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Maleficent-A (Very Special!) Move Review

17 Jun

Hi!

Maleficent PosterThe blog has been a little quiet lately, but not to worry because today I have an extra-special review for you! I went to see Maleficent (twice, actually!) with my sister Bella (she blogs here!), and we decided it would be fun to do a review where we basically have a conversation about Maleficent (which was great :)). So without further ado, here it is…

B: I really enjoyed Maleficent, Lulu! One thing I loved was that it took an original take on a beloved fairytale.

L: I really liked how they redid it too, but it was a bit confusing that they took out parts of the original story so their version would make sense, along with a few unnecessary changes (like changing the crow’s name from Diablo to Diaval). It’s a great fractured fairytale rewrite, though.

B: I agree! For someone who has not seen Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in quite a while, I would be interested in comparing the two versions. I have to say that Angelina Jolie was fantastic casting for Maleficent.

L: Angelina Jolie was fantastic, wasn’t she? I thought she did a great job showing Maleficent as both a loving fairy and an evil sorceress.

B: Exactly! I think it could be difficult displaying two such distinct parts {I know I would have some trouble}, but she nailed it. Another fantastic actress was Elle Fanning as Aurora…

L: She was one of my favorite characters in the whole movie! Since the Sleeping Beauty character in the original 1959 film appears for less than twenty minutes the whole way through, Elle Fanning got the chance to develop more of a personality for Aurora.

B: That’s a great point. Elle found just the right amount of tenderness and sweetness to give to Aurora’s character. While I loved the two leading ladies, the men weren’t that bad either. Sam Riley, who played Diaval, made me laugh, especially following the more intense parts of the film.

L: Yeah! I especially liked the scene where he, Maleficent, and Aurora are in the Moors and have the mud fight; it made me smile :) Speaking of the Moors, weren’t the visuals (computerized and sets) stunning?

B: Oh, absolutely! I didn’t realize that a good chunk of the Moors were animated, but all creatures fit seamlessly into the rest of the surroundings. And that castle set made my backstage/behind-the-scenes heart happy :) Another behind-the-scenes aspect of the movie that I liked was the costumes. Aurora’s dresses and Maleficent’s cloaks especially impressed me!

L: I though the castle was really cool too! In a few of the scenes the filming seemed a bit odd, though – maybe just because of the fireplaces and dark color environment? I completely agree that the sets were gorgeous, and the costumes were also! I would love to wear Aurora’s dresses or have her hairstyles.

B: The hair! I had such beauty envy after watching the movie. I was so excited to see that some of my favorite hair blogs posted tutorials to get Aurora’s twisted pull-back. Now, if only I could get my hands on one of her dresses and find myself in a field of wildflowers :)

L: That would be fun :) Finally, can I just say how amazing the make-up for Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones in this movie is? It must be magical.

And that wraps up our extra special review! I really hope you enjoyed it and that you consider going to see Maleficent in the future! It’s worth it.

Lulu :)

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman-A Movie Review

17 Mar

Hi!

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman 

Cast:

  • Ty Burrell as Mr. Peabody
  • Max Charles as Sherman
  • Ariel Winter as Penny Peterson
  • Allison Janney as Ms. Grunion
  • Stephan Colbert as Paul Peterson
  • Leslie Mann as Patty Peterson

Summary: Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest dog; he became an advisor to heads of state, won an Olympic gold medal, and was even awarded a Nobel Prize…but who would have guessed he would adopt a human boy? When Mr. Peabody’s adopted son, Sherman, takes his classmate Penny, on a trip into the past in his WABAC time machine, they find themselves exploring the streets of Italy, escaping an Ancient Egyptian palace, and even hiding in the Trojan Horse! But can they get back to the present without messing up the past?

My Thoughts: I saw this movie on Friday with my dad, and I have to say that I LOVED it:) Not only was the story entertaining and interesting, the characters were also very fun, and there were plenty of silly puns and jokes that I found my self laughing out loud at! The whole movie was just really cute!

