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I watched Mary Poppins yesterday and I decided to make a thread with my opinions on movies I've watched and will watch this year, with rating scores. Feel free to agree or disagree, I just request you be tolerant. My opinions may not reflect the majority's, so take them with a grain of salt.

Is this a copy of EWW or Godot's reviews? I hope not, lol, since they all have their own style and I want yo write in my own style. Not everything will be bad but not everything will be good, either.
 
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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2


I had seen the first movie and wanted to see this second one. While it's not a cinematic wonder by any means, I was left satisfied. This movie explains Flint's obsession with science and crazy inventions through Chester. It follows through with the initial plot device about how food comes to life. (Don't think about it. Just accept it.)

When Chester, Flint's childhood hero, asks him to relocate so they can clean the island and he can follow his dreams of becoming a renowned scientist, he accepts the proposition. The movie makes this offer seem evidently dangerous from the beginning, and the characters evidently blind for taking this offer. The police guy even says "okay, suspicious ghost guy, if you say so" and follows because he preferred not to question the authority of the yellow tape. Then, Chester purposefully manipulates Flint to distancing himself from his friends, though he's reluctant to do so. Finally, he realizes he was just being played and helps fix his mistakes and ultimately defeat the "evil" corp.

All in all, I think it's a light comedy, and the use of evident tropes only really helps it.

Really, I'd give it a 10/10 for what it was. No high expectations for it, and it was ingenious even so.
 
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Hey, Isa, love your first movie review. And no, what you're doing isn't too similar to a certain other review thread. Honestly I've seen both Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and I loved both of them. I'll definitely be watching this thread from here on out, good luck to ya.
 

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Today I watched this movie, and it was very pretty. I have watched it before, but watching it again was interesting. First off, that beginning always hits my feels. Only from that sequence starting with Carl and Ellie as kids and how he's super shy and silent and she's super chatty but they both have the same interests, to them marrying and growing old together... The hope and shared dreams of having a baby when he sees a baby on one cloud and then she sees babies on all the clouds, to the despair of finding out they can't have children. And their dream of travelling to South America and how they save and save only to always have to use their money for something else. They continue doing things together and living their life, but always having that one unfulfilled dream. And then, finally, he buys the tickets only for her to die... Saddening.

And this is only the beginning. Afterwards, we get to see how rigid Mr Fredricksen had become living alone, almost having nothing to live for. And that sequence where the workers break the mailbox and he's super upset and hits the man on the head and he shows remorse, pain and regret. I couldn't watch that part, but I know it well, anyway.

And then, well, all the prettiness and hope of him taking off with the balloons, unrealistically but joyfully. And of course I forgot Russell, but Russell basically comes from nowhere to teach Mr Fredricksen a thing or two. And then, Mr Fredricksen's story finally having a hopeful and new perspective when he realized Ellie has considered everything they had gone through an adventure, and she asked him to live his own. And then the chairs end up together and the house ends up right where they had wanted to live, only they weren't in it. And finally, with Russell and Dog, Carl finally begins a new life and a new family. A new Ohana. That's the core, to me. Everything else is great, too, but this is something I feel strongly about now. Oh sure, Kevin and Dog are wonderful, the dogs are scary and Charles Muntz being obsessed are also part of the story, but they, with Russell, are more secondary. This is really Carl's story and his adventure. Which is, I think, just perfect.

10/10
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One of my favourite movies. It really encapsulates what it feels like to grow older and the desire to relive one's youth. Right in the feels.
 

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Yeah exactly! ^-^

The Lion King

Anyway watched the Lion King. Wasn't going to watch it but my mom did want to, so.

As far as realism goes it was well made. But that's not the point, is it? You don't just focus on the scenary when telling a story. But the realism is not the only problem here. They forgot about animal behaviour. I'll put it this way. Animals can't talk. So what do they do? Body language. A sad or scared animal slumps its body and lowers its ears. An angey animal shows its teeth. And so on. Un here? None. Of. That. It was as if the animals were just having a walk on the park ? Like when the hyenas were attacking Simba and when Mufasa was going to scold Simba. On the original one you could clearly see his fear or sadness and not just because of his facial expressions but because of his body language too. In this one his ears were still raised and his body was still raised too, like it didn't affect him. Really, even we humans show our emotions through body language.Though we have learned to control it more, but it's still there.

The other thing is the voice acting, and obviously the little differences in characters which end up leaving us with a sense of ...this is not really what I came to see. Which kind of I could have seen the original one, and wouldn't have really minded.

As for positives: they tried new things, and I guess that's good, but the problem is some of those nee things failed to have a lot of impact. So, eh. The first scene was nice, with the animals and stuff, but after that it seemed like whoever made the whole movie didn't really care about the little aspects that together made the animated Lion King such a great hit.

3/10
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As I alluded to in my questions thread, this is just indicative of the latest in a long line of remakes that don't have the fans' interests at heart. They just exist to exploit your nostalgia and don't really care about how good they can actually retell/reimagine a classic. It could have been tasteful, but they blatantly aren't. Just low effort exploitation to keep the mighty Disney machine crunching away.
 

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Yeah, I agree with you and I also agreed with your answer on your AMA. Oh well. I won't completely lose faith, but I'll be careful and I hope people are, too. (Also, I talked a little more about live actions in general in the Disney thread.)

And this has kind of reminded me about people's criticism to Pokémon Sword and Shield... But anyway. It was what it was, and I commend your determination to not watch this movie Luke, lol. :)
 
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