“Here’s another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you’re dead, it’s the only thing that keeps you alive.”

Overall, Before I Fall was an interesting read. I finished it in a few sitting and I quite enjoyed the plot. The characters were redeemable and in the end, they crept up to my heart. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I have not seen the movie yet but I definitely will soon enough.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you read this book yet? Was it a hit or miss for you? Or is it still in your tbr? Have you guys seen the movie? How many of you are still waiting to watch like me?