So, the plot is that Mr. Peabody’s son, Sherman, gets in a fight with an annoying classmate, named Penny, on his first day of school. When Mr. Peabody invites Penny’s family over to dinner to apologize, Sherman shows her the WABAC time machine, and the two end up traveling to Ancient Egypt, where things don’t go exactly as planned. When the WABAC machine needs fixing, they have to travel across time to gather supplies, witnessing some of the most famous events in history. Too bad things aren’t going so well back in the present…

I really liked the story of the movie and thought it was pretty adorable and funny:) One of my favorite parts about it though, was seeing how each of the different time periods was interpreted for the movie. Although I don’t know that much about the time periods shown in the movie, (I got most of my information about Ancient Egypt and the French Revolution from the Time Traveling Fashionista books:) ), but I thought that they did a great job making the events funny and kid-friendly, but still giving the correct information and making it interesting. (I especially liked the beginning of the movie when Mr. Peabody and Sherman traveled to France…I don’t want to spoil anything, but let me just say that there was plenty of cake and a cantaloupe!)

I also really liked the characters in this film! Mr. Peabody was very funny, and cool, and I thought that Ty Burrell did really well creating the character. Sherman was also very funny, (I love it when he says “I don’t get it” after every one of the puns), and I thought he was just cute and sweet:) (That sequence with all of the pictures of Sherman when he was a toddler was adorable!) One of the best parts of the whole movie was Sherman and Mr. Peabody’s relationship. My personal favorite line was when Sherman told Mr. Peabody, “I love you” and he responded, “I have a deep regard for you as well, Sherman.” And finally, I thought that Penny was super annoying at first, but she ended up being one of y favorite characters in the end. Oh, it made me so happy when she and Sherman became friends:)

Overall this was a super funny movie that I definitely recommend and give four and a half stars out of five!

Lulu:)

Frozen-A Movie Review

1 Dec

Hi!

Frozen Cast:

Kristen Bell as Anna

Idina Menzel as Elsa

Jonathan Groff as Kristoff

Josh Gad as Olaf

Santino Fontana as Hans

Summary: At a young age, Princess Elsa discovered she had magical powers that could create snow and ice, but when an accident involving her magic causes her sister Anna to have to forget all memories of magic, Elsa becomes determined to hide her powers from everyone, including her sister. Several years later, Elsa flees to the mountains after accidentally using her magic on her coronation day and revealing it to the town. Anna soon goes after her sister, encountering a brave ice seller Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven, and an enchanted snowman named Olaf, who dreams of what life would be like in summer. Together the four go on a dangerous journey to find Elsa and hopefully stop the endless winter she accidentally caused…

My Thoughts: When I first saw the preview for this movie in the summer, I wanted to see it so badly! Luckily, every year we go to the movies on Thanksgiving, and this year we saw Frozen. I have to say I loved it:) The story, The Snow Queen was adapted into the movie really well, and I liked that although the movie still has some of the original fairy tale’s details in it, it’s still its own story. Continuing, the graphics of the movie were simply amazing, and the different settings looked extremely realistic, but still whimsical. The ice and snow magic that Elsa did looked so beautiful, and I also loved the song she sung (it was called Let It Go,) during the ice palace part. (It was my favorite song in the whole movie.) Speaking of the songs, they were really good, and it was kind of fun to have a Disney movie with Broadway-Style songs, since they haven’t had one in a while. (The last one I remember is Tangled, which is another really great movie.) Some of my other favorite songs in the movie were ‘Love Is an Open Door’ and ‘In Summer’, but I also enjoyed ‘For the First Time In Forever.’

Moving on to the characters, I have to start with my favorite one in the whole movie…Olaf the snowman! He has to be one of my favorite animated movie side kicks because he is just so funny, sweet, and of course…awesome! Even better, he sings ‘In Summer’, which is super silly, but totally cool:) Anyways, another one of my favorite characters would have to be Elsa because not only does she sing my favorite song in the movie, but she also has awesome hair and is voiced by Idina Menzel, who rocks:) The other main character, Anna was also great, (mostly every character was awesome…) and, I really liked her because she was funny and awkward, but she was also really kind and likable. Finally, Kristoff and Sven the reindeer were simply super fun and silly:) Overall, Frozen was a wonderful movie that I would definitely see again, and I give five out of five stars.

Lulu:)

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters-A Movie and Book Review

27 Aug

Hi! Because I recently saw the Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters movie, and I just read the book, I thought I would do a double review to compare the two…

Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters Movie Poster

Cast-

  • Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson
  • Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase
  • Brandon T. Jackson as Grover
  • Jake Abel as Luke
  • Douglas Smith as Tyson
  • Leven Rambin as Clarisse

Summary: After constantly losing to fellow demigod, Clarisse in almost every activity at Camp Half-Blood, Percy Jackson (son of the god of the sea, Poseidon) is wondering if his luck has run out after his first quest. But, when Thalia’s tree, the only thing keeping Camp Half-Blood safe from vicious monsters is poisoned, Percy jumps at the chance to redeem himself. Along with his friends Grover, Tyson, and Annabeth, Percy must venture into the sea of monsters to find the mysterious golden fleece in order to rescue his home.

My Thoughts: This was a very fun summer movie to go and see, and I really enjoyed it! (Maybe not as much as the first one, but still…) It was a very nice adaption of the book, having only a few changes, but it left the major parts. The sets for the film were very well done, as were the special effects, which made the movie more entertaining, (even if that made the Oracle kind of creepy!) and easier to believe. The acting was also well done, and I thought that the characters were brought to life with detail. Although, I do agree with other reviewers that the actors do on match the ages of the characters in the book (13-14), but it wasn’t clear if the film was following the age group anyways. Overall, I thought that this was a very fun movie that I give three and three quarter stars out of five!

The Sea Of Monsters By Rick Riordan

Summary: Percy Jackson has finally gotten through a full year of school without being hunted down by greek monsters or angry gods. Well…until the last day when blood-thirsty creatures invade a dodge ball game. After returning to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods where they train for battle, Percy discovers that his best friend Grover is in grave danger, and that he has a half brother…who happens to be a cyclops. Even worse, Thalia’s tree (which protects the camp) has been poisoned by his enemy, former camper, Luke, who is plotting to bring a horrible monster back to over rule Olympus. Can Percy save the camp, and stop Luke for good?

My Thoughts: After borrowing the whole series for the week, I immediately got started reading yesterday afternoon, and finished this book last night! It was an amazing story complete with adventure, humor, and fun characters that kept me entertained from cover to cover. It had several interesting plots going on at the same time, but they all worked together, and the book still flowed easily. The journey to get the golden fleece brought many interesting settings that were  detailed and brought a new aspect to the story. I also liked that Thaila’s story was introduced in the first book and continued into this one, unlike the movie where it was introduced in the second one.

The characters in this book were well-developed and detailed. I thought that Percy was a refreshing main character, and the book had several fun supporting characters too! Annabeth was probably my favorite one in the whole story, because of her braveness, spunk, and she was just plain likable. Grover added a comical relief to the book, even if he was absent for most of it. Even Clarisse softened up for this story, which made her more entertaining to read about.

Overall, I enjoyed this book more than I did it’s movie adaption, and can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I give it four and a half stars out of five.

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief-A Movie Review

18 Aug

 So sorry, WordPress was wacky, and published my post before I was ready! Sorry!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning TheifSummary-When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he is the son of the Greek God Poseidon, he is whisked away to a secret camp for demigods where he learns that if he doesn’t return Zeus’s powerful lightning bolt, (which, by the way; he doesn’t have), there will be a war between the gods that will threaten the world. Along with his friends, Annabeth and Grover, he must save his kidnapped mother and find the lightning bolt before the universe as we know it is destroyed.

My Thoughts: When I learned that the second Percy Jackson Movie was coming out, I decided it was time to finally finish the first movie. (Which I enjoyed this morning!) It was a fast paced, action-packed movie with an entertaining plot and good acting that kept you interested the whole time. The acting was great in this movie, and I thought that the characters were very detailed or entertaining in their own way. Annabeth was my favorite of all, (but Grover was still pretty funny too), and I thought that the actors added to the overall film. Also, the different settings and effects were pretty cool, and made this a refreshing and unique movie.  (It was pretty ironic how Medusa had a gardening business that sold stone statues, and the sirens worked at a casino that doesn’t ever let you leave because they lore the people in.) Anyways, after seeing the full movie, I’m definitely going to try out the books, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the second film. Overall, I give this movie four out of five stars.

Sorry for the mess up, and short review today, but I would love to know if you saw this movie, or have read the books!

Alex Vs. Alex, The Wizards Return-A TV Show Episode Review

21 Mar

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Cast:

Selena Gomez as Alex 

Jake T. Austin as Max

Jennifer Stone as Harper

Gregg Sulkin as Mason

David Deluise as Jerry

Maria Canals Barrera as Theresa 

Beau Mirchoff as Dominic 

After Alex Russo became the family wizard, she thought everything would go on smoothly…not so much. Her family keeps trying to pressure her to be more mature and grow up after the endless mischief caused by her magic. So before a family reunion in Italy, Alex decides to use magic to separate the good and bad parts of herself, and ends up creating a Good Alex and a Bad Alex. Soon, she is caught up in an evil young wizard’s scheme to rule the whole world, and to destroy all mortals. Alex must save her friends and family, along with the rest of the world, all atop the Leaning Tower of Pisa, while facing herself!

My Thoughts: Wizards of Waverly Place was by far my favorite Disney show! I was so sad when it ended, but I eagerly awaited this hour-long special! The plot definitely reminded me of the episode in the Wizards of Waverly Place TV series, “Positive Alex.” This awesome episode is full of stunts and lots of special effects. The magic in this is very different from the bright spark of colors in the actual TV series, but was very well done with the slow movement of the colors all blended together. The big battle scene between the two Alexs (I don’t really know how to make her name plural!) was outstanding, and I thought it was funny how every time Alex defeated herself, her bad side would just come back! It was complete with a big shock, (but I’m not going to tell you what it is!) that is sure to surprise you, (don’t worry, it all works out:)) Also, the Villa in Italy’s set was also very well-designed:) The costumes in this were just as cool as in the TV show! Harper’s outfits are always very outrageous and silly, but make her character fun! Bad Alex’s “taking over the world outfit” reminded me of some of the classic Disney villains rolled into one, with a twist. I do think though, that it could have been more of a movie’s-length than just one hour. Moving on to the exceptional acting… Selena Gomez played her fun, full of jokes character Alex, who always can seem to make you laugh. Alex was just as likable in the special, and her magical mishaps are just as funny! David DeLuise and Maria Canals-Barrera have so many short jokes, but are always full of laughter! Jennifer Stone also did a great job as Harper, who’s always funny. There was a great cast, and I give this special three and a half stars out of five!

Radio Rebel-A Movie Review

12 Feb

Cast-

Debby Ryan

Sarena Parmar

Adam Dimarco

Merritt Patterson

Lain Belcher

Rowen Kahn

Mercedes de la Zerda

Summery-Shy student Tara, (Debby Ryan) can’t even write a word on a white board in front of her class or talk to anyone besides her best friend Audrey (Sarena Parmar.) This shy girl has an amazing secret though…she is the hit radio show host Radio Rebel! All the students at her school listen to the smooth talking podcast that Tara is secretly recording in her bedroom. The best part? No one knows who Rebel is! When her step-dad finds out that Tara is Rebel she even gets her own show on the radio station SLAM! But what happens when Tara’s friends start to get suspicious or when the school principal cancels prom because of Radio Rebel?

My Thoughts: Yesterday night my sister and I were looking for a movie to watch and we found this one on Netflix. It was pretty good and the plot was interesting. Barry and Larry were really weird, but funny. Cami Q and Audrey were really nice supporting characters, (didn’t you like Audrey’s “extended hyena?”) Tara was an okay main character and Debby Ryan’s acting was good, but she wasn’t memorable. The movie wasn’t very believable, but it was fun! I also think the end was kind of cheesy…I did like to hear Radio Rebel’s shows though. Stacy was your classic mean girl character, but I wish she was more likable. Overall it was an okay movie with good acting and I give it three out of five stars.

Have a good night everybody!